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Maker Camp: DIY at the Library

Maker Camp, Make: Google


Summer doldrums getting you down?  Feeling antsy?  Just been kicked out of your house for “accidently” setting the curtains on fire?  Are you just in the mood to build something cool?

The library’s Maker Camp is just the thing for you!


With help from Google and MAKE Magazine, we will be transforming the Educational Park Branch into a makerspace.  Every Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, the library will virtually host some of the most interesting professional creators behind the scenes of game design, movies, and music. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, they’ll have the opportunity to create their own maker projects. 



Each week will have a different theme, with speakers and projects that will build upon it.


Week 1—Makers in Motion (July 7-11, 2014)

Week 2 —Art and Design (July 14-18, 2014)

Week 3—Fun & Games (July 21-25, 2014)

Week 4—Science & Technology (July 28-August 1, 2014)

Week 5—DIY Music (August 4-8, 2014)

Week 6—Make: Believe (August 11-15, 2014)


The event is free for all but children under 13 will need a parent or guardian with them to use Google+ or participate in the project.  Check out last year’s events to get an idea of what we’ll be doing this year.  And check out http://makercamp.com/ for more information.


Spaces are limited so sign up now.  Contact the Educational Park Library at 1-408-808-3073 to get your name on the list.  


Program Schedule

Mondays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting (Watch a live broadcast featuring a different Maker)
Tuesdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting | *12:00 - 1:00 pm Hands-on activity
Wednesdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting
Thursdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting | *12:00 - 1:00 pm Hands-on activity 
*Participants are encouraged to view the video broadcast at 11 a.m. to get a preview of that day's activity
Recommended for ages 13-18
Participants under 13 must have a parent/guardian present

Terrific Author Bash at Hicklebee's!

This Friday, June 6, 2014, Hicklebees's will be having multiple YA authors visiting their bookstore! It's the Terrific Author Bash! Bay Area favorites such as:


Hannah Jayne - Author of Truly, Madly, Deadly

Katherine Longshore - Author of Tarnish, Manor of Secrets, and Gilt

Stephanie Kuehn - Author of Charm & Strange and Complicit

Corrine Jackson - Author of Touched (Sense Thieves series) and If I Lie

Debra Driza - Author of Mila 2.0 and Renegade

Talia Vance - Author of Silver and Spies and Prejudice

and SJPL's very own Douglas Rees - Author of Juliet Spell and the Vampire High series


Join us for food, prizes, and of course, all the amazing YA Authors!



1378 Lincoln Ave

San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 292-8880


Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Saturday, May 17, 2014

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Road, San Jose


Join us on Saturday May 17th for Kristi Yamaguchi’s second annual Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Joining Kristi to read their favorite childhood books are celebrity authors and athletes like Bob Barner and Dave Keane. While there, experience the zoo’s amazing animal education exhibits and take part in the many literacy-themed stations, including the SJPL table for zoo animal bookmarks! Entertainment will be provided by Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul "with Genevieve!"


All activities are included in the regular park admission rates. For more information, visit:

7th Annual Battle of the Bands

San Jose Public Library Battle of the Bands

Teens Get Ready to ROCK the Library! 

7th Annual Battle of the Bands


Congratulations to this year's Battle of the Bands winners! 


1st Place 



Odd Army formed in early 2011 as its members were entering high school. They have performed at venues such as school festivals, Santana Row, and Stanford Radio Station. Odd Army was initially a cover band, but as they matured, they began writing their own music.




2nd Place 



A Guy with a Guitar

A Guy with a Guitar has been studying the guitar since 2011.  He's currently in two other bands in the lead guitar position, playing instrumental surf rock and traditional rockabilly. He also enjoys playing classic jazz and blues material.




3rd Place 




Cindy B.

Cindy B.’s music taste is eclectic because she's a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to limit her music tastes to a genre. 








“Allegro" is a term commonly used in music, meaning that the piece should be played at a quick, brisk tempo. Comprised of percussion, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, piano, and various vocals, Allegro is dedicated to bringing this cheerful and upbeat attitude to all in the audience. We were brought together through a developing club at Leland High School, and we can only hope that this is the start of something great.





Quantum is a combo made up of young high school students. They play a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz to funk to latin, and love incorporating the different genres in their performances.





Check out pictures from the concert! 

*** Video Coming Soon *** 








Celebrate Free Comic Book Day - Saturday, May 3, 2014

Free Comic Book Day - 1st Saturday in May! May 3, 2014Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic shops and libraries across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free. As a learning tool, the comic book can reach an entire segment of students who may not want to read. Most of the time, these students may have the capacity to read and understand text, they just lack the motivation. However, these reluctant and struggling readers can be swayed with the use of dynamic, colorful, and engaging comic books.


The following locations will be providing free comic books while supplies last:


Gira de Libro: Library Bicycle Tour

Poster Gira de LibroThe San Jose Public Library (SJPL) is teaming up with San Jose Bike Clinic to present the Gira de Libro, the first ever SJPL bicycle tour.


The Gira de Libro is a guided community and staff bicycle ride that will visit seven of San Jose’s twenty-three branch libraries. The ride will start and finish at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in downtown San Jose.


The tour date is May 10, 2014, starting at 10:00 AM with sign-in and bicycle safety check. For safety purposes, registration is required and the ride will be limited to 75 participants. The ride will stop at each library to regroup; the total distance is 25km (15.5 miles).


We invite you to ride with us and enjoy the City of San Jose’s libraries and bikeways.


Space is limited. Register today!


For more information please contact giradelibro@gmail.com


Please Note: The bicycle tour will not be held in the event of inclement weather


The San Jose Bike Clinic, formed in 2012, is on a mission to grow more educated and savvy bicyclists. Through Bike Clinic’s monthly pop-up bicycle maintenance workshops, they empower San Jose’s bicyclists to repair their own bikes and ride safely on San Jose’s numerous roads and trails.


The name of the ride, Gira de Libro, is a play on the name of the famous Italian professional road bike stage race, Giro d’Italia, which starts May 9 and ends June 1. SJPL’s Gira de Libro roughly translates to "turns of the book" or "book tour."


Silicon Valley Energy Watch: DIY Home Energy Savings Toolkit


Save Energy and $$$ with the DIY Home Energy Savings Kit - Now Available for Check out!
This no-cost kit contains devices that will help you easily reduce energy and water use, saving you money on your utility bills. Users can expect to save, on average, $200 per year after installing the DIY Toolkit's equipment.  


You get to keep:
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs that save energy compared to incandescent light bulbs
  • Outlet gaskets that seal the void around your outlets and prevent heat loss
  • Weatherstripping that keeps out cold drafts by sealing leaky windows and doors
  • Low-flow showerhead that gently reduces the water you use and helps lower both your PG&E and water bills
  • Faucet aerators that help water flow more efficiently
The Toolkit also includes an easy "how-to" installation guide, complete with links to interactive videos, to help you navigate points of action in your home, as well as tips on decoding utility bills and how to calculate your savings.  Toolkits can be checked out at your local San Jose Public Library for a period of two weeks.  

Zen Doodling

zen doodleJoin us for an introductory workshop in Zen Doodling. Doodling requires no previous artistic skill and can aid in relaxation and ability to focus. Learn to concentrate on drawing one small section of a page at a time to create beautiful patterns. All supplies will be provided. 


Done with Divergent? Satisfied Your Appetite for Hunger Games?

Dystopian Teen Fiction Just For You!

Cover for DivergentCover for The Hunger GamesCover for Catching FireCover for City of Bones


After reading and watching the latest teen book-to-movie success you might be feeling a little unsure about what lies in store for your future. Your reading future that is.


Well fear not! Here's a list of books that you'll be sure to enjoy. Whether it's the plot, characters or dystopian setting that you loved most, you'll get a kick out of comparing it all between these books and your favorite teen novel/movie.



Some of My Favorites:

Cover for MatchedIn Divergent you are matched with factions, in Matched, you are paired with another person. See how it all plays out in Matched by Ally Condie, where society is tightly controlled by its government.




Cover for the TestingThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

In this post-war barren landscape, those who are allowed to participate in rebuilding the society are those that pass "the test" and make it into the elite university.




Cover for Starters

Like more Sci-Fi? Try Starters by Lissa Price. In this post-war society where money is tight, you can rent your body to other people. Giving up control of your own body through a neurochip in your brain sounds harmless enough, until someone with evil plans rents Callie's body. Will she be able to regain control and stop the crime before it happens?



Cover for EnclaveEnclave by Ann Aguirre

What if your only worldview was from living below the surface of the earth? What if you had never seen daylight before? Then you might be living in Ann Aguirre's post-apocalyptic society in an enclave underground, presumably in what used to be the sewer. The elders keep a strict order on the underground society and claim it is what keeps everyone safe and surviving. When Deuce, a huntress, and her partner go out on a mission and find that a neighboring enclave has been decimated, she begins to question the wisdom of the elders. Find out what adventure awaits Deuce when she gets kicked out of the enclave and must survive "topside" with her partner Fade.



Cover for FeedIf you think we live in a technology-dependent society, just imagine if smartphone-like technology was implanted directly into your brain and delivered a constant supply of information every waking moment! Who controls your "feed" and what happens when you begin to reject it, or it rejects you? Find out in Feed by M.T. Anderson!



Cover for LegendLegend by Marie Lu

Two prodigies--both equally smart--born into very different layers of society. What happens when one is trained to hunt and find the other, who is considered an enemy of the state? What these characters recognize about each other and about themselves is really what drives the story in this military government controlled society.




More To Try:

   Cover for VariantCover for Blood REd RoadCover for the Bar Code TattooCover for Under the Never SkyCover for DeliriumCover for GracelingCover for Life as We Knew ItCover for the Age of MiraclesCover for After the SnowCover for Monument 14Cover for SafekeepingCover for Shatter me  



Which one do you think will hit the big screen first?

Dr. Seuss' Birthday Party at Your Local Branch Library (Read Across America)

Cat in the HatYou will be in good company celebrating Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at your library. Everyone across the country is doing it! Party and read Dr. Seuss with your neighbors. It’s Seussical!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Bascom Branch Library - 11:00a.m.

West Valley Branch Library - 11:00a.m.

Berryessa Branch Library - 11:30a.m.

Seven Trees Branch Library - 2:00p.m.

Alviso Branch Library - 3:00p.m.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Joyce Ellington Branch Library - 3:00p.m.

Educational Park Branch Library - 3:30p.m.

Cambrian Branch Library - 4:00p.m.

Calabazas Branch Library - 4:00p.m.

Tully Community Branch Library - 4:00p.m.

Vineland Branch Library - 4:00p.m.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Edenvale Branch Library - 11:30a.m.

Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library - 6:00p.m.

Alum Rock Branch Library - 6:30p.m.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Almaden Branch Library - 11:15a.m. - 6:30p.m.

Pearl Avenue Branch Library - 4:00p.m.

Hillview Branch Library - 6:00p.m.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

East San José Carnegie Branch Library - 4:00p.m.


Friday, March 7, 2014

King Library (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library) - 4:00p.m.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Evergreen Branch Library - 4:00p.m.


"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss


Check out copies of all of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories at your local branches!