- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
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.
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:
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:
If you have a talent for creating comic/manga style illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Making Contest for all ages as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, 2013. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library, Hijinx Comics, San José Museum of Art and TRY Japan Culture Group.
Here’s how to enter …
Entries will be judged on content and illustrations by a panel of library staff and comic industry professionals. All cash prizes will be awarded as gift cards.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held at the Seven Trees Branch Library on Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 p.m.in the Community Room.
San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate.
San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience. This contest is open to all California residents.
San Jose Public Library wants your recommendations for the International IMPAC Dublin award now! (Deadline May 16, 2013)
Is there a novel you read last year that you enjoyed? Nominate it for the IMPAC Dublin award!
Every year San Jose Public Library, along with other major libraries from around the world nominates a work of fiction written or translated in English published the preceding year for the International IMPAC Dublin Award. From the Long list of recommended books, a short list of 10 books is chosen by a jury of authors. From this list of finalists a winner is chosen and announced the following June.
The book must be a novel, published in English between January 1 and December 31, 2012 or an English translation of a book originally published between 2008-2012.
Post your recommendations below no later than May 16.
For more information on the IMPAC Dublin award: www.impacdublinaward.ie
Give children the joy of reading by reading aloud to youngsters at one of the San Jose Public Libraries. Reading occurs in the library's children's area at designated times throughout the day. Specialized training is provided to all incoming volunteers. Several of our library branches are seeking volunteers to read to children on an ongoing basis (minimum 6 month commitment). Bilingual volunteers (Spanish/English) are especially needed. This position requires fingerprinting.
Training is on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 12:00pm - 3:00pm at the King Library. Please complete the application form and register for training here.
In celebration of National Preservation Week, San Jose Public Library is offering a way for you to preserve your personal and family memories. Library staff will be on hand to help you scan photographs and documents that have meaning in your life, and perhaps that you would like to share with others.
I have a photograph of my grandfather, a World War II veteran, who passed away last year. My grandmother gave me this image and also shared with me a few stories about how they first met and what their early years together were like. I would like to share this image and her personal stories with my 20 cousins spread throughout the United States. In this way the family memories can be saved and handed down.
Let us help you do the same. We welcome you to attend a Scan Day at any of the following times and places. Please bring up to ten items to scan and we will help you save the digitized images to a CD.
Thrusday, April 4th 11-1 pm
Friday, April 5th 2-4 pm
Thursday, April 11th 11-1 pm
Thursday, April 11th 4-6 pm
The hills are green and the weather is in turns warm or rainy. Its time to get out into the garden and get some work done! I've been walking out and doing a little bit of weeding every morning and today I sowed some seeds.
March is a great month to get started with the following: Fertilize trees and shrubs, plant potatoes and summer blooming bulbs like caladiums and elephant ears.
Whether you have a small orchard or a few plants in pots on your windowsill, SJPL has a lot of resources to help you plan this year's garden and give you inspiration!
The world-renowned San Jose Heritage Rose Garden at Spring and Taylor is a great inspiration to rose lovers. A dedicated cadre of volunteers maintain the garden. Check out this aerial view video of the volunteers hard at work! How's that for inspiration? I've only got four roses to prune!
Celebrate the Month of the Young Child at the
25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire!
The Faire is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees to the outdoor festival, held at Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum), in downtown San José.
The theme this year is "Explore the Possibilities" and features family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions, and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children ages 2-12. Families can obtain information about education, child care, recreational programs and health and safety resources.
For more information call 1-408-808-2617 or visit www.sjpl.org/moyc
The San José Public Library has a fun program for kids to practice their reading skills by reading to some friendly dogs, cats, and other animals. It's called Reading to Furry Friends. Kids are paired with an animal for some one-on-one reading time. This is a great way to encourage kids to improve their reading skills and develop relationships with animals.
If your kids need suggestions for what to read to them, here are some fun books that the listening animals might appreciate:
Oh No George! by Chris Haughton
George wants to be a good dog, but when his owner goes out for the day, he struggles with the temptations that all dogs surely face: digging in the flower garden, chasing the cat, and swiping some cake off the kitchen table. Will George be good?
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Dog is white with a black spot on one ear. But after a day spent romping, he comes back with a whole bunch of different color spots. Learn colors and number with this colorful canine!
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
The mother of this George despairs of ever getting her puppy to make the noise that all dogs must: BARK! A variety of other animal sounds come out of George, so she takes him to the vet to see what the problem is.
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Kitten is convinced that the moon is a big bowl of milk just out of his reach. He will try almost anything to get that bowl of milk. Will Kitten go hungry or will he succeed?
Pete the Cat by James Dean
Pete loves his new white shoes. But as he walks down the street and steps in colorful mess after colorful mess, his shoes aren’t so white anymore. But that’s fine with Pete, who keeps singing his song and loving his shoes.
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? By Jan Thomas
What will Fat Cat sit on? All of the animals in this book just hope it won’t be them. Can they come up with a solution before it’s too late?
If your child wants to read to one of our furry friends, then check out the locations below for dates and times:
Don't let the tough economy discourage students from attending Prom.
Donate a new or gently used dress today!
Donations are currently being accepted through March 3, 2013.
Stop by one of the following branch libraries to make your donation:
For a full list of participating locations click here.
Congratulations BOTB 2013 Winners!
Lizard Kingdom Progressive Rock
“Lizard Kingdom is heavily influenced by bands such as the Fall of Troy, Ricky Martin, Sha Na Na, Nickelback, Milli Vanilli, and Brian Wilson. In our spare time, we enjoy making balloon animals. Collectively our favorite food is pickles. Our pre-show ritual is we gather around, and run with scissors to display bravery.”
"Cactus is a group that plays for the sheer love of all different kinds of music, whether it be jazz, blues, alternative, classic rock, or Motown. Each practice is always different consisting of spontaneous new ideas every time. We enjoy the simple things in life, humor, and acting weird and crazy!"
Half N Half Indie Rock
“We have been together since Fall 2011, and started out playing covers. But with HALF of us wanting to play this, n Half of us wanting to play that, we finally decided to collaborate to write our own music! “
The library gratefully acknowledges the generous contributions of its community sponsors: