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Back in the Days...: California Room Yearbook Collection

Each week, hundreds of families from across the state flocked to San Jose’s Lowrider Culture Exhibition. A significant portion of these pilgrims are former San Jose residents. Surprisingly, many are…

Michael Lara
04/30/2019 - 7:00 AM

#PixInParks Martial Cottle

With 287 acres, this south San Jose park offers various activities for you and the family to enjoy. This urban park celebrates sustainable farming and highlights innovations in organic farming.

Brandy Maldonado
04/25/2019 - 5:00 AM

Looking Back: Tribute to a Boy Who Jumped Out of a Peach

Back in 1990, I took a Japanese kite-making class as part of the San Jose Japantown Centennial.  The image on my kite was the Japanese folk hero Momotaro, often referred to as Peach Boy in the United…

Ralph Pearce
04/24/2019 - 9:00 AM

A Lowrider Thank you!

From December through March, people flocked to the library to visit our first ever Lowrider Exhibit, “Story and King: San José’s Lowrider Culture”! Now that the exhibit has come to a close, it’s time…

Estella Inda
04/06/2019 - 2:00 PM

Looking Back: Today’s Special: Menus of Day's Past

Old menus are so cool! Have you ever found an old menu stashed away in a drawer or a glove compartment? I’ve been collecting local menus for some years now, and I really enjoy the graphics, the…

Ralph Pearce
04/03/2019 - 12:46 PM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Military Heirlooms

Forgotten Recognition Chances are pretty good if you have a relative that served in the armed forces, particularly during World War 2, they either never received or otherwise lost track of the…

John Muller
03/31/2019 - 12:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: Public Fame Private Pain

Unlikely Connection One was an inspiring teacher, preservationist, and celebrated chronicler of Silicon Valley's storied past. The other was larger than life both on and off the screen, whose path…

John Muller
03/30/2019 - 12:00 AM

#PixinParks Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch

Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch park is located east of Gilroy. This park has over 6,500 acres for recreational use! This park includes picnic areas, campsites; hiking trails and a 449 acre lake.

Brandy Maldonado
03/28/2019 - 5:00 AM

The Genealogy Sojourner: James Bond Is My Wife's Cousin

Before Ian Fleming's Creation There Were Other James Bonds When a person is researching their genealogy and begins expanding their family tree they will collect a lot of names, some more…

John Muller
03/27/2019 - 2:19 PM

#PixInParks 2019

If you love hiking, you've been waiting for the weather to clear to get back outside! Ready or not, it is time to get back to the great outdoors!

Brandy Maldonado
02/28/2019 - 5:00 AM

Lowrider Firsts

Lowrider Exhibition On December 15, 2018, the San Jose Public Library - California Room opened its first ever lowrider exhibit, Story and King: San Jose's Lowrider Culture. With lowrider jams…

Estella Inda
02/14/2019 - 6:00 PM

Looking Back: The Old Trucks of My Youth

Our current low rider exhibit got me to thinking about the many old trucks I've owned. About 1977, I was riding down Koch Lane in a high school friend's 1955 Chevy pick-up, when it occurred to me…

Ralph Pearce
01/30/2019 - 9:00 AM