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Teens to ROCK the Library This Weekend!


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Contact:

Steven Brewster

415.577.8851

steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

 

Teens to ROCK the Library This Weekend!

 

Finalists of San José Public Library’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bands set to perform live Saturday

 

San José, Calif., July 30, 2014——San José Public Library will host a showcase concert featuring the top five finalists of its 7th Annual Battle of the Bands, part of the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge, beginning at 3 p.m., Sat., Aug. 2 at the Almaden Branch Library and Community Center, 6455 Camden Ave.

 

The finalists include A Guy with a Guitar, Allegro, Cindy B., Odd Army and Quantum.

The five bands will perform up to 20 minutes each in front of a live audience and a panel of professional local musicians and instructors, including Paul Kauppila, rock scholar, music historian, and radio DJ; Socorra Camposanto, singer/songwriter, composer and teacher; Christina Jupp Grove, librarian and private trumpet instructor, and Mark Giannuzzi, drummer and librarian.

 

Winners will receive $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $50 for third place.  A special award will be presented to the band with the best video.

 

The finalists were chosen via an online contest held July 2-19.  The public was invited to visit sjpl.org/battleofthebands, watch videos submitted by each band and vote for their favorites.  Nearly 800 participated in the voting.

 

“San José Public Library strives to enrich lives by fostering lifelong learning and exploration in a quest to open new worlds and change lives,” said Angie Miraflor, division manager and head of library programming.  “We are very excited that the annual Battle of the Bands music showcase and competitionoffers opportunities for teens to learn, grow and connect through music and technology in a safe space like the library,” she said.

 

In preparation for their performances, band members utilized the Library’s non-print multi-media resources via librarians who are trained to help them learn how to use new technology.  To support these budding musicians in their endeavors, the Library also offered them a free space to rehearse.

 

Partners for the Battle of the Bands include: Guitar Showcase, LIVE 105, 105.3FM, Music Village, Park Avenue Music Center Band & Orchestra Supply, School of Rock San Jose, San Jose Rock Shop, Streetlight Records, Tap-Tempo Music Shop and The Starving Musician. 

 

“We salute all of the Library’s collaborators for Battle of the Bands,” said Miraflor.  “The ongoing success of Library programming and how it impacts our community that we serve takes strong, strategic public-private partnerships.  We look forward to working again next year with our growing partner roster.”

 

An overview of the five finalists may be found here:

 

A Guy with a Guitar-A Guy with a Guitar has been studying the guitar since 2011.  He's currently in two other bands in the lead guitar position, playing instrumental surf rock and traditional rockabilly. He also enjoys playing classic jazz and blues material.

 

Allegro-“Allegro" is a term commonly used in music, meaning that the piece should be played at a quick, brisk tempo. Comprised of percussion, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, piano and various vocals, Allegro is dedicated to bringing this cheerful and upbeat attitude to all in the audience. They were brought together at Leland High School and hopes the band is the start of something great.

 

Cindy B.-According to Cindy B., her musical tastes are eclectic because she's a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to limit her music tastes to a genre. 

 

Odd Army-Odd Army formed in early 2011 as its members were entering high school. They have performed at venues such as school festivals, Santana Row and Stanford Radio Station. Odd Army was initially a cover band.  But as they matured, they began writing their own music.

 

Quantum-Quantum is a combo made up of young high school students. They play a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz to funk to Latin incorporating the different genres in their performances.

 

About the Summer Reading Challenge

The Battle of the Bands is part of the San José Public Library Summer Reading Challenge, that began June 1 and runs through July 31.  It is the largest seasonal special program produced by the Library and is built around the four themes of reading, learning, exploring and energizing with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM.  This is being supported by an extensive series of demonstrations, programs and events including a series of family play groups, kids’ music and movement celebrations, yoga and tai chi instruction, and Mexican folklorico, Aztec and line dance classes at selected library branches.

For more information, please visit sjpl.org/summer.

 

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

 

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San José Public Library and Earthquakes Team Up for Summer Reading Challenge


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Contact:

Elizabeth Castañeda

408.808.2175

Elizabeth.Castaneda@sjlibrary.org

 

San José Public Library and Earthquakes Team Up for Summer Reading Challenge

 

Team to lead Storytime readings throughout community

Essay contest will award student winner with VIP experience

 

San José, Calif., July 11, 2014——As the World Cup approaches its climatic final round in Brazil, here in Silicon Valley the San José Public Library and the San Jose Earthquakes,one of the leading Major League Soccer teams, have joined forces for the City’s Summer Reading Challenge. 

 

Over the next three weeks, the Library will host fan-favorite Earthquakes players during children’s Storytimes at branch locations throughout San Jose.  At each location, a team member will do lively readingof one of his favorite children’s books and help rally the audience around reading and learning throughout the summer.  

 

Earthquakes Storytimes take place 6 p.m., Tues., July 15, Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch, 921 S 1st St., 3:15 p.m., Wed., July 16, Joyce Ellington Branch, 491 E Empire St., 4 p.m., Thurs., July 24, Educational Park Branch, 1772 Educational Park Dr., 3 p.m., Sat., July 26, Hillview Branch, 1600 Hopkins Dr.

 

In addition, soccer enthusiasts between the ages of 7-18 have the opportunity to win a VIP Experience with the Earthquakes by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge Essay Contest.  The Library is inviting students to submit a 250-word essay sharing how they can stay healthy and active over the summer.  The Earthquakes will then select and contact one winner who will receive a VIP Experience, including a behind- the-scenes tour with the Earthquakes players, admission to a team practice and participation in a team meet-and-greet.  The winner will have the choice to attend the Sat., August 16 or Sat., August 30 game at Buck Shaw Stadium.  To enter, students may submit their essays online, http://sjpl.org/earthquakesenter, or drop off their submission at a library branch by Thurs., July 31.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge, that began June 1 and runs through July 31, is the largest seasonal special program produced by the Library.  It is built around the four themes of reading, learning, exploring and energizing with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM.  This is being supported by an extensive series of demonstrations, programs and events.

 

The program also emphasizes the importance of physical activity and is being highlighted via the Earthquakes relationship.  It also is complemented by a series of family play groups, kids’ music and movement celebrations, yoga and tai chi instruction, and Mexican folklorico, Aztec and line dance classes at selected library branches.

 

Challenge participants can earn prizes by keeping track of their reading. Game grids are available at all 23 library locations and via a downloadable app, co-created by eBay and the Library, available for iOS and Android devices.

 

For more information, please visit sjpl.org/summer-reading-challenge-2014.

 

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

 

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San Jose Community Says "Yes" to their Libraries


Contact:

Steven Brewster

San JoséPublic Library,

(415) 577-8851

steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

 

SAN JOSE COMMUNITY SAYS “YES” TO THEIR LIBRARIES

Overwhelming majority of voters extend Library Parcel Tax for next 25 years

 

San José, Calif.,June 4, 2014—San José voters approved Measure B, the 25-year extension of an existing annual special sales tax on parcels of land, known as the Library Parcel Tax.  With all precincts now reporting results from the June 3 election, the Measure passed with 81 percent of all voters casting “yes” votes.  The Measure required at a minimum two-thirds of the voters to pass.

 

“Yesterday, the residents of San José reinforced their support of the value that libraries bring to our city by ensuring a stable funding source,” said Jill Bourne, director, San José Public Library. “The election results further demonstrate how the Capital of Silicon Valley loves its library system, and wants to maintain services available to residents, schoolchildren and businesses.”   

 

The Library Parcel Tax pays for a portion of the operating costs of the library system including: acquisition of library books and materials, and related costs of maintaining library collections; the development and delivery of homework and educational programs; the repair, equipping and staffing of libraries; and the cost of collection and administration of the Library Parcel Tax.

 

Representing 22 percent, or $8 million of the Library’s overall budget of $37 million, the Library Parcel Tax specifically funds $2.2 million in acquisition of new books and media, $1.1 million to purchase and maintain public technology, $3.8 million for 53 full-time employees and $845K for building utilities, maintenance and custodial services.

 

Without the win, this funding, representing nearly a quarter of the Library’s overall budget would have ceased June 2015.  Now, with ballot measure win, the Library has a steady funding source extending more than two decades until June 2040.

 

Earlier this year, an independent survey of San José voters placed high importance on ensuring that libraries stay open, providing safe places for children after school, maintaining children’s reading programs, providing library services for local schools without their own libraries, and keeping libraries safe and clean.

 

“The passage of Measure B confirms that San José residents want to ensure their libraries remain open and provide the services our community needs,” Bourne said. “The Library’s number one goal is to begin adding back services.  The continuance of the Library Parcel Tax will allow the City to consider restoring past library budget cuts and improve library hours.”

 

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

 

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San José Public Library Set to Kick Off Summer Reading Challenge


Contact:

Steven Brewster

San José Public Library 

steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

(415) 577-8851

 

San José Public Library Set to Kick Off Summer Reading Challenge

Program of Reading, Learning, Exploring and Energizing to help prevent “summer slide” Library partners with eBay, San Jose Earthquakes, TechShop to extend program and fun

 

San José, Calif.,May 23, 2014——San José Public Library will kick off the City’s Summer Reading Challenge at a special community event, 1-4 p.m., Sun., June 1 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St.

 

The kick-off will feature a San Jose Earthquakes Meet and Greet autograph and photo session with team members and their mascot "Q" along with the Library's mascot "Conroy the Cougar," 1-2:30 p.m.   

 

Other highlights include the group Mad Science performing their "Fire and Ice" Show, 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., and throughout the afternoon experiments and activities presented by the Santa Clara Valley section of the American Chemical Society, the Junior League of San José, Youth Science Institute and Mr. Science, and 3-D printing and the unveiling of a robot created specifically for the Library by TechShop.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge, taking place June 1 through July 31, is the largest seasonal special program produced by the Library.  It is built around the four themes of reading, learning, exploring and energizing with an emphasis on programing in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM.  This will be supported by an extensive series of demonstrations, programs and events, including special Storytime readings featuring San Jose Earthquakes team members throughout the Library system.

 

The program also emphasizes the importance of exploration and physical activity and encourages Challenge participants to take advantage of free or discounted passes to local museums and attractions, available through their library card.  To complement this, the Library is also offering a series of family play groups, kids’ music and movement celebrations, yoga and tai chi instruction, and Mexican folklorico, Aztec and line dance classes at selected library branches.

 

Challenge participants can earn prizes by keeping track of their reading and playing games. Game grids are available at all 23 library locations and via a downloadable app, co-created by eBay and the Library, available for iOS and Android devices.

 

According to Jill Bourne, director, San José Public Library, reading over the summer is critical to summer learning loss prevention, or "summer slide," among students—mainly children. 

 

"One to three months of academic growth can be lost over the summer.  Students who do not engage in educational activities during this time typically score lower on tests at the end of summer than they did at the beginning. However, by taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge and reading only 20 minutes per day, students can retain their skills and return to school ready to learn," Bourne said.

 

Studies show that students who read 20 minutes per day, 3,600 minutes per school year, 1.8 million words each year are ranked in the 90th percentile for student achievement and scores on standardized tests. 

 

"I’m extremely excited about the participation of eBay, the Earthquakes and TechShop, along with our many other partners.  Together, it demonstrates the importance San José puts on reading and learning and the future well-being of our community."

 

For more information, please visit sjpl.org/summer-reading-challenge-2014.

 

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

 

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Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo


Kristi Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Saturday, May 17, 2014

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Road, San Jose

 

Join us on Saturday May 17th for Kristi Yamaguchi’s second annual Reading Adventures at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Joining Kristi to read their favorite childhood books are celebrity authors and athletes like Bob Barner and Dave Keane. While there, experience the zoo’s amazing animal education exhibits and take part in the many literacy-themed stations, including the SJPL table for zoo animal bookmarks! Entertainment will be provided by Disney Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul "with Genevieve!"

 

All activities are included in the regular park admission rates. For more information, visit:
http://www.hhpz.org/index.cfm/id/1314/?clearcache=1



San José Public Library Selected for American Library Association Community Engagement Initiative


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Contact:

Steven Brewster

San José Public Library 

steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

(415) 577-8851

 

San José Public Library Selected for American Library Association Community Engagement Initiative

 

Library to receive nearly $60,000 to further librarian role as community leaders

 

San José, Calif.,May 6, 2014 - The American Library Association (ALA) has selected San José Public Library as one of 10 public libraries that will undergo an intensive 18-month community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.

 

The cohort, selected through a competitive peer-reviewed application process, is part of ALA’s LTC initiative, a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change agents.

 

Through in-person training, webinars and coaching — valued at $50,000 —San José librarians, along with project team members from San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and SIREN (Services, Immigration Rights and Education Network), will learn new community engagement techniques and apply them in the immediate community. The Library will also receive an $8,000 cash grant to help cover the cost of new community-engagement work.

 

"We are honored to be selected by the American Library Association for this grant to further how the library engages with the San José community," said Jill Bourne, director, San Jose Public Library.  "As San José continues to grow in population and diversity, it’s imperative for the library to examine and put into place successful outreach initiatives that allow our librarians to be transformative change agents for the well-being and success of San José and its people."

 

The selected libraries represent the range of American communities in terms of size, location, ethnic and racial diversity and socioeconomic status, and they all face challenges including illiteracy; unemployment; a "digital divide" in access to information technology; an influx of new and immigrant populations; and disparate access to services. 

 

San Jose and Los Angeles were the only communities selected with populations above one million.  Other members of the LTC Public Innovators Cohort include:

  • Red Hook (N.Y.) Public Library (pop: 1,900)
  • Columbus (Wis.) Public Library (pop: 5,000)
  • Knox County (Ind.) Public Library (pop: 33,900)
  • Suffolk (Va.) Public Library (pop: 85,000)
  • Hartford (Conn.) Public Library (pop: 125,000)
  • Springfield (Mass.) City Library (pop:  153,000)
  • Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library (pop: 195,000)
  • Spokane County (Wash.) Library District (pop: 255,000)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Public Library (pop: 3.8 million)

"Public libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions, and librarians today can leverage that strong position for the betterment of their communities," said ALA President Barbara Stripling. "As a longtime champion of library-led community engagement and innovation, ALA is primed to provide the tools and support that will enable librarians to more effectively fulfill this vital role."

 

In partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, Libraries Transforming Communities addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways. Libraries Transforming Communities is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Libraries Transforming Communities is grounded in The Harwood Institute’s approach of "turning outward," which emphasizes changing the orientation of institutions and individuals from internal (institutional) to external (community-facing).

 

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

 

About The Harwood Institute

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Md., that teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. The institute is guided by Richard C. Harwood, whose transformational work during the past 25 years has spread to thousands of communities nationally and worldwide, from small towns to large cities.

 

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.  For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.

 

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News Media Contact

Elizabeth Castaneda
San José Public Library
Marketing & Public Outreach Representative
1-408-808-2175
elizabeth.castaneda@sjlibrary.org

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