February: The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkle

​Many people dream of escaping modern life. Most will never act on it—but in 1986, twenty-year-old Christopher Knight did just that when he left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the woods. He would not have a conversation with another person for the next twenty-seven years.


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January: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

An exquisitely crafted love story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War. In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government.


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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)

Pearl Avenue Branch Library

4270 Pearl Avenue

​San Jose, CA 95136


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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February 10, 2018
10am-4pm      $5 Bag Sale 3-4pm

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Knit and Crochet Group

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.


2nd Wednesday of each Month

Fireside Room

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



Books for all ages
Cassette tapes
Vinyl records
Materials in ALL languages