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1780 Hillsdale Ave
San José, CA 95124


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

Manager - Sandra Stewart
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Music and Movement - Mon, Apr 21 10:30 am
Preschool Storytime & Stay and Play - Tue, Apr 22 11:30 am
Reading Buddies - Tue, Apr 22 4:00 pm
Lego Club - Wed, Apr 23 4:00 pm

Spring is my favorite time of year.  I hatch great plans for a beautiful garden.  All the home and garden places have plants available at great prices and I cannot help but indulge!


Of course planning is involved in all this.  For me the holy grail of planting is TOMATOES!  There's nothing like the taste of home grown tomatoes and with a little tender, loving care, you can grow them in your own yard.


At SJPL, we have lots of books on the topic from planting seeds or starts to harvesting and enjoying them with great recipe books.  Here are a few to get you started!


Cover of You Bet Your Garden Guide to Growing Great TomatoesThe Complete Guide to Growing TomatoesVegetables Dishes I Can't Live WithoutCarver's Tomatoes - an ebook of over 100 of George Washington Carver's Tomato Recipes.


And to send you off properly, here are my tips...  Plant Early Girl and Roma  - they are indeterminate varieties that fruit early, often and throughout the season.  Plant your tomatoes side by side with Marigolds.  Marigolds have a natural pesticide and help keep bugs off your tomatoes.  Tomatoes love the sun, but they also love some water.  Water your tomatoes early in the morning or in the evening for best results. 


Here's a recipe my dad always used to make: 

Tomato Vinagrette

3 home grown tomatoes, diced

1 cucumber, diced

1 small onion, sliced

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tsp salt

1 tablespoon sugar (or substitute)

ground pepper to taste...

Keep this in the fridge til dinnertime and eat it as a salad.  Put what's left back in the fridge, it will taste better tomorrow.  In fact, my dad just kept putting more ingredients into it for weeks!


Posted by Sandra Stewart on Apr 17, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) is teaming up with San Jose Bike Clinic to present the Gira de Libro, the first ever SJPL bicycle tour.


The Gira de Libro is a guided community and staff bicycle ride that will visit seven of San Jose’s twenty-three branch libraries. The ride will start and finish at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in downtown San Jose.


The tour date is May 10, 2014, starting at 10:00 AM with sign-in and bicycle safety check. For safety purposes, registration is required and the ride will be limited to 75 participants. The ride will stop at each library to regroup; the total distance is 25km (15.5 miles).


We invite you to ride with us and enjoy the City of San Jose’s libraries and bikeways.


Space is limited. Register today!


For more information please contact


Please Note: The bicycle tour will not be held in the event of inclimate weather


The San Jose Bike Clinic, formed in 2012, is on a mission to grow more educated and savvy bicyclists. Through Bike Clinic’s monthly pop-up bicycle maintenance workshops, they empower San Jose’s bicyclists to repair their own bikes and ride safely on San Jose’s numerous roads and trails.


The name of the ride, Gira de Libro, is a play on the name of the famous Italian professional road bike stage race, Giro d’Italia, which starts May 9 and ends June 1. SJPL’s Gira de Libro roughly translates to "turns of the book" or "book tour."

Posted by Michele Rowic on Apr 16, 2014 | Comments: 0 |


Save Energy and $$$ with the DIY Home Energy Savings Kit - Now Available for Check out!
This no-cost kit contains devices that will help you easily reduce energy and water use, saving you money on your utility bills. Users can expect to save, on average, $200 per year after installing the DIY Toolkit's equipment.  


You get to keep:
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs that save energy compared to incandescent light bulbs
  • Outlet gaskets that seal the void around your outlets and prevent heat loss
  • Weatherstripping that keeps out cold drafts by sealing leaky windows and doors
  • Low-flow showerhead that gently reduces the water you use and helps lower both your PG&E and water bills
  • Faucet aerators that help water flow more efficiently
The Toolkit also includes an easy "how-to" installation guide, complete with links to interactive videos, to help you navigate points of action in your home, as well as tips on decoding utility bills and how to calculate your savings.  Toolkits can be checked out at your local San Jose Public Library for a period of two weeks.  
Home Energy Savings Kit - Information Events

Silicon Valley Energy Watch Program Representative will host an informational table to answer questions regarding the Home Energy Savings Kit on the following dates and locations:


Posted by Elizabeth Chavarin on Apr 7, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

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