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Volunteers Donate Over 93,500 Hours to Support Library Programs

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San José Public Library Celebrates National Volunteer Week

We are thankful for our volunteers year round. During National Volunteer Week (April 15–21), we take it up a notch to celebrate them and express our sincere appreciation for all their hard work.

In 2017 2,910 volunteers donated a total of 93,550 hours of service at San José Public Library (SJPL). That’s over 256 hours a day!

Volunteers contribute their dynamic skills and talents at San José Public Library having an extremely positive impact on our community. They help keep a welcoming environment at the library while assisting with events and services, such as:

Volunteers Make a Big Impact

During the last fiscal year, 8,015 attendees improved their English language skills at volunteer led ESL Conversation Clubs, Reading to Children volunteers provided over 7,953 early literacy experiences to children, and 3,500 attendees met their academic goals at Library Homework Clubs.

"It’s the efforts of our volunteers that help shape what we stand for and make San José an engaging and welcoming community. It’s amazing to see volunteers augment library services and to empower them to initiate classes where they have an opportunity to share their talents with others." —Jill Bourne, City Librarian

Celebrating Our Volunteers

As part of our celebration, each branch is recognizing their volunteers in a variety of ways and honoring a special Volunteer of the Year.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit:

About National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration organized by Points of Light to promote and show appreciation for volunteerism. National Volunteer Week was established in the United States via Presidential Proclamation in 1974.

About San José Public Library

San José Public Library (SJPL), located in the Capital of Silicon Valley, is the largest public library system between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Serving a culturally diverse population of nearly 1,000,536 in the country’s 10th largest city, SJPL is one of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of 11 million items. Award-winning staff strives to ensure library services reflect the city’s rich diversity and that every library customer’s experience is exceptional. SJPL is recognized for its innovation and leadership and the recipient of the National Medal of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for a library. For more information, visit

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