- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
"I need help finding recent demographic statistics."
You're in luck! The Census Bureau is starting to release data from the 2010 Census. You can find state and county statistics on population, race, and housing occupany on the new American Factfinder site. The new American Factfinder site contains information from the 2000 and 2010 Census only. The Census will move the older data to the new site when the old American Factfinder site goes away sometime in the Fall. In addition, the Census will be continually releasing data from the 2010 Census so there is more statistics to come.
The 2010 Census and the San Jose Mercury revealed something awesome about the Edenvale neighborhood. We are one of the most diverse areas in the entire Bay Area! How was this calculated? USA Today created a calculation called the “diversity index” which measures the likelihood someone in the area would see someone not of the same ethnic background as them. The Census tract that covers Edenvale had a rating of 81.6 out of a 100. Other areas that scored similarly high include East Palo Alto and Hayward.
In the Edenvale Library, we see a lot of this diversity reflected in our customers. We hear at least 4-6 different languages being spoken in the building, and our International DVDs and books are very popular. We also strive to offer programs that are of interest to those from a variety of backgrounds. Starting in April, our Spanish-English Storytime will be on Saturdays at 2pm. On Tuesday, April 12th we are also starting a 6-week, all-Spanish language workshop partnering with the Health Trust about maintenance of chronic illnesses. And every Friday, we have our ESL Conversation Club that welcomes community members to practice their English in a safe and fun environment.
So be proud Edenvale residents of your diverse neighborhood, and be sure to come to the library – your center for community engagement!