Elizabeth Castaneda

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#STEAMstacks maker programs combine reading, showing, and making. These programs emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM).Read more...
War Comes Home - Our Veterans, Our Communities
A curated collection of resources for veterans.Read more...
Energy-Saving Toolkit
San José Public Library Marks Earth Day with Free Energy-Saving Toolkits for Library Patrons 23-branch LEED-designed system extends San José Green Vision efficiency and conservation philosophy to library cardholders via partnership with Silicon Valley Energy Watch San José, Calif., April 22, 2014 — To mark Earth Day 2014, the San José Public Library today announced that all branches in the 23-location system have available free Silicon Valley Energy Watch Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkits stocked with supplies and measuring devices. The toolkits include an illustrated user guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to measure the energy use and...Read more...
We Love Our Volunteers - Thanks! - National Volunteer Week
Contact: Steven Brewster (415) 577-8851 steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org Volunteers Bring Diverse Talents and Expertise to San José Public Library Patrons From English-as-a-Second-Language, knitting and computer classes to homework helpers, Friends of the Library, and readers to children, volunteers provide a variety of resources to meet community needs San José, Calif., April 8, 2014 — Jill Bourne, director, San José Public Library, announced today that 1,900 volunteers donated 60,000 hours over the past year throughout the 23-branch system, which supported library programs and services. Volunteers participated in and drove a wide variety of activities including adult literacy, citizenship, computer and career skills, English-as-a-Second-Languageprograms...Read more...
Save Energy and Money - the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Kit
Save Energy and $$$ with the DIY Home Energy Savings Kit - Now Available for Check out! This no-cost kit contains devices that will help you easily reduce energy and water use, saving you money on your utility bills. Users can expect to save, on average, $200 per year after installing the DIY Toolkit's equipment. You get to keep: Compact fluorescent light bulbs that save energy compared to incandescent light bulbs Outlet gaskets that seal the void around your outlets and prevent heat loss Weatherstripping that keeps out cold drafts by sealing leaky windows and doors Low-flow showerhead that gently...Read more...
Jill Bourne
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...Read more...