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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
 


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! 

It’s time for San José Public Library’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bands

 

Congratulations to the TOP FIVE who will move on to compete at the concert finale on  Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Almaden Branch Library and Community Center. The finalists will have up to 20 minutes to perform their set in front of an audience and a judging panel of local music experts.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

All are invited to attend this exciting concert event, which will showcase local talented youth. The judges will determine the grand prize winner of San Jose Public Library's 7th annual Battle of the Bands!  For more information, contact 408-808-2187.

 

    

 

 

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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.  
 
Home Energy Savings Kit - Information Events

Silicon Valley Energy Watch Program Representative will host an informational table to answer questions regarding the Home Energy Savings Kit on the following dates and locations:

 

 

Media Release: San Jose Public Library Marks Earth Day with Free Energy-Saving Toolkits for Library Patrons 



Operation Prom-Dress 2014!


artwork of girls dancing

The Office of Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen presents:
Operation Prom Dress 2014

 

There is still time to participate in this year’s Operation Prom-Dress!  Don’t let a tough economy discourage students from attending Prom.

 

Dig through those closets for new or gently used dresses and accessories and donate them to any of the following libraries or community centers.

 

Libraries

Community Centers

Donations are being accepted until March 7, 2014.

 

For Students needing a dress, join us March 9th from 9am - 1 pm at the Seven Trees Community Center! There will be refreshments and raffle prizzes! Please remember to bring a valid student ID. For more information, see our flyer here.



enki eBooks


Logo Image for Enki enki is a new eBook platform created by libraries in California with great content purchased directly from indie publishers rather than through a vendor reseller.  Try a new author you may never have heard of before, and find new favorites amongst these great independent titles from publishers who actively support libraries!

 

 

Here are some quick facts:

  • enki offers EPUB and PDF eBooks, no Kindle format and no audiobooks.
  • You will need an Adobe ID
  • Titles can be downloaded or read online
  • iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire users will need to install the Bluefire Reader app
  • Desktop users will need Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
  • You can transfer to a Nook with ADE
  • You can checkout up to 5 and place up to 5 titles on hold
  • 14 day checkout

To learn more, this tutorial is excellent and has step by step download instructions for computers and devices. The Help pages are also excellent.



Posted by Margaret Yamasaki on Feb 4, 2014 | Comments: 0 |
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New to the Library Catalog - "Freeze" Your Hold Requests


New Library Feature: Freeze HoldsA new feature has been added to our Library Catalog - the ability to "Freeze" your hold requests.

 

"Freeze Holds" essentially allows you to "pause" the progress of a hold request and let others "cut" in front of you in line for an item.  It's useful if you won't be able to pick up a hold that might be fulfilled during an inconvenient time. You can avoid both potential fines for not picking the item up and losing your place in the hold queue.

 

To Freeze a Hold:

  1. Login to My Account and views your existing holds. 
  2. You'll see a "Freeze" column with check boxes to the far right of each request.  Check the box(es) and hit "Update List".  Then confirm your decisions.

A frozen hold will look like this in our Library Catalog:

frozen hold in library catalog

And like this in our "Classic Catalog":

frozen hold request in Classic Catalog

 

Holds remain frozen until you choose to remove the freeze through My Account.  A hold cannot be frozen if it is already on the hold shelf, in transit, is a Link+ item, or otherwise paged to fulfill your request.