King Library is going to hold a class to help job seekers to create a resume.
Whether you are looking for a job but don’t know where to start, or want to learn where to download a resume template, this class can help you develop those skills.
In this resume class, you will learn basic knowledge about two major resume types, the Chronological and Functional resume. In addition, you will learn formatting tips and how to use our library’s electronic resource and Learning Express Library to do practice tests and build up your job skills.
You can sign up for this class at the 3rd floor reference desk at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. Space is limited, so make sure to sign up early. Basic computer skill (use of a mouse and keyboard) is required.
According to library policy, patrons are not allowed to download and save any files on the public-use PCs. Therefore, if you want to download resume templates, please bring your own USB flash drive.
The date and time of this class is as follows:
Date: Saturday, July 13, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Room 125 at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
Address: 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
Contact: 1-408-808-2397, 3rd Floor Reference desk for questions.
A 6th Grade student requested assistance on his research to retrieve resources for his school assignment on the history of Mexico including culture and customs. He asked for books and articles, including magazines and newspapers.
First, I recommended the library catalog for books and provided a search strategy on "Mexico, Culture, Customs". The customer selected the book: Mañana Forever?: Mexico and the Mexicans from the General Collections at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Then we changed our approach and limited the search to the "Children’s Collection". The student selected two books: Costume Around the World: Mexico and from the section on "Countries/States" he selected the book Mexico.
Secondly, I recommended using the printed World Book Encyclopedia for his research and looked up Mexico for his topic. The student selected a 2012 printed edition of The World Book Encyclopedia in order to checkout.
Using the terms "Mexico, Culture, and Customs" in searching the History Reference Center database, the student selected the article "Mexican Holidays. By: Kalman, Bobbie, Mexico: The Culture, 2002". Also, by using the same terms in the Academic Search Complete database, the article "Extending Current Boundaries Between the Private, Domestic and Public Display of Mourning, Love and Visual Culture in Mexico City" was selected.
Finally, I recommended and searched the SJPL database World Book Student using search the term "Mexico". A complete article is available on Mexico. Also suggested to use database Masterfile Premiere ("Articles from Magazines, Journals & Newspapers") and did an Advanced Search on "Mexico, Culture, and Customs" and the customer selected two articles by Goldman, Phyllis Barkas: "Mexico's Unique Culture" and "Monkeyshines on Mexico".
The student was amazed having retrieved all information for his school assignment and excited to learn that he can have access to all the SJPL databases from home with his valid SJPL card.
Are you learning how to speak, read and write English? Would you like to improve you English language skills and meet people from around the world? Come to the Biblioteca Latinoamericana to attend one or more of our free ESL classes for adults.
Cris, the ESL Teacher and Family Learning Center Coordinator posed for this photograph during one of the classes. In this picture, from left to right, you can see Paulina from Columbia, Elena from Russia, John from Vietnam, Bertha from Mexico, Cris, the ESL Teacher from the Philippines, Martha from Mexico, Brenda from Mexico, Alejandrina from Honduras, and Ulisses from Mexico.
Please visit the following links for information about ESL Classes throughout San Jose:
Students are encouraged to bring a pencil or pen and a three-ring binder.
There are several Family Learning Centers throughout San Jose that offer ESL classes. They are located at the following branch libraries:
This month we are looking back at the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake in the City of San José. While the greatest casualties in the county were at Agnews State Hospital, the City of San José saw a great deal of destruction and loss of life that has largely been overshadowed by San Francisco's destruction. Overall, the city suffered $3,000,000 in property damage and lost 16 lives on that April 18th morning. How the city came through the disaster however, is this story's true significance.
Like San Francisco’s experience in the 1906 earthquake, San José’s suffering was heightened by fires sparked by the shaking. The area which received the greatest damage by fire was the block on Second Street and San Fernando. The fire began in the three-story Martin building and quickly spread to the Dougherty, Phelan, and Leiber buildings. The photo on the left shows the damage to the Dougherty building and neighboring structures. Thankfully, the San José Fire Department was quick to recover from the damage they suffered. The fire at Second and San Fernando was subdued by nightfall, with little more left than a pile of smoldering rubble. With no shortage of water like in San Francisco, the department saved the rest of downtown from the spreading flames. While the firestorms in San Francisco consumed whole city blocks, those fires in San José were contained to small areas and single buildings.
Unlike San Francisco, San José regained its footing rather quickly with the establishment of organized relief and a positive outlook. Within a week, the San José Mercury-Herald published headlines like: "An Optimistic View," "The Earthquake Did Comparatively Little Damage," and "What the Earthquake Didn’t Do." City-wide damage was significant, but not irreparable. In many cases the damage was simply cracked and crumbled chimneys and foundations. "Relief committees" were also very active distributing funds and aid to those in need. The committee chaired by R. W. Hearsy , documented in the California Room's clipping files, continued to help those in need months after the quake. Critical to the recovery, the San José Mercury News reported in 1996, was the fact that San José was an agricultural city, not the industrial colossus on the peninsula like San Francisco. Happening in mid April, the quake disrupted little in the city’s growing and canning industry, leaving any damage plenty of time to be repaired before the next harvest season.
For those interested in visiting the sites of the destruction, the San Jose Public Library's Scan Jose program offers a photographic walking tour of Tragedies and Calamities for you to explore. This includes the photographs, like those above, of the damage done by the earthquake in 1906. Log on to Scan Jose with your smartphone or download the printable PDF and "Start the Story."
Further Reading from the San José Public Library, California Room:
The Basic Korean Conversation Club has been going on for six months now in the King Library.
"T" (I am going to use the first initials of names due to privacy issues) has been attending our class from March 2013. She wanted to learn basic Korean because she had a plan to travel in South Korea. Now she is currently in Korea. Here is her email;
"Hi Celine! I could not show up yesterday nor will I show up next week because I am currently in Korea. I had a lot of fun in the Korean Conversation Club, I have already used some of my Korean to get around at the bus station. When I come back, I plan on going to the next session on July 13, 2013."
"V" has been attending the class since March 2013. He is one of the most passionate students at the class. He is from India and just got to U.S.A. two months ago. He used to be an computer engineer in India. He said he would like to work at Samsung or LG (Korean Companies) in the Bay Area.
He has been studying Korean language very diligently because he has very strong motivation to learn it. Finally, he informed me that he got a job at one of the Korean companies in the Bay Area!
We are going to start a new 6 week session of classes on July 13, 2013 in the King Library. Learn practical Korean Conversation such as greetings, numbers, and food. Chat topics may include K-Pop, K-Drama, and K-Culture.
6 week session
Saturdays 10:00 - 11:00 AM
July 13, 20, & 27, 2013
August 3, 10, & 17, 2013
Study Room 390, 3rd Floor
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
Free Admission / No Sign-up
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Ever wondered what was happening at the time a poem, essay, short story, speech or other literary work was written? Or what inspired the writer to set a story in the past or future?
Literature and Its Times, a 5 volume reference set in the King Library, may help you answer such questions. Each volume profiles a different historical era, and includes a chronology of relevant events. The set covers 300 literary works including poems, essays, biographies, memoirs, fiction (including popular and young adult fiction) speeches and plays. Focus is on works by American authors though works by European and Latin American authors are also discussed.
Each work discussed includes a brief note about the author, followed by details of events in history which influenced or are dealt with in the work. Sidebars briefly treat relevant topics related to the book, there is also a summary, discussion of characters and themes, and a bibliography for further reading.
Limited to online resources? Try looking up the work you're interested in using Literary Reference Center. (you'll need to sign on using your library card.)
Although I can't personally help ( I don't think I've ever opened the hood of my car), our new online resource ChiltonLibrary can.
If you are a fan of wrenching on your own car, you are probably familiar with the Chilton car manuals. Now with the ChiltonLibrary, you can view and print service bulletins, repair and maintenance diagrams/instructions online.
The school year is over and a long summer vacation is coming. Some high school sophomores want to prepare for their SAT and AP tests during their summer break.
Our library has a rich and diverse print collection for patrons who are preparing for the SAT and AP tests. We have resources from several major exam book publishers including Kaplan, Princeton Review and Barron's.
It is fairly easy to search our library catalog to find the exam books you want. If all of the available SAT and AP books are checked out, you can place a hold for the next available title at San Jose Public Library, or you can use the Link + service to borrow the materials from other libraries.
Additionally, there is a great electronic resource that I want to recommend to you. It is called Shmoop Online Test Prep. This electronic resource is designed to help students prepare for SAT, ACT and many AP exams. In addition, there are other engaging materials for ASVAB Prep Exam, CAHSEE Prep as well as GED Test Prep.
New users must create an account to use this resource. Once you have an account, you can start keeping track of your learning progress. You can access this online test prep from any computer with an internet connection.
Give it a try if you want to use the long summer break to prepare for exams.
This week we are looking back at the Agnews State Hospital. The hospital is most famously known as the site of the greatest loss of life in Santa Clara County after the 1906 earthquake. Eleven officials and over one-hundred patients were crushed when the main treatment building collapsed. But the history of Agnews is more interesting than this grim memory.
Agnews State Hospital, originally known as the “Great Asylum for the Insane,” finished construction in 1888 at a cost of around $750,000. Located in the area known at the time as Agnew Station, Agnews State Hospital was the premier California institution for assisting and treating the mentally ill. The hospital pumped $135,000 annually into the community purchasing local supplies and paying wages to its employees. The architecture of the Agnews’ buildings were designed to not only provide efficient practical patient care as it had claimed, but also to ensure good health and a positive state of mind by designing all rooms to be exposed to the afternoon winds and to be lit by natural light.
Yet, early in the morning on April 18, 1906, residents of the whole San Francisco Bay Area awoke to a violent earthquake. While the destruction to San Francisco is well known, other cities like San José received a great amount of damage and loss of life. The downtown district was hit particularly hard with the near destruction of a dozen or so buildings, including: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Phelan building, and the Elks Hall and stores in the heart of downtown. The greatest loss of life in the area however was at the hospital, where the 11 officials and 101 patients perished. News sources from the time stoked a little bit of fear by claiming that, "a number of insane having escaped from the demolished asylum, [were] running at random about the country." While these reports were likely unfounded, the heightened fear of looters and criminals preying on devestated communities could be seen in numerous official documents and public flyers warning the public to be vigilant.
After the earthquake though, the hospital was rebuilt in a more low-rise, Mediterranean Revival style similar to the State Normal School (now San Jose State University). The hospital was then reopened in 1911 as the Agnews State Mental Hospital. The state hospital continued its service to the community until the mid-1970s, when the passage of the Laterman Act (1971) transferred mental health treatment programs to local communities in an attempt to provide better care. This led the state to close many state hospitals throughout the state, including Agnews.
In 1996, the State of California offered up 90 acres of the Agnews land for sale. Through intense community interest, debate, and cooperation, Sun Microsystems purchased the land with the agreement to invest $10 million in the restoration of key historic buildings: including the Clock Tower Building with the clock’s original Seth Thomas mechanisms from 1911, as well as the director’s mansion from 1885. Today, the Angews Developmental Center is utilized by Oracle as a site for research and development. The site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since August 13, 1997, as “Agnews Insane Asylum.”
For those interested in reading more about the "Agnews Insane Asylum" and the history of San Jose after the great earthquake of 1906, take a look at the recommended reading below.
Further Reading from San Jose Public Library's, California Room:
Dear 2013 College Students and High School Graduates,
Congratulations on your success!
Did you know that the San Jose Library has resources that can help direct you toward the next step in your career or college pathway? http://www.sjpl.org/employment
Still need help? Call your library or come to any branch of the San Jose Public Library and ask to talk to a librarian.