Did you know that the number one way to protect a child, a pet, or a loved one is by having an estate plan in place? Many people are surprised to learn this. They often think the process takes time, money, and can be uncomfortable to think about.

But what if by writing your will now, you could leave an impactful legacy and make sure that your loved ones are protected

That’s why the San José Public Library Foundation has partnered with FreeWill to bring you an estate planning tool that you can use in the comfort of your home, completely free.

It only takes 20 minutes to write your legally valid will on their platform that has been trusted by hundreds of thousands of Americans. FreeWill’s service is easy to use, and their products are legally sound. They have an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau and work with attorneys across the US to ensure quality.

You can leave your mark on the San José Public Library by remembering us in your final wishes. So, get started on your will today and support the people and causes you love.


Watch this short video about FreeWill and how easy it is to customize your will, or Revocable Living Trust if you live in California, to support all who seek lifelong learning at the library. 


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Rose Crimi Muench’s long and deep connection to the San José Public Library began when she was a young girl and a self-described bookworm. Born and raised in San Jose, Rose remembers spending a lot of time at her local library checking out her beloved books. 

Rose graduated top of her class from San Jose High School in 1947, attended San Jose State University where she graduated summa cum laude in 1951, and then embarked on a long career with the city library and parks departments. 

Rose has the distinction of being one of the founding members of the San José Public Library Foundation. Inspired by Ruth Kampa, the Foundation’s first president, Rose has made arrangements to leave a legacy gift to the Foundation. Rose credits Ruth’s generous legacy gift in 1991, as helping to “put them in business.” It was just the infusion that the Foundation needed to begin its legacy of support to the San Jose Public Library system and lifelong learning.

Rose’s legacy gift is both generous and meaningful. It demonstrates her commitment to the community and support of San José’s libraries. Her story is a tribute to her love of books, public service, and the City of San José.

"I’ve loved books and libraries ever since I was a little girl,” said Rose. “The San José Public Library has played such an important part in my life that I can’t think of anything better than helping to keep the library going for future generations.”



Transforming lives for 35 years.

The San José Public Library Foundation was established 35 years ago to provide critical supportive funding to the San José Public Library, our community's lifelong learning hub.

Because of you, we have come a long way in ensuring that all members of our culturally-diverse community have equal access to places where they can learn, create, collaborate, innovate, and explore.

Please help us continue to make a difference.





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