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Looking Back: The Day My Neighbor's House Blew Up!

Ralph recalls an explosion that shook his neighborhood fifty years ago.

Ralph Pearce
07/25/2022 - 9:00 AM

#PixinParks 2022 Almaden Quicksilver

Join SJPL Librarian, Brandy for an inside look into the Santa Clara County Park challenge #PixinParks.

Brandy Maldonado
07/18/2022 - 7:00 AM

SJ Story Map

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

SJWrites
07/09/2022 - 5:00 PM

Looking Back: A California Boy's Search for America (Part 3)

The third and final part of Ralph's 1978 journey across the U.S.

Ralph Pearce
06/20/2022 - 9:00 AM

#PixinParks 2022 Sanborn County Park

Join SJPL Librarian, Brandy for an inside look into the Santa Clara County Park challenge #PixinParks.

Brandy Maldonado
06/13/2022 - 7:00 AM

Looking Back: A California Boy's Search for America (Part 2)

Ralph's 1978 journey continues from Gettysburg to El Paso, Texas.

Ralph Pearce
05/23/2022 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: A California Boy's Search for America (Part 1)

Ralph looks back at his 1978 hitchhiking trip across the U.S.

Ralph Pearce
04/25/2022 - 9:00 AM

Eastside Revelations - Art Rodriguez

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

Estella Inda
04/22/2022 - 2:27 PM

Looking Back: San Jose Public Library's California Room

Ralph looks back at the history of the California Room.

Ralph Pearce
03/28/2022 - 9:00 AM

It’s Our 150th Anniversary… Or Is It?

A review of early San Jose Library efforts.

Michael Lara
02/19/2022 - 8:08 AM

Looking Back: A Market, a Trolley Car, and a Freight Train

Ralph looks back at a stretch of Coe Avenue in Willow Glen.

Ralph Pearce
02/18/2022 - 3:00 PM

Pathfinder Estella Inda: Fulfilling an Information Need About Lowrider Culture in San José

Did you know that San José was the Lowrider Cruising Capital in 1977. Learn more from Estella Inda, who has been sharing her research through the Library's East Side Exhibit.

Ila Langner
02/09/2022 - 10:00 PM