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Graphic Novel Making Contest - June 1 - July 31, 2012

logo, Graphic Novel Contest



Congratulations to the winners! - Check out their Work!

Winning Contestants San Jose Public Library Graphic Novel Making Contest















Children up to age 6

1st place: Joaquin Albornoz, age 5, “Joaquin’s Birthday Party”

Honorable Mention: Kapil Kumar age 5 1/2 , “Sharing and Friendship”


Children ages 7-12

1st place: Nathan Koketsu, age 11, “Adventure in the Open Sea”

2nd place: Madurya Suresh, age 9, “The Search for the Sun”

3rd place: Laura Shieh, age 12, “Silver Dandelion”

Honorable Mention:  Audrey Chiang, age 8, “The Firefly and her Glow”



1st place: Apanuba Mahmood, age 14, “Flaming Resolve! – Fleeting Demon Encounter”

2nd place: Huyen Nguyen (Chibi Teresa), age 15, “Phantom Dream Hunter: The Prologue”

3rd place: Sienna Gonzales, age 14, “Colored Pencils”

Honorable Mention: Thu Nguyen, age 14,  “Terra”



1st place: Queena Xu, “Butterfly Wish”

2nd place: Christine Bainbridge, “A Dream”

3rd place: Eric Elemen, “Super Busy Dad”

Honorable Mention: Darren Tat, “Death Match”


For more photos, please vist the San Jose Public Library Flickr site.



If you have a talent for creating comic/manga style illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Making Contest for all ages as part of our Summer Reading Celebration, 2012. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library, Hijinx Comics, San José Museum of Art and TRY Japan Culture Group.



Here’s how to enter …


  • Create your own comic book with a maximum length of 8 pages, including the cover page.
  • Use letter-size paper (8.5 x 11) with black-and-white drawings and text on one side only.
  • Each submission must be the creative and original work of a single individual—the author/illustrator.
  • The contest is limited to amateur authors/ illustrators only.
  • Computer generated images are acceptable as long as they are your original work (no clip art)
  • Consider submitting a photocopy that is an accurate reflection of the original (as submissions are non-returnable).
  • San José Public Library reserves the right to reproduce your work. You can reuse all your work after the contest.
  • Be sure to print and complete the creative works release form. Include your Name, Age, Contact Information and Signature.
  • Entries can be submitted to any San José Public Library location no later than 8p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2012There is a limit of one entry per contestant.


Entries will be judged on content and illustrations by a panel of library staff and comic industry professionals. All cash prizes will be awarded as gift cards. 


  • Children (up to age 6): first place will receive Art Supplies
  • Children (7-12):  first place $40, second place $20
  • Teens (ages 13-17):  first place $100; second place $70; third place $50
  • Adults (age 18 and above):  first place $100; second place $70; third place $50


Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held at the Berryessa Branch Library on Saturday, August 25th at 2:00 the Community Room. 


Check out the award winning entries from 2011 and 2010. We're discussing last year's winners and other graphic novels in the Online Book Club during June and July.      


Learn how to make your own comic book, graphic novel or manga!  Oliver Chin will be teaching this free workshop for teens at some San José Public Library branches.


San José Public Library staff members are ineligible to participate.

San José Public Library reserves the right to refuse submissions that are not appropriate for a general audience. This contest is open to all California residents.



Social Workers in the Library









At King Library: Every 1st and 4th Mondays of the month, 6 – 8 p.m.

Call: 808-2350




At Biblioteca Latinoamericana – offered once a month – every 3rd Wed. of the month 6 – 8 p.m. (Spanish/English bilingual Social Worker available)

Call: 294-1237


Is something happening in your life that you have questions about concerning:


·  Education

·  Emergency Services - food/clothing/housing and crisis support

·  Employment

·  Family Matters - parenting, childcare, divorce, elder issues and domestic  violence

·  Health Improvement - mental, physical and health insurance

·  Immigration

·  Support Groups - men, women and teens



Make an appointment to get a FREE 20 minute session of information and referral or advice, from a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Everyone at some point in their lives could use the advice of a social worker. Our volunteer social workers are offering it - Free of Charge.



Social Workers in the Library, is a partnership between the San José Public Library, San José State University's School of Social WorkNational Association Of Social Workers - California Chapter, and the SJSU School of Library and Information Services.

Check out the Winners of the Music Video Contest

Did you follow Battle of the Bands this year? Did you vote for your favorite bands?

All the bands had an additional chance at winning a prize this year:

our teensReach members voted for the best videos and here are the winners:


First place:



Second place:



Third place:



Honorable Mention:




Let us know what you think of the videos in the comments!

Family Learning Center with a Career Exploration Program for Teens at Biblioteca Latinoamericana

grand opening of family learning center A Family Learning Center with a special emphasis on Career Exploration for Teens formally opened on January 25, 2012 at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana. This new center is the fifth to operate within the San Jose Public Library system. The four other Family Learning Centers are located at Tully, Hillview, Alum Rock and East Carnegie Library branches. The Family Learning Center is the recipient of a grant from the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation to establish a center within the Biblioteca.


The Family Learning Center programs focus on adult literacy, reading classes for elementary students and career exploration for teens. The ESL classes held at the center are taught by a certified ESL teacher.  A special collection of ESL materials, computers, and software enhance the various classes and workshops offered.  FLC offerings support the Latino population, youth at risk, underachieving youth, and new Americans.  All programs are free and open to the public.


KimNhung Nguyen, Senior Branch Manager for the Biblioteca and East Carnegie brings a wealth of experience to the Family Learning Center, previously managing a successful FLC at Hillview library. Cris Johnson, FLC coordinator will assist in promoting and presenting the programs.

San José Public Library presents - Battle of the Bands 2012

 Rock the Library!!!

In honor of Teen Tech Week,  March 4-10, 2012, it’s time to “Geek Out @ your library”

Like us!

Teens ages 12-18 can join in on all the fun and participate in the competition for a chance to perform at a live concert in March and WIN awesome prizes!


  •  GRAND PRIZE: $250!!!
  •  Second Place: $150
  •  Third Place: $50

You can check out last year’s contestants and finalists Videos/Pics



Concert Finale:


The top FIVE finalists will compete for prizes at a live publicized concert on Saturday, March 24, at 3 p.m. at Almaden Branch Library and Community Center. The finalists will have up to 20 minutes to perform their set in front of an audience and a judging panel of local music experts. All are invited to attend this exciting concert event, which will showcase local talented youth. The judges will determine the grand prize winner of San Jose Public Library's Battle of the Bands!



We are Asyla, and we enjoy writing and composing hard rock and indie music. We enjoy long walks

on the beach, and candle lit dinners under the sunset. We are inspired by 80's aerobic workout videos. As a group we strive to play music that people will love. And we enjoy Karate.


The Gist

The Gist is an eclectic (but not necessarily experimental) music group playing various styles of rock (alternative, classic, blues-rock) and some quieter, jazzy arrangements. The Gist enjoys writing original material as well as covering and interpreting some of their favorite artists' songs.




We are an experimental metal band named Kagemusha that formed in 2007. Previously known as Shackled Gunmen/Chorus of the Dead. The demo album record on purevolume is about a year old. The Music there are only our instrumentals. Live performances include singing.


Some Random People(SRP)

Some Random People (SRP) was formed in the summer of 2010, born out of a common musical interest and love for classic rock. This year brings them into a new phase. They have started working on original music and have never been more excited about their future.




Theseus is a progressive rock band who writes songs featuring many metre changes as well as extended instrumental sections.  Their influences include Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Muse, and Radiohead.


For more information contact (408) 808-2175.



San Jose Teens Love the Library!

TeensReach Santa Teresa Oct. 2010

Did you know that every San José Public Library location offers teens ages 13-18 an opportunity to get involved with their local library and make a difference in their community? teensReach is SJPL's youth council, and it's a great way for teens to learn leadership skills, serve as advisors for the library, and help others by assisting at library programs and local community events, not to mention an excellent way for teens to earn community service hours!  We offer teensReach chapters at all of our libraries, and groups typically meet once a month. Click here for meeting times, and fill out the form if you'd like us to contact you with more information about joining. 


Our teensReach volunteers have contributed to many great projects and events throughout the city, including craft programs, puppet shows, haunted houses, homework help for students, leadership summits, book-buying parties, helping out at community events like the Children's Faire, judging teen events like the Teen Talent Show and Battle of the Bands, etc. One of my favorite recent projects is our annual LuvYrLibrary video contest. It's a fun and friendly competition between teensReach chapters to see who can put together the best web video about why they love the library. Last year West Valley teensReach won the coveted pizza party, but this year the Cambrian teens rose up to claim the title for our 2nd annual contest. Check out the video to see what happens when the teens wind up in a world without libraries, and enjoy the interviews at the end with real Cambrian customers sharing why they love the library.


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