King Library 20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary Community Celebration

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Thank you for joining us as we celebrated King Library's 20th Anniversary! The community celebration featured remarks from local leaders and SJSU dignitaries, live performances, and more.


Wed., Sept. 20
1:00–2:30 p.m.
King Library
Free and open to everyone.




  • Headshot: Michael Meth
    Michael Meth
    SJSU King Library Dean
  • Headshot: Jill Bourne
    Jill Bourne
    City Librarian

Guest Speakers

  • Headshot: California State Senator Dave Cortese
    Dave Cortese
    California State Senator
  • Headshot: Cindy Chavez
    Cindy Chavez
    County Supervisor
  • Headshot: Matt Mahan
    Matt Mahan
    Mayor of San José
  • Headshot: Cynthia Teniente Matson
    Cynthia Teniente-Matson
    SJSU President
  • Headshot: Omar Torres
    Omar Torres
    City Councilmember


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Exhibits & Programs


  • Broadening the Participation of African Americans in Engineering Exhibit
    • Aug. 1 – Sept. 24
    • Location: AAACNA Studies Center
    • The exhibit will highlight Black engineering students' participation in Black Engineers Week and increase visibility for under-recognized Black inventors/engineers who significantly contributed to technology.

  • Bailando con Orgullo (Dancing with Pride)
    • Aug. 7 – Sept. 24
    • Location: AAACNA Studies Center
    • Celebrate Silicon Valley Pride with an exhibit of San José's first LGBTQ+ folclorico dance group Ensamble Folclórico Colibrí.

  • Pinoytown Rising: Filipino Americans in Santa Clara Valley
    • Sept. 8 – Nov. 30
    • Location: California Room, 5th Floor, King Library
    • This exhibit focuses on the "First Wave" Filipinos who immigrated to the U.S. and settled in the Santa Clara Valley during the first half of the 20th century.

  • World on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration
    • Sept. 11 – Oct. 20
    • Location: Third Floor, King Library
    • This national exhibit aims to help people appreciate migration histories — their own and those of others.

  • From 800 Books to 8 Stories High
    • September – December 2023
    • Location: SJSU Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, 5th Floor
    • From 800 Books to 8 Stories High explores the growth and evolution of San José State
    • University’s library over the course of 153 years.

  • Art of Remembrance Altar Exhibit
    • Oct. 2023 - Dec. 2023
    • Location: AAACNA Studies Center (5th floor), DiNapoli Exhibit Gallery (2nd floor), & Children's Room (1st floor)
    • Featuring traditional and contemporary visual arts by local and Bay Area artists celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).


University Scholar Series

Hosted by the Office of the Provost in partnership with SJSU King Library, this series provides a unique opportunity for showcasing the important research and scholarly activities of SJSU faculty members.

*All exhibits and programs are free.

Limited Edition Library Cards

Get your free limited edition King Library 20th Anniversary card from SJPL when you visit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Designs feature the exterior of the building, Wee Explore PlaySpace features, and the Recolecciones artwork of Mel Chin—commissioned art available for public viewing at the King Library.

If you already have a public library card, you can trade your current card for one of these designs. If you do not have a public library card, you can apply today.


Library card design: photo of A little door surrounded by an ornate façade is located at the base of the wall of the southernmost elevator at King Library. King Library 20th Anniversary logo centered over the top.


Library card design: Exterior photo of King Library at dusk. King Library 20th Anniversary logo centered over the top.

King Library at Dusk

Library card design: The ascension of thousands of brilliantly colored cast metal Monarch butterflies along the brilliant blue wall of the South East stairwell at King Library. King Library 20th Anniversary logo centered over the top.


Inspired by Pieter Brueghel's Tower of Babel, two parallel walls in the Government Periodicals and Microfi lm Section are covered by elaborate frames inset with mirrors, reinforcing the theme of infi nite reproduction; a meditation on the monumental and reflective nature of language. Logo: King 20th Anniversary Logo: 20th Anniversary King Library logo.



Photo of The '48 Chevy Fleetline is a table activated with electric lifts. View of the white-wall tires and front-end. Logo: 20th Anniversary King Library.

Raza Writers: '48 Chevy Fleetline

East Side Story is a chopped down bicycle supporting a table detailed with stories of San José's east side. Logo: 20th Anniversary King Library.

Raza Writers: East Side Story

Sprouting from the ceiling in the Business and Economics Section, this twisted and tortured wrought-iron vine is laden with sour green fruit. Logo: 20th Anniversary King Library.

Sour Grapes

A vessel formed in the shape of the redoubled profile of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., emanates the colors of skin tones representing the ethnic composition of the citizens of San José. Logo: King 20th Anniversary.



Teal whale art in the King Library Children's Room Wee Explore Playspace. Logo: King 20th Anniversary.

Wee Explore Playspace: Whales

Inside of the nautical play feature at the King Library Children's Room Wee Explore Playspace. Logo: King 20th Anniversary.

Wee Explore Playspace: Submarine


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