Willow Glen Branch Library

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Locations and Hours

1157 Minnesota Ave
San José, CA 95125


11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fri, September 26 Open 1 PM to 6 PM
- Holiday Closures

Manager - Jean Herriges
Account Question? - Email wg.sjpl@sjlibrary.org

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Willow Glen Founder's Day Parade... - Sat, Sep 20 10:00 am
Stories with Norma - Wed, Sep 24 3:00 pm
Reading on the Avenue Book Club - Wed, Sep 24 7:00 pm
Baby and Toddler Storytime & Stay... - Thu, Sep 25 10:30 am

Maker Camp, Make: Google


Summer doldrums getting you down?  Feeling antsy?  Just been kicked out of your house for “accidently” setting the curtains on fire?  Are you just in the mood to build something cool?

The library’s Maker Camp is just the thing for you!


With help from Google and MAKE Magazine, we will be transforming the Educational Park Branch into a makerspace.  Every Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, the library will virtually host some of the most interesting professional creators behind the scenes of game design, movies, and music. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, they’ll have the opportunity to create their own maker projects. 



Each week will have a different theme, with speakers and projects that will build upon it.


Week 1—Makers in Motion (July 7-11, 2014)

Week 2 —Art and Design (July 14-18, 2014)

Week 3—Fun & Games (July 21-25, 2014)

Week 4—Science & Technology (July 28-August 1, 2014)

Week 5—DIY Music (August 4-8, 2014)

Week 6—Make: Believe (August 11-15, 2014)


The event is free for all but children under 13 will need a parent or guardian with them to use Google+ or participate in the project.  Check out last year’s events to get an idea of what we’ll be doing this year.  And check out http://makercamp.com/ for more information.


Spaces are limited so sign up now.  Contact the Educational Park Library at 1-408-808-3073 to get your name on the list.  


Program Schedule

Mondays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting (Watch a live broadcast featuring a different Maker)
Tuesdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting | *12:00 - 1:00 pm Hands-on activity
Wednesdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting
Thursdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting | *12:00 - 1:00 pm Hands-on activity 
*Participants are encouraged to view the video broadcast at 11 a.m. to get a preview of that day's activity
Recommended for ages 13-18
Participants under 13 must have a parent/guardian present
Posted by Erik Berman on Jun 23, 2014 | Comments: 5 |

Who wants to go camping? June is National Camping Month, and Summer has arrived.  It's time to enjoy the natural fauna and flora that surrounds us.  In the Bay Area, it's easy to get out to the open spaces.  Here is a short list of books available to help you find that perfect campground.

Posted by Timothy Abney on Jun 19, 2014 | |

Fudetaro and Seijiro Horio in 1908In 1895, two brothers immigrated to the United States from Japan and wound up working for the Van Dorsten family on Foxworthy Road in the Willow Glen area of San Jose (now known as Foxworthy Avenue).  After saving for many years, Seijiro and Fudetaro Horio began buying nearby properties until they had a swath of land that ran from Foxworthy Road to Koch Lane on the east side of Cherry Avenue.  This was prior to the restrictive California Alien Land Law of 1913 which prohibited "aliens ineligible for citizenship" from owning agricultural land or possessing long-term leases.  This law was primarily directed at Japanese.



Shigeo Horio gathering strawberries on Koch Lane in the 1930sThe Horio brothers primarily grew prunes, but they also produced walnuts and strawberries.   The original farmhouse and a newer farmhouse (c.1950) both stood on a parcel of property that is now known as Foxstone Court.  During World War II when Japanese Americans were removed from the west coast, the Van Dorsten and Rubino families watched over the Horio property until their return.  Later owning properties in Coyote Valley as well, the Horios eventually moved to the Evergreen area to operate a mushroom farm.  Seijiro and Fudetaro both lived into the late 1950s, and Fudetaro’s son Ralph still lives in the old Evergreen ranch house.




Photos:  Top photo shows Fudetaro and Seijiro on Foxworthy Road in 1908.  Bottom photo shows Fedetaro's son Shigeo gathering strawberries on Koch Lane in the late 1930s.  Both photos courtesy of Ralph Horio.



Further Reading in the San Jose Public Library's California Room:


Posted by Ralph Pearce on Jun 15, 2014 | |

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