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491 E. Empire St.
San José, CA 95112


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 - Keye Luke
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Homework Coach - Wed, Oct 01 2:30 pm
Family Storytime with Stay & Play - Wed, Oct 01 3:15 pm
Aztec Dance - Wed, Oct 01 6:30 pm
Homework Coach - Thu, Oct 02 2:30 pm

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Lost and found : reclaiming the Japanese American incarceration


If you like reading about American history, you will love this book.    It tells the life history of the exhibition America’s Concentration Camps:  Remembering the Japanese American Experience.  The traveling exhibition offered camp survivors simple opportunities for interactivity – signing their names and camp addresses in camp registries, for example.  In addition, there are wonderful photographs of docent badges with the wording, “Ask me…about American’s Concentration Camps.”  These docents had been interned in the camps and so put a very human face on the experience.

Every picture tells a story. Page 91 has a photograph of eighty-five men from Heart Mountain who were convicted of draft resistance in two trials.  In December 1947, all Japanese American draft resisters were issued a pardon by President Truman. In short, there is simply a wealth of compelling information to read about in this excellent book.

Posted by janeeseg on Oct 1, 2014 | |

Silicon Valley Manufacturing WeekAs the Library celebrates Silicon Valley Manufacturing Week, taking place Mon., Sept. 29 to Fri., Oct. 3, join us for our STEAMstacks digital paper cutting workshop and bring out the maker in you.


The event will include a brief introduction about a digital paper cutting machine for both artistic creativity and innovative exploration.​​  


While we will have fun, it's great to keep in mind that activities of these types further fuel our abilities and initial thoughts about making things and manufacturing.  ​Participants will create a work with a computer and digital paper cutting machine.  Space is limited, please register in advance at the Information Desk.


About the Library's STEAMstacks Programs
Many of modern civilization’s most profound developments were initiated here in San Jose and Silicon Valley, and were the result of someone with an idea in mind and the ability to bring it to life.  More than ever, people here are harnessing that legacy, breaking out of the role of consumer and becoming creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 


The concept of Library is expanding from a place for consumption of information and media, to a place for self-directed and peer-assisted learning, creation, invention, and entrepreneurship. Hands-on technology learning can expose disenfranchised youth and adult residents to opportunities to develop skills and access the hardware and software industries that are booming around them in the Silicon Valley.  


Thus, the San Jose Public Library (SJPL) has created STEAMstacks maker programs that combine reading, showing and making and that emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM).  While STEAMstacks encourages local community engagement, it is also part of a new international movement fostering creative, social thinking and life-long learning through making.  SJPL intends to be a key node in that connected learning network and incorporate its capabilities into the community’s overall knowledge infrastructure.​

Posted by Elizabeth Castañeda on Oct 1, 2014 | |

Teens come out and jam out at the Library! 
Every SECOND Friday of the month starting
October 10 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Rose Garden Branch Library

1580 Naglee Ave. San Jose, CA 95126


All genres and musical backgrounds welcome! 

Must bring your own instrument. 


For more information contact Mark Giannuzzi at


--> How to prepare for Music Jam Nights for Teens


1.       Make sure your instrument is in good working order (bring it with you)

2.       Prepare one or two songs for performance. Short melodies, chord progressions, and/or rhythmic motifs work, too. We can build jams around them.

3.       Consider notating the music for other musicians to read. These can be full charts, chord/melody arrangements, or short ideas to be developed during the jams.

4.       Plan to play with others in a variety of styles that you may or may not be familiar with. The facilitator will ensure that a safe, respectful, and collaborative environment is maintained.

5.       Plan to play at a comfortable volume, so everyone can hear themselves. Depending on the musicians, we may play loud at times, but the overall volume will be maintained at a moderate level to ensure all instruments can be heard and that no one’s hearing is at risk.

6.       Bring a willingness to have fun, experiment, try new things, meet new friends, and make music with your peers.


Music Jam Nights for Teens is envisioned as a maker-space environment that provides teens with the opportunity to develop skills in music improvisation and performance, songwriting, and composition. Simultaneously, Music Jam Nights for Teens aims to support teen awareness of, and participation in, SJPL’s Battle of the Bands. Each jam session will be unique, though a variety of activities, musical ice-breakers, and other performance and song-writing based information will be included. 


Proudly presented by San Jose Public Library 


Posted by Elizabeth Castañeda on Sep 24, 2014 | |

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Courtesy of the PlaneTree Health Library and Health Trust, Joyce Ellington houses a special collection of health-related information in our Community Health Information Center. Other online health-related resources can be found at our Health Research Guide.

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