Locations and Hours
6445 Camden Ave.
San José, CA 95120
Can a 5 year old learn how electricity works? You bet she can!
Families who attend will have the opportunity to check out the squishy circuits kits and take home some conductive play dough to experiment at home as well. There are 10 kits, and check outs will be on a first come, first served basis.
This program is sponsored by a generous donation from the Friends of Almaden Branch Library.
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.
What is the perfect accompaniment to a good book? A good cup of coffee. Celebrate National Coffee Day with a book at the library today.
- The Coffee Trader by David Liss (Fiction Liss) In seventeenth-century Amsterdam, Miguel Lienzo, a Portuguese-Jewish trader desperate to recover his lost fortune, enters into a partnership with seductive Geertruid Damhouder to introduce coffee to the city, and confronts a ruthless adversary.
- Coffee Cozies (746.4304 Coffee) A collection of fun and fabulous coffee cozies. It includes 30 projects that cover various knitting techniques, including intarsia and 3D embellishments, and also present a number of crochet techniques and a delightful felted cozy.
- God In a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for a Perfect Cup of Coffee by Michaele Weissman (641.3373 Weissman) In God in a Cup, journalist and late-blooming adventurer Michaele Weissman treks into an exotic and paradoxical realm of specialty coffee where the successful traveler must be part passionate coffee connoisseur, part ambitious entrepreneur, part activist, and part Indiana Jones.
- Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce and Culture by Taylor Clark (337.1737 Clark) Starbucked will be the first book to explore the incredible rise of the Starbucks Corporation and the caffeine-crazy culture that fueled its success.