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STEAMstacks: Digital Paper Cutting Workshop for Adults


As the Library celebrates Silicon Valley Manufacturing Week, taking place Mon., Sept. 29 to Fri., Oct. 3, join us for our STEAMstacks digital paper cutting workshop and bring out the maker in you.

 

The event will include a brief introduction about a digital paper cutting machine for both artistic creativity and innovative exploration.​​  

 

While we will have fun, it's great to keep in mind that activities of these types further fuel our abilities and initial thoughts about making things and manufacturing.  ​Participants will create a work with a computer and digital paper cutting machine.  Space is limited, please register in advance at the Information Desk.

 

About the Library's STEAMstacks Programs
Many of modern civilization’s most profound developments were initiated here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and were the result of someone with an idea in mind and the ability to bring it to life.  More than ever, people here are harnessing that legacy, breaking out of the role of consumer and becoming creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 

 

The concept of Library is expanding from a place for consumption of information and media, to a place for self-directed and peer-assisted learning, creation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Hands-on technology learning can expose disenfranchised youth and adult residents to opportunities to develop skills and access the hardware and software industries that are booming around them in the Silicon Valley.  

 

Thus, the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) has created STEAMstacks maker programs that combine reading, showing and making and that emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM).  While STEAMstacks encourages local community engagement, it is also part of a new international movement fostering creative, social thinking and life-long learning through making.  SJPL intends to be a key node in that connected learning network and incorporate its capabilities into the community’s overall knowledge infrastructure.​



Teen JAM NIGHTS at the Library!


Teens come out and jam out at the Library! 
 
Every SECOND Friday of the month starting
October 10 from 6-8:30 p.m.
 

Rose Garden Branch Library

1580 Naglee Ave. San Jose, CA 95126

 

All genres and musical backgrounds welcome! 

Must bring your own instrument. 

 

For more information contact Mark Giannuzzi at mark.giannuzzi@sjlibrary.org

 

--> How to prepare for Music Jam Nights for Teens

 

1.       Make sure your instrument is in good working order (bring it with you)

2.       Prepare one or two songs for performance. Short melodies, chord progressions, and/or rhythmic motifs work, too. We can build jams around them.

3.       Consider notating the music for other musicians to read. These can be full charts, chord/melody arrangements, or short ideas to be developed during the jams.

4.       Plan to play with others in a variety of styles that you may or may not be familiar with. The facilitator will ensure that a safe, respectful, and collaborative environment is maintained.

5.       Plan to play at a comfortable volume, so everyone can hear themselves. Depending on the musicians, we may play loud at times, but the overall volume will be maintained at a moderate level to ensure all instruments can be heard and that no one’s hearing is at risk.

6.       Bring a willingness to have fun, experiment, try new things, meet new friends, and make music with your peers.

 

Music Jam Nights for Teens is envisioned as a maker-space environment that provides teens with the opportunity to develop skills in music improvisation and performance, songwriting, and composition. Simultaneously, Music Jam Nights for Teens aims to support teen awareness of, and participation in, SJPL’s Battle of the Bands. Each jam session will be unique, though a variety of activities, musical ice-breakers, and other performance and song-writing based information will be included. 

 

Proudly presented by San Jose Public Library 

#SJPLjamnights



Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour


The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) is teaming up with Santa Clara City Library, Sunnyvale Public Library and Mountain View Public Library to present the Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour.

Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour Flier

 

The Library 2 Library Bicycle Tour is for library lovers and bicycle enthusiasts.

 

The Tour is scheduled for Saturday, 2014 October 18, starting at 9:30 AM at the San Jose Public Library Rose Garden Branch. From the Rose Garden Branch the Tour travels to the Santa Clara City Library, the Sunnyvale Public Library and ends at the Mountain View Public Library.

 

Each library stop will include a guided tour of the library, a craft and a surprise event. There will also be limited edition spoke cards.

 

Group rides will leave after each of the library tours. Feel free to join the group rides or go at your own pace. Hop on and off whenever you want.

 

Don’t forget to bring your reusable water bottle and a snack!

 

Register here!

 

Tentative schedule:  

 

9:30 AM:  San Jose Public Library, Rose Garden Branch  

10:00 AM: Leave Rose Garden Branch Library

10:45 AM: Santa Clara City Library Tour

11:00 AM: Leave Santa Clara City Library

11:45 AM: Sunnyvale Public Library Tour

12:00 PM: Leave Sunnyvale Public Library 

12:30 PM:  Mountain View Public Library tour

 

Library 2 Library route map coming soon!

 

Please Note:The bicycle tour will be held rain or shine



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
 


Exploring Electricity and Magnetism with Mr. Science


Man with static electricity device

Families are invited to experience electricity and magnetism in a fun and exciting way with Bob Boschert, also known as Mr.Science.  For ages 4 and up. 

 

2:30 p.m., Wedenesday, June 4, 2014 - Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch

2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014 - Almaden Branch Library

2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Cambrian Branch 

5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - Alum Rock Branch  

3:00 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2014 - Pearl Avenue Branch

3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Tully Community Branch

2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014 - Seven Trees Branch 

3:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Rose Garden Branch 

3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Edenvale Branch

2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014 - East San Jose Carnegie Branch 



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!

 

Hicklebee's

1378 Lincoln Ave

San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 292-8880

hicklebees@hicklebees.com



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:
http://www.hhpz.org/index.cfm/id/1314/?clearcache=1



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. 

 

 

 

Finalists 

 

 

Allegro

“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

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 *** 

 

    

 

 

SPONSORED BY:

 

      



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.