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Let's Rock

Pet RocksOn Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM, kids ages 4 and up will have a chance to rock out at the East San Jose Carnegie Branch.  At the Let's Rock: Story Time and Craft event, they are invited to make animals or whatever else they can imagine out of rocks.


You might think a rock is just about the most ordinary thing there is, but come let your inner creative genius turn it into something artistic and fantastic! Rocks and other craft supplies will be provided and stories will be read.

Summer Reading Celebration

The Summer Reading Celebration isn’t just about books - it’s about coming to visit your local library. Part of the sheet for the program is visiting the library and participating in one of the exciting events happening here at East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library. We have five events happening between now and the end of the Summer Reading program to come and see.


In keeping with the children's theme of "Dig Into Reading", visit "Hedgehogs at the Library", on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM. This doesn’t involve real hedgehogs, but is a fun craft for kids to enjoy making hedgehogs in a variety of fashions with various craft materials. There is another craft event on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM called "Fossil Art Story and Craft". There will be a story on fossils, and then create a craft where fossils will appear before your very eyes! You can even make several to create a collage, or see where your imagination takes you.


For a slightly faster-paced interactive event, there is Mexican Bingo, also called Loteria, on June 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Come join the fun and excitement along with others at this game of chance and camaraderie. This is an event that everyone can enjoy, and possibly make some new friends in the process.


We are saving the best for last for our final two events. Happy Hollow comes to the library on July 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM. You will be introduced to live animals brought to the library, and learn fun facts about their habits, diet and more. Get to know animals up close and personal here at the library - a fun filled opportunity that you will not want to miss.


Lastly, just in time for the end of Summer Reading, magician Timothy James will visit the library on July 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Come see what he will do with garbage cans (Oscar the grouch could learn a thing or two from him), toasters and more. Trust me - this is one that you will remember for a long time to come.


So bring the whole family to the "Dig Into Summer" reading program - it’s not just for kids. There are prizes for all age groups, and this is an opportunity to involve everyone young and old to participate in the library, read some great books, and have fun together by being engaged in reading. So come on in and enjoy - there’s something for everyone at the library happening this summer! Ask any librarian if you need more information.

Family Learning Center New Materials

Family Learning Center is introducing Reading Explorer series to ESL learners of San Jose Public Library. Reading Explorer is a six-level content-based reading series featuring pictures from National Geographic to help develop reading and vocabulary skills for all learners. The six volumes are ranking from low-beginning of Reading Explorer Intro to advanced reading in Reading Explorer 5. Each volume has 24 reading passages and are divided into units. Reading passages cover a wide range of real-world topics related to culture, science, social studies, travel, and adventure.


I like this reading series and strongly recommend to English learners.  The set does motivate real-world content with photographs to help develop learners’ understanding of the wider world in which we live. Reading Comprehension activities cover essential reading skills and question types commonly found on standardized tests. Vocabulary Practice activities and Vocabulary Builder boxes present and reinforce high-frequency vocabulary items.


Reading Explorer Intro book cover Book cover of Reading Explorer 1Book Cover of Reading Explorer 2 Book Cover of Reading Explorer 3Book Cover of Reading Explorer 4 Book Cover of Reading Explorer 5


About author from Amazon's Editorial Review: "Paul MacIntyre earned his MA in TESL from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been an ELT professional for over 20 years. Paul has teaching experience in Japan and the United States, and as an editor participated in the development of numerous ELT courses for classrooms around the world. As a writer, he has contributed to various major course book and testing programs. For National Geographic Learning he is proud to have authored Reading Explorer 2, Reading Explorer 4, and most recently Pathways Listening and Speaking 4."


Hope you enjoy the series and please don't hesitate to send Chieu, the Family Learning Center central selector, a comment or suggestion.

Career and College Pathways

Dear 2014 College Students and High School Graduates,

 graduation hat and book  

graduation hat and book 

Congratulations on your success!


Did you know that the San Jose Library has resources that can help direct you toward the next step in your career or college pathway? http://www.sjpl.org/employment


  • Try the Learning Express Library to practice college entrance tests over the summer or use it to practice career entrance exams.  (To access this service you need a library card and pin number, and will need to set up an account the first time).


Still need help? Call your library or come to any branch of the San Jose Public Library and ask to talk to a librarian.


Book Trailer Contest

Have a book you really love? But are tired to telling people what's it about? Then why not show them? Make a book trailer and enter your video in the San Jose Public Library's book trailer contest to win prizes!


Need some inspiration for your video? Check out the book trailer I made for The Maze Runner by James Dashner right here:& https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMa7o6XUCGY


Think you can do better? Sumbit your video to youtube and tag it with SJPL2013SRC and cite any images, audio, pictures etc, that isn't yours.


Check this link for rules, regulations, and more information about the contest (and Summer Reading!): http://www.sjpl.org/booktrailer


Good luck to you all, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Expand Your Reading Skills: An ESL Class for Adults

Expand Your Reading SkillsIntermediate - Advanced Level

Wednesdays 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

at the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library

In selected readings, students will:

  • Find the topic/theme
  • Preview and predict
  • Read for meaning
  • Skim and scan
  • Evaluate information (fact or fiction)
  • Make inferences

Handouts will be provided.  It is suggested that students bring a binder, notebook and pencil/pen when attending the class.  If you have any questions, please call Cris at 1-408-808-3075.

Booksale ~ Venta de Libros - Friends of the East San José Carnegie Library

Booksale BobThe Friends of the East San José Carnegie Library invites everyone to a booksale event occurring on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Community Room of the East San José Carnegie Branch Library (1102 E. Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95116).


This is a great opportunity to show your support to your library by purchasing donated and gentle used books and media items like:


  • Books for children, teens and adultos
  • Books in Spanish and English
  • Movies – DVD’s or Videos (VHS)
  • Music CD’s

Proceeds from this booksale event will go to help support programs and services which the 

East San José Carnegie Library Branch offers.


We encourage eveyone to be green by bringing their own reusable bags for purchases made at this booksale event.


For more information or to volunteer at this booksale event, please contact the

East San José Carnegie Library by phone at 1-408-808-3075 or by e-mail at eb.sjpl@sjlibrary.org





Los Amigos de la Biblioteca East San José Carnegie invitan a todos al la venta de libros el martes, 1 de junio de 10:00 am - 4:00 pm en la sala comunitaria de la Biblioteca East San José Carnegie (1102 E. Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95116).


Éste es una buena oportunidad para apoya su Biblioteca East San José Carnegie comprando libros y otros artículos donados y levemente usados como:


  • Libros para niños, jóvenes y adultos                  
  • Libros en español o inglés
  • Películas en dvd o en video (VHS)                     
  • Música en CD

Los fondos recaudados son para apoyar los programas y servicios que la

Biblioteca East San José Carnegie ofrece.


Para evitar la contaminación ambiental,  le recomendamos a todos que traigan sus propias bolsas para llevar sus compras.


Para más información o para ser un voluntario de este evento, por favor comunicarse al la Biblioteca East San José Carnegie al teléfono -1-408-808-3075 o por correo electrónico al eb.sjpl@sjlibrary.org

Comics = Fun


Free Comic Book Day - 1st Saturday in May! www.freecomicbookday.comDid you miss Free Comic Book Day? Yes - there is a official day in which comic book stores around the Country and participating library systems promote the importance of literacy through comics and graphic novels. A crazy concept I hope many won’t miss for next years event. Because of prior commitments, my family and I missed out on the opportunity to attend this years give away that the SJPL was facilitating throughout all of our branches. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from taking my boys to stock up on some new reading material the day before at our local comic book store.


The Free Comic Book Day event occurs every year on the first Saturday of the month of May. Participating comic book stores around the country join together to promote the importance of having brick and mortar comic book shops and how they inspire literacy for the youth by giving away free comics. Growing up, i couldn’t get enough of comic books. From Bill Watterson’s - Calvin and Hobbes, to Marvel’s Spider-Man, it seemed to be the only way my mom could get me to read as a kid. As I grew up, I  then graduated onto more lengthy reads. However - if it weren’t for the influence of the early graphic novels in my youth, I would have never appreciated the art of storytelling as I do now. Back then, the internet along with other online media was still a new concept and the digitization of any literature for consumer use was in its early stages. Too early for it to be readily available for the average household. There was no eBay, no Google, no iPhones, no Amazon, and no eBooks of any kind just yet. I'm sure the majority of you remember those days. However, my kids and the current fortunate generations don't.


Today the majority of our information and consumer goodies come from the vast amount of online services available at just the click of a button, or two. No need for a car ride or locating the address of your destination - since there is no destination, just a URL address. This however does not mean we have improved the consumers experience. That remains to be subjective. I personally still enjoy the experience of browsing through dust filled stacks of comics or books. I don't always know what i came for, but i do know i'm looking for something new. The physical interaction of picking the brain of the comic connoisseur sitting behind the register and discovering new finds while roaming the room, is an experience that humbles the reader. Just as one can walk into the library and browse your favorite subject of choice, then decide what item for the day you want to take home and explore more. The same sense of mystique I hoped my two boys would take away from their visit, became successful. The adventure in searching for just the right comic to purchase and being able to flip through the pages before making their decision has already got them bugging me to bring them back the following weekend. Granted these comics were not free, you can only imagine how excited our library customers were at the Free Comic Book Day event.


Even if you missed out on the fun from this past weekend, you can still enjoy free comic books here at the library. They are not free to keep, however still free to borrow :) - with a great selection of Manga, Graphic Novels, and dozens of comic series to choose from. To stay updated on fun future events for all library customers to enjoy, be sure to check our Events page regularly.

Calfresh Pre-screening and Application Assistance at the Library

Calfresh ProgramFormerly 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).

2013 Book Trailer Contest

Check out the top 3 winning entries of the 2013 Book Trailer Contest below:


1st place (winner of an iPad Mini): Hannah V. -  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children


2nd place (winner of a $50 iTunes gift card): Terrick E. - The Things They Carried 


3rd place (winner of a $25 Jamba Juice card): Linh N. - Lord of the Flies


Thank you to everyone who submitted such creative and fun videos!






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.


  • Sign up for Summer Reading starting on June 1, 2013.
  • Post the video on YouTube using the tag: SJPL2013SRC
  • Submit the YouTube link to your book trailer along with your name, age, contact information (either a phone number or email) and your library branch to: 2013SJPLBookTrailerContest@gmail.com
  • All entries must be submitted by July 31, 2013
  • Book trailers may not be longer than four minutes in length
  • Story being reviewed should be a young adult or adult fiction or non-fiction book.
  • Cite all images, video and audio that you did not create

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:


  • Content: Clear introduction; strong hook; summary without dominating narration; fresh and interesting commentary with strong conclusion
  • Voice/Sound: Interesting; well-rehearsed; smooth delivery; holds audience attention; easy to hear narration over soundtrack; voice sounds natural and helps convey meaning; soundtrack adds to tone/feel of presentation
  • Images: Crisp, clear, engaging, enriching, extending details and meaning; appropriately cited.
  • Presentation: All elements (color and graphics) work together seamlessly to create an interesting book trailer

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:


   image of iTunes card   picture of jamba juice card


  • 1st place: iPad Mini
  • 2nd place: $50 gift card for iTunes
  • 3rd place: $25 gift card for Jamba Juice