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Community Room Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Video

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.

Social Workers in the Library


Help is here:  Social Workers in the Library


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

Next session: Monday, September 24th

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)

Next session: Wed. October 17th

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 among 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.


(Photo by Sanish Suresh)

A Delightful Summer Read:The Penderwicks

picture of book coverI absolutely adored The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.  It reminded me of books that I liked to read when I was small of a slower-paced world, where children explored small towns riding their bikes around or visiting the lonely mansion.  In this story, four sisters, Rosalind, Sky, Jane, and Batty, with their dad and dog arrive at the Arundel estate for a summer holiday.  Here, they have the holiday of their dreams--no sand, no beach, but an imposing castle surrounded by a formal garden.  With their dog, Hound, the girls just about tear down the estate at the dismay of its owner, the forbidding Mrs. Tifton; however, her son, Jeffrey, has the summer of his life.  The girls' vivacity and energy transforms Jeffrey's world of stifling upper-class formalness to a world of play and spontaneity.  This story is a great summer read.  If you are interested, the story continues with two sequels: The Penderwicks at Gardham Street and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette.  I recommend this book for girls from 3rd to 6th grade, because the book describes a range of girlhood experiences.  This book qualifies as an award winner, for it received the National Book Award in 2005.

Get away with Discover & Go!


Discover & Go was a great experience and allowed my family to explore the Aquarium of the Bay and the Exploratorium in San Francisco  at no cost.



The Exploratorium is located at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.  The location is beautiful and a great place to picnic.  The Museum kept the whole family busy and entertained for hours.  We were all able to learn science with the hands on exhibits and it kept the adults just as busy as the children.


After our trip to the Exploratorium we headed over to Pier 39 where we

visited the Aquarium of the Bay.  My family had a great time going through the underground tunnels and viewing all the creatures that live in the bay area and surrounding waters.  They also had a hands on exhibit that gave children and adults the opportunity to meet bat rays and sharks. 


Right: Jelly Fish Exhibit


Discover & Go was a easy process and a great way to plan a day trip for the family.

Winners of the 2012 Book Trailer Contest for teens

Check out the top 3 winning entries of the 2012 Book Trailer Contest below:


1st place (winner of a Kindle Fire): Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by K. Rai


2nd place (winner of a $50 iTunes gift card): 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens  by L. Do


3rd place (winner of a $25 Jamba Juice card): Ender’s Game by L. Chinn


Thank you to everyone who submitted such creative and fun videos! It was a difficult decision to choose the top three.





Teens: want to do something more imaginative than just writing a review for Summer Reading books that you have read? Create and submit a book trailer review for Summer Reading, and you could win a Kindle Fire! Upload a short clip, no longer than 4 minutes, to YouTube, providing your review of the book. Be creative!  The contest is open to all participants in the Teen Summer Reading Celebration.



How to enter:

  • Create your own book trailer, reviewing a book that you read for Summer Reading. You can submit more than one video, but each video has to be for a separate book.
  • Post the video on YouTube using the tag: SJPL2012SRC
  • Sign up for Summer Reading here, starting in a few weeks.
  • When you log the book you read on the Summer Reading website, make sure to include a link to your video in the review field.


Entries will be judged on creativity and content by a panel of library staff.


Need some examples? Check out the winning entry from last year's Book Trailer Contest, created by Nathan Verdonk.


Here are links to some professional book trailers:


- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


- The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler


Teens who submit links to their Book Trailer will automatically be entered in the contest. The top 3 winners will receive:



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  • 1st place: Kindle Fire
  • 2nd place: $50 gift card for iTunes
  • 3rd place: $25 gift card for Jamba Juice 

Entries for the contest must be submitted between June 1 and July 31, 2012.   Winners will be announced in August.

Discover and Go!

San Jose Public Library is offering a new service to library cardholders.   Discover & Go offers free or reduced price tickets to Bay Area museums for Bay Area library cardholders!


What does this mean to you?  Always wanted to go to the San Jose Museum of Art but couldn't afford the ticket?  Log in and while passes are available you can download them FOR FREE !  There are a limited number of passes available on a first come, first served basis.  Every month more passes become available. Watch the tutorial


Some museums will allow you to use your smart phone to display your downloaded pass, but all will accept a printed pass that you download.


Check it out!

More Bedtime Stories!

Here are two more new titles for bedtime: My Dad is Big and Strong, But . . . : a Bed Time Story by Coralie Saudo and Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere.  Both are charming with a funny twist at the end.  You have to check them out.  Because they are both brand new to San Jose Public Libraries, you will find them on our new picture book display pyramids.

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2011 Newberry Award Winner: Moon Over Manifest

Moon OVer Manifest coverMoon Over Manifest, by Clare Vanderpool, is the story of a young twelve year old, Abilene, who is sent to live with her father's friend in Manifest, a small lazy town in Kansas.  She feels abandoned by the father she loves and is at loss for why he would do this.  She only knows that her father had changed after her sickness, when she had an accident and her leg became infected.  So, now, alone, in Manifest, the town where her father considers home, Abilene is trying to sort our her father's past and his identity and her own destiny.  Through the course of a summer, she discovers Manifest's history, her father's history, and her own place in Manifest's destiny.


A Newberry Award Winner for 2011, Moon Over Manifest is, in my opinion, a simply wonderful book, but I would not recommend it for everyone, because its narrative is sophisticated and complex with three threads which the author skillfully weaves to reveal a narrative which is a colorful depiction of life in small town Kansas.  This book is a book for a good reader, probably a girl, and for someone around 6th or 7th grade because the main character is young, but the scope of the story is big and the narrative complex. 

New Baby Picture Books

I often receive requests for picture books to introduce children to a new baby on the information desk, and oftentimes, I am hard pressed to name a few good titles.  Here are two that I have run across, which I like: Mail Harry to the Moon and There's Going to Be a BabyMail Harry to the Moon by Robie H Harris is funny and wacky, and I'm sure more than enough young ones may identify with the main character, who is fed up with his or her little baby brother.  There's Going to be a Baby, written by John Burningham, a renown author, is touching and sweet.  The story recounts the story of a young child anticipating the birth of his sibling.  I love both, but they are so different.

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