Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

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Locations and Hours

150 E. San Fernando St.
San José, CA 95112

Hours Effective January 23 - May 19, 2014

8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Children's Room Hours:
Mon - Thu
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Family Storytime & Stay and Play - Sat, Apr 19 11:00 am
ESL Conversation Club - Sat, Apr 19 2:00 pm
Reading to Children with Bridget - Sat, Apr 19 2:00 pm
Reading to Children with Trinh (... - Sat, Apr 19 4:00 pm

The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) is teaming up with San Jose Bike Clinic to present the Gira de Libro, the first ever SJPL bicycle tour.


The Gira de Libro is a guided community and staff bicycle ride that will visit seven of San Jose’s twenty-three branch libraries. The ride will start and finish at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in downtown San Jose.


The tour date is May 10, 2014, starting at 10:00 AM with sign-in and bicycle safety check. For safety purposes, registration is required and the ride will be limited to 75 participants. The ride will stop at each library to regroup; the total distance is 25km (15.5 miles).


We invite you to ride with us and enjoy the City of San Jose’s libraries and bikeways.


Space is limited. Register today!


For more information please contact giradelibro@gmail.com


Please Note: The bicycle tour will not be held in the event of inclimate weather


The San Jose Bike Clinic, formed in 2012, is on a mission to grow more educated and savvy bicyclists. Through Bike Clinic’s monthly pop-up bicycle maintenance workshops, they empower San Jose’s bicyclists to repair their own bikes and ride safely on San Jose’s numerous roads and trails.


The name of the ride, Gira de Libro, is a play on the name of the famous Italian professional road bike stage race, Giro d’Italia, which starts May 9 and ends June 1. SJPL’s Gira de Libro roughly translates to "turns of the book" or "book tour."

Posted by Michele Rowic on Apr 16, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

Mt Umunhum

Living in the Santa Clara Valley in the 1960s and 1970s, a familiar sight was the radar tower with its spinning radar on top of Mount Umunhum.  Not only was it a familiar and comforting sight, but it provided a point of reference.  I remember that I could see the tower from my parents’ room, and I would occasionally just stand there watching the huge mounted radar screen spinning around and around.  One time on the way home from Santa Cruz we passed very close to the station and I was amazed at its size and the huge red and white checkerboard design on the radar screen.


The Cold War with the Soviet Union was still in full swing, with regular testing of neighborhood air raid sirens and radio and television tests of the Emergency Broadcasting System.  When I was younger I had no idea what the radar tower was all about, but by the time I was a teenager I became aware that the radar was an Air Force station (682nd Radar Squadron) that was keeping a watchful eye for threats from abroad.  I moved away from home in 1980, and when I returned to rent the house from my parents’ in 1992, the spinning radar was gone from the top of the tower.  No longer visible from my parents’ window due to the growth of trees, the tower is still easily visible when outside.


When my son was in high school, he became more curious about the tower and we decided to see how close we could get to it.   We got fairly close, but signage prevents hikers from getting as close as the main gate.  Currently, the tower’s future is in question and efforts are underway to save it.



Further reading:


Posted by Ralph Pearce on Apr 15, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

image of Sew What? flyer

In the spirit of the current emphasis on "Maker Spaces" and the approach to providing outlets for library users to create content for their lives, we are excited to be able to offer a program at Biblioteca Latinoamericana's Family Learning Center entitled "Sew What? Sewing Your Way to Financial Literacy."


This is a seven week course where participants will commit to a customized curriculum of sewing instruction and small business financial literacy with qualified instructors from May 13 thru June 24, 2014 on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30pm. The aim of this program is to empower participants to create their own sewing creations and will additionally prepare them to learn how to create their own cottage industry small business. In other words, participants will be able to potentially sell what they have spents months producing on sewing machines provided by Biblioteca at a resource fair and boutique to be held in December, 2014.


All of the participants will be rewarded with a complimentary membership in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and will be granted access to newly purchased sewing machines during select hours at Biblioteca branch library to work on their projects throughout the summer months and beyond.


Space in this program is limited and pre-registration is required. You must be at least 18 years of age to sign-up.


Contact the Biblioteca Latinoamericana at 1-408-294-1237 or visit us in person at 921 South First Street to participate in this unque opportunity.

Posted by Arturo Villasenor on Apr 14, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

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