Month of the Young Child

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April is National Month of the Young Child. Join us in celebrating our youngest learners, their families, and caregivers throughout the entire month of April with family-friendly events, music performances, and more that will delight and entertain the entire family.

Start by signing up for a free library card at your local branch for you or your child. From there, you have access to a wide variety of materials, picture books, board books, take-home kits and discounted or free museum tickets to continue the fun of engaging with your child in and out of the library.

Special Events

artwork of children running with animals while readingFiesta Dance Parties

Come celebrate El Dia de los Niños/El Dia de los Libros (Children's Day / Book Day) with your friends at the library! We will tango, salsa, read and play...all in celebration of book and children. 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten logs will be available for families who have not yet registered.

123 Andres123 Andrés

Latin Grammy winner 123 Andrés is coming to the San José Public Library! Andrés brings a live musical and interactive performance to the whole family. Full of wonderful sounds that get kids singing and dancing in Spanish and English. This is a performance you don't want to miss! Check out the Grammy winning CD Arriba Abajo at your local branch.


More Ways to Celebrate All Year Long

group of children with blue apronsTake your favorite parts of the library home with you to enjoy wherever you go!

Take-Home Kits

Our Wee Play and Learn Boxes & Books and More Bilingual Bags provide unique ways of playing, learning and interacting with your child over a diverse mix of topics and activities. Kits include books, toys and more to help you create your own storytime experience where you go.

Early Literacy Calendar

Our monthly Early Literacy Calendar provides quick, daily activities to do with your child to stimulate their brain, expand their vocabulary and enhance their daily experiences in their environments.

Discover and Go Museum Tickets

Library cardholders have access to free and discounted passes to local museums and cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area through Discover and Go

Sharing Stories

father and son reading a book
(Photo courtesy of CA State Library & Terry Lorant Photography)


Each of our 24 locations offers a diverse mix of storytimes for you and your family to attend. We offer storytimes in a range of languages, ages, and abilities. Find the the storytime that is just right for you.

1,000 Book Before Kindergarten

Take the challenge to share 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten with your child. Rereads count as together you discover the wonderful world of stories that you can share and share again. You can keep track on a paper log or track online through Beanstack. Every 100 books shared receives a special recognition for your child.

Parenting Resources

father holding baby up to reach animal mobile on the ceiling
(Photo courtesy of CA State Library & Terry Lorant Photography)

Workshops and gatherings through the San José branch libraries:


Look for special parenting collections at each branch library to find titles related to growth and development, play ideas, nutrition, potty training, and more topics of interest to you and your family's needs.

More Information

For more information about programs and events, contact your local branch library. To learn more about Early Education services in San José, call us at (408) 808-2617 or visit

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