Joyce Ellington Branch Library

491 E. Empire St. San José, CA 95112




Mon: 1pm-7pm, Tue-Thu: 10am-7pm, Fri: 12pm-6pm, Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: Closed


Upcoming Events

Saturday Stories, Songs, and Stuff

Join us for stories, songs, and more every Saturday! Stay & Play will follow.

9/23 10:30am
Film Screening: Latino Americans

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by joining us for a film screening of the PBS film "The Latino Americans." This film chronicles the history of Hispanic...

9/23 1pm
Reading Buddies

Teen volunteers read with children in grades 1-4 to help build confidence and improve reading skills. Children can sign up for a 15-minute session at the...

9/23 2pm
Board Games!

Kids and Teens: Join us every Saturday afternoon for some fun playing board games while devloping 21st century skills of creativity, communication, critical...

9/23 3pm
Baby Lapsit Storytime

Babies, 0 to 12 months, and their caregivers are invited to join us for 20 minutes of songs, fingerplays, nursery rhymes, and stories. Parents and children...

9/26 10:30am

Recent Events

Friday Teen Movie


Homework Coach


Recent Activity

Maureen Searing

Maureen Searing left a positive review 8/4/2017

Wonderful! Lots of good information, well-presented, and even kept the kids engaged for at least most of the time!

Vickie To

Vickie To left a negative review 6/25/2017

Started late. Made no announcements to starting time or location. Presenters were not knowledgeable.

Vickie To

Vickie To left a positive review 6/11/2017

More focus on the lesson: science concept. More instructions for the programming portion.

Vickie To

Vickie To left a positive review 6/12/2017

Provide more space for working. More time needed to finish. Smaller box options would be more practical. More cutting tools.

Tomer Baz

Tomer Baz left a review 2/19/2017

We have seen other Mad Science shows before and this one to be honest wasn't as good. First, when a show is called Movie Special Effects, one expects to see, well, movie special effects... It started out good with the special effect of the neck stretch but from this point on nothing the scientist showed had anything to do with movies. Yes, she did try to combine the experiment into a story about movies but it was very artificial and non-convincing. 2 of the experiments didn't even work as planned and the excuse that "science doesn't always work the way you want" didn't work even on the kids. Maybe practice better before the show? The highlight for the kids was the "dinosaur booger" and they also liked floating the ping pong ball with the straw, so it wasn’t a complete disappointment.

Yue Zhao

Yue Zhao left a review 11/14/2016

when we got there, no one was organizing the event. We waited for 20 minutes and called, librarian finally came and told us that this event wasn't on their calendar. Then someone substituted. We had three families and four children, a little bit disappointing.

firouzeh davoodi

firouzeh davoodi left a positive review 7/19/2016

good for younger kids.

Bob Tran

Bob Tran left a positive review 7/7/2016

It was great!


alejandra left a positive review 3/31/2016

Lots of children, complementary popcorn, & a fun movie for everyone to enjoy.


alejandra posted a photo 4/1/2016