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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.

Spotlight on Biblioteca Latinoamericana teensReach!

The Biblioteca teensReach, in addition to its usual volunteer activities of the Summer Reading Program and library services duties, has developed some unique traditions.   These include:

  • Mothers' Day program: For the past two years, teens have planned and carried out a fun-filled Mothers' Day program including food, decorations, favors, games, and a children's activity.  This is open to all Biblioteca mothers and this year there were about 50 participants including mothers, children, and teens.
  • Decorating a Tree at Christmas in the Park: Teens walked downtown from the Biblioteca to decorate a tree with Tin Art ornaments and laminated pictures of teensReach activites.  The day included buying lunch  with money they earned themselves.  They will be doing it again this year!
  • Fundraisers: The group has raised money for its activities, including the Mothers' Day Program and lunch on their downtown walk to Christmas in the Park, by having snack sales in the library during school vacation weeks.
  • Collaborating on a community Halloween Haunted House:  Our neighbor the Washington United Youth Center has been holding a Haunted House, and teens will have a food table and this year also a "scare booth".

Visit our webpage to learn more and sign up for teensReach at Biblioteca and other branch libraries.

Volunteer News

Get Involved; Help an Adult Read and Write Better

Would you like to help an adult have a voice in the community? Partners in Reading, the San Jose Public Library's adult literacy program, will begin a new tutor training class in November. One of the reasons adults with low literacy skills join the program is so that they can make their voice heard by exercising their right and responsibility to vote.


Voting booths on election day


The adults who seek help from the program want to be participating citizens, to help their families, especially their children, and to do their jobs more effectively or to get better jobs. There are many reasons why adults join Partners in Reading, but most find that the help they get is priceless because of the many positive changes they see in their lives. There are also many reasons volunteers decide to join the program, including a desire to help someone, a love of reading, and to gain experience, but mostly because it's fun and rewarding. If you would like to help an adult improve reading, writing, and computer skills, please sign up for tutor training, which begins November 5, 2014 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.


Please note that the last day to register to vote for this election is October 20, 2014.

Watch New Videos Showing Tutors and Learners in Action

Partners in Reading of the San Jose Public Library and Read Santa Clara of the Santa Clara City Library are excited to introduce these great videos with excellent tutoring strategies for adult literacy tutors. These videos were supported in part by the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.


Enjoy the videos and give us your feedback through the survey found after each video.



Click here to see more videos to enhance tutoring, on topics about the first meeting, phonics, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension. Let us know what you think of these videos and pass them on to other tutors and teachers.


Partners in Reading is the adult literacy program of the San Jose Public Library. We train volunteer tutors to meet with adult learners to build basic literacy skills. Find out more about Partners in Reading and register for the next tutor training class. We also offer beginning English as a Second Language classes that focus on oral skills with some practice on basic reading and writing skills.

Friends of the East San Jose Carnegié Branch Library Book Sale

Book Sale ImageFind treasures and good reads at the Friends of the East San Jose Carnegié Branch Library Book Sale on Saturday June 28, 2014 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Gently used books and other items will be available in the Community Room at excellent prices!  All proceeds support programs at the East San José Carnegie Branch Library for children, teens and adults.


Volunteers are needed to help with setting up, assisting with book sale and cleaning up after the book sale. Book sale setup will take place on Friday, June 27th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm. Book sale clean up will take place on Saturday June 28, 2014 from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM. 


For more information or to volunteer at this booksale, please contact the East San Jose Carnegie Branch Library by phone at 1-408-808-3075 or by e-mail at eb.sjpl@sjlibrary.org.  You can also visit our VolunteerMatch posting

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