- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
Formerly known as the food stamp program, Calfresh is the state of California’s supplemental food budgeting program. Its purpose is to assist low-income families and individuals with getting the food and nutrition they need. Participants in the program use a EBT card to buy food the same way they would use any other debit card at grocery stores and farmers’ markets.
Various branches of the San Jose Public Library host ongoing pre-screening and application assistance sessions for those who think they may qualify for the program. See our events calendar for dates, times, and locations.
Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties has some very helpful information on its web site about how the Calfresh Program works and who is eligible for it. It also debunks common myths about the program (for example, applying can’t hurt your immigration status and you don’t need to have children to be eligible).
The San José Public Library invites teens to create a book trailer for our Summer Reading Celebration during the months of June and July. Upload a short clip, no longer than 4 minutes, to YouTube. Be creative! The contest is open to all participants in the Teen Summer Reading Celebration.
How to enter:
Think of a favorite book you read for Summer Reading and envision it as a short video, one that will capture the interest of your audience. Create your own book trailer, reviewing the book. You can submit more than one video, but each video has to be for a separate book.
A panel of judges (staff at San José Public Library) will review all entries and select the top three winners, to be announced in August 2013. The panel of judges will use the following criteria when reviewing book trailer entries:
Need some examples? Check out the winning entry from last year's Book Trailer Contest, created by K. Rai.
Here are links to some professional book trailers:
Teens who submit links to their Book Trailer will automatically be entered in the contest. The top 3 winners will receive:
If you have a talent for creating comic/manga style illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Making Contest for all ages as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, 2013. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library, Hijinx Comics, San José Museum of Art and TRY Japan Culture Group.
Here’s how to enter …
Entries will be judged on content and illustrations by a panel of library staff and comic industry professionals. All cash prizes will be awarded as gift cards.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held at the Seven Trees Branch Library on Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 p.m.in the Community Room.
San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate.
San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience. This contest is open to all California residents.
May is National Bike Month! It’s time to celebrate for both avid and casual bikers alike. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition shares an interesting statistic with us on their website, "Almost 40 percent of Bay Area commuters live within just five miles of their workplace, a bike-able distance for even inexperienced cyclists." May is the perfect time to give bike commuting a try, starting with Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 9. The San José Public Library is encouraging participation by offering "Energizer Stations" at three locations from 6:00 – 9:00 AM (6:30 - 9:30 AM at King). The Energizer Stations will offer free refreshments, including coffee and water, as well as snacks. Bike commuters will also receive Bike to Work Day bags full of tips on safety and useful bicycling information, while supplies last. And finally, we will also have helpers ready to handle light bike repair if needed. Stop by King Library, Alum Rock Branch, or Bascom Branch to take a break and get some encouragement on your way to work!
But it doesn’t stop there! Get some healthy competition going at your workplace by joining the Company Bike Challenge. Sign up with co-workers to log miles and compete throughout the month of May. Or if you’re looking for a more social experience, try San José Bike Party. They have frequent bike riding events, often with a fun theme, and everyone is invited. Or if you want to learn more about bike maintenance and repair, check out the San José Bike Clinic, San José’s "community pop-up bicycle workshop". If you or someone you know wants to bike but can’t afford to, check out Good Karma Bikes. They provide homeless and low income working people with safe, reliable bicycle transportation, as well as bicycle mechanic skills.
Take advantage of the beautiful May weather in San José and start a healthy habit that will have you beating the traffic, helping the environment, and getting fit.
Give children the joy of reading by reading aloud to youngsters at one of the San Jose Public Libraries. Reading occurs in the library's children's area at designated times throughout the day. Specialized training is provided to all incoming volunteers. Several of our library branches are seeking volunteers to read to children on an ongoing basis (minimum 6 month commitment). Bilingual volunteers (Spanish/English) are especially needed. This position requires fingerprinting.
Training is on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 12:00pm - 3:00pm at the King Library. Please complete the application form and register for training here.
April is National Poetry Month and the Teen Room at Roberto Cruz-Alum Rock Branch is honoring it with a display of books from our collection. There is also a Poem of the Day which changes every afternoon as part of the display. Stop in, check it out, and then check it out!
Join SJPL's own Janice Garcia for a one-hour creativity fest at Alum Rock teensReach this Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM. Janice Garcia, when she's not helping people at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana, is a spoken-word artist and poet. Her program is intended to give you the tools to unblock your own creativity. Join us and let the words and good time roll. There will be a chance to win prizes for your work. You don't need to be a teensReach member to come.
The IRS progam Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is available at several branches of the San Jose Public Library through Saturday, April 13, 2013. This program is available to families and individuals whose income is less than $51,000 a year. Assistance is offered at various branches in English, Spanish and Vietnamese (you may wish to call a branch in advance to see when and if the service is being offered in your preferred language). No advance registration for the VITA program is requested and you will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. For a complete list of upcoming opportunities see our events calendar.
Celebrate the Month of the Young Child at the
25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire!
The Faire is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees to the outdoor festival, held at Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum), in downtown San José.
The theme this year is "Explore the Possibilities" and features family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions, and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children ages 2-12. Families can obtain information about education, child care, recreational programs and health and safety resources.
For more information call 1-408-808-2617 or visit www.sjpl.org/moyc
Celebrate the upcoming birthday of beloved children's book author Dr. Seuss! Special Dr. Seuss Birthday Parties will be held at several San Jose Public Library locations in early March. Kids will enjoy Seuss stories, Seuss-themed crafts, and other activities.
Dr. Seuss, author of The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, and more than 40 other children's books, was born on March 2, 1904. His birthday coincides with the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, and many schools and libraries are holding special events to celebrate both.
Fun fact: Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, used the pseudonym Dr. Seuss for books he both wrote and illustrated, and the pseudonym Theo LeSieg for books he wrote that were illustrated by others. LeSieg is Geisel spelled backward! Find titles by both Theo LeSieg and Dr. Seuss at your local library. For all things Seuss, visit seussville.com -- and come to the library for a birthday celebration!