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1000 S Bascom Ave.
San José, CA 95128


11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Manager - Vidya Kilambi
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Professionals in Job Transition;... - Wed, Oct 01 9:00 am - 11:00 am
ESL 3 & 4 - Wed, Oct 01 9:15 am - 12:15 pm
Computer Help in English or Spanish - Wed, Oct 01 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Drop-in Computer Help - Wed, Oct 01 3:30 pm
Teens come out and jam out at the Library! 
Every SECOND Friday of the month starting
October 10 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Rose Garden Branch Library

1580 Naglee Ave. San Jose, CA 95126


All genres and musical backgrounds welcome! 

Must bring your own instrument. 


For more information contact Mark Giannuzzi at


--> How to prepare for Music Jam Nights for Teens


1.       Make sure your instrument is in good working order (bring it with you)

2.       Prepare one or two songs for performance. Short melodies, chord progressions, and/or rhythmic motifs work, too. We can build jams around them.

3.       Consider notating the music for other musicians to read. These can be full charts, chord/melody arrangements, or short ideas to be developed during the jams.

4.       Plan to play with others in a variety of styles that you may or may not be familiar with. The facilitator will ensure that a safe, respectful, and collaborative environment is maintained.

5.       Plan to play at a comfortable volume, so everyone can hear themselves. Depending on the musicians, we may play loud at times, but the overall volume will be maintained at a moderate level to ensure all instruments can be heard and that no one’s hearing is at risk.

6.       Bring a willingness to have fun, experiment, try new things, meet new friends, and make music with your peers.


Music Jam Nights for Teens is envisioned as a maker-space environment that provides teens with the opportunity to develop skills in music improvisation and performance, songwriting, and composition. Simultaneously, Music Jam Nights for Teens aims to support teen awareness of, and participation in, SJPL’s Battle of the Bands. Each jam session will be unique, though a variety of activities, musical ice-breakers, and other performance and song-writing based information will be included. 


Proudly presented by San Jose Public Library 


Posted by Elizabeth Castañeda on Sep 24, 2014 | |

Women make up 14% of today's military forces, and the number of women veterans is increasing. Like their male counterparts, service women often return home bearing phyisical and emotional scars of war and may face a number of issues reintegrating into society. 

Book Cover for Service

According to the Service Women's Action Network, women in the military are more likely than men to experience sexual assault, which can result in military sexual trauma (MST) and contribute to mental illness such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The unemployment rate for women veterans is higher than that for non-veteran women and male veterans, and female veterans -- including many with children -- are adding to the homeless population. Moreover, women are often reluctant to seek help, whether because of a perceived male-bias of the Veterans Administration or practical obstacles such as lack of child care.

Picture from DVD

More telling than statistics are the actual stories of women veterans. San Jose Public Library is hosting two documentary film screenings featuring the powerful stories of women who have served. Service: When Women Come Marching Home will be shown at Bascom Branch Library Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6:00 p.m., followed by a discussion led by veteran Charlotte Bear. Poster Girl will be screened Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (Room 255 on the second floor). That film will be followed by a discussion led by veteran Ann Weeby.


Both films are part of the War Comes Home series of programs sponsored by the library, along with partners SJSU and Goodwill of Silicon Valley, from September through November.

Posted by Mary Cage on Sep 4, 2014 | |

Photo of catcus plantsIs brown really the new green? In drought-plagued California, letting your lawn go brown is indeed one way to do your part for water conservation. Another way is to replace water-guzzling grass lawns with plants that require little water and, even in times of drought, will still provide beauty to your yard and home.


Learn all about drought-resistant plants in a presentation by Kathi Cambiano of the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose. She'll present an introduction to cacti and succulents along with information about how to use them in landscaping and container gardening. 


These free programs will take place at:


Learn even more about this topic by checking out Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens or one of the the library's many books about cacti and succulents found in the Home and Garden section under the call numbers 634 and 635.


The landscaping program is part of library's "Watts the Point" series focusing on themes that address energy and natural resources conversation.  Other "Watts the Point" programs include the free availability at all 23 library branches of the Silicon Valley Energy Watch Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkits stocked with supplies and measuring devices.  The toolkits provide step-by-step instructions on how to measure the energy use and water flow rates of appliances and equipment, and then how to install equipment that reduces energy and water consumption. The toolkits can be checked out with your library card for up to two weeks.

Posted by Mary Cage on Aug 4, 2014 | |

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