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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.​

Downtown Ice with Curious George

Downtown Ice skating rink

Join us at Downtown Ice for an afternoon of skating and crafts hosted by KQED and us!


Have fun skating with Curious George and our beloved mascot "Conroy the Cougar." Stop by the library's table for a fun children activities from 1:00-4:00 p.m.


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


For more information about Downtown Ice visit

Community Views, Community Voices: San Jose Public Library

San Jose Public Library Director, Jill Bourne, joins CreaTV's Executive Director on the set of "Community Views, Community Voices" to talk about all the great things the library has accomplish in 2013 - from the four branch openings to the King Library's 10th anniversary. Check it out!

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:


Saturday Service at Evergreen Branch Library Starting September 7

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Chavarin

(408) 808-2175;



San José Public Library Adds Saturday Service at

Evergreen Branch Library Starting September 7


SAN JOSE, Calif. San José Public Library is adding a new day of service at the Evergreen Branch Library starting September Evergreen Branch will be open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


"The Evergreen Branch Library is a critical resource in our community for lifelong learning.  In response to feedback and requests from our residents, I advocated for adding Saturday hours to Evergreen’s only branch library during our 2013-14 budget process and won the support of my council colleagues," states Councilmember Rose Herrera. "Now parents who work during the week can take the time to visit the library with their families on Saturdays and benefit from all the resources it has to offer."


To celebrate additional day of service, the community is invited to a special celebration from 10:00 - 12:00 a.m.  The event will feature free entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments.  Councilmember Rose Herrera will also say a few words and read to the children at 11:15 a.m.


"District 8 is the only Council District in San José with only one library.  We are delighted to expand the hours of library services for the community.  While a new branch is being constructed in District 8, adding another open Saturday expands library access to the Evergreen neighborhood and beyond," says Jill Bourne, Library Director.  


Evergreen Branch Library is located at 2635 Abord Rd. and is open Monday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; and starting September 7 will open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


For more information about events and services offered at this branch, visit



Teen Lock-In Events

teen with lightsTeens!

This after-hours zombie party is just for you! Join us for games, contests and crafts as the library will be open just for TEENS!


Pre-registration is required and limited to teens who have completed at least two activities on their Summer Reading Celebration activity grid.


To register, you and your parent or guardian must come to the library that you prefer to participate in this event and fill-out the registration form.


Please see a librarian at either of the listed branches below for more details or view them on our calendar.

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