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Exploring Electricity and Magnetism with Mr. Science

Man with static electricity device

Families are invited to experience electricity and magnetism in a fun and exciting way with Bob Boschert, also known as Mr.Science.  For ages 4 and up. 


2:30 p.m., Wedenesday, June 4, 2014 - Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch

2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014 - Almaden Branch Library

2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Cambrian Branch 

5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - Alum Rock Branch  

3:00 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2014 - Pearl Avenue Branch

3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Tully Community Branch

2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014 - Seven Trees Branch 

3:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Rose Garden Branch 

3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Edenvale Branch

2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 10, 2014 - East San Jose Carnegie Branch 

Opera San Jose "Hansel and Gretel"

Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel, November 16 - December 1, 2013Join Opera San Jose at the King Library from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Halloween (10/31) for a special free preview of their upcoming promotion "Hansel and Gretel."


Opera SJ artists will sing selections from this enchanting holiday production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s "Hansel and Gretel." The event is open and free to everyone.


Families with children are encouraged to come. Free holiday gifts for the first 100 children!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  If someone is hurting you physically or emotionally, or is hurting someone you care about, there are people and agencies that can help. You are not alone in this. Just reach out and make a call. Plan your exit. Don’t wait.


If you need guidance, Social Workers in the Library offers information, referral and advice. Everyone in their lives comes upon a stumbling block and has no idea where to turn.



Call: 408 808-2350 to make an appointment to get a FREE 20 minute session of information and referral or advice, from a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Everyone at some point in their lives could use the advice of a social worker. Our volunteer social workers are offering it - Free of Charge.


Social Workers in the Library, is a partnership between the San José Public Library, San José State University's School of Social WorkNational Association Of Social Workers - California Chapter, and the SJSU School of Library and Information Services.

Discover the Bay Area

Rough Guide to San Francisco & the Bay Area book coverWe all need to get away every now and then. Instead of spending hours on a plane or a car, why not discover a nearby Bay Area gem?  The newly reopened Exploratorium in San Francisco is no doubt on the to-do list of most families. But that's just scratching the surface of a rich and vibrant region.


Whether you're new to the area or lived here your whole life, there is much to explore outside of your door. From restaurants, museums, hiking and biking, there's something for everyone.


The library has a rich selection of resources to help you plan a fun excursion. In addition, our Discover and Go service offers free or reduced ticket prices for Bay Area Museums. 


Here are some library materials to help you discover the Bay Area:

Child Abuse

Child Abuse book coverWhat is it that makes a person strike out at a child repeatedly by word or hand? What does such consistent maltreatment do to the mind, body and soul of that child? How can such acts of power abuse be prevented? What can be done to intervene? What can be done to ease the effects as the child becomes an adult. Before we leave April completely behind us, April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Listed below are resources to respond to those questions posed above.


Contact Information:


Definitions of Child Abuse:

  • From Medline Plus  (Also available: articles, latest news, diagnosis, symptoms and prevention) 
"Child abuse is doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm. Child abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect, or not providing for a child's needs, is also a form of abuse.
Most abused children suffer greater emotional than physical damage. An abused child may become depressed. He or she may withdraw, think of suicide or become violent. An older child may use drugs or alcohol, try to run away or abuse others."



Resources at SJ Library:


Additional Resources:



During FFY 2011, throughout the United States there were 676,569 reported cases of child abuse and neglect. It was found that approximately nine out of every one thousand children in the U.S.  were victims of abuse. Babies, under the age of one, suffered the highest rate of victimization. From the data collected for 2011, it is estimated that 1,570 children died from abuse or neglect that year alone.



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25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire Explore the Possibilities, Saturday, April 13, 2013 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Celebrate the Month of the Young Child at the

25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire! 


Saturday, April 13, 2013

10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The Faire is expected to draw over 5,000 attendees to the outdoor festival, held at Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum), in downtown San José.


The theme this year is "Explore the Possibilities" and features family-oriented stage entertainment, special attractions, and activity booths offering hands-on activities for children ages 2-12.  Families can obtain information about education, child care, recreational programs and health and safety resources. 


For more information call 1-408-808-2617 or visit