Free community celebration featuring a ceremonial ribbon cutting, entertainment and children’s activities. Immediately following the brief dedication ceremony, residents will be able to obtain library cards and enjoy full use of the library.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Dedication ceremony at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: 1230 S. Blaney Ave. San Jose, CA
Chuck Reed, Mayor, City of San José
Pete Constant, Councilmember, District 1
Pat Wolfe, President, San José Library Foundation
Jean Lee, Chair, Library Commission
Kerry Adams Hapner, Director, Cultural Affairs
WHY: Event marks the dedication of the new and expanded Calabazas Branch Library. This 10,420 sq. ft. library will feature a Community Living Room with a fireplace, Internet Café, Group Study Room, Teen Room, Family Place, Community Room, and a Marketplace. The new library will also feature touchscreen computers, as well as, free Wi-Fi throughout the building. Public art at the library features artwork by Living Lenses – Po Shu Wang and Louise Bertelsen titled "The Singing Stone." On-site parking will accommodate 47 vehicles. Additional street parking is available.
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 …
- Create your own comic book with a maximum length of 8 pages, including the cover page.
- Use letter-size paper (8.5 x 11) with black-and-white drawings and text on one side only.
- Each submission must be the creative and original work of a single individual—the author/illustrator.
- The contest is limited to amateur authors/ illustrators only.
- Computer generated images are acceptable as long as they are your original work (no clip art)
- Consider submitting a photocopy that is an accurate reflection of the original (as submissions are non-returnable).
- San José Public Library reserves the right to reproduce your work. You can reuse all your work after the contest.
- Be sure to print and complete the creative works release form. Include your Name, Age, Contact Information and Signature.
- Entries can be submitted to any San José Public Library location no later than 8p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
- Entries can also be submitted online to firstname.lastname@example.org as a jpeg or pdf attachment.
- There is a limit of one entry per contestant.
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.
- Children (up to age 6): first prize $25; second prize $15
- Children (7-12): first prize $40; second prize $20
- Teens (ages 13-17): first prize $100; second prize $70; third prize $50
- Adults (age 18 and above): first prize $100; second prize $70; third prize $50
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, Calif. – Jill Bourne has been named Director of Libraries for the City of San José by City Manager Debra Figone. The San José City Council ratified the appointment today to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Jane Light in 2012.
Bourne comes from San Francisco Public Library, where she has served as Deputy City Librarian since 2006. Known as a rising leader in the library community, she was named as a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker" in 2009 and a "Top Innovator" by the Urban Libraries Council in 2010.
"Jill Bourne brings excellent experience from running major urban library systems that will be invaluable to help us reach our goals," said Figone. "Her leadership and vision will be essential as we deal with the major changes and challenges affecting libraries, technology, and resources here in San José."
As Deputy City Librarian in San Francisco, Bourne shared oversight of public services at the system's main library and 27 branches, as well as a citywide capital building program. She led the implementation of programs and initiatives that enhanced public library services, including expanded operating hours, partnerships, public technology, and innovative literary and arts programming.
Bourne led San Francisco’s Digital Media and Learning initiative to develop a digital maker center at the library and a citywide network of connected youth learning programs, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In addition she led an environmental public education strategy to strengthen the public library's role in supporting sustainable communities.
Prior to her work in San Francisco, Bourne was Assistant Director for Public Services at the Seattle Public Library for five years. Figone also acknowledged and thanked Anne Cain, who has served as Interim Director of Libraries for the past year.
"Anne has done a wonderful job to keep our libraries moving forward during this period of transition," the city manager said. "On her watch we’ve successfully opened two new branch libraries already this year, and we’re well on our way to opening two more branches by June. On behalf of our library staff, visitors, and partners, I am grateful for her steady leadership and service."
Figone made the appointment after a national search and getting input from community stakeholders including employees, library "friends" organizations, and partner agencies. "I’m honored to be selected to join an outstanding library system that has earned national recognition for excellence, innovation, and service," said Bourne. "I look forward to working with a great team and building on a strong foundation already in place."
The San José library system includes 22 neighborhood branch libraries and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Main Library in downtown San José. The King Library is jointly operated in collaboration with San José State University, a partnership that is unique among American library systems.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized the San José Public Library with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2011. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that demonstrate extraordinary innovative approaches to public service and community outreach. The San José Public Library was the first municipal library in California to receive the award.
With more than 270 employees and an annual operating budget of $32 million, San José libraries serve more than six million visitors annually, have more than two million items in the collections, and circulate nearly 12 million items per year.
Currently a resident of San Francisco, Bourne has a bachelor’s degree in English from New York University and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Washington. She will start in San José in July, and her annual salary will be $190,000.
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Did you hear about the wolf spider so big that it took several shots to kill it? Did you know that Mr. Rogers was a Marine Sniper in Vietnam or that you can prevent Facebook from using your posts by including a simple copyright notification? What about Manti Te'o’s internet "girlfriend?"
Everything you just read was a lie. How many of you have actually been taken in by one of these hoaxes? (I'll admit to believing that Mr. Rogers was a sniper.) Often it's one of your friends sharing it through Facebook or Twitter. Other times you hear about it on the local news. How do you know when something is legit? Is there any way to tell?
We think so. That’s why the San José public library is offering the "News Know How" program this summer at the new Educational Park Branch. We're bringing in real reporters to show you how to separate fact from opinion and hoax from reality. For two weeks you’ll work with Reporters, Librarians, and your fellow teens to create your own project (check out last year's projects). Now you may be asking yourself. Why should I spend two precious weeks of my summer actually learning? Well, not only will your project be presented online for you to show off, you'll also receive a stipend (read money) for going through the program.
The program will run 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday from June 17 to June 28, 2013. Once you've applied you will be contacted in order to schedule an interview. Interviews will begin May 1, 2013 and continue until all the spots are filled. Please contact Erik Berman (Erik.Berman@sjlibrary.org) if you have any questions.
Applications are now live. Click here to be taken to the registration page. Once you've completed the application, you will recieve an email with additional information.
Who do you trust for your daily news? CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, The Drug Report, Reuters, the Huffington Post? We have so much news coming in so fast and so frequently that it can feel like you can never catch up with the latest Supreme Court decision or celebrity gaffe. (I just checked my smart phone and two new articles have been released on my favorite news app.) Knowing who to believe and how to evaluate the credibility of a given article is becoming more important than ever thanks to the influx of news sources and corporate news agencies, be it independent blogs or even the posts from your local library (which of course are impeccably credible).
That's why the San José Public Library, with the help of American Library Association and the Open Society Foundations, is offering the News Know How media literacy program this June at the newly opening library, Educational Park. The Library will be recruiting 15 students to participate in a special two week crash course in media literacy. Students will learn how to critically evaluate the news they see every day. They will spot misinformation and propaganda; they will check sources and distinguish between a reporter's fact and opinions. In the end, as teams, they will produce their own report, sharing what they learned with the rest of the world.
The program will run from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday from June 17 - 28, 2013 at the Educational Park Branch of the San José Public Library. Participants must commit to the full two weeks and to completing the final project. In return they will receive a stipend.
Any teen interested in the program should follow this link to register. Applicants will recieve an email with instructions concerning the next step.
On May 18, 2013, the Educational Park Branch of the San José Public Library will bring a long wait to an end and open its door to the public in a special one-Saturday-only Grand Opening. Everyone in San José and beyond is welcome to celebrate its opening with us and see what Educational Park can offer.
Located on Educational Park Drive just off McKee, the library is next to Independence High School and the Overfelt Gardens Park. It houses an extensive collection of brand new books, music, and movies, including an impressive selection of Blu-ray high-definition movies. The 18,000 square foot building houses a community room, teen room and both adult and children’s wings. In addition, the Educational Park Library is the first one to offer a "Tech Connect" center. This center not only provides collaborative workspaces outfitted with some of the latest audio-visual editing programs, but also supplies high end laptops and tablets which may be checked out and used anywhere within the library.
Keep checking back here for the latest sneak peeks and updates about the library, its opening, and its events.