Bascom Library and Community Center

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Locations and Hours

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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Landscaping with Succulents and Cacti - Sat, Aug 23 10:30 am
Java Programming for Middle and High... - Sat, Aug 23 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
ESL Writing Class - Sat, Aug 23 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
ESL 3 & 4 - Mon, Aug 25 9:15 am - 12:15 pm

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 | |

Does your child need help with math?


Now in its third year, OneInMath is a free, self-paced, supervised program that allows young children (K-3) to master basic arithmetic skills, so they will be more successful in the future.  Children will learn simple ways to add, subtract, multiply and divide to help them understand math concepts quickly.  Tutoring is provided by teen volunteers of OneInMath.


The program will be held on the following dates at the Bascom Branch Library:


Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm


Registration is required.  Please learn more and register online at

Posted by Amanda dos Santos on Jul 2, 2014 | |

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