Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, California.
This month, we’re highlighting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, a collaboration of San Jose State University (SJSU) and the San Jose Public Library System. This fall, the library is celebrating its tenth year with a wide variety of programming. The festivities kicked off on September 5 with a talk by San José Mayor Chuck Reed and SJSU President Mohammad Qayoumi on the library’s successful partnership and the unveiling of the contents of a time capsule buried at the old King Library in 1970. Docent-led tours of the King Library were available after the event.
Additional events include screenings of the America’s Music film series, with films on blues and gospel, Broadway, and jazz; “Picturing Our Library: Watercolors by SJSU Art Students,” a collection of eighteen watercolors that captures interior and exterior landscapes of the King Library; an Instagram photo contest; and a hunt for eleven controversial books hidden throughout the library.
The library is also hosting eight exhibitions during the celebration, including “Growing Up Asian in America 2013”; “A Century of Hospitality: San José Hotels 1840–1930 Exhibit”; “Jesús Manuel Mena Garza—A Chicano Photographer’s Journey: From 1970 to the Present”; “Beethoven’s Fame: The Path to Immortality”; “Celebrate! East Africans in the Silicon Valley”; “Unpleasant Happiness Exhibition by Alexis Lobato”; “Steinbeck Center’s Grapes of Wrath Exhibit”; and “A View of the California Missions through Art and Literature.”