Volunteering at the library is a great way to use your talents, provide valuable service to the community, learn new skills and meet great people. Our current opportunities are listed on the right. Just click on the link to learn more about the position or click on the green button to see all opportunties available with San Jose Public Library.
Would you like to volunteer your time to help adults build literacy skills? Partners in Reading, a service of the San Jose Public Library, is looking for volunteers to meet twice a week at a library to help adults improve basic reading and writing skills. All volunteers will attend an orientation and two Saturdays of training before being matched.
The next orientation and training will be on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, Saturday, February 1, and Saturday, February 8, 2014. You can choose to work with an individual or a small group of adult learners. For more information about how to sign up, please visit Partners in Reading or call 1-408-808-2361.
On Saturday December 7, 2013, Santa visited the Children's Room at the King Library. It was a fun day where the children enjoyed visiting with Santa (well most of them did) and getting their pictures taken for that priceless Holiday moment! Each child received a delicious candy cane, a free book of their choosing and also spent time making reindeer hats. The children were also able to visit with Conroy the Cougar, the library's mascot, for even more fun photos. We distributed many free books and we had 184 children and adults enjoying the festivities.
Of course, we could not do this program with just library staff! We had amazing volunteers from the UNICEF group from Piedmont Hill High School helping distribute books, hand out candy canes, make reindeer hats, take those family pictures and more. A BIG THANK YOU to Akosh, Niyat, Matthew, Earl, Jennifer, Tristan, Timothy, Lydia plus our library student intern Amy and, of course, the Friends of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. We could not have done it without you!
At 11 am, the Annual San Jose Veterans Day Parade will commence with an opening ceremony at Plaza de Cesar Chavez and at noon the parade will be underway on its downtown route. The parade is organized by the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County and is in its 95th year. Visit UVCSCC's Web site to learn about how to become a member or support the group in other ways.
More ways to help veterans throughout the year are listed on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service page. Fill out this form if you want to volunteer locally and a regional representative will contact you. You can also use the form to make an online donation.
If you are a veteran in crisis and don't know where to turn, you can get free confidential support via the Veterans Crisis Line. The service is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1. If you prefer to use the Internet, an online chat service is also available. Veterans with hearing disabilities may prefer to access the crisis line by text message (838255) or TTY service (1-800-799-4889). Concerned family and friends of veterans are also welcome to use the Crisis Line's services.
Resources for veterans pertaining to physical and mental health, job searching, getting benefits and more are available through the library catalog.