Here's your Library News for August 2012

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An Afternoon with the Author

The Cesar Chavez Central Library will welcome Amy Smith, professor of English at University of the Pacific and author of the just-released All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane. As one reviewer states, the book is “a journey through both a physical landscape and the geography of the human heart and mind….delightfully entertaining and often deeply moving, this book reminds us that Austen’s world – and her characters – are very much alive.”

Ms. Smith’s appearance is the first in a series of programs entitled “Live from Cesar Chavez!” The series, funded by the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County, is designed to provide educational programming for adults. Copies of Ms. Smith’s book will be available for checkout and for purchase and signing.

This free program will be held Friday, August 24th, at 4 pm, at the Cesar Chavez Central Library located at 605 N. El Dorado Street in Stockton.

Live From Cesar Chavez graphic


The Library’s annual community reading event – One Book, One San Joaquin – is slated to kick off on Saturday, September ,1 at a special 11 am program at DeCarli Waterfront Plaza in Stockton. This year’s program is made possible by a grant from Cal Humanities and California Center for the Book with generous funding from the Friends of the Stockton Public Library and the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County.

This year’s program focuses on Rebecca Solnit’s book A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. Ms. Solnit investigates the aftermath of disasters, both natural and man-made, and concludes that most of us have it within ourselves to rise heroically in dire circumstances. Disaster situations can not only meet our needs for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work, but also demonstrate how ordinary people generally do a better job of meeting the needs of their fellow citizens than do the authorities.

Programs for One Book, One San Joaquin include a panel discussion entitled “What Happens if the Levees Break” on September 5th and a Pet Emergency Preparedness Workshop on September 8th. There will also be two book discussions led by local professors Bob Benedetti, Lou Matz, and Matthew  Wetstein. Additionally, community members are invited to attend two Community Town Hall Social Gatherings where we will share what community means to us and how we can work together to build a more resilient one.

The culminating program will be held Saturday, September 29th, at 2 pm, at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium featuring the author, Rebecca Solnit.

Brochures describing all the One Book, One San Joaquin programs will be available soon at all Stockton-San Joaquin County Public libraries and throughout the community. Check out a copy of the book now at any library branch, read and enjoy it, attend the programs, and be a part of One Book, One San Joaquin.

One Book One San Joaquin Banner


Image of circus entertainersStockton-San Joaquin County Public Library has teamed up with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to provide a reading program that provides an opportunity for children 2-12 years of age to earn a voucher for a FREE ticket to the circus!

The program is educational, fun, and simple!

  1. Pick up "Reading My Way to the Circus" reading log from any SSJCPL branch library.
  2. Children read 3 books and have the reading log initialed by a parent or guardian.
  3. Children rate the books by shading in the stars.
  4. Turn in the reading log.
  5. Get a voucher that can be redeemed for a FREE ticket to the circus!

The voucher must be redeemed at the Stockton Arena Box Office located at 248 West Fremont Street in Stockton. Free circus tickets are good for the Stockton Arena shows that will run from September 13-16th, 2012! For specific details of the show or to learn more about the Stockton Arena, please visit the Stockton Arena website.



Audiobooks and eBooks continue to be a big hit for our customers! Circulation numbers grow each month! July was the biggest month so far with 1,155 books checked out! Here are the covers of some of our newly added books – see something you like? Check it out today, and have it loaded to your preferred device!


Another year of Summer Reading has come to a close! We are proud of all our children, teens and adults that participated and completed the program – earning some fun prizes along the way! Take a look at the highlights from Tracy Library's Summer Reading Party that was held for completers in their community!

Summer Reading continues to be one of the main programs offered by SSJCPL. We work hard to provide a safe, fun, educational place for kids and families to continue their education when most schools take a 2-month-long break.

By continuing to read when school is out, children often retain their skills and are ready to enter the next grade with ease! Parents reading alongside their kids demonstrates the importance of literacy and reading!
Tracy Branch Summer Reading Pictures



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