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1780 Hillsdale Ave
San José, CA 95124


10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fri, September 26 Open 1 PM to 6 PM
- Holiday Closures

Manager - Sandra Stewart
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Tech Tutor - Thu, Sep 18 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Baby and Toddler Storytime & Stay... - Thu, Sep 18 10:30 am
Tech Tutor - Thu, Sep 18 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Reading Buddies - Thu, Sep 18 4:00 pm

Summer is ending and in its place will start a new school year. For many kids, this new school year will be their first school year. Children will be filled with questions, hesitation and excitement about what will be in store for them. Here are some great books to start the discussion on what types of experiences they'll encounter during the next few months.


Various Book Covers


  1. First Day of School by Margaret McNamara - After a summer of playing with his puppy, Michael is sad to learn that she cannot stay with him on the first day of school (J Easy Reader McNamara)
  2. Mouse’s First Day of School by Lauren Thompson - When he goes to school, Mouse finds a world of new objects and new friends. (J Picture Book Thompson)
  3. Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish - A literal-minded first-grader's first day of school is filled with confusing adventures, much to her delight. (J Picture Book Parish)
  4. Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman - On the first day of school, a young panda learns about the special things his animal classmates can do. (J Picture Book Gaiman)
  5. My First Day of School by by Nancy Skarmeas - Daniel liked preschool just fine, but he is not so sure he wants to go to kindergarten. (J Picture Book Skarmeas)
  6. Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney - Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.  (J Picture Book Dewdney)
Posted by Nari Ferderer on Jul 28, 2014 | |

Maker Camp, Make: Google


Summer doldrums getting you down?  Feeling antsy?  Just been kicked out of your house for “accidently” setting the curtains on fire?  Are you just in the mood to build something cool?

The library’s Maker Camp is just the thing for you!


With help from Google and MAKE Magazine, we will be transforming the Educational Park Branch into a makerspace.  Every Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, the library will virtually host some of the most interesting professional creators behind the scenes of game design, movies, and music. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm, they’ll have the opportunity to create their own maker projects. 



Each week will have a different theme, with speakers and projects that will build upon it.


Week 1—Makers in Motion (July 7-11, 2014)

Week 2 —Art and Design (July 14-18, 2014)

Week 3—Fun & Games (July 21-25, 2014)

Week 4—Science & Technology (July 28-August 1, 2014)

Week 5—DIY Music (August 4-8, 2014)

Week 6—Make: Believe (August 11-15, 2014)


The event is free for all but children under 13 will need a parent or guardian with them to use Google+ or participate in the project.  Check out last year’s events to get an idea of what we’ll be doing this year.  And check out for more information.


Spaces are limited so sign up now.  Contact the Educational Park Library at 1-408-808-3073 to get your name on the list.  


Program Schedule

Mondays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting (Watch a live broadcast featuring a different Maker)
Tuesdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting | *12:00 - 1:00 pm Hands-on activity
Wednesdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting
Thursdays - 11:00 - 12:00 Virtual Maker Meeting | *12:00 - 1:00 pm Hands-on activity 
*Participants are encouraged to view the video broadcast at 11 a.m. to get a preview of that day's activity
Recommended for ages 13-18
Participants under 13 must have a parent/guardian present
Posted by Erik Berman on Jun 23, 2014 | Comments: 5 |

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Thanks to the Friends of the Library, we have been able to order new children's non-fiction animal books.  We are excited to find them on our shelves and have displayed some of them in the new non-fiction displays at the branches.  We hope this summer you would check out some of our new and exciting new non-fiction as you meet your summer reading challenge.  You will find that some of these non-fiction books to be appealing and attractive to even the very young. 


One series, which is notable for the young, and I mean kindergartners and even pre-schoolers, is the series: Pebble Plus.  I just discovered them.  They range in topics from health issues as teeth, to biographies and animals such as meerkats.  Seedlings is another wonderful series for young children.  We have the Penguins title.  With Seedlings, like Pebble Plus, the subjects range from animals to cranes and diggers.


I would like to give a special thanks to the Friends for making these purchases possible, because these books are such a delight to children, and they will be enjoyed for years to come.  Every time I see children exploring through books, I appreciate the library.  Thank you so much for your hard work, Friends!  We all benefit from your efforts.


I would also like to encourage those who are looking for a place to volunteer and/or donate, to consider the library, because it is well worth the investment.  We are investing in our future when we invest in literacy and education. 

Posted by Jo-Ann Wang on Jun 14, 2014 | |

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