SAN JOSE (KRON) — San Jose plans to keep 23 library branches open six days a week beginning July 1st, Mayor Sam Liccardo announced today. The new initiative will benefit community members and is specifically geared towards giving kids a place to go after school.
“Our libraries provide a safe learning environment for thousands of children, even while open only four days a week,” Mayor Liccardo said. “By expanding library services to six days a week, we’ll open the door to learning and opportunity to another 7,000 children each week.”
San Jose reduced library hours of operation due to budget cuts, but last year more than 80% of voters approved an extension of a library parcel tax, saving $8 million a year to fund libraries.
“As a former police officer and substitute teacher, I know our neighborhoods need libraries to be open,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez. “Libraries spark children’s imaginations and give them a healthy alternative to being on the streets. For parents, they provide access to tools like English classes and literacy services that help them build better lives.”