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“Watts the Point” Series Feat. Program to Create and Maintain Beautiful Lawn During Drought


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Steven Brewster

415.577.8851

steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

 

San José Public Library’s "Watts the Point" Series Features Program to Create and Maintain Beautiful Lawn During Drought

 

Focus on drought-resistant landscaping helps save water, avoid fines

 

San José, Calif., August 1, 2014——In response to the emergency drought situation plaguing the entire region this summer, the San José Public Library will host Creating Sustainable, Drought-Resistant Lawns: Landscaping with Succulents and Cacti —part of the "Watts the Point" series of ongoing programs, initiatives and discussions focusing on energy and natural resources conservation.

 

Presented by the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose, a local organization fostering education, propagation and conservation of xerophytic plants, also known as "succulents," the Landscaping with Succulents and Cacti sessions will provide an introduction to cacti and succulents along with information about how to use them in landscaping and container gardening.

 

These free programs will take place at multiple locations throughout the San Jose community and include:

Earlier this month, California water regulators voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report from the State Water Quality Control Board showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades and that conservation measures to date have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.  While water usage throughout the state rose, here in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area, usage actually declined by five percent.

 

According to Ralph Mize, city arborist, City of San Jose, the community continues to do its part to maintain a beautiful city while conserving water.

 

"One way to use water efficiently in urban areas is to create drought-resistant landscapes that, with little or no extra water, even in times of drought, still provide beauty and attractiveness to our neighborhoods and homes, while helping avoid any water usage fines."

 

Landscaping with Succulents and Cactiwill provide key guidelines for beginning and maintaining a drought-resistant lawn.  These will include knowing—before purchasing plants—their water-use requirement and how to meet those needs in times of drought, understanding plants’ survival mechanisms and learning to meter expectations of plants that may not look their best during times of drought.

 

To complement the program, the Library has available multiple books, media and online resources to reinforce the program’s theme and help the community explore further ways to improve their water conservation efforts.

 

"The Library is proud to be providing programs and materials that help residents make informed decisions about saving resources and money, and doing their part to mitigate the drought impacting the entire region," said Angie Miraflor, division manager, literacy and learning, and head of programming for the Library.

 

Registration is free for each program and may be found here:

Register: 6:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 20, Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Ave.

Register: 10:30 a.m., Sat., Aug. 23, Bascom Branch Library, 1000 S. Bascom Ave.

Register: 2 p.m., Sat., Aug. 23, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St.

 

About the Watts the Point Series

The "Watts the Point" series is produced by of the San José Public Library and focuses on topics and themes that help address energy and natural resources conversation to help residents live efficiently and minimize their impact on the planet.  Other "Watts the Point" efforts include the free availability at all 23 library branches the Silicon Valley Energy Watch Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkits stocked with supplies and measuring devices.  The toolkits provide step-by-step instructions on how to measure the energy use and water flow rates of appliances and equipment, and then how to install equipment that reduces energy and water consumption—without sacrificing comfort.

 

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

 

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Winners of Graphic Novel Making Contest To Be Announced Sat., Aug. 23


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Steven Brewster

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Contact at event:

Vidya Kilambi

(408) 629-3362

vidya.kilambi@sjlibary.org

 

 

Winners of Graphic Novel Making Contest To Be Announced Sat., Aug. 23

 

Annual competition showcases top San Jose creative talent carrying on anime and manga tradition

 

San José, Calif. —Youth and adult winners of the San José Public Library Graphic Novel Making Contest will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held Saturday at the Seven Trees Branch Library & Community Center.  The event will showcase image-rich winning entries and also include attendance by representatives from partnering organizations. They include Hijinx Comics, the oldest comic bookstore in San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Art, Sakura of America and TRY Japan Culture, an organization that highlights Japanese culture, anime and manga.  From 107 submissions, a panel of eight judges, comprised of Library staff from throughout San Jose, Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang from P.M.B.Q. Studio and Hideko Kough from TRY Japan Cultural Group, selected winners in four age categories: 8 years and under; 9-12 years, 13-17 years, and 18 and above.

 

WHO: Expected attendance: 250+, to include a diverse group of youth and adult winners and contestants, their parents and friends, contest judges, library staff, anime and manga fans

 

WHEN: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sat., August 23, 2014

 

WHERE:  Community Center Ballroom

                 Seven Trees Branch Library & Community Center

                 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose

 

BACKGROUND: Manga, a Japanese word referring both to comics and cartooning, are comics originally created in Japan, or by Japanese creators, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.  They are usually published in black and white and read from top to bottom and then right to left, similar to the layout of a Japanese plain text.  Another art form originated in Japan, anime is animation style is characterized by distinctive hand-drawn or computer-generated characters and backgrounds that visually and thematically set it apart from other forms of animation. The Graphic Novel Making Contest pays homage to both and highlights the extreme popularity of these art forms among adults and youth in San Jose. The Contest is also a complement to the Library's extensive collection of manga and anime books and media throughout the 23-branch system and ongoing programming that promotes all aspects of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and creativity, and math).

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Southeast Branch Groundbreaking Celebration - September 6, 2014


GROUNDBREAKING CELEBRATION TO MARK CONSTRUCTION OF SOUTHEAST BRANCH LIBRARY

 

District 8 Councilmember Rose Herrera and the City of San José are inviting the public to take part in a groundbreaking celebration at the future home of the Southeast Branch Library, 10 a.m., Sat., Sept. 6, 4001 Evergreen Village Square (corner of Classico Ave. and Evergreen Village Sq.). 

 

The event will mark the initial construction of the system's final branch funded via the Branch Library Bond Measure that was approved November 2000 and allotted $212 million for construction of 6 new and 14 expanded branch libraries in San José.  Located on the site of the former Mirassou Winery and to be a key anchor in the Evergreen "urban village," the 16,000 sq. ft. building will feature architecture reflective of its surrounding structures and be the only branch library in the system to be located within a multi-use commercial and residential development. 

 

The Southeast Branch Library will be the second library in District 8 and complement the popular Evergreen Branch, 2635 Aborn Rd.  

 

In addition, the Library will host a hearing later in the fall where the public will have the opportunity to submit proposals to officially name the branch. Please see the City policy to name City facilities and download a proposal form



Captain Underpants Book Signing!


Captain Underpants coverDav Pilkey, The author of Captain Underpants, will be at Hicklebee's this September for Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000! Follow the mischievous adventures of George Beard and Harold Hutchins as they, and Captain Underpants of course, fight Melvin Sneedly! Will they be able to defeat Melvin using Wedgie Power? Or will their plans to save humanity be flushed away? Find out at Hicklebee's on September 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM! Join the staff, fellow book lovers, and Dav Pilkey for awesome butt-kicking action!

 

Location:

Hicklebee's

1378 Lincoln Ave.

San Jose, CA 95125-3010

 

Phone No.:

(408) 292-8880



Teens to ROCK the Library This Weekend!


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Steven Brewster

415.577.8851

steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

 

Teens to ROCK the Library This Weekend!

 

Finalists of San José Public Library’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bands set to perform live Saturday

 

San José, Calif., July 30, 2014——San José Public Library will host a showcase concert featuring the top five finalists of its 7th Annual Battle of the Bands, part of the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge, beginning at 3 p.m., Sat., Aug. 2 at the Almaden Branch Library and Community Center, 6455 Camden Ave.

 

The finalists include A Guy with a Guitar, Allegro, Cindy B., Odd Army and Quantum.

The five bands will perform up to 20 minutes each in front of a live audience and a panel of professional local musicians and instructors, including Paul Kauppila, rock scholar, music historian, and radio DJ; Socorra Camposanto, singer/songwriter, composer and teacher; Christina Jupp Grove, librarian and private trumpet instructor, and Mark Giannuzzi, drummer and librarian.

 

Winners will receive $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $50 for third place.  A special award will be presented to the band with the best video.

 

The finalists were chosen via an online contest held July 2-19.  The public was invited to visit sjpl.org/battleofthebands, watch videos submitted by each band and vote for their favorites.  Nearly 800 participated in the voting.

 

“San José Public Library strives to enrich lives by fostering lifelong learning and exploration in a quest to open new worlds and change lives,” said Angie Miraflor, division manager and head of library programming.  “We are very excited that the annual Battle of the Bands music showcase and competitionoffers opportunities for teens to learn, grow and connect through music and technology in a safe space like the library,” she said.

 

In preparation for their performances, band members utilized the Library’s non-print multi-media resources via librarians who are trained to help them learn how to use new technology.  To support these budding musicians in their endeavors, the Library also offered them a free space to rehearse.

 

Partners for the Battle of the Bands include: Guitar Showcase, LIVE 105, 105.3FM, Music Village, Park Avenue Music Center Band & Orchestra Supply, School of Rock San Jose, San Jose Rock Shop, Streetlight Records, Tap-Tempo Music Shop and The Starving Musician. 

 

“We salute all of the Library’s collaborators for Battle of the Bands,” said Miraflor.  “The ongoing success of Library programming and how it impacts our community that we serve takes strong, strategic public-private partnerships.  We look forward to working again next year with our growing partner roster.”

 

An overview of the five finalists may be found here:

 

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. They were brought together at Leland High School and hopes the band is the start of something great.

 

Cindy B.-According to Cindy B., her musical tastes are eclectic because she's a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to limit her music tastes to a genre. 

 

Odd Army-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.

 

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 incorporating the different genres in their performances.

 

About the Summer Reading Challenge

The Battle of the Bands is part of the San José Public Library Summer Reading Challenge, that began June 1 and runs through July 31.  It is the largest seasonal special program produced by the Library and is built around the four themes of reading, learning, exploring and energizing with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM.  This is being supported by an extensive series of demonstrations, programs and events including a series of family play groups, kids’ music and movement celebrations, yoga and tai chi instruction, and Mexican folklorico, Aztec and line dance classes at selected library branches.

For more information, please visit sjpl.org/summer.

 

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

 

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San José Public Library and Earthquakes Team Up for Summer Reading Challenge


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Contact:

Elizabeth Castañeda

408.808.2175

Elizabeth.Castaneda@sjlibrary.org

 

San José Public Library and Earthquakes Team Up for Summer Reading Challenge

 

Team to lead Storytime readings throughout community

Essay contest will award student winner with VIP experience

 

San José, Calif., July 11, 2014——As the World Cup approaches its climatic final round in Brazil, here in Silicon Valley the San José Public Library and the San Jose Earthquakes,one of the leading Major League Soccer teams, have joined forces for the City’s Summer Reading Challenge. 

 

Over the next three weeks, the Library will host fan-favorite Earthquakes players during children’s Storytimes at branch locations throughout San Jose.  At each location, a team member will do lively readingof one of his favorite children’s books and help rally the audience around reading and learning throughout the summer.  

 

Earthquakes Storytimes take place 6 p.m., Tues., July 15, Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch, 921 S 1st St., 3:15 p.m., Wed., July 16, Joyce Ellington Branch, 491 E Empire St., 4 p.m., Thurs., July 24, Educational Park Branch, 1772 Educational Park Dr., 3 p.m., Sat., July 26, Hillview Branch, 1600 Hopkins Dr.

 

In addition, soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 7-18 have the opportunity to win a VIP Experience with the Earthquakes by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge Essay Contest.  The Library is inviting students to submit a 250-word essay sharing how they can stay healthy and active over the summer.  The Earthquakes will then select and contact one winner who will receive a VIP Experience, including a behind- the-scenes tour with the Earthquakes players, admission to a team practice and participation in a team meet-and-greet.  The winner will have the choice to attend the Sat., August 16 or Sat., August 30 game at Buck Shaw Stadium.  To enter, students may submit their essays online, http://sjpl.org/earthquakesenter, or drop off their submission at a library branch by Thurs., July 31.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge, that began June 1 and runs through July 31, is the largest seasonal special program produced by the Library.  It is built around the four themes of reading, learning, exploring and energizing with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM.  This is being supported by an extensive series of demonstrations, programs and events.

 

The program also emphasizes the importance of physical activity and is being highlighted via the Earthquakes relationship.  It also is complemented by a series of family play groups, kids’ music and movement celebrations, yoga and tai chi instruction, and Mexican folklorico, Aztec and line dance classes at selected library branches.

 

Challenge participants can earn prizes by keeping track of their reading. Game grids are available at all 23 library locations and via a downloadable app, co-created by eBay and the Library, available for iOS and Android devices.

 

For more information, please visit sjpl.org/summer-reading-challenge-2014.

 

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

 

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