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Author Fair 2013

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library presents an Author Fair


Saturday, November 2 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the King Library.


Come meet and support more than 30 local Bay Area authors during King Library's first ever Author Fair! You will have the opportunity to mingle with participating authors as well as listen to them share their inspirations for their books. The event is free and open to the public.


Learn more about all the participating authors:


1970 SJPL Time Capsule

Materials placed in the time capsule of the San Jose Public Library, 180 W. San Carlos St.  

May 14, 1970, 3:00 p.m. 



Tape Recordings

  • KBAY interview with Geraldine Nurney, San Jose City Librarian at the New Main Library, April 19, 1970, San Jose, California.
  • Dedication of the San Jose Library, April 19, 1970, recorded by Radio KEEN.
  • Calendar of the City Council Agenda of the City of San Jose, December 22, 1969.

Newspaper Clippings

  • San Jose News, July 22, 1969, p. 21. “A Novel Library Arising”
  • San Jose  Mercury News, April 12, 1970, p. 23. “A New Downtown Landmark Library Open House”
  • San Jose Mercury, April 20, 1970, p. 15. “A Dream Come True – New Library Ready”
  • San Jose News, April 20, 1970, p. 3 “San Jose Central Library Dedicated”
  • San Jose News, April 20, 1970, p. 12. “Officially Opens San Jose’s New Library Speaks Volumes”


Mrs. Geraldine L. Nurney


Business Cards

  • Mr. Frank Burroughs of Carl N. Swenson Co., Inc.
  • Mrs. Geraldine L. Nurney, City Librarian
  • Francis L. Greiner, City Clerk
  • Roy H. Hubbard, Assistant City Clerk


Charter of the City of San Jose



News Notes of California Libraries, Oct. 1958, p.p. 399-406 (Xerox)


Annual Report

San Jose Public Library Annual Report 1968.



Agreement for Library Construction Grant (Education No. 2838) providing funds in the amount of one million dollars for the construction of the new main library building for the San Jose Public Library system, July 2, 1965.



Early Histories of Libraries in the San Jose Area by Lynn Vermillion



  • Dedication of San Jose Public Library Sunday, April 19, 1970.
  • Fact Sheet – San Jose Public Library


Invitation to the dedication ceremony, April 19, 1970



Letter from Mayor Ronald R. James to a future mayor of San Jose

America’s Music Film and Concert Series

America's Music 2013 Film and Concert Series artwork

America's Music: FREE Film and Concert Series


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library presents "America's Music" film/discussion and concert series. The six-week series focuses on film history and popular music from Blues to Broadway to Rock 'N' Roll and Hip-Hop followed by live musical performances.



King Library, Second Floor – Rooms 225/229 

Thursday Films 7:00 p.m.
Saturday Concerts 2:00 p.m.



Sept. 12      Films: "The Blues" & "Say Amen, Somebody"

Sept. 14      Concert: The Gospel Travelers, The Mellonaires, The Aki Kumar Blues Band


BROADWAY - This Week!

Sept. 19       Film: "The American Musical"

                   The film will be followed with a discussion led by Nanci Williams, General Manager of Broadway San José.

Sept. 21     Concert: Boomerang Quartet



Sept. 26       Films: "Jazz" & "International Sweetheart of Rhythm"

Sept. 28       Concert: SJSU Jazz Orchestra

                    Arrive at 1:30 p.m. for a free Swing dance lessons by Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio



Oct. 3            Film: "High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass"

Oct. 5            Concert: Bean Creek



Oct. 10         Film: "The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll"

Oct. 12         Concert: The Honey Wilders



Oct. 17         Film: "From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale"

Oct. 19         Concert: SJSU Latin Jazz Ensemble & Hip-Hop Performers from MACLA Peapod Academy


"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music.  "America's Music" has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. 

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire Explore the Possibilities, Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Celebrate the Month of the Young Child at the

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire! 


Saturday, April 13, 2013

10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The Faire is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees to the outdoor festival, held at Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum), in downtown San José.


The theme this year is "Explore the Possibilities" and features family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions, and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children ages 2-12.  Families can obtain information about education, child care, recreational programs and health and safety resources. 


For more information call 1-408-808-2617 or visit

Getting Your Hockey Fix

Remember hockey? Yeah, I do too! I know many of us Sharks fans are disappointed beyond words about the NHL Lockout, but we are also a resourceful bunch, and will find other things to keep us busy. Here is my list of things you can do to occupy your time when you would normally watch a game:


hockey animalsRead about hockey

The library has it all whether you are a history buff, want to read about your favorite player, or are sharpening your own skills on the ice. One of our newer titles, Hockey’s Greatest Stars: legends and young lions, profiles some of the greatest players in NHL history as well as new hopefuls.


For those new parents who are wondering, “How do I possibly introduce hockey to my child in a meaningful way? Especially if they can’t even stand up to ice-skate?” The library is your source for early literacy through hockey. Christopher Jordan’s My First NHL Series includes Hockey ABC and Hockey Animals.



Go to a hockey game


Support the San Francisco Bulls inaugural season by attending one of their games at the Cow Palace. The Bulls are part of the ECHL and are an official affiliate of our SJ Sharks. They recently traveled to the South Bay to play a game at The Tank and brought in over 12,000 hockey fans. 


Support local hockey


There is still hockey going on!  Check out Sharks Ice where youth and adult leagues are still on the ice. Take lessons, join a team, or even try out one of their drop-in hockey afternoons.  


Support local businesses


Without more than 17,000 fans hitting the streets of downtown San Jose several times a week, many local businesses are feeling the effects of the lockout too. Come downtown and visit your favorite eats, bars, museums and retail stores.

Tibetan Monks spread the message of world peace as they build a Sand Mandala inside the King Library


Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery return to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library November 13-17, 2012 to the spread the message of world peace and compassion as they build a Sand Mandala, an ancient art form from Tibetan Buddhism. 


The creation of a Sand Mandala is meant to generate a profound experience of compassion.  The positive effects of a Sand Mandala are believed to radiate out over an entire region, blessing the environment and the beings therein, as an effort for world peace.  Once created, the Sand Mandala is destroyed in the closing ceremony, as a lesson in the impermanence of all life.  


Ceremonies and construction will take place in the Library Lobby on 4th and East San Fernando St.  This event is free and open to the public. 


Opening Ceremony

Nov. 13:12:00 - 12:30 p.m.


Sand Mandala Construction

Nov. 13:  1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Nov. 14-16:  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Nov. 17:  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Closing Ceremony

Nov. 17:  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Check out photos from the Tibetan Monks’ last visit in October 2010.

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