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Terrific Author Bash at Hicklebee's!

This Friday, June 6, 2014, Hicklebees's will be having multiple YA authors visiting their bookstore! It's the Terrific Author Bash! Bay Area favorites such as:


Hannah Jayne - Author of Truly, Madly, Deadly

Katherine Longshore - Author of Tarnish, Manor of Secrets, and Gilt

Stephanie Kuehn - Author of Charm & Strange and Complicit

Corrine Jackson - Author of Touched (Sense Thieves series) and If I Lie

Debra Driza - Author of Mila 2.0 and Renegade

Talia Vance - Author of Silver and Spies and Prejudice

and SJPL's very own Douglas Rees - Author of Juliet Spell and the Vampire High series


Join us for food, prizes, and of course, all the amazing YA Authors!



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San José Public Library Selected for American Library Association Community Engagement Initiative




Steven Brewster

San José Public Library

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San José Public Library Selected for American Library Association Community Engagement Initiative


Library to receive nearly $60,000 to further librarian role as community leaders


San José, Calif.,May 6, 2014 - The American Library Association (ALA) has selected San José Public Library as one of 10 public libraries that will undergo an intensive 18-month community engagement training program as part of the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators Cohort.


The cohort, selected through a competitive peer-reviewed application process, is part of ALA’s LTC initiative, a national plan to help librarians strengthen their role as core community leaders and change agents.


Through in-person training, webinars and coaching — valued at $50,000 —San José librarians, along with project team members from San José Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services and SIREN (Services, Immigration Rights and Education Network), will learn new community engagement techniques and apply them in the immediate community. The Library will also receive an $8,000 cash grant to help cover the cost of new community-engagement work.


"We are honored to be selected by the American Library Association for this grant to further how the library engages with the San José community," said Jill Bourne, director, San Jose Public Library.  "As San José continues to grow in population and diversity, it’s imperative for the library to examine and put into place successful outreach initiatives that allow our librarians to be transformative change agents for the well-being and success of San José and its people."


The selected libraries represent the range of American communities in terms of size, location, ethnic and racial diversity and socioeconomic status, and they all face challenges including illiteracy; unemployment; a "digital divide" in access to information technology; an influx of new and immigrant populations; and disparate access to services. 


San Jose and Los Angeles were the only communities selected with populations above one million.  Other members of the LTC Public Innovators Cohort include:

  • Red Hook (N.Y.) Public Library (pop: 1,900)
  • Columbus (Wis.) Public Library (pop: 5,000)
  • Knox County (Ind.) Public Library (pop: 33,900)
  • Suffolk (Va.) Public Library (pop: 85,000)
  • Hartford (Conn.) Public Library (pop: 125,000)
  • Springfield (Mass.) City Library (pop:  153,000)
  • Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library (pop: 195,000)
  • Spokane County (Wash.) Library District (pop: 255,000)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.) Public Library (pop: 3.8 million)

"Public libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions, and librarians today can leverage that strong position for the betterment of their communities," said ALA President Barbara Stripling. "As a longtime champion of library-led community engagement and innovation, ALA is primed to provide the tools and support that will enable librarians to more effectively fulfill this vital role."


In partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, Libraries Transforming Communities addresses a critical need within the library field by developing and distributing new tools, resources and support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways. Libraries Transforming Communities is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


Libraries Transforming Communities is grounded in The Harwood Institute’s approach of "turning outward," which emphasizes changing the orientation of institutions and individuals from internal (institutional) to external (community-facing).


About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.


About The Harwood Institute

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a national nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Md., that teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. The institute is guided by Richard C. Harwood, whose transformational work during the past 25 years has spread to thousands of communities nationally and worldwide, from small towns to large cities.


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



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:


Saturday Service at Evergreen Branch Library Starting September 7

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Chavarin

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San José Public Library Adds Saturday Service at

Evergreen Branch Library Starting September 7


SAN JOSE, Calif. San José Public Library is adding a new day of service at the Evergreen Branch Library starting September Evergreen Branch will be open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


"The Evergreen Branch Library is a critical resource in our community for lifelong learning.  In response to feedback and requests from our residents, I advocated for adding Saturday hours to Evergreen’s only branch library during our 2013-14 budget process and won the support of my council colleagues," states Councilmember Rose Herrera. "Now parents who work during the week can take the time to visit the library with their families on Saturdays and benefit from all the resources it has to offer."


To celebrate additional day of service, the community is invited to a special celebration from 10:00 - 12:00 a.m.  The event will feature free entertainment, children’s activities and refreshments.  Councilmember Rose Herrera will also say a few words and read to the children at 11:15 a.m.


"District 8 is the only Council District in San José with only one library.  We are delighted to expand the hours of library services for the community.  While a new branch is being constructed in District 8, adding another open Saturday expands library access to the Evergreen neighborhood and beyond," says Jill Bourne, Library Director.  


Evergreen Branch Library is located at 2635 Abord Rd. and is open Monday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; and starting September 7 will open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


For more information about events and services offered at this branch, visit



Jill Bourne Named San José Director of Libraries

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Jill Bourne has been named Director of Libraries for the City of San José by City Manager Debra Figone. The San José City Council ratified the appointment today to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Jane Light in 2012.

Bourne comes from San Francisco Public Library, where she has served as Deputy City Librarian since 2006. Known as a rising leader in the library community, she was named as a Library Journal "Mover and Shaker" in 2009 and a "Top Innovator" by the Urban Libraries Council in 2010.

"Jill Bourne brings excellent experience from running major urban library systems that will be invaluable to help us reach our goals," said Figone. "Her leadership and vision will be essential as we deal with the major changes and challenges affecting libraries, technology, and resources here in San José."

As Deputy City Librarian in San Francisco, Bourne shared oversight of public services at the system's main library and 27 branches, as well as a citywide capital building program. She led the implementation of programs and initiatives that enhanced public library services, including expanded operating hours, partnerships, public technology, and innovative literary and arts programming.

Bourne led San Francisco’s Digital Media and Learning initiative to develop a digital maker center at the library and a citywide network of connected youth learning programs, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In addition she led an environmental public education strategy to strengthen the public library's role in supporting sustainable communities.

Prior to her work in San Francisco, Bourne was Assistant Director for Public Services at the Seattle Public Library for five years.  Figone also acknowledged and thanked Anne Cain, who has served as Interim Director of Libraries for the past year.

"Anne has done a wonderful job to keep our libraries moving forward during this period of transition," the city manager said. "On her watch we’ve successfully opened two new branch libraries already this year, and we’re well on our way to opening two more branches by June. On behalf of our library staff, visitors, and partners, I am grateful for her steady leadership and service."

Figone made the appointment after a national search and getting input from community stakeholders including employees, library "friends" organizations, and partner agencies. "I’m honored to be selected to join an outstanding library system that has earned national recognition for excellence, innovation, and service," said Bourne. "I look forward to working with a great team and building on a strong foundation already in place."

The San José library system includes 22 neighborhood branch libraries and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Main Library in downtown San José. The King Library is jointly operated in collaboration with San José State University, a partnership that is unique among American library systems.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized the San José Public Library with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2011. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor for museums and libraries that demonstrate extraordinary innovative approaches to public service and community outreach. The San José Public Library was the first municipal library in California to receive the award.

With more than 270 employees and an annual operating budget of $32 million, San José libraries serve more than six million visitors annually, have more than two million items in the collections, and circulate nearly 12 million items per year.

Currently a resident of San Francisco, Bourne has a bachelor’s degree in English from New York University and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Washington. She will start in San José on July 22, and her annual salary will be $190,000.

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Photo of Jill Bourne available here



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