San Jose Community Briefs for the Week of April 16 – The Mercury News

Vaccines are becoming mobile

The San Jose Fire Department supports ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Santa Clara County. The latest move is to reach local residents who cannot travel to drive-through or walk-up clinics. In response to the needs of these residents, the fire brigade provided personnel to support the district’s newly established mobile vaccination clinic. To learn more about where and how the county distributes vaccines, visit

Reopening of the libraries

As the COVID-19 numbers continue to slide in California, more and more city services are opening up. Starting this month, the San Jose Public Library branches will reopen for limited use. The process begins at the Alum Rock Library and Tully Branch Library, where members can use the facilities’ computers and printers. Residents should reserve time to use the technology so library staff can handle the crowd. Reservations can be made online at

Spring into poetry

To celebrate spring, the San Jose Public Library is encouraging residents to take advantage of this creative spark this month. In the library’s “Spring Into Poetry” competition, residents can submit original poems up to April 25th. The winning poems will be selected in several age categories for publication on the library’s Short Edition website. To learn more and to participate, visit

Donate worth a tweet

A San Jose nonprofit was recently endorsed by Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter. Pivotal is an organization based in South Bay that aims to help children in the care system excel in school and guide them on career paths. The nonprofit, which provides scholarships, one-on-one coaching, paid internship, tutoring, and more for local nursing teenagers received $ 250,000 from Dorsey’s #StartSmall initiative.

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