Partners in Reading has two new classes. If you are an adult, think about taking these two classes. They start in January, 2013 and will meet two times a week for 90 minutes each on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the King Library.
Contact PAR for orientation information and to sign up. The classes will be from January 8 to April 4, 2013. They will give you a lot of practice so that you can be a more independent writer. You will be confident that what you write is correct and easy to understand. You can sign up for one or both classes. Call (408) 808-2361 to find out more.
The upcoming election is just around the corner. Most people seem to know who they'll be voting for in the Presidential Election, but there are a lot of other issues on the ballot that you'll need to know about before you can make an informed decision.
League of Women Voters is a reliable source for objective voter information. Their online guide is Smart Voter. You just key in your address and it will give you your polling location and which ballot issues you will be voting on. They also have links to the candidates' web sites, their positions on different issues and news sources on the candidates.
Wondering about the facts? Factcheck.org is a site which takes the statements made by the candidates and checks them against the facts. Politifact.com checks statements made and determines how factual they are on a "truth-o-meter".
Need more information about the upcoming election? Santa Clara County Registrar of Voter website has a registration lookup to see if you are registered, vote by mail information and an online voter information pamphlet.
CommUniverCity San Jose is sponsoring a Safe & Green Halloween Fair Friday October 19 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm in Martin Park behind McKinley Elementary. Learn how to have a safe and eco-friendly Halloween while enjoying a costume contest, pumpkin decorations, and other fun activities. We'll be there supporting the community and offering our own fun activity.
Go to www.facebook.com/communivercitysj for more information.
Community Room Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What are the qualifications to rent the community room?
Only non-profit community groups may apply for community room use and meetings must be for community purposes and be open to the public. You may not charge for attendance or sell items/services.
How do I apply to use a community room?
Fill out the registration form and scan and email the signed application to the library whose community room you wish to reserve. You can also request to fax over the application.
When will I know that the community room has been booked for my organization?
The booking will be confirmed after we receive and approve your application and if it is available during the time you requested. The approval process could take up to 72 hours.
How much does it cost to rent a community room?
The fee for use of a SJPL community room is $35 per use up to 4 hours or $70 per use over 4 hours. Fees are non refundable and there is a $35 cancelation fee.
How do I cancel/change my reservation?
Cancellations must be made within 72 hours of reservation date/time to allow for re-booking. Payments made for the room rental prior to cancellation are non-refundable. If no payments have been made, no-shows and late cancellations will be charged a cancellation fee of $35.
What if I want to use the community room during a time that the library is closed?
You will need to check out a key from the library's Information Desk on the last open day before your reservation. For example, if the library is open Monday-Thursday and your meeting is on Saturday, you will need to use your library card to check out the key on Thursday. Please note that you may only check out a key if your library account has a balance of less than $25.
What audio-video (AV) equipment is available in the community room?
Please review the list of which branches have AV equipment and which have digital hookups. Unless otherwise stated, you must provide and operate all your own materials and equipment, including audio-visual equipment and materials to be used in clean-up, e.g. vacuums. Equipment requiring more than 120 volts is prohibited.
For a complete list of rules, please read the library's Community Room Use Policy.
Help is here: Social Workers in the Library
At King Library: Every 1st and 4th Mondays of the month, 6 – 8 p.m.
Next session: Monday, September 24th
At Biblioteca Latinoamericana – offered once a month – every 3rd Wed. of the month 6 – 8 p.m. (Spanish/English bilingual Social Worker available)
Next session: Wed. October 17th
Is something happening in your life that you have questions about concerning:
Make an appointment to get a FREE 20 minute session of information and referral or advice, from a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Everyone at some point in their lives could use the advice of a social worker. Our volunteer social workers are offering it - Free of Charge.
Social Workers in the Library, is a partnership among the San José Public Library, San José State University's School of Social Work, National Association Of Social Workers - California Chapter, and the SJSU School of Library and Information Services.
(Photo by Sanish Suresh)
Check out the top 3 winning entries of the 2012 Book Trailer Contest below:
1st place (winner of a Kindle Fire): Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by K. Rai
2nd place (winner of a $50 iTunes gift card): 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by L. Do
3rd place (winner of a $25 Jamba Juice card): Ender’s Game by L. Chinn
Thank you to everyone who submitted such creative and fun videos! It was a difficult decision to choose the top three.
Teens: want to do something more imaginative than just writing a review for Summer Reading books that you have read? Create and submit a book trailer review for Summer Reading, and you could win a Kindle Fire! Upload a short clip, no longer than 4 minutes, to YouTube, providing your review of the book. Be creative! The contest is open to all participants in the Teen Summer Reading Celebration.
How to enter:
Entries will be judged on creativity and content by a panel of library staff.
Need some examples? Check out the winning entry from last year's Book Trailer Contest, created by Nathan Verdonk.
Here are links to some professional book trailers:
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Teens who submit links to their Book Trailer will automatically be entered in the contest. The top 3 winners will receive:
Entries for the contest must be submitted between June 1 and July 31, 2012. Winners will be announced in August.
San Jose Public Library is offering a new service to library cardholders. Discover & Go offers free or reduced price tickets to Bay Area museums for Bay Area library cardholders!
What does this mean to you? Always wanted to go to the San Jose Museum of Art but couldn't afford the ticket? Log in and while passes are available you can download them FOR FREE ! There are a limited number of passes available on a first come, first served basis. Every month more passes become available. Watch the tutorial
Some museums will allow you to use your smart phone to display your downloaded pass, but all will accept a printed pass that you download.
Check it out!
Date: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
6445 Camden Ave. San José, CA
The event is free and open to the public.
Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
Join us as author Khaled Hosseini talks about his writing inspirations, life experiences and upcoming projects. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the best-selling author. The event will be followed by a book signing.
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, moved to San José as a teenager, earned a bachelor's degree in Biology at Santa Clara University, and a Medical Degree at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine.
While in medical practice, Hosseini began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner. In 2003, The Kite Runner, was published and became an international bestseller, published in 70 countries. In 2006, he was named a goodwill envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. His second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns was published in May 2007. Khaled works to provide humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.
This program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Show off your unique talent and win prizes, too!
Do you sing, love to dance, do stand-up comedy or have a unique talent??? Compete in our first round of Teen Talent Show competitions to win prizes and a spot at our final talent show event on Saturday, August 11th @ 2pm at at the Almaden Branch Library.
Visit a participating library to sign-up!
Registration packets will be available at participating San José Public Library locations. Participants must submit their registration form at the location where they want to compete.
Regional Competitions: Prizes 1st place $50, 2nd place $25, 3rd $10
Tully Community Branch, July 5th @ 2pm
Edenvale Branch, July 18th @ 6pm
Hillview Branch, July 19th @ 3pm
Santa Teresa Branch, July 21st @ 3pm
Cambrian Branch, July 25th @ 6:00pm
Evergreen Branch, July 26th @ 4pm
Final Competition: Prizes 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50
Saturday, August 11th @ 2pm
Join us for the grand finale of Teen Talent Show 2012 at the Almaden Branch Library.
The first and second place winners from our local contests will compete for the honor of becoming the San José Teen Talent 2012. Come early and bring your family and friends to cheer on your favorite talent!
Scott Westerfeld says that he set out to write the space opera that he would have liked, and he came up with one that a lot of us like. In this tale he weaves together an espionage story, political intrigue, romance, future history, the ethics and ramifications of artificial intelligence, the ethics and ramifications of immortality, a commando raid, and one of science fiction’s more elaborate and high-tech ship-to-ship battles. And this empire is ruled by heroes who have passed on to their reward, both literally and figuratively, as the emperor has the power to grant immortality to those who obey him, but only if they agree to die in the process. Originally written as one novel to be called Succession, the publisher decided to split the story into two books: The Risen Empire, and The Killing of Worlds. (They’re not sequels, but one story in two volumes.)