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Teens to ROCK the Library This Weekend!
Finalists of San José Public Library’s 7th Annual Battle of the Bands set to perform live Saturday
San José, Calif., July 30, 2014——San José Public Library will host a showcase concert featuring the top five finalists of its 7th Annual Battle of the Bands, part of the Library’s Summer Reading Challenge, beginning at 3 p.m., Sat., Aug. 2 at the Almaden Branch Library and Community Center, 6455 Camden Ave.
The finalists include A Guy with a Guitar, Allegro, Cindy B., Odd Army and Quantum.
The five bands will perform up to 20 minutes each in front of a live audience and a panel of professional local musicians and instructors, including Paul Kauppila, rock scholar, music historian, and radio DJ; Socorra Camposanto, singer/songwriter, composer and teacher; Christina Jupp Grove, librarian and private trumpet instructor, and Mark Giannuzzi, drummer and librarian.
Winners will receive $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $50 for third place. A special award will be presented to the band with the best video.
The finalists were chosen via an online contest held July 2-19. The public was invited to visit sjpl.org/battleofthebands, watch videos submitted by each band and vote for their favorites. Nearly 800 participated in the voting.
“San José Public Library strives to enrich lives by fostering lifelong learning and exploration in a quest to open new worlds and change lives,” said Angie Miraflor, division manager and head of library programming. “We are very excited that the annual Battle of the Bands music showcase and competitionoffers opportunities for teens to learn, grow and connect through music and technology in a safe space like the library,” she said.
In preparation for their performances, band members utilized the Library’s non-print multi-media resources via librarians who are trained to help them learn how to use new technology. To support these budding musicians in their endeavors, the Library also offered them a free space to rehearse.
Partners for the Battle of the Bands include: Guitar Showcase, LIVE 105, 105.3FM, Music Village, Park Avenue Music Center Band & Orchestra Supply, School of Rock San Jose, San Jose Rock Shop, Streetlight Records, Tap-Tempo Music Shop and The Starving Musician.
“We salute all of the Library’s collaborators for Battle of the Bands,” said Miraflor. “The ongoing success of Library programming and how it impacts our community that we serve takes strong, strategic public-private partnerships. We look forward to working again next year with our growing partner roster.”
An overview of the five finalists may be found here:
A Guy with a Guitar-A Guy with a Guitar has been studying the guitar since 2011. He's currently in two other bands in the lead guitar position, playing instrumental surf rock and traditional rockabilly. He also enjoys playing classic jazz and blues material.
Allegro-“Allegro" is a term commonly used in music, meaning that the piece should be played at a quick, brisk tempo. Comprised of percussion, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, piano and various vocals, Allegro is dedicated to bringing this cheerful and upbeat attitude to all in the audience. They were brought together at Leland High School and hopes the band is the start of something great.
Cindy B.-According to Cindy B., her musical tastes are eclectic because she's a strong independent woman who doesn’t need to limit her music tastes to a genre.
Odd Army-Odd Army formed in early 2011 as its members were entering high school. They have performed at venues such as school festivals, Santana Row and Stanford Radio Station. Odd Army was initially a cover band. But as they matured, they began writing their own music.
Quantum-Quantum is a combo made up of young high school students. They play a wide variety of styles, ranging from jazz to funk to Latin incorporating the different genres in their performances.
About the Summer Reading Challenge
The Battle of the Bands is part of the San José Public Library Summer Reading Challenge, that began June 1 and runs through July 31. It is the largest seasonal special program produced by the Library and is built around the four themes of reading, learning, exploring and energizing with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, or STEAM. This is being supported by an extensive series of demonstrations, programs and events including a series of family play groups, kids’ music and movement celebrations, yoga and tai chi instruction, and Mexican folklorico, Aztec and line dance classes at selected library branches.
For more information, please visit sjpl.org/summer.
About San José Public Library
San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library. For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.
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Celebrate "Month of the Young Child" at the 26th Annual San José Children’s Faire
Mateo, San Jose child celebrity from hit viral YouTube cupcake video fame, to kick off Faire’s traditional children’s parade
San José, Calif., April 24, 2014 — The San José Public Library will present the San José Children’s Faire, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Sat., April 26 in Discovery Meadow, adjacent to the Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way in downtown San José.
Now in its 26th year, the San José Children’s Faire is a free, one-day outdoor festival designed to link parents and caregivers of young children with community organizations that serve their needs and is the highlight of the City of San Jose’s "Month of the Young Child" celebration.
With an anticipated 5,000 attendees, the event—with the theme "Spark Your Imagination" —will feature family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children, ages two to 12, in addition to information for families about education, child care, health and safety resources and recreational programs.
"The San José Public Library is proud to present this event and continue our commitment to the youngest folks in our community. For a quarter of a century, the Children’s Faire has helped us celebrate San José kids, parents and their caregivers while having fun," said Angie Miraflor, division manager of literacy and learning, San José Public Library. "This year the Faire will continue that legacy. With more than 30 organizations represented, and our friend Conroy the Book-Loving Cougar, there is something for everyone."
Key organizations include Santa Clara County Office of Education, the San Jose Earthquakes Street Team and TechShop. TechShop will be onsite building a special 3-D robot.
A program to welcome families will take place at noon and include:
The welcome remarks will highlight the importance of library and childhood development, education and community resources.
Following the official welcome, San Jose’s youngest celebrity, three-year-old Mateo Beltran, will kick off the Faire’s children parade, which includes kids, adults and entertainers, around the event site. Mateo won widespread recognition after a video about why he should be allowed to have cupcakes for dinner went viraland received more than 4.3 million YouTube hits. This resulted in Mateo and his mother, Linda Beltran, appearing recently as guests on The Ellen Show.
For the remainder of the event, Faire participants will have the opportunity to show-off their Zumba skills and enjoy fun and interactive activities at every community booth.
Special performances throughout the day include:
For more information, visit www.sjpl.org/moyc or call (408) 808-2617.
About "Month of the Young Child"
The "Month of the Young Child" is the local extension of the national "Week of the Young Child" celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It was established in 1971 in recognition that early childhood experiences (birth to age 8) lay the foundation for success in school and later life. On Tues., April 8, San José City Council proclaimed April 2014 as "Month of the Young Child" in the City of San José, encouraging both individuals and organizations to support this observance. Throughout the month of April, San Jose Public Library focuses on the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of children.
About San José Public Library
San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of nearly 980,000 in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library. For more information, visit www.sjpl.org.
Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic shops and libraries across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free. As a learning tool, the comic book can reach an entire segment of students who may not want to read. Most of the time, these students may have the capacity to read and understand text, they just lack the motivation. However, these reluctant and struggling readers can be swayed with the use of dynamic, colorful, and engaging comic books.
The following locations will be providing free comic books while supplies last:
San José Public Library,
(415) 577-8851; firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming free event harnesses maker mentality to further bring 21st Century relevance to beloved community institution
San José, Calif., March. 6, 2014—San José Public Library (SJPL) will host Innovate, Create, Discover: Spark Your Maker Mentality!, 6-9 p.m., Wed., March 19, Room 225 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando Street in downtown San José. The free event, a collaboration with TechShop, CreaTV San José and San José State University, will build upon Silicon Valley’s longstanding culture of tinkering that has fueled waves of innovation in the region for decades.
"Many of modern society’s most profound discoveries were created here in San José and Silicon Valley, and are the result of someone with an idea in mind and the ability to bring it to life," said Jon Worona, head of innovation and technology, SJPL. "More than ever, people here are harnessing that legacy, breaking out of the role of consumer and becoming creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs."
To get the community into maker mode, Innovate, Create, Discover: Spark Your Maker Mentality!, will feature a hands-on digital storytelling and music video production, 3-D printing basics, dog tag-engraving, innovative dessert decorations, and leather mask-making, among other activities.
The evening will also include a demonstration of dueling Frisbee-throwing robots, designed by the award-winning San Joséstudent teams: Bellarmine College Preparatory’s "The Cheesy Poofs" and Notre Dame High School’s "Janksters."
"Libraries are becoming creative spaces that combine reading, making and showing. This new type of library, while encouraging local community engagement, is also part of a new international movement fostering creative, social thinking and life-long learning through making," said Jill Bourne, city librarian, SJPL. "We here in San José want to be a key node to that movement and incorporate it into the community’s overall knowledge infrastructure."
Just as the library offers the community with the information resources to fulfill their interests or undertake a specific project, such as pottery, a house remodel, or a garden redesign, libraries are also providing the tools to make those projects a reality.
"Libraries around the world have begun offering patrons access to 3-D printers, soldering and circuit design workshops, coding classes, e-textile craft nights, and more. This is a win for everyone: people have begun to take advantage of these resources and are walking out of the library with new skills that can lead to success in school, career, self-expression, and entrepreneurship," said Worona. "By partnering with public and private-sector organizations, it’s our hope to foster the spirit of maker culture here in the region."
For more details about the Innovate, Create, Discover: Spark Your Maker Mentality!, visit the gathering’s Facebook Event page.
About San José Public Library
San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of nearly 980,000 in the country's 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership. It was named the 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for a library.
Have fun skating with Curious George and our beloved mascot "Conroy the Cougar." Stop by the library's table for a fun children activities from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Downtown Ice is the South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association. The ice rink is located in the Circle of Palms between the SJ Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel.
For more information about Downtown Ice visit sjdowntown.com/downtownice
Celebrate and fall into the Thanksgiving Spirit with the library!
Has your Thanksgiving dinner become repetitive? Want to try new recipes?
Check out some of these cookbooks and have leftovers taste amazing this year.
Thanksgiving - Inspiring first courses and traditional and new creative recipes.
Vegan Holiday Kitchen - Mouthwatering and hearty healthy recipes for the holidays.
Hello Cupcake! - Creative and unique desserts, including the Nightmare before Thanksgiving treats.
Read about Thanksgiving and share stories with your children, family, and friends!
I am Turkey! - A picture book about a turkey that describes his life in a large flock.
Balloons Over Broadway - The story of how the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade's balloons became a trademark.
A Great and Godly Adventure - A more authentic history of the Plymouth settlement and Thanksgiving.
Enjoy Thanksgiving craft activities for the entire family and friends.
Take your crafts home to decorate your space or give to family and friends!
Join us for one (or all!) of the following dates:
Friday, November 22, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, November 22, 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, November 25, 3:00 p.m.
Monday, November 25, 3:30 p.m.
Monday, November 25, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 26, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27, 4:00 p.m.
All events are open to the public and FREE of charge.