- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
OverDrive is offering unlimited access to an eBook version of Michael Malone's, The Four Corners of the Sky, from now until June 1, 2013. It's available in the following eBook formats: Adobe ePub, Adobe PDF, Overdrive READ, and Kindle.
OverDrive's Big Library Read program spotlights one title for a set time period for library patrons around the world to read simultaneously, creating a global "library book club."
The Four Corners of the Sky is master storyteller Michael Malone's new novel of love, secrets, and the mysterious bonds of families. In small towns between the North Carolina Piedmont and the coast, dangerous clouds can boil out of all four corners of the sky. In such a storm, on Annie Peregrine's seventh birthday, her father gave her the airplane and minutes later drove out of her life. Thus begins an enchanting novel that sweeps you off on a journey of unforgettable characters, hilarious encounters, and haunting secrets. Is love a choice or a calling? Why do the ties of family bind so tightly? And is forgiveness a gift to others...or a gift we give ourselves?
This eBook edition contains a special introduction by Michael Malone specifically for the Big Library Read program.
Are you a young adult who enjoys listening to audiobooks? Or an adult who enjoys listening to young adult (YA) audiobooks? Or just someone with an interest in audiobooks? Then let me tell you about a great program happening this summer. For the third year in a row, SYNC, sponsored by AudioFile, is offering two free audiobook downloads per week from May 30 to June 5, 2013. The downloads consist of one current YA title thematically paired with a classic title. These eAudiobooks are yours to keep and listen to whenever you want to. Just visit this page every week starting Thursday, May 30, 2013 to download the two titles.
See the selections from SYNC for Summer 2013 below!
And if you can’t wait or you want to preview the offerings, you can always check out some version of each title from SJPL. See the link after each for SJPL’s offerings.
June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (SJPL)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (SJPL)
I saw the new Baz Luhrmann film adaptation of The Great Gatsby yesterday, and much as that story's narrator Nick Carraway ponders the life and character of his mysterious rich neighbor Jay Gatsby, I found myself pondering some mysteries about F. Scott Fitzgerald. I wonder how he would have received this most recent retelling of his master work, with its rap soundtrack and 3D effects. After The Great Gatbsy was published in 1925, Fitzgerald wrote to his friend Edmund Wilson "that of all the reviews, even the most enthusiastic, not one had the slightest idea what the book was about." It makes me wonder if Fitzgerald would think this new movie has any idea what the book is about, or whether the critics who have reviewed the movie do. In my entirely humble opinion, I think he just might have approved of Luhrmann's visions of decadence, disillusionment and disappointment, but as the author has been dead for 73 years, my opinion must remain mostly wild speculation.
I am reasonably rather more sure that F. Scott Fitzgerald would have enjoyed the resurgence of interest in his novel that the release of the movie has brought about. The book was never a commerical success in Fitzgerald's lifetime, but today it holds the #3 bestseller spot for all of the books available at Amazon.com, and there is a waitlist to borrow it from the San Jose Public Library (but not a horribly long waitlist, so don't hesitate if you want to add yourself to it!).
Did you miss Free Comic Book Day? Yes - there is a official day in which comic book stores around the Country and participating library systems promote the importance of literacy through comics and graphic novels. A crazy concept I hope many won’t miss for next years event. Because of prior commitments, my family and I missed out on the opportunity to attend this years give away that the SJPL was facilitating throughout all of our branches. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from taking my boys to stock up on some new reading material the day before at our local comic book store.
The Free Comic Book Day event occurs every year on the first Saturday of the month of May. Participating comic book stores around the country join together to promote the importance of having brick and mortar comic book shops and how they inspire literacy for the youth by giving away free comics. Growing up, i couldn’t get enough of comic books. From Bill Watterson’s - Calvin and Hobbes, to Marvel’s Spider-Man, it seemed to be the only way my mom could get me to read as a kid. As I grew up, I then graduated onto more lengthy reads. However - if it weren’t for the influence of the early graphic novels in my youth, I would have never appreciated the art of storytelling as I do now. Back then, the internet along with other online media was still a new concept and the digitization of any literature for consumer use was in its early stages. Too early for it to be readily available for the average household. There was no eBay, no Google, no iPhones, no Amazon, and no eBooks of any kind just yet. I'm sure the majority of you remember those days. However, my kids and the current fortunate generations don't.
Today the majority of our information and consumer goodies come from the vast amount of online services available at just the click of a button, or two. No need for a car ride or locating the address of your destination - since there is no destination, just a URL address. This however does not mean we have improved the consumers experience. That remains to be subjective. I personally still enjoy the experience of browsing through dust filled stacks of comics or books. I don't always know what i came for, but i do know i'm looking for something new. The physical interaction of picking the brain of the comic connoisseur sitting behind the register and discovering new finds while roaming the room, is an experience that humbles the reader. Just as one can walk into the library and browse your favorite subject of choice, then decide what item for the day you want to take home and explore more. The same sense of mystique I hoped my two boys would take away from their visit, became successful. The adventure in searching for just the right comic to purchase and being able to flip through the pages before making their decision has already got them bugging me to bring them back the following weekend. Granted these comics were not free, you can only imagine how excited our library customers were at the Free Comic Book Day event.
Even if you missed out on the fun from this past weekend, you can still enjoy free comic books here at the library. They are not free to keep, however still free to borrow :) - with a great selection of Manga, Graphic Novels, and dozens of comic series to choose from. To stay updated on fun future events for all library customers to enjoy, be sure to check our Events page regularly.
Well, at least for Vladimir Tod. Vlad is just a teenager who wants a normal life and school. You see, Vladimir isn’t human, he’s a vampire. Well technically half; his mom was human while his dad was a vampire. Despite the fact that his species suck blood from humans and leave them hallow and dead, Vlad doesn’t kill for his food, he just drinks blood bags. So he doesn’t draw that much attention to himself. That all changes when his English teacher goes missing and Otis, the new teacher, starts snooping around his life. Vlad thought all he had to worry about was figuring out a way to ask Meredith out; now he has to worry about enemies he didn’t even know existed and a possible vampire prophecy hanging over his head. Nope, life isn’t normal for Vladimir Tod, but what teenager doesn’t have problems? Life definitely bites. Check out Vladimir’s adventures in the five book series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites, Ninth Grade Slays, Tenth Grade Bleeds, Eleventh Grade Burns, and Twelfth Grade Kills.
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, 2013. 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 …
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.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held at the Seven Trees Branch Library on Saturday, August 24th at 2:00 p.m.in the Community Room.
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.
San Jose Public Library wants your recommendations for the International IMPAC Dublin award now! (Deadline May 16, 2013)
Is there a novel you read last year that you enjoyed? Nominate it for the IMPAC Dublin award!
Every year San Jose Public Library, along with other major libraries from around the world nominates a work of fiction written or translated in English published the preceding year for the International IMPAC Dublin Award. From the Long list of recommended books, a short list of 10 books is chosen by a jury of authors. From this list of finalists a winner is chosen and announced the following June.
The book must be a novel, published in English between January 1 and December 31, 2012 or an English translation of a book originally published between 2008-2012.
Post your recommendations below no later than May 16.
For more information on the IMPAC Dublin award: www.impacdublinaward.ie
The Buddha in the Attic by California author Julie Otsuka has been selected for the shortlist of ten titles for the 2013 Dublin Impac award. This title was nominated by San Jose, Cleveland and Milwaukee Public Libraries.
Every year San Jose Public Library, along with libraries throughout the world, nominates titles for the Impac Dublin award. A panel of judges selects a shortlist of ten titles which was announced in April 2013. The finalist is announced in June. The 2013 Award will be given for a work of fiction published in English between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.
Finished with the Percy Jackson series? But dying to read more? Have no fear, Rick Riordan has written a sequel series to Percy Jackson and the Olympians! The first book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Lost Hero, starts off with three kids on a school trip who discover encounter something entirely out of their world. Leo, Piper, and Jason soon discover that they have a godly parent and are demigods (half-human, half-god). Although Percy Jackson is not present in the first book, Percy is definitely mentioned and will come back later. They are also three of the seven demigods destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Follow their journey, discover their secrets, and find out what they were born to do; find out in The Lost Hero.