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Celebrate Free Comic Book Day - Saturday, May 3, 2014

Free Comic Book Day - 1st Saturday in May! May 3, 2014Free 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 Jose Public Library Helps Fuel Silicon Valley's Maker Movement




Steven Brewster

San José Public Library,

(415) 577-8851;


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.




Downtown Ice with Curious George

Downtown Ice skating rink

Join us at Downtown Ice for an afternoon of skating and crafts hosted by KQED and us!


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

Fall into the Thanksgiving Spirit!


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.


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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.




Stories and history!

Read about Thanksgiving and share stories with your children, family, and friends!


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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:


Hillview Branch

Friday, November 22, 3:00 p.m.


King Library

Friday, November 22, 4:00 p.m.


East Branch

Saturday, November 23, 1:30 p.m.


Alviso Branch

Saturday, November 23, 3:00 p.m.


Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch    

Monday, November 25, 3:00 p.m.


Cambrian Branch

Monday, November 25, 3:30 p.m.


Evergreen Branch

Monday, November 25, 4:00 p.m.


Educational Park Branch

Tuesday, November 26, 6:00 p.m.


Tully Community Branch

Wednesday, November 27, 4:00 p.m.



All events are open to the public and FREE of charge.

Celebrate the Holidays with the Library!

Celebrate the Holidays with us!



Watch the Holidays come alive at your library. People of all ages are invited to join us for concerts, shows, games, crafts and more. The listing below is a preview of some of the events happening this year.

All events are open to the public and FREE of charge.


Thanksgiving Holiday Craft for Kids 
Various dates and locations.

Fall into the Thanksgiving Spirit with a craft activity for friends and family.


Holiday Origami 
Various dates and locations.

Celebrate the winter holidays by learning to make Origami decorations. Craft supplies will be provided. Fun for the entire family.


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Holiday Crafts!

Various dates and locations.
Visions of sugar plums will dance in your head at this special storytime! We’ll share stories about gingerbread, make holiday crafts, and other holiday treats!



Holiday Book Sale!
Tuesday, December 10 @ Tully Community Branch.

Friends of the Tully Community Branch Library and Tully teensReachers invite everyone to find treasures and good reads at the Winter Holidays Book Sale!



Downtown Ice!

Sunday, December 15

Join us at Downtown Ice to enjoy an afternoon of skating and crafts with the library! Present your San José Public Library card on Sunday, Dec. 15 from Noon - 3 p.m. at Downtown Ice to get 1 person in for free with 1 paid adult admission!


Community Posada

Tuesday, December 10 @ Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch.
The Biblioteca Latinoamericana and the Washington United Youth Center invite you to the annual Posada de la Comunidad (Community Posada). Come join us to our traditional Latino event with fun filled entertainment for the entire family. There will be holiday music, singing, Mexican Folkloric dancing, face painting, arts & crafts and refreshments. Children and teens will receive a gift book while supplies last.


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Light up the Village

Wednesday, December 11 @ Alum Rock Branch.

Please join us for the Alum Rock Village Tree Lighting Ceremony at the corner of White and Alum Rock. Join us for entertainment, refreshments, crafts and giveaways. Presented by District 5 Councilmember Xavier Campos, the Dr. Roberto Cruz – Alum Rock Library and Alum Rock Business Association.


Santa Visits the Library

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Santa will be visiting various branches throughout San José! Join us at various branches for crafts, stories, music, and meet Santa and take a picture with him! Please bring a camera to create lasting memories!  


Holiday Bingo!

Friday, December 20 @ King Library

Play Bingo for fun and prizes!


"A Time to be Jolly" Puppet Show

Various dates and locations.

This puppet extravaganza takes you on a seasonal tour of Santa’s Workshop and his surrounding village. Meet Jack Frost, Mrs. Claus, Santa’s elves, and many others as they sing and dance to popular holiday tunes. Watch the puppeteer and the puppet work side by side in this show for children of all ages. Presented by The Puppet Company and sponsored by Friends of the Library.


Harp Music for the Season

Various dates and locations.

Enjoy the season with harp music by Elizabeth Erickson. All ages are welcome to listen and afterwards talk to Elizabeth about the harp. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Holiday Concert with South Bay Guitar Society

Various dates and locations.

Celebrate the holiday season with the acclaimed South Bay Guitar Society Duo (Ben Zussman and Jerry Snyder). Many holiday selections and a sing-along will be presented to bring in this joyous season.


Special Holiday Show By: Notre Dame High School Students

Wednesday, December 11 @ King Library.

Notre Dame High School student present a "Special Holiday Show." Join us for a presentation of Peter and the Rabbit, followed by your favorite holiday songs, Come Join the Fun!


nutcracker"The North Pole Review" Puppet Show

Various dates and locations.

Join the fun with a puppet extravaganza: "The North Pole Review" by the Fratello Marionettes. We will meet a frosty juggling penguin, an ice skating snowman, and the Hawaiian singing sensation the "Hi-Fi Sisters". Great fun for all ages. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


"The Nutcracker" Puppet Show

Various dates and locations.

This holiday classic tells the tale of young Clara, who rescues her toy Nutcracker from the evil Mouse King and turns him into a prince. A winter treat for the whole family. Presented by The Puppet Company and sponsored by Friends of the Library.


Check out our online calendar for a full list of holiday events and more!

Learn to Code!


Girls Who Code is coming to the Evergreen Branch Library!


Launched in the spring of 2012, Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. With support from public and private partners, Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields.


Girls, in grades 9-12, will learn computer science fundamentals by programming apps and video games, going on field trips to real world companies and hearing inspirational women in the field speak about their work.


This program is free and will be held in Evergreen Library’s Community Room every Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Classes begin Tuesday, November 19, 2013. No registration required. We are happy to announce that we will have two instructors from Google, Pierre Delisle and Nancy Chen, teaching girls how to code.