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491 E. Empire St.
San José, CA 95112


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 - Keye Luke
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ESL Conversation Club - Mon, Sep 22 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Homework Coach - Mon, Sep 22 2:30 pm
Reading to Children - Tue, Sep 23 1:00 pm
Homework Coach - Wed, Sep 24 2:30 pm


My son and I attended one of the earlier Summer Reading Programs at Almaden Branch Library, Coventry and Kaluza Comedy and Circus Show, a two person clown show, and he enjoyed it thoroughly.  He loved the part when Kaluza did 50 hula hoops.  When I asked him to write a journal about his summer, he wrote about Kaluza doing 50 hula hoops.  Kaluza will be at the Joyce Ellington Library on Thursday, August 7 at 3 pm. 


There are many more fun programs to be performed at the libraries, and I would encourage everyone to check our website to see what events are still available.  You can shop around the various branch libraries to see which programs or times suit you and your family.  At Almaden, there are still two programs to come:  Timothy James Magic Show and the Wildlife Associates: Bay Area Wild.  I'm sure they will be good, and I plan to attend them myself and bring my son.  The programs have been vetted by youth services librarians and paid for by many very generous Friends of the Library groups around the library system.  The money they earn from booksales are spent every summer on our Summer Reading programs around the system.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Friends for their generous support.

Posted by Jo-Ann Wang on Jul 17, 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 |

This Friday, June 6, 2014, Hicklebees's will be having multiple YA authors visiting their bookstore! It's the Terrific Author Bash! Bay Area favorites such as:


Hannah Jayne - Author of Truly, Madly, Deadly

Katherine Longshore - Author of Tarnish, Manor of Secrets, and Gilt

Stephanie Kuehn - Author of Charm & Strange and Complicit

Corrine Jackson - Author of Touched (Sense Thieves series) and If I Lie

Debra Driza - Author of Mila 2.0 and Renegade

Talia Vance - Author of Silver and Spies and Prejudice

and SJPL's very own Douglas Rees - Author of Juliet Spell and the Vampire High series


Join us for food, prizes, and of course, all the amazing YA Authors!



1378 Lincoln Ave

San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 292-8880

Posted by Enna P. on Jun 5, 2014 | |

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Courtesy of the PlaneTree Health Library and Health Trust, Joyce Ellington houses a special collection of health-related information in our Community Health Information Center. Other online health-related resources can be found at our Health Research Guide.

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