• eSpotlight - NaNoWriMo : Write and Publish your Novel with PressBooks & BiblioBoardNaNoWriMo, BiblioBoard, and PressBooks

    Add us to your winning strategy this year! November is National Novel Writing Month, and we have a perfect place to write that novel.
    Posted by: Stacy Tomaszewski on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 9:00 AM | Comments: 0
  • Horror & Humor: Two Great Tastes...Two Great Tastes!

    ...That Taste Great Together! On the surface, horror and humor seem as far apart as two genres can be. Horror is all about creating fear and suspense, while humor is about inciting laughter. But, when you think about it, what could be more natural than building up tension with fear and suspense, then releasing the tension with laughter? Isn’t laughter one of the ways we cope with the scary things in our lives? I'm obviously not alone in thinking this—the library has lots of titles that mix humor with horror. These run the gamut from pure humor with only the trappings of horror to the genuinely horrific.
    Posted by: David Munger on Monday, October 31, 2016 - 7:00 AM | Comments: 1
  • Ghost Writers: Where to See Your Favorite (Dead) Authors Edgar Allan Poe

    Bibliophiles know what a thrill it is to get their books signed by their favorite authors, but what if your favorite author is long dead? Not to fear, there are places where you might still be able to ask for their autographs! (IF YOU DARE!)  
    Posted by: Sarah Kishler on Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 1:03 AM | Comments: 0
  • Celebrating Hip Hop History MonthCelebrating Hip Hop History Month

    Celebrate Hip Hop History Month The San José Public Library is proud to celebrate Hip Hop History Month this November. We are excited to jump start this inaugural year by offering a series of events that help to best illustrate how Hip Hop culture has influenced the local scene in San Jose, and how it continues to be a tour de force in every facet of our global identity.
    Posted by: Nancy Macias on Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 1:32 PM | Comments: 1
  • Looking Back: John F. Kennedy Addresses the Citizens of San JoseImage: "We're going to tell the truth," Kennedy said, "and I don't care what Mr. Nixon says, we're going to meet that responsibility." Senator Kennedy was introduced by Mayor Paul Moore, with platform guests including local Democratic candidates Russell Bryan, Jack Kennon, and Al Alquist; City Councilmen Emery Delmas and Robert C. Doerr, and County Democratic Chairman John Thorne. Photo by Josephine Curto.

    Some years ago, my dad mentioned that a cousin had seen John F. Kennedy speak at a presidential campaign rally here in San Jose. When I began working here in the California Room, I decided to check our clipping files for any articles on the event. I found an interesting San Jose Mercury article with several photos that showed Kennedy speaking from a platform somewhere in the west parking lot of the Civic Auditorium on November 2, 1960.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 3:10 PM | Comments: 4