Blogs: Local History

  • Looking Back: The Iconic Faber's Cyclery Building Stands Tall Once AgainImage: Faber's Cyclery on the corner of First and Margaret Streets in San Jose about 1992.

    Discover the history of Faber's Cyclery building.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:59 PM | Comments: 0
  • Looking Back: An Elementary School Reading List from 1967Image: Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary. A fun story about a boy and his dog named Ribsy.

    From September 1967 to June 1968, I was in the third grade at Canoas Elementary School in the Meadowbrook tract (now Canoas Garden neighborhood) in Willow Glen. My classroom was A-3, and my teacher was Mrs.Keith. After our lunchtime recess (which was the longest), we would all return to class sweaty and wound-up. Rather than starting right back in with subjects like math or history, Mrs. Keith would read to us while we unwound and settled back in.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 5:45 PM | Comments: 2
  • Explore SJ Libraries: Biblioteca LatinoamericanaBiblioteca Latinoamerica Branch Library

    It’s the start of a new year which means there’s no better time to start exploring some San Jose Libraries. The San José Public Library system has a total of 24 branches and, unfortunately, we don't get a chance to visit them all. For this blog, we will be examining the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch located on South First Street and see everything it has to offer.  
    Posted by: adilene rogers on Saturday, January 7, 2017 - 6:00 PM | Comments: 3
  • The Forgotten Jewel of SJPLjeweled crown

    In the crowning glory that is San Jose's library system, Alviso Branch Library is the forgotten jewel. Each branch has its own unique facets, of course, but because of its location, people tend to forget Alviso exists. In spite of this, Alviso branch library has much to recommend it.
    Posted by: Teresa Brodersen on Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM | Comments: 1
  • Looking Back: San Jose Public Library Cards Through the YearsImage: This is what my first library card looked like. The blank white area included your name and full address. The "Bookamatic" system was developed by Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation and used by San Jose Public Library from 1958 through 1977.

    For the first time in many years, the San Jose Public Library will soon be featuring new library card designs. There will be six new designs, two from each category of Adult, Teen, and Children.The design entries were submitted as part of a contest conducted by the library, and each category had one design selected by the public, and another by a panel of judges.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 12:05 PM | Comments: 7