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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:


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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Alzheimer's - What's it Like for the Grandchildren?

An Early Winter by Marion Dane BauerAlzheimer's... so many families are coping with this disease, trying to make sense of it, and trying to figure out how to help suffering family members or friends. I just read an excellent fiction book that tackles this subject, and the nice twist is that this book is for young audiences, generally about 10 to young teen. An Early Winter by Marion Dane Bauer is the story of an 11 year old boy who can’t believe there's anything wrong with his grandfather... he seems just fine most of the time. The book is thoughtful and sensitive, and very on target with the confusion, emotions, and difficulties faced by so many families in this situation. I recommend this book highly, but it made me wonder if I could find similar books for a young audiences. I found a few:  A Beautiful Pearl by Nancy Whitelaw, The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park, and If I forget, You Remember by Carol Lynch Williams. For younger children there's What's Happening to Grandpa by Maria Shriver. In Spanish there’s El Abuelito Ha Cambio (Grandpa Has Changed). All are available in SJPL libraries.


- Claire Glennon, SJPL