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Gira de Libro: Library Bicycle Tour

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


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."

Silicon Valley Energy Watch: DIY Home Energy Savings Toolkit


Save Energy and $$$ with the DIY Home Energy Savings Kit - Now Available for Check out!
This no-cost kit contains devices that will help you easily reduce energy and water use, saving you money on your utility bills. Users can expect to save, on average, $200 per year after installing the DIY Toolkit's equipment.  


You get to keep:
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs that save energy compared to incandescent light bulbs
  • Outlet gaskets that seal the void around your outlets and prevent heat loss
  • Weatherstripping that keeps out cold drafts by sealing leaky windows and doors
  • Low-flow showerhead that gently reduces the water you use and helps lower both your PG&E and water bills
  • Faucet aerators that help water flow more efficiently
The Toolkit also includes an easy "how-to" installation guide, complete with links to interactive videos, to help you navigate points of action in your home, as well as tips on decoding utility bills and how to calculate your savings.  Toolkits can be checked out at your local San Jose Public Library for a period of two weeks.  
Home Energy Savings Kit - Information Events

Silicon Valley Energy Watch Program Representative will host an informational table to answer questions regarding the Home Energy Savings Kit on the following dates and locations:


Zen Doodling

zen doodleJoin us for an introductory workshop in Zen Doodling. Doodling requires no previous artistic skill and can aid in relaxation and ability to focus. Learn to concentrate on drawing one small section of a page at a time to create beautiful patterns. All supplies will be provided. 


Operation Prom-Dress 2014!

artwork of girls dancing

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.



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 eBooks

Logo Image for Enki 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!



Here are some quick facts:

  • enki offers EPUB and PDF eBooks, no Kindle format and no audiobooks.
  • You will need an Adobe ID
  • Titles can be downloaded or read online
  • iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire users will need to install the Bluefire Reader app
  • Desktop users will need Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
  • You can transfer to a Nook with ADE
  • You can checkout up to 5 and place up to 5 titles on hold
  • 14 day checkout

To learn more, this tutorial is excellent and has step by step download instructions for computers and devices. The Help pages are also excellent.

Posted by Margaret Yamasaki on Feb 4, 2014 | Comments: 0 |


The Lego Book coverGet 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!

 Lego: a Love Story cover

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.

Posted by Jessica Reilly on Feb 3, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

New to the Library Catalog - "Freeze" Your Hold Requests

New Library Feature: Freeze HoldsA 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:

  1. Login to My Account and views your existing holds. 
  2. You'll see a "Freeze" column with check boxes to the far right of each request.  Check the box(es) and hit "Update List".  Then confirm your decisions.

A frozen hold will look like this in our Library Catalog:

frozen hold in library catalog

And like this in our "Classic Catalog":

frozen hold request in 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 is Coming to a Library Near You!

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.


Mr. Penumbra's 24 hr Bookstore Book Cover

The Shallows book cover

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!

Silicon Valley Reads 2014: Author Nicholas Carr Will Visit SJPL

Author Nicholas Carr2014 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:

Livemocha Ends December 31

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.