Monday, May 30, 2016

Just Life| Summer Reading & More

Summer is right around the corner and at Stockton-San Joaquin County Libraries, you can find numerous educational and entertaining programs for everyone to enjoy.

Here are a few of these programs at the Troke Library:

  • Summer reading kickoff party- balloon making and face painting- on Thursday June 2nd at 6:00pm at Troke.

  • Book Buddies- free reading help for kids entering 1st, 2nd, 3rd grades starting Tuesday, June 7 at 4:00pm.

  • Free family movie on Sat, June 11 at 2:00pm.

  • Acrylic canvas painting for children ages 7-12 starting July 9. Registration is required.    

  • Microscope exploration on July 5, 3-5 pm. Registration is required.

  • Troke Knitters on Wednesdays at 2:00pm.

For a complete listing of library programs at Stockton- San Joaquin County Libraries, please click on the following link: 


For the months of June and July everyone is invited to participate in the summer reading challenge.

Summer reading challenge helps kids and teens to transition easier into upcoming school year.

For the summer reading challenge:

Children are encouraged to read 10 books. They receive a reading log, a book bag, and a book mark for signing up. Upon completion, children would receive:
  • A free book
  • A Stockton Ports baseball ticket
  • A chance to win a Kindle

Teens and adults are encouraged to read 3 books and to write a short review. Then they would receive:
  • A free book
  • A Stockton Ports baseball ticket
  • A chance to win a Kindle

See you at the library.

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

Monday, May 23, 2016

Just Life| Anatomy of Stretching

I am not sure if it's because I haven't been to the gym lately or the fact that I am getting old, but these days when I wake up, my body is as stiff as a board.

So when I came across the " Anatomy of Stretching" by Craig Ramsay, I thought that it might help me. I mean, there are days that even putting on my socks is a challenge for me. 

This book has clear pictures of stretching exercises.  I have been doing a few of these basic exercises in the past week and I feel a bit more flexible. 

So if you are having the same type of problems, checkout this book and do a few of its stretching exercises in the morning and then tell me if it helps you or not.

Here are a few more books on this topic from your local library:

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Guest Blogger| Local Author

It is with great pleasure that SSJCPL announces a fun guest blogger to our page! Please welcome Jennifer Torres as she shares some very exciting news!

Fun fact: In my upcoming middle grade novel (my very first!), Stef Soto, Taco Queen, the Soto family visits a restaurant called Suzy’s every Sunday, their one day off.

I named it after Stockton’s own Suzy Daveluy, City Librarian and one of my favorite people.

Suzy is a reading hero, and we’re lucky to have her and the Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library in our community. So I was super excited when the library agreed to help me share the cover of Stef Soto, Taco Queen.

First, a little bit about the book:

A heartwarming and charming debut novel about family, friends, and finding your voice all wrapped up in a warm tortilla.

Estefania "Stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tía Perla, her family's taco truck. She wants nothing more than for Papi to get a normal job and for Tía Perla to be a distant memory. Then maybe everyone at school will stop seeing her as the Taco Queen.

But when her family's livelihood is threatened, and it looks like her wish will finally come true, Stef surprises everyone (including herself) by becoming the truck's unlikely champion.

Stef Soto, Taco Queen will be available in January from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. (But you can pre-order now). In the meantime, here’s Stef:

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We encourage you to check out from SSJCPL Jennifer's first book, which is available now for circulation, Finding the Music: En pos de la música.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Just Life| An Einstein Encyclopedia

We just received "An Einstein Encyclopedia" by Alice Calaprice. Here are a few facts that I have learned so far while browsing through the book:   

Contrary to popular belief, Einstein was in fact a very good student.

He started playing violin at the age of 6. He named his violin Lina.
He was married twice. First to Mileva Maric and then to his cousin Elsa Lowenthal.  
He received the Noble prize in 1921 and use it to support his first wife and their two sons.
His favorite hobbies were hiking, music, reading, sailing, and writing poetry.
He loved sailing but didn't know how to swim. On his fiftieth birthday, his friends bought him a sailboat.
Albert Einstein migrated to United States after the Nazis took over Germany and he became a U.S citizen on October 1, 1940.
Einstein was an avid reader.  

"Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose." Albert Einstein

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

Monday, May 2, 2016

Just Life| Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

" Elizabeth Started All the Trouble" is a picture book by Doreen Rappaport about women's suffrage.
So here are a few things that I have learned from this book while reading it with my 10 year old daughter:

  • In July 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott hosted a two day convention in Seneca Falls, New York to discuss women's rights
  • When Elizabeth brought up the idea that women deserve the right to vote, many women thought that her idea was too daring and law makers didn't want to hear it.
  • Since many newspaper reported on the Seneca Falls Convention, Elizabeth's idea spread all over the country. 
  • In the Spring of 1851, a 31 year old school teacher, Susan B. Anthony, visited Elizabeth and they became fast friends. Elizabeth and Susan traveled all over the country and made speeches about women's rights.
  • In 1869, Wyoming was the first state to award women the right to vote.
  • On January 1917, women started picketing in front of the White House and hundreds were arrested.
  • After one year of picketing in front of the White House, President Wilson gave in.
  • On August 26 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment was passed.
  • The Nineteenth Amendment states: " the right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton died on 1902 and Susan B. Antony died in 1906

This coming November, let's all vote.

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha