- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
Community Room Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
What are the qualifications to rent the community room?
Only non-profit community groups may apply for community room use and meetings must be for community purposes and be open to the public. You may not charge for attendance or sell items/services.
How do I apply to use a community room?
Fill out the registration form and scan and email the signed application to the library whose community room you wish to reserve. You can also request to fax over the application.
When will I know that the community room has been booked for my organization?
The booking will be confirmed after we receive and approve your application and if it is available during the time you requested. The approval process could take up to 72 hours.
How much does it cost to rent a community room?
The fee for use of a SJPL community room is $35 per use up to 4 hours or $70 per use over 4 hours. Fees are non refundable and there is a $35 cancelation fee.
How do I cancel/change my reservation?
Cancellations must be made within 72 hours of reservation date/time to allow for re-booking. Payments made for the room rental prior to cancellation are non-refundable. If no payments have been made, no-shows and late cancellations will be charged a cancellation fee of $35.
What if I want to use the community room during a time that the library is closed?
You will need to check out a key from the library's Information Desk on the last open day before your reservation. For example, if the library is open Monday-Thursday and your meeting is on Saturday, you will need to use your library card to check out the key on Thursday. Please note that you may only check out a key if your library account has a balance of less than $25.
What audio-video (AV) equipment is available in the community room?
Please review the list of which branches have AV equipment and which have digital hookups. Unless otherwise stated, you must provide and operate all your own materials and equipment, including audio-visual equipment and materials to be used in clean-up, e.g. vacuums. Equipment requiring more than 120 volts is prohibited.
For a complete list of rules, please read the library's Community Room Use Policy.
If you haven't watched a TED Talk yet, I highly recommend you do! TED is a non-profit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading" and stands for Technology, Entertainment & Design, an annual conference that started in 1984. Since then, they've created a great video library of short (20 minutes or less) lectures on lots of interesting topics.
The video embedded in this post is a great example of a shorter TED Talk. If you like it, don't stop there! Many of the speakers are also authors and you can follow up a TED Talk with the book! For example, Sir Kenneth Robinson's TED Talk is one of the most-watched videos online. And SJPL carries his book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative.
Watch, then read!
A seven year old boy named Audri (and his mother) created a YouTube video of a Rube Goldberg machine that he built. Not only did he build it, but he also uses the scientific method to gauge how many successes and failures the machine will have. Inspiring!
Rube Goldberg was born in San Francisco in 1883 and attended UC Berkeley as an Engineering major. He never actually built any of the machines he drew cartoons of, but plenty of people have. In fact, there are competitions for high school and college students to create working Rube Goldberg machines.
During December, I am quite content to listen to holiday music all month long. On the radio after a while, the same songs seem to be played over and over and my patience with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bell Rock wears thin. Every year I do seem to stumble on a great holiday album that includes new titles I'd never heard or revisions of old classics.
As a child I cherished the Chipmunks album I had! I never grow tired of "Christmas Don't Be Late" from Christmas with the Chipmunks!
When I was in college, Windham Hill came out with the first in a series of New Age holiday albums. A Winter's Solstice is great to play during a holiday party - instrumental versions of holiday favorites. Songs of Joy and Peace by Yo-Yo Ma and Friends is another great album to celebrate the holiday season with Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year music.
A couple of years ago, a group of dj's who specialize in mashups and remixes came out with a collection called Santastic which they put online for download. Santastic 4 is out now. This is dance music with a holiday twist. Take a listen to Pumping Up Christmas and see if you like holiday mashups!
Maybe you saw the Sting concert on PBS last year - I did and I loved it! The concert featured older songs accompanied by the Lute - some of which I had never heard before! The Library has the CD If On A Winter's Night and the DVD A Winter's Night: Live from the Durham Cathedral.
When I heard Alicia Keys singing "Little Drummer Girl" from Jermaine Dupri presents the Twelve Soulful Nights of Christmas, I got goosebumps!
You can browse through literally hundreds of holiday songs - when you get to Freegal, just type in the word Christmas or Holiday and see what pops up. While was there I also found a Laura Nyro song, "Upstairs By a Chinese Lamp" from her album Christmas and the Beads of Sweat. Remember, you can download 3 songs a week, so I rounded out my trip to Freegal by downloading one of my favorite songs, "The Cherry Tree Carol" as sung by Jose Feliciano from his Feliz Navidad album.
I love acapella music - and I was pretty excited to see that the Library just ordered the Straight No Chaser CD With a Twist. It isn't their Holiday CD - but please, enjoy this video of their version of the "12 Days of Christmas." It is hilarious and might get you in the mood for Holiday music!
The Black Eyed Peas with will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie? Oh yes, please, let's have a helping of Peas!
For the past week I've been bobbing my head to Rock That Body and Imma be from their CD - The E.N.D which stands for energy never dies. Here is the video that combines the two songs and is about 10 minutes of awesome! Hot beats and dancing robots! That's my version of fun! If you have the time - take a watch and listen!
Previously I had heard a few of their songs in passing and didn't pay them much attention. But their focus on futuristic themes and positive experiences has made me delve further back into their past works.
Apl.de.ap is a first generation immigrant from the Phillipines and the apl song on Elephunk is in Tagalog and English and is all about his journey from the Phillipines to the US.
Their next album, The Beginning, is being released at the end of this month. The library already has it on order, so look for it in a few weeks. The Black-Eyed Peas are shelved in the Rap section.
And just because I love actual black-eyed peas - here's my family recipe:
1 can black-eyed peas - drained
1 small onion - diced
2 Tablespoons oil
Saute the diced onion in the oil until translucent.
Add the black-eyed peas.
Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.