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Author Fair 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library presents an Author Fair


Saturday, November 2 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the King Library.


Come meet and support more than 30 local Bay Area authors during King Library's first ever Author Fair! You will have the opportunity to mingle with participating authors as well as listen to them share their inspirations for their books. The event is free and open to the public.


Learn more about all the participating authors:


Question of the Week: Pursuing a Teaching Career in California

A patron came to the desk and asked a reference question about how to become a teacher.   This question was very broad.


As a reference librarian, the first thing that I did was to conduct a reference interview to know exactly where and what grade level he is interested in teaching.


He told me he intended to teach the high school at California.  I wanted to provide him with authoritative information.  The first place that I would go to find the answer was the official website of State of California.  On the webpage of Education, I found there is a section named Teachers.   I directed him to read the information of how to become a teacher in California.  The Education Department of California has a comprehensive checklist for people who want to pursue a teaching career in California.  The list contains information of seven preparatory steps:

  1. Decide if Teaching is For You
  2. Understand the Requirements
  3. Make and Follow Your Plan
  4. Find the Right Preparation Program
  5. Find Financial Aid
  6. Check Out Schools and Places
  7. Find a Teaching Job,r:2,s:0,i:87&iact=rc&page=1&tbnh=90&tbnw=310&start=0&ndsp=10&tx=87&ty=43

He was very pleased with the detailed information from a government source that I provided.   In addition, I introduced him our library’s variety of CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test) collections.   He left as a happy patron using our reference service at King Library. 


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The Missions of California Books Online!

The Missions of California cover

Are your kids always telling you last minute that they have a project on a Mission and when you get to the library all the books are checked out? Worry no more! The Missions of California Books are available in digital format online at Go to our catalog and do a keyword search for "missions of california." Then click the link on the mission your child has to do report for then type "missions" for username and password and you're set. All the same information online ready for you at anytime.

"Pioneering the Valley” Exhibit at King Library, April and May 2012.

Parade of Gold Dragon jpg

The first Chinese arrived in San Jose in 1850 to work in the fruit industry. The first of the five consecutive Chinatowns in San Jose was formed in 1866 on the location of today’s Market Street; and the last one, Heilenville, lasted from 1887-1931. After the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1943 and with a new wave of immigrants since 1965, the Chinese American community in Santa Clara Valley has grown in population (160,000 approx.) and made contributions in the developments in various economic, social, and political fields. 


The exhibit of "Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley" is lovingly presented by the Chinese Historical and Cultural Preservation Society, featuring 14 colorful panels of text and images on the history of Chinese Americans in the Santa Clara Valley from the 19th -21st century. Come visit us soon.  


Another exhibit in tandem with "Pioneering the Valley" at King Library is "Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County: 50 Years Preserving Tradition, Culture, & Community Service." This exhibit is drawn from the source materials of "Chinese American Women's Club of Santa Clara County records, 1962-1999" archived at Special Collections, King Library.  These records "document the organization's promotion and preservation of Chinese culture and service to the larger Bay Area Chinese community."


For more information, below are some books and websites on Chinese Americans:

Image credit: Chinese Historical and Cultural Preservation Society

Lions, and Tigers, and Rats, and Sharks!

Book cover of Rat IslandRat Island by William Stolzenburg shows the darker side of endangered species conservation. Islands make up just 3 percent of the Earth's landmass, but contain more than half of its endangered species. These ecosystems historically existed in isolation, their flora and fauna developing in ways not found on the mainland. The island ecosystems have been catastrophically disrupted either by humans or the animals humans bring with them- rats, cats, goats, and pigs primarily. To save these island ecosystems and their native inhabitants, ecologists have teamed up with a variety of people including professional hunters, semiretired poachers, and many more. Goats are shot from helicopters, rat poison is dropped onto mountainous islands. Rat Island reveals the modern "cruel to be kind" philosophy of conservationism.


Book cover of Devil's Teeth


Did you know that great white sharks lurk just off the California coastline? On a nasty group of

islands just a few hours boat ride from San Francisco are the Devil's Teeth, also known as the Farallon Islands. Devil's Teeth features Susan Casey's memories and experiences on the islands, which are a seasonal nesting ground for many seabirds, marine mammals and the hunting ground of the great white shark. There are many fascinating anecdotes in the book, such as Casey's attempts to sleep in a boat off the islands stormy coast, the biologist's clash with local "shark seeing" tour boats, and one scientist's mission to be the first man to surf the waves at the Farallons despite the presence of 20-foot great whites known as "The Sisters."


Book cover of Where the Wild Things Were


Without sea otters, sea urchins are stripping California's coastline of its kelp. Without wolves to hunt deer and elk, those species are eating Yellowstone's fragile population of young trees. Without large meat eaters to check their populations, smaller predators such as raccoons and opossums are eating through the United States' population of songbirds and other small animals. The disappearing bear and cougar has resulted in an explosion of deer, which have out-competed many other fauna for food and are stripping our wilderness of its flora. Where the Wild Things Were explains how ecosystems depend on these top-tier predators as "keystone species." The removal of these species due to humanity's attempts to manage the wilderness causes the rest of the ecosystem to crash. The book is written well, and in language that doesn't require a degree in biology to understand.


Reviews by volunteer Robert D.

Mission Projects

Screen shot of Missions of California databaseIt’s that time of year again, and California Mission Projects are in full stride. Because everyone has to do a project on a particular Mission, chances are that someone else beat you to book you wanted. No need to worry because the San José Public Library offers a great way to learn about your particular Mission of interest and explore all the other Missions across California. The Missions of California link on the SJPL eBook page provides online access to the California Mission books you typically find at your local Library. These online books are a great source of information for your Mission projects and even more info about the Missions is available at the SJPL’s History Reference Center. If you can’t find a book on your Mission this is a great way to finish your project without having to use a single book!

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