The Office of Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen presents:
Operation Prom Dress 2014
There is still time to participate in this year’s Operation Prom-Dress! Don’t let a tough economy discourage students from attending Prom.
Dig through those closets for new or gently used dresses and accessories and donate them to any of the following libraries or community centers.
Donations are being accepted until March 7, 2014.
For Students needing a dress, join us March 9th from 9am - 1 pm at the Seven Trees Community Center! There will be refreshments and raffle prizzes! Please remember to bring a valid student ID. For more information, see our flyer here.
enki is a new eBook platform created by libraries in California with great content purchased directly from indie publishers rather than through a vendor reseller. Try a new author you may never have heard of before, and find new favorites amongst these great independent titles from publishers who actively support libraries!
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Get ready for Lego madness! THE LEGO MOVIE comes out this Friday, February 7, 2014! From childhood building blocks, to creating whole cities, there's something for everyone with LEGOS.
For those who want to jump right in, The LEGO Book by Daniel Lipkowitz is the perfect place to start. It outlines the 50+ year history of LEGOs, from it's beginnings as the Kirk family business, to to the massive Legoland theme park. Find out how LEGOs have been designed and manufactured throughout the years. This book is full of dozens of LEGO kits that have been created over the years, as well as awesome LEGO brick art.
When you want to get started on your own LEGO building adventures, be sure to check out the LEGO Play Book : Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life and The LEGO Ideas Book : Unlock Your Imagination. These books contain hundreds of LEGO building instructions and inspiration so you can build your own dinosaurs, castles and cars. Or make your own unique creation!
For those who want to see extreme lego building, check out Beautiful LEGO for artists who push the medium of LEGO brick art. This is an ebook you can immediately and easily click or scroll through, while admiring complex models like castles, giant robots, and even convincing food creations.
For a more serious and heartfelt look, check out LEGO: A Love Story, a memoir about one man's reconsidered childhood dream of becoming a master LEGO model builder. This book takes an inside look at LEGO conventions, community, behind-the-scenes at LEGO headquarters, as well as a warm and personal story about the attempt to build with LEGO and build a family.
A new feature has been added to our Library Catalog - the ability to "Freeze" your hold requests.
"Freeze Holds" essentially allows you to "pause" the progress of a hold request and let others "cut" in front of you in line for an item. It's useful if you won't be able to pick up a hold that might be fulfilled during an inconvenient time. You can avoid both potential fines for not picking the item up and losing your place in the hold queue.
To Freeze a Hold:
A frozen hold will look like this in our Library Catalog:
And like this in our "Classic Catalog":
Holds remain frozen until you choose to remove the freeze through My Account. A hold cannot be frozen if it is already on the hold shelf, in transit, is a Link+ item, or otherwise paged to fulfill your request.
Silicon Valley Reads 2014 has posted their online schedule for the seasons’ hottest author tickets in the South Bay – including events at the San Jose Public Library. The good news is all the events are free and don’t really require tickets!
The event series, beginning with the official kickoff on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 is entitled: "Books & Technology: Friends or Foes". Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the actual event commencing at 7:30 p.m. There are no reservations required – first come, first seated at the historic Campbell Heritage Theatre.
Here are the two headlining authors:
Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, will be joined on stage by Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy – a man experienced in the art of the interview.
Many more events are scheduled throughout February and March. Many of the events are perfect for the youngsters in your life and go well with these selected companion books for children:
All of the authors above will be at various libraries around town. Please check our events calendar for upcoming events. Each year Silicon Valley Reads encourages everyone in Santa Clara County to read and discuss the same book during the months of February and March. Take advantage of this opportunity. Be part of the community discussion. Make Sunday dinner an "all ages can participate" forum for fun. It’s bound to be lively and can include the whole family with the age appropriate selections.
When you have finished reading the featured books for Silicon Valley Reads 2014 you might want to try these books! Also, just for fun, why not try an ebook? Happy reading everyone!
2014 is going to be here before we know it, and that means Silicon Valley Reads 2014 will be too! This year’s theme is close to the heart of any library worker or patron: Books and Technology: Friends or Foes? (my personal feeling is that books and computers should and do have a happy friendship, but there’s much more to say on the topic).
The two books selected for 2014’s program are the non-fiction work The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr and the novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
The Shallows asks the question "As we enjoy the Internet's bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?"
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is the story of a laid-off San Francisco Web designer who gets hired for the night shift at the title bookstore, and discovers there is a lot more to the bookstore and its customers than meets the eye.
Many different Silicon Valley Reads 2014 events are scheduled throughout January, February, and March. There will book discussions on both books at various San Jose Public Library branches so be sure to check the event calendar for one near you. The big kick-off event will be on Wednesday, January 22 at the Heritage Theater in Campbell. Both authors will be interviewed on stage by San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy.
Nicholas Carr will be making numerous appearances at San Jose Public Library branches. Discussion with the Shallows author will include a Q&A session. He will be at:
Our subscription to the language learning resource, Livemocha will end December 31. The company that provides Livemocha has decided not to continue this product and access to the site will end at the end of December. We sincererly apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We do still have our other language learning product, Mango, available online.
Please leave a comment if you have any concerns or questions.
Join us at Downtown Ice to enjoy an afternoon of skating and crafts hosted by us!
Have fun skating with our beloved mascot "Conroy the Cougar" and stop by the library's table for a fun children's craft making reindeer hats from Noon-3:00 p.m.
Present your San Jose Public Library card on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 from Noon-3:00 p.m. at Downtown Ice to get 1 person in for free with 1 paid adult admission - That's 2 skate admissions for $15! You must show your San Jose library card prior to transaction. Not combinable with any other offers or promotions.
Downtown Ice is the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, located in the Circle of Palms between the SJ Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel.
For more information about Downtown Ice visit sjdowntown.com/downtownice
During the months of November and December attend the FREE Pinching Pennies: Couponing 101 Workshops. Learn how to maximize grocery savings and purchase hundreds of dollars' worth of everyday supplies for just pennies with couponing expert Caroline Jimenez.
Location: Santa Teresa Branch Library
Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: Educational Park Branch Library
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 6:00pm
Location: Alviso Branch Library
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 11:30am
Location: Joyce Ellington Branch Library
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 6:00pm
Location: Hillview Branch Library
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 2:00pm
Location: Tully Community Branch Library
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 6:15pm
Location: Edenvale Branch Library
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 6:00pm
Location: Berryessa Branch Library
Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 4:00pm
Location: Evergreen Branch Library
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 6:30pm
Hicklebee's is an independent bookstore full of dedicated people who are willing to help any eager reader walking through their doors! And during the month of November, Hicklebee's will be holding two book signings at their store!
On November 5, 2013, Gail Carriger will be coming to Hicklebees to celebrate the launch of her second book in her Finishing School Series. You can check out her first book Etiquette and Espionage at the library, and come to the book signing to get the sequel: Curtsies and Conspiracies. There is will also be a steam punk costume contest for those who wish to dress up, and Gail Carriger herself will be one of three judges.
The Launch Party and book signing will be on November 5, 2013 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at this address:
1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125
On November 14, 2013, Jeff Kinney will be coming to Campbell Christian School on behalf of Hicklebees to talk about his brand new book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck (book 8). You can check out the first seven books at your local library: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules, The Last Straw, Dog Days, The Ugly Truth, Cabin Fever, and The Third Wheel. Pre-order Hard Luck at Hicklebee's and get your ticket to attend the event!
The event will be held on November 14, 2013 at 6:00 PM at this address:
1075 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA
Important: In order to go to this event, you must have a ticket. To get tickets, you have to buy Hard Luck from Hicklebees. One book = two tickets.