COMING UP NEXT: Legacy Literacy Workshop

You are invited to our next Legacy Literacy Workshop! As part of our mission to create and sustain an educated, engaged, and empowered community, we are offering this workshop on estate planning for FREE. Everyone deserves peace of mind and financial security.

No matter where you are on your estate planning journey, we’re confident our expert speakers will have valuable insights.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, January 25th from 3pm-4pm in the Community Room at the Berryessa Branch Library. Click the link below to RSVP and learn more!

Legacy Literacy: Estate Planning for Everyone. The expert speakers include an Attorney at the Law Office of Janelle Hansen, an Investment Advisor at Clarifty Financial Mangement, and a member of SJPLF's Epilogue Society.


All throughout 2023 we hosted intimate behind-the-scenes events at various library branches as part of our Empower. Educate. Learn More Series. We got to hear from local authors, program participants, and learn more about the Library.

Two images side by side showcasing authors and readers at the San Jose Public Library Foundation's Empower. Educate. Learn More Series.

We celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the West Valley Branch Library!

We started off with some networking over complimentary refreshments before Vice Mayor Kamei welcomed attendees and started our event. City Librarian Jill Bourne and SJPLF CEO Dawn Coppin discussed AAPI representation in the Library’s materials and programs. Then, Dawn introduced two participants from our workforce training program, Resilience Corps, Amelia Uytingco and Gurjyot Mahal. It was enlightening to hear how this program gave them firsthand work experience, a living wage, and impacted their lives directly.

Finally, our special guest, Dorcas Cheng-Tozun, award-winning author joined Board Member Rebecca Lee for an inspiring conversation about her literary journey to becoming a published AAPI author. She even shared a passage from her upcoming book, Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul.

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Annual Family Literacy Festival

On Saturday, June 10, 2023, the Kristi Yamaguchi’s Annual Family Literacy Festival took place, uniting Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream foundation, the Children’s Discovery Museum, and the San José Public Library Foundation. The event celebrated the importance of reading, offering captivating celebrity and author story readings, engaging hands-on activities and art projects, and family-friendly entertainment. Families immersed themselves in the festival’s inclusive and enriching experiences, leaving inspired and grateful for the transformative power of literature.

Kristi Yamaguchi reading a book at the Kristi Yamaguchi’s Family Literacy Festival

Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, along with an array of incredible celebrity entertainment, authors, and readers, enthralled the audience with captivating performances. Kristi Yamaguchi, renowned not only for her athletic achievements but also as a New York Times Bestselling author, shared the magic of her children’s book through a special reading session. The festival brought together a star-studded lineup that delighted families and celebrated the joy of reading and storytelling in a truly unforgettable way.

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