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

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...

1/23 10:30am
Homework Coach

Need help with your homework? Volunteer tutors will be available to help K - 12th grade students with their homework Saturday afternoon. Drop-ins are welcome...

1/23 12:30pm
Free Afternoon Snacks * Programa Gratuito de Bocadillos

Children ages 18 and younger are eligible to join us at Joyce Ellington Branch Library for FREE delicious, nutritious snacks! Niños de 18 años de edad o...

1/23 1pm
Kids Only Book Club

Calling all sleuths! Children in grades 1-4 are invited to hone their mystery-solving skills and become super sleuths at the library. This series book club...

1/23 1pm
Reading to Children

Bring your children to listen to stories and books read by our trained volunteer in the Children's Area of the library. Your children can select the books...

1/23 3:30pm

Recent Events



Board Game Club


Homework Club


Recent Activity

Kristina Kanemoto

Kristina Kanemoto left a positive review 12/4/2017

The kids enjoyed it!

Carol Wilson Linney

Carol Wilson Linney left a positive review 10/15/2017

The five-year-old girl I brought and I had a great time. Christina was a wonderful relaxed creative leader. We'll be back.

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!