Bascom Library and Community Center

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1000 S Bascom Ave.
San José, CA 95128


11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Manager - Vidya Kilambi
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Conversation for Adv. High ESL - Thu, Sep 18 9:00 am - 11:00 am
ESL 3 & 4 - Thu, Sep 18 9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Baby and Toddler Storytime & Stay... - Thu, Sep 18 10:30 am
Music and Movement - Thu, Sep 18 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Women make up 14% of today's military forces, and the number of women veterans is increasing. Like their male counterparts, service women often return home bearing phyisical and emotional scars of war and may face a number of issues reintegrating into society. 

Book Cover for Service

According to the Service Women's Action Network, women in the military are more likely than men to experience sexual assault, which can result in military sexual trauma (MST) and contribute to mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The unemployment rate for women veterans is higher than that for non-veteran women and male veterans, and female veterans -- including many with children -- are adding to the homeless population. Moreover, women are often reluctant to seek help, whether because of a perceived male-bias of the Veterans Administration or practical obstacles such as lack of child care.

Picture from DVD

More telling than statistics are the actual stories of women veterans. San Jose Public Library is hosting two documentary film screenings featuring the powerful stories of women who have served. Service: When Women Come Marching Home will be shown at Bascom Branch Library Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:00 p.m., followed by a discussion led by veteran Charlotte Bear. Poster Girl will be screened Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (Room 255 on the second floor). That film will be followed by a discussion led by veteran Ann Weeby.


Both films are part of the War Comes Home series of programs sponsored by the library, along with partners SJSU and Goodwill of Silicon Valley, from September through November.

Posted by Mary Cage on Sep 4, 2014 | |

Photo of catcus plantsIs brown really the new green? In drought-plagued California, letting your lawn go brown is indeed one way to do your part for water conservation. Another way is to replace water-guzzling grass lawns with plants that require little water and, even in times of drought, will still provide beauty to your yard and home.


Learn all about drought-resistant plants in a presentation by Kathi Cambiano of the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose. She'll present an introduction to cacti and succulents along with information about how to use them in landscaping and container gardening. 


These free programs will take place at:


Learn even more about this topic by checking out Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens or one of the the library's many books about cacti and succulents found in the Home and Garden section under the call numbers 634 and 635.


The landscaping program is part of library's "Watts the Point" series focusing on themes that address energy and natural resources conversation.  Other "Watts the Point" programs include the free availability at all 23 library branches of the Silicon Valley Energy Watch Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkits stocked with supplies and measuring devices.  The toolkits provide step-by-step instructions on how to measure the energy use and water flow rates of appliances and equipment, and then how to install equipment that reduces energy and water consumption. The toolkits can be checked out with your library card for up to two weeks.

Posted by Mary Cage on Aug 4, 2014 | |

Bookmark Café at Bascom






















The last piece of the Bascom Community Center is finally in place. The Bookmark Café celebrated their Grand Opening on June 4, 2014. Its owner, Minerva Arellano, has worked hard to get the café up and running.  


Come enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee! You can choose from lattes (iced or hot), frappachinos and espresso.  There are a variety of delicious breakfast and lunch options to choose from. For those in a rush, there are a number of pre-packaged items for a quick grab-and-go meal.


For your convenience, orders can be placed by calling 1-408-993-8561 or by email: If you need an event or business meeting catered, items from their catering menu can be placed 24 hours in advance.


As an added incentive to supporting this independent, locally-owned, small business, you will receive a 10% discount by showing your San José Public Library card!

Posted by Shirley Tanase on Aug 2, 2014 | |

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