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Help a Friend Get Online:

1 in 5 Americans Don't Use the Internet. Luckily, Help is all around


  • 1 in 5 Americans consider themselves non-users of the Internet.
  • 80% of teachers give homework online.
  • Digital literacy is one of the top three reasons Americans don’t use PCs and the Internet, with 46% of non-users responding that they lack the necessary skills according to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).


During the months of September and October San Jose Public Library in conjunction with will help promote the cause of increasing the digital literacy skills of San Jose residents.


San Jose Public Library regularly offers many opportunities for residents to learn basic computer and internet skills that are necessary to find employment, help children complete homework, access electronic medical records, and connect with family and friends.


Free Internet and Computer Training Events at San Jose Public Library Branches logo

2013 Summer Reading Celebration iPad mini Winners

The 2013 Summer Reading Celebration was a lot of fun and we saw increases in participation in all age levels. We introduced our new bingo-style format and enjoyed watching San Jose play Summer Reading Library bingo.


The winners of the system-wide Grand Prize Drawing for the iPad minis are:

  • Teen: Carmelo Barrera from Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library
  • Adult: Alethia Shih from Almaden Branch Library

Congratulations to the winners!


Carmelo Barrera with Father and Library Staff  Alethia Shih


We counted more than 1,300 adult biweekly entry forms and more than 1,800 teen biweekly entry forms. These are great numbers and they mark a large increase in participation from past years.


We look forward to the 2014 Summer Reading Celebration and another round of Summer Reading Library bingo.


The 2014 Summer Reading Celebration theme will focus on science:


  • Children: “Fizz, Boom, Read!”
  • Teens: “Spark a Reaction!”
  • Adult: “Literary Elements” 

Until then, please keep visiting your local San Jose Public Library branch.  All of our branches host a wide variety of programs year round and our website is available 24 hours a day.

Happy Birds to Perform at the Almaden Branch Library

Happy Birds performing parrot showOn Saturday, September 14, 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. the Almaden Branch Library is pleased have the Happy Birds to educate and entertain both young and old alike. Prepare to be amazed by trained parrots that talk, sing, ride bikes, perform flying tricks, and more! The Happy Birds Show has been bringing upbeat, family-friendly entertainment to the Greater San Jose area since 1989. These remarkable parrots have amazed more than 5,000 audiences with their fast-paced, interactive performances and will put on a show you'll never forget. This free program features over 25 amazing bird tricks and is tailored for all ages. The Friends of the Almaden Library helped make this program possible.


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Magic Show with Pete G.

Pete G.Everyone is invited to a special, one-time Magic Show with Pete G. at Almaden Branch Library on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 11:00 AM.


The magic show will take place in the library's Children's Room.


Enjoy the magic of Almaden Valley's own Pete G.


Join us with the whole family for this fun-filled program.

Back to School Already?

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Parents might be rejoicing, but for students back to school is no fun.  However, we have resources to make sure you start your school year off right:


  • Did you know that we have online tutors through that can help you with your homework? Pretty cool, huh! Online tutors are available everyday from 2:00pm to midnight and can assist students, grades K-12 and the first 2 years of college.
  • So say you get an essay or research paper assignment and the library is closed, don't worry you can use World Book online with your library card and find research for your paper.
  • Also, if you need help with an AP class, the SAT, ACT, PSAT, CAHSEE, or an SAT subject test we have Shmoop and LearningExpress to the rescue!

All of these resources are available online for free with a San José Public Library card.


With all these great resources to help you with tests and homework, you will no doubt be looking forward to your next report card.

Free Admission to Museums on September 28, 2013

Smithsonian magazine museum day live!In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer FREE admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket... for FREE, on Museum Day, which is Saturday, September 28, 2013.


Among the museums participating are the San José Museum of Art, San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles, The Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, the deYoung Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco, and the Blackhawk Automotive Museum in Danville.


To find more participating museums, to get more information about Museum Day Live! and to access your FREE ticket, visit


Please remember that San José Public Library offers our customers FREE or reduced price tickets to Bay Area museums year-round with the popular Discover and Go program. Check it out!

Mini Book Sale at Almaden Branch Library

Mini Book SaleLooking for affordable books for Holiday gifts or just to read? Even though the library will be closed, the Friends of the Almaden Library will have attractive cookbooks, craft books, holiday books, children's books and "coffee table" books at bargain prices in its "Mini" Book Sale on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. This event will be held in the main entance lobby. We're pretty sure you'll enjoy this "Mini" Book Sale - Don't miss it!

Teachers! Let San Jose Library Help You Implement the Common Core Standards!

Classroom teNoveList Plus logoachers, school administrators, school librarians and support staff will be happy to know that San Jose Public Library has online help available as schools implement the Common Core Standards. One of our databases, NoveList Plus, offers detailed lessons on how to use engaging non-fiction texts to lead students to extract relevant information from their reading and apply that information in a number of ways (the basis of many of the Common Core reading standards). NoveList Plus provides Common Core Connections, a special feature in which each lesson:

  • Provides three annotated titles matched to the subject and text complexity for the grade
  • Includes two standards-based questions and at least one question comparing two or more of the books
  • Cites the applicable standard making it easy to connect these to your larger lessons
  • Offers suggestions for related resources in NoveList

Check out this invaluable resource!


If you are accessing this feature from home, CLICK HERE, then, on the "Books and Literature Resources" web page:

  • Select NoveList Plus (the second choice)
  • Key in your name, library card number and PIN
  • At the NoveList Plus home page, select "Common Core" on the right side of the page under "Professional Resources"

For a two-page overview of all the features of NoveList Plus that can help teachers address Common Core standards, CLICK HERE.


NoveList also offers a blog for teachers, "Kids & Books", written by school and public librarians on a number of issues related to the teaching of English/Language Arts. The August blog "Back to School" offers a handful of articles full of advice and inspiration as we set out on the new school year. CLICK HERE to read the blog!

Pete G. Magic Show at the Almaden Branch Library

Pete G. Magic ShowMark your calendars.  We are pleased to have the Pete G Magic Show at the Almaden Branch Library on August 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.  Pete will amaze and entertain both young and older alike. This program will be held in the children's area of the Almaden Branch Library.

Zinio is Here!

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Zinio allows you to enjoy the complete digital editions of some your favorite magazines for adults, teens, kids, and Spanish language readers.  You can checkout as many magazines as you want with no holds or due dates.  Plus, you can be sure you are reading the latest edition of your favorite magazine since new issues are available right away.


With Zinio, you can read your magazines anytime, anywhere, either on your PC, Mac, or mobile device.


*Please note you will create a total of 2 accounts; a Library Collection account to check out magazines; and a Reader account to read checked out magazines via streaming online with computers and/or downloaded offline via mobile apps.


*Most magazines can be read in browser, some however, require you to download Zinio Reader 4 & Adobe Air. (These magazines will indicate if you need the Zinio Reader).

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