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Special Saturday Programs at the King Library

 Lupe ReplicaAs part of our Summer Reading Celebration the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library will be having 2 special Saturday programs for the month of June:

Saturday, June 15 @ 3:00PMChildren's Discovery Museum presents "Museum on the Go! Fossil Find." This is the perfect program for our Summer Reading Celebration theme "Dig into Reading" and the children will have lots of opportunities to dig into 5 hands-on activities! They will all become paleontologists for the day! The children will use evidence and gather data to explore local discoveries and prehistoric life, they will piece together bones from a pretend dig site, compare the teeth of Ice Age animals to modern animals and learn more about the giant mammoths that used to live in Silicon Valley. Come and join the fun at this FREE program! After the show be sure to continue your investigating by checking books out on dinosaurs, fossils and paleontology.   


  "I've got a dinosaur on my head..."Saturday, June 22 @ 3:00PM: Kids' Concert with Peter Apel.      In this                      

Description:  Peter presents an engaging music and magic show for young children. His performances are normally geared for the preschool set, but he can also tailor them for a broader age range. They are primarily music shows with a dose of magic tricks thrown in for good measure.Peter will be in the Children's Room at King Library tickling our funny bones with his original music and songs plus some magic tricks to add to the fun.  Peter is a Bay Area performer, song-writer and magician and has been described as "wonderful, energetic and funny!" Don't miss this fun show; perhaps we can get him to sing his award winning song "There's a Dinosaur on My Head."


This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Thank you Friends for all your support!

Cost/Supplies:$300 for a single show, $275 for multiple performances in the system.

Prep Time/Duties:Set up chairs along perimeter of room, introduce performer.

Attendance limits: Limited only by room size. 

Description:  Peter presents an engaging music and magic show for young children. His performances are normally geared for the preschool set, but he can also tailor them for a broader age range. They are primarily music shows with a dose of magic tricks thrown in for good measure.

Cost/Supplies:$300 for a single show, $275 for multiple performances in the system.

Prep Time/Duties:Set up chairs along perimeter of room, introduce performer.

Attendance limits: Limited only by room size. 

Summer Reading Celebration Kickoff Event at King Library

King Library

Everyone is invited to our Summer Reading Celebration Kickoff Event on Sunday, June 2 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, starting at 1:00 PM  to 4:00PM.


There will be many fun activities for the whole family to participate in:


  • Scavenger Hunt for All Ages: Look for some of the 34 Art Works that are located at the King Library from the Lower Level to the Fourth Floor, answer some fun questions about the King Library and our website. Please note that the last time to pick up a Scavenger Hunt Clue Sheet is at 3:00PM.
  • Crafts for Children and Teens: Dinosaur bone craft for kids and making beaded bracelets for teens.
  • Games for All: Dr. Seuss games for the young ones, and "Win in a Minute" games for the teens and adults. Lots of fun and laughs playing these games.
  • Entertainment: There will be drummers, balloonists, a juggler and multicultural music to appreciate.
  • Community Partners: We will have community partners available from 1:30 to 4:00 providing information about their groups and answering any questions you might have.
  • Prizes:  Everyone who participates in the Scavenger Hunt will receive a small gift and a chance to win some neat prizes.

You really don't want to miss this fun, FREE, event at your Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library!

Classical Guitar

Alberto playing the guitarAlberto Cardona is a classically trained guitarist from Colombia.  He has studied classical guitar for twenty years.  He loves playing and listening to a variety of classical guitar music.  Alberto also takes ESL classes from Cris at both Biblioteca Latinoamerica and East San Jose Carnegie Branch.  One Tuesday in April, Alberto played some beautiful music for his classmates at one of Biblioteca Latinoamericana's ESL classes.  Check out this awesome YouTube video where Alberto plays music for his classmates! 

Are you interested in learning to play the guitar?   San Jose Public Library has many books, music scores, and dvds that can help you learn.      


Paper handouts will be provided at all classes.  It is suggested that students bring a binder, notebook and pencil/pen when attending the class.  If you have any questions, please call Cris at 1-408-808-3075.


There are several Family Learning Centers throughout San Jose that offer ESL classes.    They are located at the following branch libraries:


April is National Jazz Month

April is National Jazz Month.   Here are some books children and their loved ones may enjoy reading together:

The Candystore Man book coverThe Candystore Man, written by Jonathan London, and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
In the 1950's, the Candystore Man plays saxophone and sells candy and other treats to the neighborhood children and teens.  If you look closely, you will see a newspaper with the heading "Charlie 'Bird' Parker Dead at Age 35."

Jazz Baby Book CoverJazz Baby, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, and illustrated by Laura Freeman
Young children play a variety of musical instruments, dance, and have fun.

Jazzmatazz! book coverJazzmatazz!, written by Stephanie Calmenson, and illustrated by Bruce Degen
A baby notices a mouse start to play jazz music on the piano.  Dog soon starts to accompany Mouse with his dog bones and bowl.  Who else will join the jam session?

Jazzy Miz Mozetta Book CoverJazzy Miz Mozetta, written by Brenda C. Roberts, and illustrated by Frank Morrison
One evening, Miz Mozetta dresses up in a snazzy red outfit and takes a walk.   While walking, she thinks about dancing again.  What will happen next?

Lookin' For Bird in the Big City book coverLookin' for Bird in the Big City, written by Robert Burleigh, and illustrated by Marek Los
A teenage trumpet player looks for Charlie "Bird" Parker, a famous saxophonist.   This story is inspired by the famous trumpet player Miles Davis.

Rent Party JazzRent Party Jazz, written by William Miller, and illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb
Sonny goes to school, works part time, lives in New Orleans in the 1930's.   When Sonny's mom loses her job, Sonny learns about a special way to help out.

Rum-a-Tum-Tum, written by Angela Shelf Medearis, and illustrated by James Ransome
A girl who lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans in the early 1900's observes street vendors selling their goods with poetic and jazzy words.  Whom will she see next?

Classical Guitarist Vladimir Gorbach South Bay Guitar Society Pre-Concert Talk

Vladimir Gorbach photographVladimir Gorbach, an internationally acclaimed classical guitarist  will visit the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library, and present a pre-concert talk and demo on Saturday February 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM.   This is a wonderful opportunity for the audience to interact with Vladimir and ask questions.


Would you like to hear a preview of Vladimir Gorbach's music?   On Friday, February 1, at 4:00 pm, Vladimir Gorbach will be a special guest on local radio station KKUP 91.5 FM, with a live on-air interview and performance.    You can also listen to a podcast of Scott Wolf interviewing Vladimir Gorbach.  


You are welcome to visit Vladimir Gorbach's website and the South Bay Guitar Society's website to find out about other classical guitar events.


Happy Listening!

News Release: Battle of the Bands


Elizabeth Chavarin   

Office: 1-408-808-2175


Rock the Library – Enter San José Public Library’s "Battle of the Bands"

Celebrate Teen Tech Week 2013, “Check In @ your library”


SAN JOSE, Calif. — Are you a teen (age 12 – 18) that performs with your own band? Ready to move out of the garage and onto a wider stage? Enter San José Public Library’s online "Battle of the Bands," in celebration of Teen Tech Week 2013 (March 10-16).


To enter, have your parents or a friend grab that camcorder and record your best performance. Post the video online (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, etc.). Submit your entry by sending an email to that contains a link to your music online. Be sure to include the following information:


  • The name of the band/performer, and names and ages of all members
  • A brief description of the band, to be used on the contest webpage
  • A name, phone number, and email where the contestants can be reached

Submit entry by February 9. Please note: No personal information will be posted online.

This contest is open to all musical genres, but no obscene or offensive lyrics are allowed. Inappropriate lyrics or behavior will result in disqualification. Participants may enter together as a group, or as a solo performer. Solo performers must play an accompanying instrument. No karaoke permitted.


What’s next? Your entry will be posted on the official "SJPL Battle of the Bands" site Music lovers will be invited to visit the page between February 25 and March 16 to listen in and cast their votes for their favorites. The top five finalists who receive the most online votes will be announced March 19.


The top five finalists from the online voting contest must be available to play at the live final concert on Saturday, March 23 at the new Bascom Library and Community Center (1000 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose). Each band will have up to 20 minutes to perform their set.  A panel of judges will evaluate the performers on their musical ability and stage presence. The decision of the judges will be final.


First, second and third place winners will receive the following prizes:

  • First Place: $250
  • Second Place: $150
  • Third Place: $50

The library gratefully acknowledges the generous support of all its community sponsors, including Pin Up Productions, Live 105.3, Streetlight Records and San Jose Pro Drum. 


For more information, including full contest rules, stop by your neighborhood branch of the San José Public Library, or go online to   For additional Teen Tech Week activities, such as video game days, contests, and crafts, go online to


About Teen Tech Week:

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audio books, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.