- May 26 & 27 - All libraries CLOSED for Memorial Day
Part of the Summer Reading Celebration
Check our events calendar for other FREE activities to enjoy this summer!
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 …
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.
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.
I recently finished reading J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. Having been addicted to the Harry Potter series as an adult, I was eager to read Rowling's first offering actually targeted to my demographic.
Something that always struck me about the Harry Potter books was J.K. Rowling's unflinching approach to such dark themes as mortality, destruction and evil. I don't consider encounters with Lord Voldemort, murderous Death Eaters and soul-draining Dementors to be for the faint of heart. I admire Rowling for not allowing a need to "shelter" children from these unpleasant themes get in the way of her storytelling.
With The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling is no less willing to confront an adult audience with harsher truths. Only now, she does not need the fantasy setting and the metaphors of dark magic and wizards gone bad to cover very adult themes of drug use, predators, child abuse and other uglinesses. And the reader does not have clear-cut heroes like Harry, Ron and Hermione to root for or villians like Voldemort and Draco Malfoy to deplore. The residents of Rowling's English town of Pagford are often unsympathetic, petty and selfish, but for the most part they are also simply ordinary people just trying to get through life. For me, this greater moral ambiguity made the greatest difference in my experience as a reader of The Casual Vacancy as opposed to the the Harry Potter novels. But I still recognize that unflinching storyteller.
Are you looking for a fun way to get your family or a group of friends outside for fun and some exercise? Go geocaching! Geocaching has been around for a little over a decade. Using a GPS unit or smartphone, you are given the hidden container’s coordinates, or the "X" marks the spot, and you are off on a new adventure. The fun is in finding the "treasure" but for kids it might be all about trading the goodies in the box with a small trinket brought from home. The idea is if you take something from the cache you should replace it with something you brought of equal or greater value. The cache typically has a log for you to record the date and your name or alias and a collection of miscellaneous items. Geocaches are located all over the world but the San Francisco Bay Area, in particular, has loads of hidden caches just waiting to be discovered!
To get you started, you can find more information about geocaching before you head out in the San Jose Public Library collections.
Geocaching.com – comprehensive site with information about geocaching, GPS coordinates of cache locations as well as upcoming events.
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) – offers beginning classes to introduce you to geocaching. They also have a passport program, the Preserve Circuit Geo-challenge, where you locate the MROSD’s hidden caches in a number of their preserves, stamp your passport with the official stamp then turn the completed passport into the district office for a limited custom District cache tag (while supplies last).
Many adults associate the library’s annual Summer Reading Celebration as something to encourage their kids or grandkids to read over the long summer months they are out of school, but how many of us adults read during the summer? Moreover, how many of us enjoy sitting near the fan or window on a warm summer evening, sipping lemonade and becoming lost in the latest fiction novel? Sound like something you enjoy? So, why not celebrate your own love of reading (which probably started back when you were a kid) and earn a few prizes while you’re at it. No, they’re not yo-yos and jacks. We’re talking real prizes for adults, like a Starbucks Gift CardCard®, re-useable book bag or even a Kindle Fire! So, if you’re already reading this summer, take a moment to sign up at your local library or online and take your summer reads to the next level. After all, summer reading isn’t just for kids; it’s for the kids at heart too.
San Jose Public Library system’s Summer Reading Celebration started June 1st, 2012 and will continue through July 31st, 2012. The program is for readers of all ages. “Into the Night” is the theme for this year’s adult reading participation designed for those 18 and over. Participants can either submit book reviews online (in Evanced) or in person using paper entry forms at their local library. There is no minimum number of books required during the program. Any book qualifies: English or non-English, fiction or non-fiction, on paper format , ebook , or a book on CD. Each library has a box at the summer reading table to collect the paper entry forms. Enter the bi-weekly raffle drawing for prizes (re-useable book bag with goodies and a flexible book light). Customers may not be aware of the adult book clubs at the branch libraries. At Cambrian library the next meeting of the mystery book club will be Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 6:45 pm. At West Valley the book club will meet Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 at 6:30 pm. Good luck with the raffle!