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STEAMstacks: Innovate, Create, Discover


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Library's #STEAMstacks Programs


Many of modern civilization’s most profound developments were initiated here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and were the result of someone with an idea in mind and the ability to bring it to life. 

 

More than ever, people here are harnessing that legacy, breaking out of the role of consumer and becoming creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 

 

The concept of Library is expanding from a place for consumption of information and media, to a place for self-directed and peer-assisted learning, creation, invention, and entrepreneurship.

 

Hands-on technology learning can expose disenfranchised youth and adult residents to opportunities to develop skills and access the hardware and software industries that are booming around them in the Silicon Valley.  

 

Thus, the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) has created #STEAMstacks maker programs that combine reading, showing and making and that emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM). 

 

While #STEAMstacks encourages local community engagement, it is also part of a new international movement fostering creative, social thinking and life-long learning through making.  SJPL intends to be a key node in that connected learning network and incorporate its capabilities into the community’s overall knowledge infrastructure.​

 

 

 

COMING SOON!  

 

MaKey MaKey allows you to connect the physical world to the digital.  The  kits will become available for checkout at the Evergreen Branch starting Oct. 21 and Berryessa Branch on Oct. 23. 

 

 

 

Squishy Circuits provides you the opportunity to learn about circuits using Battery Packs, LEDs and Play Dough that conducts electricity!  Join us at the Cambrian Branch at 3 p.m. on Oct. 29, to learn more.  

 

 

#STEAMstacks UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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STEAMstacks: Digital Paper Cutting Workshop for Adults


Silicon Valley Manufacturing WeekAs the Library celebrates Silicon Valley Manufacturing Week, taking place Mon., Sept. 29 to Fri., Oct. 3, join us for our STEAMstacks digital paper cutting workshop and bring out the maker in you.

 

The event will include a brief introduction about a digital paper cutting machine for both artistic creativity and innovative exploration.​​  

 

While we will have fun, it's great to keep in mind that activities of these types further fuel our abilities and initial thoughts about making things and manufacturing.  ​Participants will create a work with a computer and digital paper cutting machine.  

 

Space is limited, please register in advance at the Information Desk.

 

 

About the Library's STEAMstacks Programs


Many of modern civilization’s most profound developments were initiated here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and were the result of someone with an idea in mind and the ability to bring it to life.  More than ever, people here are harnessing that legacy, breaking out of the role of consumer and becoming creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 

 

The concept of Library is expanding from a place for consumption of information and media, to a place for self-directed and peer-assisted learning, creation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Hands-on technology learning can expose disenfranchised youth and adult residents to opportunities to develop skills and access the hardware and software industries that are booming around them in the Silicon Valley.  

 

Thus, the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) has created STEAMstacks maker programs that combine reading, showing and making and that emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM).  While STEAMstacks encourages local community engagement, it is also part of a new international movement fostering creative, social thinking and life-long learning through making.  SJPL intends to be a key node in that connected learning network and incorporate its capabilities into the community’s overall knowledge infrastructure.​



Teen JAM NIGHTS at the Library!


Jam Nights @ San Jose Public Library

Teens come out and jam out at the Library! 

 

Every SECOND Friday of the month starting

October 10 from 6-8:30 p.m.

 

Rose Garden Branch Library

1580 Naglee Ave. San Jose, CA 95126

 

All genres and musical backgrounds welcome! 

Must bring your own instrument. 

 

For more information contact Mark Giannuzzi at mark.giannuzzi@sjlibrary.org

 

How to prepare for Music Jam Nights for Teens

  1. Make sure your instrument is in good working order (bring it with you)
  2. Prepare one or two songs for performance. Short melodies, chord progressions, and/or rhythmic motifs work, too. We can build jams around them.
  3. Consider notating the music for other musicians to read. These can be full charts, chord/melody arrangements, or short ideas to be developed during the jams.
  4. Plan to play with others in a variety of styles that you may or may not be familiar with. The facilitator will ensure that a safe, respectful, and collaborative environment is maintained.
  5. Plan to play at a comfortable volume, so everyone can hear themselves. Depending on the musicians, we may play loud at times, but the overall volume will be maintained at a moderate level to ensure all instruments can be heard and that no one’s hearing is at risk.
  6. Bring a willingness to have fun, experiment, try new things, meet new friends, and make music with your peers.

 

Music Jam Nights for Teens is envisioned as a maker-space environment that provides teens with the opportunity to develop skills in music improvisation and performance, songwriting, and composition. Simultaneously, Music Jam Nights for Teens aims to support teen awareness of, and participation in, SJPL’s Battle of the Bands. Each jam session will be unique, though a variety of activities, musical ice-breakers, and other performance and song-writing based information will be included. 

 

Proudly presented by San Jose Public Library 

#SJPLjamnights



City of San José Host Southeast Branch Library Groundbreaking Celebration


Contact:                                             

Elizabeth Castañeda

408.458.0662 (cell)

Elizabeth.Castaneda@sjlibrary.org

 

 

 

Councilmember Herrera and City of San José Host Southeast Branch Library Groundbreaking Celebration

 

Second library in District 8 to be part of Evergreen “urban village”

 

San José, Calif. —District 8 Councilmember Rose Herrera and the City of San Joséwill host a public groundbreaking celebration at the future home of the Southeast Branch Library.  In addition to announcing details about the new branch, officials will also provide information concerning a public hearing this fall where the community will have the opportunity to submit proposals to officially name the branch.

 

WHO:           

Jill Bourne, San José Library Director

Boy Scouts Troop #251

Councilmember Rose Herrera

Mayor Chuck Reed

Dave Sykes, San José Public Works Director

Dave Hook, Library & Early Education Commission Chair

Pat Wolf, San José Public Library Foundation President

Chaboya Middle School Band, Karen Kolber, Band Director

 

WHEN:         10 a.m., Sat., Sept. 6

 

WHERE:       4001 Evergreen Village Square (within Evergreen Village)

 

BACKGROUND:

The groundbreaking 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.  To be 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.  More information may be found at www.sjpl.org/southeast.

 

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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

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


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Steven Brewster

Cell (415) 577-8851

steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

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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