Library and Early Education Commission

Library and Early Education Commission members seated around a table at SJPL Works while seated members of the public listen attentively.

Mission Statement

The Commission advocates for high quality, impactful, and innovative library and early education services that serve as a foundation for a vibrant and diverse city. The Commission provides a venue for public discussion of services and resources that support and promote early education and world class libraries.

 

Purpose

Acting as the voice of the public, the Commission studies, reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations to the City Council and the San Jose Public Library administration regarding existing or proposed library facilities, early education and library programs, operations, services, financing, and leading edge developments. The Commission advocates high quality and impactful library and early education services and, as a forum for public discussion of library and early education needs, the Commission facilitates communication between the public, the City Council, and the San Jose Public Library staff.

Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Reports

Attending Meetings

The Library and Early Education Commission meets 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on the third Wednesday of the month, August through November and then from January through June. Therefore, no meeting will be held in July or December. Meetings are typically held at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on the third floor, but please check the agenda before attending to be sure of the meeting location. Commissioners are expected to attend all sessions. All meetings are open to the public the entire duration. Requests to place a particular topic on the agenda must be submitted in writing or email, a minimum of two weeks in advance. Mail your request to:

San José Public Library
ATTN: Library Commission
150 E. San Fernando St.
San José, CA 95112

Or, you may email your request to: commission.sjpl@sjlibrary.org. Enter "Agenda Request" as your subject.

Library Commission Agenda Procedures (PDF)

Support Activities

  • Library Bond Oversight Committee - Work with community representatives to annually review Library Bond Project expenditures and report findings to the City Council.
  • Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee - Annually reviews Library Parcel Tax expenditures and reports findings to the City Council.
  • Liaison to Friends Groups & Other Library Organizations - Act as a communication link between the commission and assigned support groups.
  • Budget Review - Annually review and comment on the Mayor's Budget Plans to the Mayor and City Council members.
  • Long Range Planning - Provide public representation on library planning committees.
  • Government Policy Review - Monitor proposed policies and advocate those that would have a positive impact on public library service.
  • Community Involvement - Represent the commission at community activities involving the library system.

Commission Membership & Assignments

The Library and Early Education Commission is composed of 15 members, four of whom have significant experience in early education. Each Commissioner serves a four-year term with the potential to be reappointed to a second four-year term.

Commission Vacancies and Application Information

Michael L. Snyder

Michael L. Snyder

Term Expires:
Represents: District 1

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Kristin N. Rivers, Ph.D.

Term Expires:
Represents: District 2

José Magaña

José Magaña

Term Expires: *
Represents: District 5

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Hilary Thorsen

Term Expires:
Represents: District 6

Wendi Mahaney-Gurahoo

Wendi Mahaney-Gurahoo, Vice Chair

Term Expires: *
Represents: District 7

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Patricia Mendoza

Term Expires: *
Represents: District 8

Tiffany Uhri Chu

Tiffany Uhri Chu

Term Expires: *
Represents: District 9

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Tom Trudell

Term Expires: *
Represents: District 10

Elena Jolly

Elena Jolly

Term Expires: *
Represents: Citywide

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Christina Dunbar

Term Expires: *
Represents: Early Childcare Seat 1

Thaddeus Aid

Thaddeus Aid

Term Expires:
Represents: Early Childcare Seat 2

Janice Allen

Janice Allen

Term Expires:
Represents: Early Childcare Seat 3

Michael Melillo

Michael Melillo, Chair

Term Expires:
Represents: Early Childcare Seat 4