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East Side Dreams: The Untold Story of East San José

Join SJPL's California Room for its upcoming exhibit. It will examine San José’s East Side from the 1950s through the 1980s.

Estella Inda
12/06/2021 - 2:20 PM

East Side Revelations - Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

The California Room is putting the spotlight on the East Side with a series of blogs featuring individuals, businesses, and community organizations with ties to the East Side.

Estella Inda
11/24/2021 - 6:20 AM

Looking Back: Some Time in California with John and Yoko.

Ralph traces John Lennon's cross-country trip to California in 1972.

Ralph Pearce
11/22/2021 - 8:00 AM

The City of San Jose Turns 244 Years Old

Resources to learn more about your city.

Melissa Maglio
10/29/2021 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Growing Up in the 1960s and 1970s

Ralph shares what San Jose was like in the 1960s and 1970s.

Ralph Pearce
10/25/2021 - 8:00 AM

Looking Back: The Day the Buffalo Roamed

The story of two buffalo who wandered onto a San Jose schoolyard.

Ralph Pearce
09/27/2021 - 8:00 AM

Remembering Beatrice Joyce Ellington

Why we named a library in her honor.

Sarah Kishler
09/01/2021 - 4:44 AM

Looking Back: Canoas; From Prune Orchard to Elementary School

Ralph looks back at Canoas Elementary on the school's 60th anniversary.

Ralph Pearce
08/23/2021 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Our Historic District of Alviso

Ralph shares some images and history of San Jose's Alviso district.

Ralph Pearce
07/28/2021 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Those Cool Old Warehouses

Ralph shares a few old warehouses he's found around town.

Ralph Pearce
06/23/2021 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: My Days With a Japanese American Performance Group

Ralph reflects on his time with the San Jose Taiko Group.

Ralph Pearce
05/26/2021 - 8:00 AM

SJ Story Map Contest 

The San José Story Map uses the power of stories to map San José in a new and different light.

SJPL Staff
05/17/2021 - 3:30 PM