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STEAMstacks: Innovate, Create, Discover


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Library's #STEAMstacks Programs


Many of modern civilization’s most profound developments were initiated here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and were the result of someone with an idea in mind and the ability to bring it to life. 

 

More than ever, people here are harnessing that legacy, breaking out of the role of consumer and becoming creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 

 

The concept of Library is expanding from a place for consumption of information and media, to a place for self-directed and peer-assisted learning, creation, invention, and entrepreneurship.

 

Hands-on technology learning can expose disenfranchised youth and adult residents to opportunities to develop skills and access the hardware and software industries that are booming around them in the Silicon Valley.  

 

Thus, the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) has created #STEAMstacks maker programs that combine reading, showing and making and that emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM). 

 

While #STEAMstacks encourages local community engagement, it is also part of a new international movement fostering creative, social thinking and life-long learning through making.  SJPL intends to be a key node in that connected learning network and incorporate its capabilities into the community’s overall knowledge infrastructure.​

 

 

 

COMING SOON!  

 

MaKey MaKey allows you to connect the physical world to the digital.  The  kits will become available for checkout at the Evergreen Branch starting Oct. 21 and Berryessa Branch on Oct. 23. 

 

 

 

Squishy Circuits provides you the opportunity to learn about circuits using Battery Packs, LEDs and Play Dough that conducts electricity!  Join us at the Cambrian Branch at 3 p.m. on Oct. 29, to learn more.  

 

 

#STEAMstacks UPCOMING EVENTS

 

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STEAMstacks: Digital Paper Cutting Workshop for Adults


Silicon Valley Manufacturing WeekAs the Library celebrates Silicon Valley Manufacturing Week, taking place Mon., Sept. 29 to Fri., Oct. 3, join us for our STEAMstacks digital paper cutting workshop and bring out the maker in you.

 

The event will include a brief introduction about a digital paper cutting machine for both artistic creativity and innovative exploration.​​  

 

While we will have fun, it's great to keep in mind that activities of these types further fuel our abilities and initial thoughts about making things and manufacturing.  ​Participants will create a work with a computer and digital paper cutting machine.  

 

Space is limited, please register in advance at the Information Desk.

 

 

About the Library's STEAMstacks Programs


Many of modern civilization’s most profound developments were initiated here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and were the result of someone with an idea in mind and the ability to bring it to life.  More than ever, people here are harnessing that legacy, breaking out of the role of consumer and becoming creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 

 

The concept of Library is expanding from a place for consumption of information and media, to a place for self-directed and peer-assisted learning, creation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Hands-on technology learning can expose disenfranchised youth and adult residents to opportunities to develop skills and access the hardware and software industries that are booming around them in the Silicon Valley.  

 

Thus, the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) has created STEAMstacks maker programs that combine reading, showing and making and that emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM).  While STEAMstacks encourages local community engagement, it is also part of a new international movement fostering creative, social thinking and life-long learning through making.  SJPL intends to be a key node in that connected learning network and incorporate its capabilities into the community’s overall knowledge infrastructure.​



Winners of Graphic Novel Making Contest To Be Announced Sat., Aug. 23


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Steven Brewster

Cell (415) 577-8851

steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org

Contact at event:

Vidya Kilambi

(408) 629-3362

vidya.kilambi@sjlibary.org

 

 

Winners of Graphic Novel Making Contest To Be Announced Sat., Aug. 23

 

Annual competition showcases top San Jose creative talent carrying on anime and manga tradition

 

San José, Calif. —Youth and adult winners of the San José Public Library Graphic Novel Making Contest will be announced and prizes awarded at a reception to be held Saturday at the Seven Trees Branch Library & Community Center.  The event will showcase image-rich winning entries and also include attendance by representatives from partnering organizations. They include Hijinx Comics, the oldest comic bookstore in San Jose, the San Jose Museum of Art, Sakura of America and TRY Japan Culture, an organization that highlights Japanese culture, anime and manga.  From 107 submissions, a panel of eight judges, comprised of Library staff from throughout San Jose, Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang from P.M.B.Q. Studio and Hideko Kough from TRY Japan Cultural Group, selected winners in four age categories: 8 years and under; 9-12 years, 13-17 years, and 18 and above.

 

WHO: Expected attendance: 250+, to include a diverse group of youth and adult winners and contestants, their parents and friends, contest judges, library staff, anime and manga fans

 

WHEN: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Sat., August 23, 2014

 

WHERE:  Community Center Ballroom

                 Seven Trees Branch Library & Community Center

                 3590 Cas Drive, San Jose

 

BACKGROUND: Manga, a Japanese word referring both to comics and cartooning, are comics originally created in Japan, or by Japanese creators, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.  They are usually published in black and white and read from top to bottom and then right to left, similar to the layout of a Japanese plain text.  Another art form originated in Japan, anime is animation style is characterized by distinctive hand-drawn or computer-generated characters and backgrounds that visually and thematically set it apart from other forms of animation. The Graphic Novel Making Contest pays homage to both and highlights the extreme popularity of these art forms among adults and youth in San Jose. The Contest is also a complement to the Library's extensive collection of manga and anime books and media throughout the 23-branch system and ongoing programming that promotes all aspects of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and creativity, and math).

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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.




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