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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


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.  

Operation Prom-Dress 2014!

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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.



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 |

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.

Community Discussion: Internet Security & Privacy

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Community Discussion: Internet Security & Privacy

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:30 PM

Rose Garden Branch

1580 Naglee Ave.


In an era of social networks, cloud computing, more and more individuals’ personal information is available online elsewhere. Is privacy dead in a digital age? There has been a continuing national conversation on privacy and who do I trust? Join other members of your community to discuss these questions on internet security and privacy. All perspectives and views are welcome and respected. 


Pre-registration is requested but not required. For additional information call 1-408-808-2187.

Silicon Valley Reads 2014 is Coming to a Library Near You!

Silicon Valley Reads 2014 has posted their online schedule for the seasons’ hottest author tickets in the South Bay – including events at the San Jose Public Library. The good news is all the events are free and don’t really require tickets!


The event series, beginning with the official kickoff on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 is entitled: "Books & Technology: Friends or Foes". Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the actual event commencing at 7:30 p.m. There are no reservations required – first come, first seated at the historic Campbell Heritage Theatre.


Mr. Penumbra's 24 hr Bookstore Book Cover

The Shallows book cover

Here are the two headlining authors:


Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, will be joined on stage by Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy – a man experienced in the art of the interview.




Many more events are scheduled throughout February and March. Many of the events are perfect for the youngsters in your life and go well with these selected companion books for children:

All of the authors above will be at various libraries around town. Please check our events calendar for upcoming events. Each year Silicon Valley Reads encourages everyone in Santa Clara County to read and discuss the same book during the months of February and March. Take advantage of this opportunity. Be part of the community discussion. Make Sunday dinner an "all ages can participate" forum for fun. It’s bound to be lively and can include the whole family with the age appropriate selections.

When you have finished reading the featured books for Silicon Valley Reads 2014 you might want to try these books! Also, just for fun, why not try an ebook? Happy reading everyone!

Livemocha Ends December 31

Our subscription to the language learning resource, Livemocha will end December 31.  The company that provides Livemocha has decided not to continue this product and access to the site will end at the end of December.  We sincererly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We do still have our other language learning product, Mango, available online.

Please leave a comment if you have any concerns or questions.

Join us at Downtown Ice on December 15!

Downtown Ice skating rinkJoin us at Downtown Ice to enjoy an afternoon of skating and crafts hosted by us!


Have fun skating with our beloved mascot "Conroy the Cougar" and stop by the library's table for a fun children's craft making reindeer hats from Noon-3:00 p.m.


Present your San Jose Public Library card on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 from Noon-3:00 p.m. at Downtown Ice to get 1 person in for free with 1 paid adult admission - That's 2 skate admissions for $15! You must show your San Jose library card prior to transaction. Not combinable with any other offers or promotions.

Conroy Cougar with child


Downtown Ice is the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, located in the Circle of Palms between the SJ Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel.


For more information about Downtown Ice visit

Book Signings in San Jose!

Hicklebee's is an independent bookstore full of dedicated people who are willing to help any eager reader walking through their doors! And during the month of November, Hicklebee's will be holding two book signings at their store!



Curtsies and Conspiracies cover

On November 5, 2013, Gail Carriger will be coming to Hicklebees to celebrate the launch of her second book in her Finishing School Series. You can check out her first book Etiquette and Espionage at the library, and come to the book signing to get the sequel: Curtsies and Conspiracies. There is will also be a steam punk costume contest for those who wish to dress up, and Gail Carriger herself will be one of three judges.


The Launch Party and book signing will be on November 5, 2013 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at this address:


1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 292-8880




ODiary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck covern November 14, 2013, Jeff Kinney will be coming to Campbell Christian School on behalf of Hicklebees to talk about his brand new book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (book 8). You can check out the first seven books at your local library: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, The Ugly Truth, Cabin Fever, and The Third Wheel. Pre-order Hard Luck at Hicklebee's and get your ticket to attend the event!


The event will be held on November 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM at this address:

Christian School
1075 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA 


Important: In order to go to this event, you must have a ticket. To get tickets, you have to buy Hard Luck from Hicklebees. One book = two tickets.

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