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Question of the Week: Affordable Housing Databases

SJPL a picture of a housecustomers often ask at the reference desk to search for affordable housing in San Jose area. One of the best databases to use in this case is Santa Clara County Housing Database. There is a link to it from the City of San Jose Home page. The path to it is Home>Government>Departments and Offices D-H>Housing>Renters and Landlords> Find an Affordable Apartment. Then, if you click on Look for Rentals icon, you will get to the page with the link to above mentioned database. You can search it by a ZIP code.


The other link on the same page provides information about Section 8 Housing Voucher Program. If a patron is eligible for this program, there is another good Federal Government resource - HUD.GOV Database that you can search by state, county, city and a ZIP code.



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Question of the Week: How to Get to this Address by Bus?

bus road signcar icon

pedestrian sign

bicycle sign

There is a very easy answer to this question. If you go to VTA home page, on the top you find a link to interactive Trip Planner, where you can enter initial and destination addresses. This link will actually lead you to Google maps and help you not only to discover the shortest and more convenient way to get to your destination by a bus or a car, but also (when you click on Get Directions and pay attention to the icons in the top left corner), will help you to find out what would be  your best biking and walking routes to the same address!


You also can plan your trip by bus using a calendar and a clock lines that are added to VTA Trip Planner.


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New Russian Collection (Новая руccкая коллекция) at Calabazas Branch

Russian book's coverRussian book's coverДорогие пользователи нашей библиотеки! Новое, реконструированное отделение - Сalabazas Branch Library, открывшееся недавно, ждет вас! 


На полках нашей библиотеки представлен большой выбор новых книг как для взрослых (в печатном формате и в MP3 форматах), так и для детей.  Замечательная книга воспоминание Веры Прохоровой о Рихтере, интересный детектив актера Андрея Мягкова, новые книги Марининой, Устиновой, Донцовой доставят вам много радостных минут.


Увлекательные кино и сериалы на DVD ждут своих зрителей. Пoжалуйста, посетите нас как можно скорее!

Posted by Nina Petrova on Jul 25, 2013 | Comments: 0 |

Berryessa and Evergreen Volunteers Appreciation Events

Justin Neff''s Appreciation Party

Justin Neff served as a volunteer ESL facilitator at Berryessa Branch for a couple of years and became 2013 Volunteer of the Year for Berryessa Branch. He conducted very creative and skillful ESL sessions that helped Library patrons to learn conversational English the fast and easy way.


Unfortunately at the end of June he had to depart for Japan, where he found a job opportunity. Library customers really liked Justin's classes and gathered to tell him "Good Luck!" during the last Saturday ESL session.




Urvi Gupta honored by San Jose City Council

Urvi Gupta, now a senior at the Harker School, has been a volunteer at the Evergreen Library since June 2012. She was nominated as 2013 Volunteer of the year for Evergreen Branch and simultaneously became a Volunteer of the Year for the whole Library System.


She created OneInMath program for kids ages K-3 and now is running this program with the help of trained teen volunteers at three San Jose Libraries. The program teaches kids basic math skills, such as addition subtraction, multiplication and division.


On June 11, 2013, Urvi received a commendation from Councilmember Rose Herrera for providing children with help to improve their math skills at three San Jose Public Library branches. 


SAT Practice Test at Berryessa Branch Library on May 11

scantron testHigh school students - would you like to find out how you score on the SAT?  Take a full length practice SAT test, proctored by Princeton Review.  This is a great opportunity to try your hand at the types of questions you will see on the actual test.


 There will be SAT practice test administered on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1:30 PM until 6:00 PM (tentatively) at Berryessa Branch Library. Please register by calling 1-408-808-3050 or come directly to the information desk.


You do not need to print an admission ticket, but must bring a couple of pencils and a calculator to the test. Check out this SAT Day Checklist to get prepared for the test.


Come back on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm for the strategy session to receive a personalized score report.  Parents are welcome to attend the strategy session.

Asteroids or Meteorites



photo of meteoroid

It was in the news - massive, the size of 15-story office building, asteroid DA14 nearly brushed the surface of the Earth on February 14th, 2013. Almost at the same time another meteorite (or meteoroid) unexpectedly exploded over Russia's Ural region. About 1,200 people, 200 of them children, were injured mostly by glass that exploded into schools and workplaces. Meteoroids typically cause sonic booms when they enter  the Earth's atmosphere and the one over Russia shattered windows, TVs and dishes in peoples's homes. Large asteroids reflect the light of the sun, so it is easy to see them and small objects like the one that exploded over Ural are difficult to trace. Meteoroids are usually pieces of matter that have splintered off from asteroids. A meteorite is a meteoroid that reaches the surface of the Earth without being completely vaporized . To find out more about these mysteriously dangerous space objects come to the library and explore all our materials from books (digital and printed) to DVDs.

 Here are some titles from our collections:

 Adult materials:

        Comets, Meteors and Asteroids by John Man 

        Cosmic collisions [videorecording] : our explosive universe

        Asteroids [videorecording] : deadly impact  

Children's books:

        Asteroids by Derek Zobel

        Comets and Asteroids by E.M. Hans

        Jupiter and the Asteroids and the rest of Explore the solar system series books