Blogs: Local History

  • 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: 2
  • 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: 0
  • 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: 4
  • Bear Advice - California RoomAl and Sam Ursus, the California Room Bears, in the California Room.

    Meet the California Room Bears - Al & Sam Ursus! This clawsome pair of bears was found hibernating among the archival collections of the California Room of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library!
    Posted by: Marisol Roman on Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 3:03 PM | Comments: 1
  • Looking Back: John F. Kennedy Addresses the Citizens of San JoseImage: "We're going to tell the truth," Kennedy said, "and I don't care what Mr. Nixon says, we're going to meet that responsibility." Senator Kennedy was introduced by Mayor Paul Moore, with platform guests including local Democratic candidates Russell Bryan, Jack Kennon, and Al Alquist; City Councilmen Emery Delmas and Robert C. Doerr, and County Democratic Chairman John Thorne. Photo by Josephine Curto.

    Some years ago, my dad mentioned that a cousin had seen John F. Kennedy speak at a presidential campaign rally here in San Jose. When I began working here in the California Room, I decided to check our clipping files for any articles on the event. I found an interesting San Jose Mercury article with several photos that showed Kennedy speaking from a platform somewhere in the west parking lot of the Civic Auditorium on November 2, 1960.
    Posted by: Ralph Pearce on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 3:10 PM | Comments: 4