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Celebrate "Month of the Young Child" at the 26th Annual San José Children's Faire


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact: Elizabeth Chavarin 

San José Public Library

Elizabeth.Chavarin@sjlibrary.org

408.808.2175

 

Celebrate "Month of the Young Child" at the 26th Annual San José Children's Faire

 

San José, Calif., April 16, 2014-The San José Public Library will present the San José Children's Faire, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Sat., April 26 in Discovery Meadow, adjacent to the  Children's Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way in downtown San José.

 

Now in its 26th year, the San José Children's Faire is a free, one-day outdoor festival designed to link parents and caregivers of young children with community organizations that serve their needs and is the highlight of the City of San José's "Month of the Young Child" celebration.

 

With an anticipated 5,000 attendees, the event-with the theme  will feature family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children, ages two to 12, in addition to information for families about education, child care, health and safety resources and recreational programs.

 

A program to welcome families will take place at noon and include:

 

  • Jill Bourne, city librarian, San José Public Library
  • Pierluigi Oliverio, San José councilmember and councilmember liaison for the Library and Early Education Commission
  • Sam Liccardo, San José councilmember
  • Madeline Walton-Hadlock, manager, Early Education, San José Public Library and Library Journal 2014 Library Mover and Shaker
  • Conroy the Cougar, the San Jose Public Library's mascot

The welcome remarks will highlight the importance of library and childhood development, education and community resources.

 

Children and parents will be invited to participate in a Children's Parade, show-off their Zumba skills, and enjoy fun and interactive activities at every community booth.    

 

Special performances throughout the day include:

For more information, visit www.sjpl.org/moyc or call (408) 808-2617

 

About "Month of the Young Child"

 

The "Month of the Young Child" is the local extension of the national "Week of the Young Child" celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It was established in 1971 in recognition that early childhood experiences (birth to age 8) lay the foundation for success in school and later life.  On Tues., April 8, San José City Council proclaimed April 2014 as "Month of the Young Child" in the City of San José, encouraging both individuals and organizations to support this observance.  Throughout the month of April, San Jose Public Library focuses on the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of children. 

 

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 nearly 980,000 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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Lives change @ your library: San José Public Library Celebrates National Library Week April 13-19


Lives Change @ your library - National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Lives change @ your library:

San José Public Library Celebrates National Library Week April 13-19

 

San José Mayor Chuck Reed and City Council salute library value to community with proclamation

 

San José, Calif., April 15, 2014—This week, the 23-branch San José Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  

 

"The heart of our community and part of the overall knowledge infrastructure that includes San José schools, our Library is deeply committed to providing spaces where everyone can learn, create, study and explore," said Jill Bourne, director, San José Public Library.  "Libraries ensure an equal playing field for all people, where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect, reengage and can access information free. We are proud that we fulfill this mission every day for all San Joséans."

 

Cited as a beloved institution and key part of the community, San José Mayor Chuck Reed and San José City Council presented Bourne and Ruth Kifer, dean, University Library, San José State University (SJSU) with a proclamation during today’s City Council meeting declaring National Library Week in San José. The proclamation highlighted the value the 142-year-old San José Public Library system—which includes the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, jointly operated by the City of San José and SJSU—brings to the community it serves.  

 

One of the busiest library systems in the nation with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items across over 20 languages, the San José Public Library last year served approximately six million visitors across 23 facilities and produced more than 11,100 programs—many focusing on literacy and education.

 

"We think that this year’s National Library Week theme, Lives change @ your library is fitting. Here in the Capital of Silicon Valley, the San José Public Library serves as a catalyst in our community, offering opportunities for children and adults alike to learn, grow and achieve their dreams," Bourne said.

 

In addition to providing access to books, e-books, computers and other resources, San José Public Library system’s award-winning librarians offer expert teaching and guidance to aid library users in their quest to open new worlds and change their lives.  They also work with small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what the community needs are and meet them.  

 

"Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond," Bourne said.

 

Patrons share library impact on their lives

 

San José Public Libraryis celebrating National Library Week by highlighting how patron lives have changed through library programs and services.  Throughout the week, the library will post on its website stories that demonstrate significant, positive changes in the lives of community members utilizing the library.  They include:

 

Stephanie Austin, ESL teacher for adults

Austin is a mother, teacher, volunteer and library advocate.  She always introduces her students to the library and actively engages her students in what their local library has to offer them.

 

Michelle Boor, library volunteer

Boor is a mother and library volunteer who presents a monthly Baby Sign Language Class at the Rose Garden Branch Library.  She initiated the class after she noticed she was having more success communicating with her toddler using sign language and wanted to share what she had learned with other parents.  

 

Andrew Embury, library customer and cancer survivor

Embury frequents his neighborhood East Carnegie Branch Library where he enjoys relaxing, using the computer and building friendships with staff.  After he was diagnosed with cancer and then underwent treatment, he was unable to return to the library for a year.  His most memorable moment as a cancer survivor was walking into the library and being greeted and recognized by staff when he returned. 

 

Kanakam Rangan, library customer and former medical librarian

Rangan is an avid reader who frequently visits her local Santa Teresa Branch Library, especially when she has doctor appointments at the hospital across the street.  She considers a library visit therapeutic after medical treatments.  As a former medical librarian, she values the staff at her local branch library and the essential resources and knowledge it offers the community.   The library programs have helped her prepare for citizenship and taught her to use a computer. 

 

Mario Ruedas, father and bibliophile

Ruedas describes himself as a bibliophile and developed his love for reading after visiting branches of the San José Public Library.  As a father of a young boy, he stresses the importance of education by encouraging his son to read and visit the library. 

 

Melani Shahin, high school student and library volunteer

Shahin is a high school student and lover of books.  As a student, Shahin has relied on the library to complete research assignments and volunteers with the library youth council, teensReach.  As a teensReach member she has been able to help work on projects that have helped her improve her research and communication skills.   

 

Tavleen and Harinder Singh, daughter and father

Harinder Singh instilled a love of reading in his daughter Tavleen at an early age.  They regularly visit their local Evergreen Branch Library together to check out books and get book recommendations from librarians.  As a result of Tavleen’s avid reading, she scores high in her school’s Accelerated Reader Test and has also developed new hobbies, such as drawing and most recently horseback riding.

 

Kathy and Lloyd Paster, library customers

Kathy and Lloyd Paster have been married for 22 years both originally from New York and now reside in San Jose, Calif.  They developed their love for reading as a child and currently still avid readers.  The library has always been essential for them as students and now as adults.  They both have been able to advance their computer skills with the help of the Willow Glen Branch Library staff.  Prior to moving to San Jose, they lived in a few other states and counties and have always made it a priority to get a library card from their local library.  

 

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

 

For more information and to learn more about how Lives Change @ your library, visit http://sjpl.org/sjplstories.

 

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 nearly 980,000 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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Volunteers Bring Diverse Talents and Expertise to San Jose Public Library Patrons


Contact: Steven Brewster

(415) 577-8851; steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

 

Volunteers Bring Diverse Talents and Expertise to San José Public Library Patrons  

 

From English-as-a-Second-Language, knitting and computer classes to homework helpers, Friends of the Library, and readers to children, volunteers provide a variety of resources to meet community needs

 

San José, Calif., April 8, 2014 — Jill Bourne, director, San José Public Library, announced today that 1,900 volunteers donated 60,000 hours over the past year throughout the 23-branch system, which supported library programs and services.

 

Volunteers participated in and drove a wide variety of activities including adult literacy, citizenship, computer and career skills, English-as-a-Second-Languageprograms and homework help.  They also served as photographers and videographers and taught classes ranging from Aztec dancing and knitting to children’s art classes. 

 

In addition, Friends of the Library—volunteer groups that support, advocate and raise funds for individual branch library locations—supported library programs through their book sales and other activities.

 

Results are being announced in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, an annual celebration recognizing the collective power to make a difference and be at the center of social change.

 

"During National Volunteer Week, we applaud our volunteers for the inspiring and imaginative ways they have engaged with the library and its patrons. By complementing the work performed by library staff, volunteers give us the ability to help accomplish our goals and meet community needs," said Bourne.

 

Volunteer-led conversation clubs: a gateway for many residents

According to Joan Young, head of volunteer services, San José Public Library, volunteers provide a gateway for English learners of all ages.

 

"San José is one of the most culturally-diverse communities in the U.S. and many of our residents are new Americans. San José Public Library’s volunteer-led ESL conversation clubs allow people to practice their English skills by conversing with other English language learners."

 

Conversation club leaders facilitate group discussions on current events, cultural traditions and other topics of interest to new Americans. 

 

More than 2,800 people attended the Library’s conversation clubs during the past year.

"Reasons for joining a conversation club range from improving career opportunities to better assimilating into a new culture.  Our volunteers play a critical role in helping people develop their language skills and the confidence that comes from mastering a new way to communicate.  We tip our hats to their dedication and hard work," Young said.

 

For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit www.sjpl.org/volunteer.

 

About National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light, was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.  This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.

 

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 nearly 980,000 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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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.  
 
Home Energy Savings Kit - Information Events

Silicon Valley Energy Watch Program Representative will host an informational table to answer questions regarding the Home Energy Savings Kit on the following dates and locations:

 



Measure B Information


Measure B Information

Continuing Existing, Voter-Approved Funding for Local Libraries

From City Librarian Jill Bourne

 

On March 4, 2014, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved placing Measure B on the June 3 ballot to continue existing, voter-approved funds for library programs and services. Please see the attached information, including Frequently Asked Questions, explaining the Measure.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jill Bourne, City Librarian

San Jose Public Library

 

Informational Links

What is Measure B?

A brief presentation overview of Measure B

Version for printing available here 

 

San Jose Public Library Funding Sources

Learn more about how the San Jose Public Library is funded

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Measure B and the Library Parcel Tax?  Find helpful answers here

 

Placement Resolution & Ordinance

Find out more about the details of Measure B and the Library Parcel Tax

 

Executive Summary of Community Survey Results

Learn more about community support of the San Jose Public Library

 

Survey Press Release 

Read about the results of the Library Parcel Tax community survey

 

Placement Press Release 

Learn more about San Jose City Council placing on the June 3 ballot the renewal of the existing Library Parcel Tax

 

Measure B Impartial Analysis

From the San Jose Office of the City Attorney, learn about all aspects of Measure B

 

Measure B Pro Argument

Read about community support for Measure B

 

Read about arguments against Measure B



Thursday Night Insight: Making Treasure Out of Trash


craft projects made from trash paperHave you ever wondered what you could make out of old or damaged books and magazines?

 

Books that you’d otherwise have to throw away?

 

Cards, envelopes, gift bags and more!

Let us show you how at the Joyce Ellington Branch Library.

 

Thursday, March 13, 2014 6:00-9:00 p.m.

 

This event is intended for adults. All supplies provided.