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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
There be no parking on Sat., 5/3, until after 4:00p.m. due to the Bascom Flea Market
- Holiday Closures

Manager - Vidya Kilambi
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Bots for Fun - Sat, Apr 19 1:30 pm
ESL Writing Class - Sat, Apr 19 3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Drop-in Computer Help - Wed, Apr 23 3:30 pm
eBook Help - Wed, Apr 23 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) is teaming up with San Jose Bike Clinic to present the Gira de Libro, the first ever SJPL bicycle tour.


The Gira de Libro is a guided community and staff bicycle ride that will visit seven of San Jose’s twenty-three branch libraries. The ride will start and finish at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in downtown San Jose.


The tour date is May 10, 2014, starting at 10:00 AM with sign-in and bicycle safety check. For safety purposes, registration is required and the ride will be limited to 75 participants. The ride will stop at each library to regroup; the total distance is 25km (15.5 miles).


We invite you to ride with us and enjoy the City of San Jose’s libraries and bikeways.


Space is limited. Register today!


For more information please contact


Please Note: The bicycle tour will not be held in the event of inclimate weather


The San Jose Bike Clinic, formed in 2012, is on a mission to grow more educated and savvy bicyclists. Through Bike Clinic’s monthly pop-up bicycle maintenance workshops, they empower San Jose’s bicyclists to repair their own bikes and ride safely on San Jose’s numerous roads and trails.


The name of the ride, Gira de Libro, is a play on the name of the famous Italian professional road bike stage race, Giro d’Italia, which starts May 9 and ends June 1. SJPL’s Gira de Libro roughly translates to "turns of the book" or "book tour."

Posted by Michele Rowic on Apr 16, 2014 | Comments: 0 |


Save Energy and $$$ with the DIY Home Energy Savings Kit - Now Available for Check out!
This no-cost kit contains devices that will help you easily reduce energy and water use, saving you money on your utility bills. Users can expect to save, on average, $200 per year after installing the DIY Toolkit's equipment.  


You get to keep:
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs that save energy compared to incandescent light bulbs
  • Outlet gaskets that seal the void around your outlets and prevent heat loss
  • Weatherstripping that keeps out cold drafts by sealing leaky windows and doors
  • Low-flow showerhead that gently reduces the water you use and helps lower both your PG&E and water bills
  • Faucet aerators that help water flow more efficiently
The Toolkit also includes an easy "how-to" installation guide, complete with links to interactive videos, to help you navigate points of action in your home, as well as tips on decoding utility bills and how to calculate your savings.  Toolkits can be checked out at your local San Jose Public Library for a period of two weeks.  
Home Energy Savings Kit - Information Events

Silicon Valley Energy Watch Program Representative will host an informational table to answer questions regarding the Home Energy Savings Kit on the following dates and locations:


Posted by Elizabeth Chavarin on Apr 7, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

parking stripsDo you want to minimize water usage and still maintain a beautiful yard and garden?  Drought-resistant landscaping is becoming more popular as Bay Area residents are reducing water usage in the current drought conditions.


National Groundwater Awareness Week is March 9–15, 2014 and we have a timely program just for you.


Come join us at the Bascom Branch on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:00pm for Gray to Green: Native Plants in Parking Strips to learn how you can take your simple parking strip or side garden and turn it into a haven for drought-tolerant native plants and the butterflies and birds that depend on them. You’ll see how to remove your lawn, concrete or water-hogging plants in order to create space for a native habitat with color and texture year round. Whether you have full sun exposure or the dappled shade of a street tree, you’ll find plenty of plant combinations that will work for your garden.


The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Bascom Library and will be presented by Carrie Jensen, who is a landscape designer with H. T. Harvey and Associates and specializes in native plants and habitat restoration. She is currently collaborating on a county-wide "Grey2Green Program" with Our City Forest, a San Jose-based urban forestry non-profit.


Also visit the Santa Clara Valley Water District website to learn more about the water we use in San Jose, the ongoing drought conditions, and what measures are being planned to keep us from drying up.

Posted by Amanda dos Santos on Mar 8, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

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