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Intro to Manga with Karen Luk

image of pen on paperTeens and tweens are welcome to come to the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library on Thursday June 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM in order to learn how to draw manga with cartoonist and illustrator Karen Luk.  Draw and compare a realistic face to a manga style face with different expressions.  Karen demonstrate manga techniques and show you how to create your own manga at this two hour workshop.  If you find that you enjoy drawing manga, you are certainly welcome to create and enter an eight page (or less) graphic novel into SJPL's Graphic Novel Making Contest

The San Jose Public Library system also has a variety of books and ebooks to teach you manga drawing techniques.  Happy Drawing!  
This awesome program is sponsored by the Friends of the East Branch Carnegie Library, and is part of our 2014 Summer Reading Challenge.  

Teen Summer Reading Artwork

This spring twenty-one teens from all around San Jose created designs to promote teen summer reading.  Each of these designs is featured on mini buttons that teens receive when they sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge this year:


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Come to your closest library to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge!

Free iPad Art and iPad Animation Workshops

Are you interested in learning how to create digital paintings or animation on your iPad?


Sumit Vishwakarma will be presenting iPad Art and iPad Animation workshops in October at the following locations:

Sumit Vishwakarma


iPad Art*

Pearl Avenue Branch Library

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 4:00pm


iPad Animation Art*

Calabazas Branch Library

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 4:00pm


iPad Art*

Santa Teresa Branch Library

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 6:30pm




Everyone is welcome to this program, no registration required. The techniques in the workshops can easily be applied to other tablet devices.


Sumit has been a featured speaker at the Mobile Creativity and Innovation Symposium as well as MacWorld 2013.


When asked what advice he had for budding artists in the digital medium, he says that he believes in simple and effortless learning. Though he has immense respect for traditional art medium - oil paint, water color- he feels that the digital medium can expedite the learning curve. When creating art, one should not get overwhelmed with the details of a painting, says Sumit. “Start with the basic sketch and build over it. This is where iPad art differentiates from traditional medium. One can use basic layers to sketch and then add finer details in subsequent layers. All layers can then be merged to create outstanding piece of work. You can undo and redo without hiccups. The goal of my workshop is to expose people to these techniques of iPad art and inspire new iPad artists.”


These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Chalk Art at Joyce Ellington Library

image of Luna Park Chalk Art Festival flyerFor the past three years, The Luna Park Arts Foundation and Luna Park Chalk Art Festival have hosted a chalk art workshop at Joyce Ellington Branch Library. The event will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2013 in anticipation of the actual festival itself to be held on the last day of summer, September 21, at Backesto Park just 2 blocks from the library. The festival is now in its 6th year and going strong.


Chalk art professionals will once again be at Joyce Ellington Branch Library demonstrating techniques they use in street painting (aka chalk art) and 3D art. This is an event that will be taking place while the library is closed on a Sunday, but since it will involve lots of chalk dust and artistic rendering on the sidewalk and on the surface of the library parking lot, this is not a bad thing!  The first half of the workshop will be a presentation on techniques in the art form and then participants will be able to get down and dirty with some hands-on chalk art themselves. Everyone is welcome, but most of the instruction will be aimed toward ages 10 and up.


These events increase the social capital of the community and we’re lucky to be connected to part of this local neighborhood tradition. Come check it out and support local art! For more information on the Chalk Art Festival, visit their website.

Books on the Art of the Poster

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We are surrounded by a cultural windfall of so many venues for viewing fine arts in the Bay Area. Last summer I had the serendipitous pleasure of stumbling upon a great exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California entitled All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area. This collection of unique local history provides an archival trove of beautiful poster art, some of them recognizable images of various eras, for which we have an accompanying catalog for that show in the California Room of the King Library. This show coincided at about the same time the New York Times was writing this piece about the revolutionary & radical roots of Oakland from the Black Panthers to the recent Occupy movement to remind us of a period and a place which is known for its fervent willingness to express social outrage, whether you support those expressions and ideas or not. Now, unfortunately, we have but the one solitary copy of the All of Us or None catalog in a location that is for library use only, but this being the internet/social media era and all (whooo!) I can share this link which will get you to the entire archive of the poster collection for your viewing pleasure.


Now, it would seem that nothing brings out the creative art of the poster quite like global politics and individual propaganda (well, maybe music?), so here are a couple of additional great-looking titles to share that might be worth a look as well: ¡Revolución!: Cuban Poster Art and Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change. In the end though, nothing quite trumps opposition and political outrage as a vehicle for a determined creativity. I’m guessing that Ernesto "Che" Guevara will forever outsell our 44th President in long-standing sales of pop culture imagery and for that reason I’m thinking that poor Che continues to roll in his dusty grave. ¡Viva el capitalismo!

Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys - April

The American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.  Using the grant's books and programming resources, the King Library is offering a series of programs to help public audiences become more familiar with the people and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the U.S.


Each month a different theme will be discussed through films and presentations in the King Library. Books from the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection will be featured on the San Jose Public Library's Muslim Journeys blog. 


Theme for April - Art and Architecture



  • April 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, King Library Room 225/229
    Just a Piece of Cloth
    : film showing with discussion by producer and director, Rosemary Henze, SJSU Professor of  Linguistics and Language Development
  • April 4, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, King Library, Room 225/229
    Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers
    : book signing and reading
  • April 8, 4:30 - 6:00 PM, King Library, Room 255/257
    Love and Sex in Islamic Poetry: a lecture by Shantanu Phukan, SJSU Professor of Humanities & Religious Studies
  • April 22, 5:00 - 6:00 PM, King Library, Room 225/229
    Art & Architecture in the Muslim World: a lecture by Johanna Movassat, SJSU Professor of Art History & Visual Culture

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf



Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys is a joint program of San Jose Public Library and San Jose State University Library made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association and George Mason University.