Beautify Your Branch at Our First SJPL Service Day

Two smiling children wearing gloves and using spray bottles

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'."
—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

First Ever SJPL Service Day on January 21

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, you are invited to give back to your community by beautifying your local library branch! In honor of the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, San José Public Library will be hosting its first systemwide service day with volunteer opportunities available at all Library locations.

Session Times

  • Session 1: 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Session 2: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

NOTE: Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time.

Details & Requirements

  • Register for one or both sessions by filling out an online volunteer application.
  • Must be able to complete the full duration of the volunteer activity.
  • Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • No experience or special skills necessary.
  • Training and supplies will be provided.

Reasons to Volunteer

This is the perfect opportunity for you or a family member to:

  • Gain community service hours for work or school.
  • Volunteer Away Your Fines at a rate of $20 per hour.
  • Build community connections and share your community spirit with friends and family.
  • Help the library maintain a clean and welcoming environment.

Share Your Experience

Use the following hashtags on social media to share your experience with our community:

  • #RightToLibrary
  • #SJPL
  • #MLKDay

Happy New Year!


does soeone have a power washer, there is gum and other substan ce on cement at entrance it would be nice for someone to clean that up.

Hi, the website only allows to 13+ to sign up an account. How can I sign up my kids younger than 13 for this?

Hi Rachel, great question! This is a family volunteering event, anyone under 15 y.o. just needs to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Your kids won't need to be registered separately, you can fill out a volunteer application with your information and then enter the total size of your group when you sign up for a shift. Thank you so much for your help, we look forward to seeing you there!

Hi, I want to register a group of people to volunteer, but they don't want to go through the long process. Is there any other way?

Hi Julie, Great question, when you sign up for a session there is a space to enter your group size. If you, or the group lead, fill out an online application you can enter the number of people in your group when you sign up for a shift. That way not everyone will need to fill out an application online.

Add new comment

Comments are expected to follow the basic rules of civility and be relevant to the topic being commented upon. Comments will be reviewed prior to posting. Blog comments represent the views of the person commenting, not necessarily those of San José Public Library. For more information see SJPL's Comment Guidelines.

15 + 4 =