October: They May not Mean To But they Do by Cathleen Schine

Cathleen Schine now explores the quandaries of eldercare through the eyes of a vibrant matriarch who has no interest in aging gracefully. Joy Bergman has stood by her husband for nearly a lifetime, but as he slips further into dementia and their finances dwindle, she faces exasperating choices. When their well-intentioned children try to intervene, they aren’t prepared for their mother’s rebellious streak, especially when an old flame enters her life. A radiant, compassionate look at three generations --- including in-laws, ex-in-laws and same-sex spouses --- THEY MAY NOT MEAN TO, BUT THEY DO is a modern take on timeless questions of love and loyalty.
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October 7, 2017​

10am-4pm      $5 Bag Sale 3-4pm

September: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

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The Friends group sponsors special events as well as ongoing activities. We invite you to join in some or all of these activities:

Book Sale

Book Club

​Please see a link to the full schedule at the bottom of the page.

Pearl Avenue Branch Library

4270 Pearl Avenue

​San Jose, CA 95136



Friends of the Pearl Avenue Branch Library


2nd Wednesday of each Month

Fireside Room

​All ages are welcome, and you do not need to have finished the book to participate!

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Every Wednesday

Fireside Room

Come meet other knitters and crocheters and have fun sharing your favorite craft with others. We meet from 3:00 to about 4:30pm every Wednesday afternoon. Work on your own projects or on charity projects. All levels are welcome!  THIS GROUP IS CURRENTLY ON HIATUS (MARCH, 2017)

August: The Women of the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they hold…Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding

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July:  I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Please note there are both adult and juvenile versions of this book, with similar covers. Be sure you are requesting the adult biography. 
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.  On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.  Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world. (From the publisher.)
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