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In Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869, historian Stephen Ambrose recounts the challenges and triumphs of one of the greatest engineering projects of the nineteenth century. This readable volume will be of interest to history lovers and railroad enthusiasts alike. It is available in print as well as in audio format as both a book on CD and on MP3. Join the History Book Club for a discussion of this title on Tuesday, November 16 at the Almaden Library.
Check out this sneak preview of Matched by Ally Condie, coming in November!
Cassia lives in a perfect society of the future where everyone is content with their place in life. Oh yes, we all know that this means that deep dark secrets lurk just underneath the bright and shiny facade, and that the stage has been set so that it will all come crashing down by the end of the series. At the beginning of the novel, Cassia has been "matched" by the powers that be with her predetermined life partner, who by random luck happens to be her best friend. She is overjoyed, but when a computer glitch incorrectly flashes a different boy's face as her match, she begins to question everything. Why is there no record of the past aside from a few artifacts and works of art that were kept? Why are people not allowed to write? What are the mysterious pills that everyone is required to carry? And Cassia must face the tough truth: What if I realize I'm falling in love with someone who isn't my Match?
One of the many perks of being a librarian is that we sometimes get our hands on advance copies of books that haven't been published yet. I was fortunate to snag a copy of Matched at the American Library Association's annual conference last summer. This highly-anticipated Young Adult novel has been described as "The Hunger Games meets Twilight", and it likely won't disappoint those legions of fans.
Don't worry, we have many copies on order because we know that it will be a hit. Check the catalog and add yourself to the waiting list as soon as you can! We need something new to fill the void now that Mockingjay is already out, right?
In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge’s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Kiran Desai’s brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.
Our next Book Club meeting will be held in the West Valley Community Room on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 6:30pm. Please join us for some lively literary conversation!
Check out 2010's Teen Talent Show winner, Casey Rico!
Kathryn Stockett was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and writes about the civil rights movement in the South.
The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the African-American maids that every family has working for them. She writes about the mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working for white families during this time.
These books are great for saving time and money. All the recipes are easy to follow and most have ingredients that are easily found at your local market. Taking your lunch is a great way to save money and help make healthy eating easier.
Legends of the Fall: Love this movie which stars Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Adian Quinn, Susie Ormond. This is a classic love story between three brothers and one women, an adventure during a period of war times to prohibition.
I hate Christmas haha hahahahahahhahah!!!! The Grinch is here and what a great book for the Christmas season. Written by the famous Dr. Seuss, the hated but lovable character Mr. Grinch is always a family favorite during Christmas time. When I was a child it was one of my favorite books to read, the main reason being that it was out of the ordinary but also very fun to read.
Sherman Alexie is a well established Native American writer from Washington. He is well known both for his books of short stories as well as novels. In "Ten Little Indians" Alexie writes various short vignettes about daily life. In one short story, he talks about the angst of being in a party, and looking at the women. The funniest image is of him choosing to talk with the 10th prettiest girl in the room, reasoning that she would be interested in him because he is the tenth most attractive man in the room. His stories are poignant and thought-provoking, and the images stay with you.
Summary: The good New York's Lombardo's Steak House is famous for three reasons, the menu, the clientele, and now, the gruesome murder of an infamous mob lawyer. Effortlessly, the assassin slips through the police's fingers, and his absence sparks a blaze of accusations about who ordered the hit. The bad: Seated at a nearby table, reporter Nick Daniels is conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad boy. In the chaos, he accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces. NYPD captains, district attorneys, mayoral candidates, media kingpins, and one shockingly beautiful magazine editor are all pushing their own agendas on both sides of the law. And the dead: Back off or die is the clear message Nick receives as he investigates for a story of his own. Heedless, and perhaps in love with his beautiful editor, Nick endures humiliation, threats, violence, and worse in a thriller that overturns every expectation and finishes with the kind of flourish only James Patterson knows.
Volunteer as an adult literacy tutor. Experience the satisfaction of permanently improving an adult's quality of life. Free training and literacy materials are available through Partners in Reading.
Call Teresa Avila for more information and to register 408-808-2361. Check out our website which talks more about how to become a tutor and what types of experiences you will have.
Partners in Reading has added a new list of literacy web links to our website that can be used to supplement other tutoring materials. One of our most popular websites is California Distance Learning Project, which has many short stories and activities that promote understanding of the content. We invite you to try out these popular links.
Recently, I watched "How To Train Your Dragon" with my kids, and we all love it.
It is not only very entertaining for kids but also for adults. I haven't seen a kid's
movie that good for a long time. I gave it five stars!!! Also, I found out it is based on a
I’d like to promote the music of Vince Guaraldi, especially as the holidays are right around the corner. For those of you unfamiliar with his name, you might know his music as the sound of Peanuts. Remember Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, and, of course, Snoopy? Well, the music behind the animations was composed and performed by Bay Area pianist, Mr. Vince Guaraldi.
The San Jose Public Library strives to provide the best possible service to our customers. To do that we need to hear from you. There are several ways you can do this from our Contact Us page:
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Not only can you get information about great library resources on our Website but now you can connect with us on other great interactive sites as well. Visit our Facebook page and "Like" us to get all the latest information about what's going on at a system wide level. Your local branch library also has a Facebook page that will allow you to find out about current event and services and allow you to interact directly with staff and members of your community. If that is not enough follow us on Twitter and check out our "tweets."
Love medieval noir? A life of mystery and intrigue in the world of medieval London is the setting of my staff pick. Veil of Lies by Jeri Westerson is a classic murder mystery, mixed in with twists and turns - knights and peasants. Crispin Guest is a disgraced knight who turns investigator, helping solve crimes to get by in the slums of London streets. If you enjoy these books as much as I did, Westerson wrote two following sequels: Serpent in the Thorns and The Demon's Parchment.
Samsung has created Galaxy, a new& tablet PC that has a smaller footprint than the Ipad. It runs Google's Android. Read the whole article from the Mercury News.
Did you know that you can use these tools to download the Library's ebooks?
Parent be aware:
1) Do you know where your children are going for Halloween?
2) Do you know if they going to a safe place?
3) Are they going with the crowed or by themselves?
4) Make sure to check their candies.
5) Make sure they are not going to a non-alcoholic party.
If you fallow all these rules, wish you a spooky Halloween.
If you are interested in learning a language visit our new online service: Mango Language Learning
It's free to you from home with your library card log-in! Mango Language Learning is a great database for anyone to use. Its interface is very user friendly with similarities to a Rosetta Stone type learning system. With its detailed interface Mango can help you learn languages from all across the globe such as: Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. So if you are a novice attempting to learn the basics of a language or a intermediate to advanced speaker who just wants to brush up on some of your skills, Mango is great learning site for anyone.
Vineland Branch Library has a wonderful drum program every Thursday afternoon at 4PM. The program is called Thump, and is open to everyone interested. The Library provides all equipment necessary, and participants need only to bring a willingness to have fun. No experience is necessary. We hope to see you there. For more information, please see Vineland Branch Library.
Do you know that you don't have to go to the library to renew your materials? I have seen many people bring their materials to the library to extend more days.
All you need to do is to go to San Jose Public Library website, go to 'my account,' then you can renew your materials there. It is just that easy.
San Jose Public Library has a free new mobile app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm & WinMo. To download, search "SJPL" on your mobile browser's Marketplace/app store or visit http://sjpl.boopsie.com.
Since April of 2010, we have started a new podcast of weekly Poems from our Vineland staff. Every week we post the recording, along with a picture and a link to the poets collection on our catalog. Our poems range from happy and short, to long and dramatic -- Including some Shakespeare sonnets and monologues. We would appreciate any feedback along with requests for future readings! To check us out go to San José Public Library's Podcasts - Vineland Poetry Friday. Come back every week for a new entry and a new poem read by our staff members at Vineland!
Sudden Prey is the 8th novel in the popular Lucas Davenport series. Davenport is a hard-bitten cop, who doesn't play by the rules, but he always gets the job done! John Sandford gives us a story of vengeance and revenge after a female bank robber is gunned down.
Need to write a term paper or going to a book discussion group and haven't read the book -- here's where you can find information to fake it in six easy steps. This works best for novels, but also works for other kinds of books.
1. In search box above type in the name of the book in quotation marks ("").
2. DON'T CLICK ON SEARCH -- first change button underneath the form from catalog to articles.
3. Now click on search.
4. Book reviews and other articles that you can read will appear.
5. Scroll down and look for plot summaries or Magill’s Literary Annual. Not exactly Cliffs Notes, but the next best thing. You'll get a cast of characters, synopsis, analysis, etc.
(You may need to log on with your library card# and PIN if you haven't already)
6. Read the articles, the summary or whatever. Now you'll know what it's all about.
More places to look.
Try NovelistPlus, Literary Reference Center databases--both linked under the Books & Literature category of our online research resources.
Look up customer reviews in Amazon.com
The Tully Community Branch opened it doors on January 22, 2005. Since then our library has become and integral part of the community. Tully offers a place for children to visit after school, a gathering place for families to attend holiday celebrations as well as providing resources for new Americans.
Are you looking for some new recipes to spice up your holiday table? If you don't have time to come in and check out our collection of fabulous cookbooks, you may want to resort to some online recipe gathering. One source you may want to try is the always great Epicurious.
If anyone has any favorite recipe sites that they would like to point others to, please share below!
One of the most brilliant minds of our times, Stephen Hawking, has written a new book about the mysteries of the universe and the greatest mystery of all. His new best seller is The Grand Design and is co-authored by Leonard Mlodinow.
Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, read by John Lee.
Listening to a book is not always the same as reading it. Turkish Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk's novel Museum of Innocence is long and tedious, a book that starts to hold your interest and then falls flat, making you want to skip to the end (indeed the author suggests that you do so in the early part of the book.) This is the story of a middle-aged man's obsession with a young girl he seduced -- and his subsequent exploitation by the girl and her family. Along the way we learn a fair amount making about popular Turkish movies. When one of my book club members offered it as a selection, I reread Museum more closely, and in a last minute stroke of inspiration, checked out and downloaded the audio version from Overdrive. I found John Lee's reading (he deftly handles those Turkish names with odd spellings ) encouraging and good company when walking or gardening.
I still feel that the author's Istanbul would have been a better selection for the book club, My Name is Red is the best novel I've read by him, and wonder if he would have won the Nobel Prize if Museum of Innocence was published before and not afterward. Anyway, the point of this digression is that sometimes listening to the audio version can be a better experience than reading the print!
Here's a link to print and non-print versions of Museum of Innocence.
Mennonite in a little black dress : a memoir of going home by Rhoda Janzen.
Don't let the title mislead you if you're wanting to learn about old order Mennonites -- the people who dress in plain clothes and use horse and buggies. The writer hails from a California Central Valley community that includes academics and professional people who retain some of the down-to-earth German and Eastern European folkways of their ancestors who emigrated from Russia several generations ago. In this memoir of mid-life crises, an English professor goes home to recouperate from a debilitating accident and a stormy marriage and tries to fit in, though inevitably finds changes. Not only has she moved on from the nostalgia of her sixties and seventies childhood, but so have her friends and relatives. Humorous, irreverent and at times raunchy, the author appears self-absorbed; the community, by contrast, is tolerant, though perculiar. This book wasn't worth the 6 weeks hold -- I could have waited longer until it was freely available on the new book shelves. If, like me, you get annoyed after the first few chapters, skip to the last chapter and appendix.
Something happening in your life that is difficult to deal with on your own?
Want to talk about it?
Make an appointment to get FREE 20 minutes of information and referral or advice from a social worker. Available at the King Library, every 1st and 4th Monday of the month, from 6 - 8 p.m. Call (408) 808-2350 to make your appointment. Also, appointments are available at Biblioteca Latino Americana, every 3rd Wed. of the month, also from 6 - 8 p.m. Call (408) 294-1237 to make an appointment at Biblioteca.
Social Workers in the Library, is a partnership between the San José Public Library, San José State University's School of Social Work, the National Association Of Social Workers - California Chapter, and the SJSU School of Library and Information Services.
Check out the Legal Information Reference Center for Nolo Press ebooks and forms. It's a great source for business and employment issues, family affairs and divorce, renters' and tenants' rights, wills and estate planning, and lots of other everyday legal issues. This website provides the full-text of Nolo publications which are easy to understand and are written for real people rather than attorneys.
Have you been looking for a chance to practice the English you have learned in class?
Come on over to the Rose Garden Branch Library any Wednesday at 6:30 in the evening and find someone to talk to in English.
The more who attend, the more fun we have and the more interesting the conversation.
Are you looking to start your business or maybe you want to expand an existing one? Business Source Complete can help. You can find industry/market research reports, news, and company profiles. This online subscription resource is available for free from the Research section of our website with a San José Public Library card.
Want to break away from old ways of negative thinking? Do you want to live your life to the fullest with a fresh new perspective?
Try reading this insightful book, Excuses begone! : how to change lifelong, self-defeating thinking habits by Dwayne W. Dyer.
I just read an informative account of the destruction and calamity of the great hurricane of 2005, Douglas Brinkley's The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrin, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The book covers the momentous events from August 27 through September 3, 2005 and the federal, state, and municipal government's responses to the disaster. In short, the emergency response to the devastation was disjointed and sorely lacking as best. Douglas Brinkley's The Great Deluge is a must read for anybody who wants a better understanding of the scope and scale of this natural (and man-made) disaster. The audio book version is also recommended.
Love fairy tales? Love adventure? Reckless by Cornelia Funke will push your imagination. Goyl with skin made of stone, dwarves, Rapunzel's hair and fairytale castles with keep you turning the pages until the end.
The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose is a book about young man who transfers from Brown University, an elite Ivy League school, to Liberty Baptist University. He encounters a different mind set among the students at each university and learns about himself and his faith. He reconciles the competing views that are presented to him. Check it out!
Have a hard time finding Vietnamese bilingual titles for children? Here is one book that works especially well with children. Story of the Chinese Zodiac = Mười hai con giáp translated by Nguyen Ngoc Ngan.
This is a cute story to help pre-schoolers to learn to say sorry. Under no circumstances would Martha apologize to her parents or her siblings. Through the course of the story, she learns the meaning and power of the word "sorry."
Berger's excellent followup to this book is Martha Doesn't Share! , which involves a selfish Martha and her baby brother.
Drop off your new or gently used books for children at the King Library during the month of November. There will be a special donation box located inside the library at the East San Fernando entrance. Books will be distributed to children attending special holiday programs in December at several San José Public Library branches. Thank you for your support!
Did you know that there are geocaches hidden at many of the San José Public Library branches? Don't know what geocaches are? Take a look at http://www.geocaching.com/ to learn more about this cool hobby that will bring your family together and show you a new way to learn about your world. There's treasure hidden all around you!
Thanks to the DAR contest going on right now, we've received many requests for books on Paul Revere. Watch your local library for new titles coming soon. In the meantime, please place a hold on our existing items from our catalog.
It's that time of year when parents are looking for schools for their new kindergartners - but it their kindergartner really ready for school? Many parents are opting to delay their child's entry into kindergarten by a year based on the recommendations of the teachers. One of the most important of the skills and abilities that your child should have before they enter kindergarten for the first time is to be able to sit still for at least 5-10 minutes. Bringing your child to storytime may serve as a useful gauge to see if they can cooperate with other children, can sit for longer than 5 minutes, can listen to a book, and can follow instructions - all of which are skills necessary for a successful time in kindergarten.
Did you know that the California Room has three marble sculptures created by the 19th century artist, Edmonia Lewis? Edmonia Lewis was African-American and Chippewa Indian, and was a free spirit who lived for a time in San José. These sculptures were created in Rome and brought to the Bay Area, where they were purchased on behalf of the new San José Library Association (a fee-based library that predates the public library by a few years) in 1873. These beautiful marble sculptures have been owned by the library for more than 125 years! Here is more information about Edmonia Lewis and her sculptures. Two of the pieces are a pair, representing children "Awake" and "Asleep." The third is one of Abraham Lincoln. They are available to view in the California Room Tuesday-Saturday, 1-6.
We highly recommend Going on 13, an eye-opening movie for concerned parents and teachers of adolescent girls. The movie deals with teen sexuality, race, immigration, the coming of age, and other issues regarding 4 Bay Area teenage girls. Tracing the story of the girls from 4th grade through the age of 13, the movie also has a website with more information and a trailer.
Santa Claus will visit Edenvale Branch Library on Saturday, Dec. 11 @ 1:00 PM. Please bring your digital camera to take a photo or two of your child with Santa. The Library will provide one color photo per family, as long as supplies last. We hope to give a book to every child that attends. There will be a little take home craft, too. The program runs from 1:00 to 4:00 and will be held in the Community Room of Edenvale Branch Library.
teensReach provides a key way for young adults to build their leadership skills by developing and participating in library activities, as well as becoming library advisors and advocates. Tully library's teensReach group meets the third Wednesday of every month. All teens ages 13-18 are invited to attend. For more information contact Chieu Nguyen at (408) 808-3030.
We are looking for teensReach participants between 13-17 years old to read to children on Thursdays from 4-5 PM.
Love cyberpunk and science fiction? You should read Spook Country by William Gibson.
This masterpiece novel looks at a realistic future world where technology makes the world overwhelming. As with all Gibson's books, the mind is the center -- getting inside of the minds of the characters is more entertaining than the plot sometimes! This world is full-on modernist realism that focuses on three main characters: the ex-rock star Hollis Henry, Cuban-Chinese immigrant super spy dude Tito, and the amphetamine addicted Milgrim. Add into that augmented reality, the world of marketing, and a high stakes thrilling plot, and you've got Spook Country. Best. Book. Ever!
The Library copies available for checkout, including an eBook version and large print as well! Try it out, and leave a comment below letting us know what you think about it!
Did you know that you can access free online professional homework tutors on all subjects via the Live Homework Help link from our Research Pages? Just click on the Research tab and then the link to "Chat with a Professional Tutor." Believe me, it's worth trying this out if you or your child needs a little boost with that algebra class or with a particularly challenging history assignment!
The service is available for grades K-12 + the first two years of college. You can chat with a tutor in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Even better, it's free as long as you log in with you library card. Go library!
The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch
by Joseph Delaney
Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. Inheritance is out of the question for a seventh son, so Thomas' father finds him a trade: Spook's apprentice. But a seventh son of a seventh son has gifts that ordinary people do not have. The Spook, Old Gregory, knows Thomas is his last hope; Thomas is his last apprentice. The only person standing in Thomas' way is the local girl Alice and her Aunt, Bony Lizzie. Is Bony Lizzie a witch? What happened to the previous apprentice, Billy Bradley? Will Thomas survive to take over the Spook's trade? This is a book you can't put down, but don't read it past midnight!
Reviewed by a San José Public Library librarian
by Shannon Hale
Miri and her family live in a small village that is perched high on the slopes of Mount Eskel. Her father makes a meager living working long hours in the local quarry. Miri is fourteen and is quite small for her age (she is named after a tiny mountain flower that grows in her area). She wonders if it is her small stature that has kept her from working in the local rock quarry. Miri's life takes a dramatic turn when word gets out that her village has been selected to become the home of the future princess. The royal edict states that all eligible girls of the village must attend a special academy to prepare them for a royal competition … a competition that will help the prince choose his bride. At the academy, the girls face many challenges and unique situations as they seek to adapt to the cultured life of those living in the lowlands and the royal palace. When unexpected danger threatens to destroy the academy, it is Miri who must find a way to save her classmates and insure the future of her village and beloved family.
Other recommended titles by Shannon Hale:
Reviewed by a San José Public Library librarian
Making Haste from Babylon
by Nick Bunker
Who would have thought that an Englishman could be the writer of an outstanding new book on the Pilgrims? However, it's not so surprising after all, when you consider that living in England gave Mr. Bunker access to arcane historical data which is part of what makes this book so fascinating. The author delves into the background of many of the men who eventually sailed on the Mayflower. The England of the early 1600's was suffering economically, and thus it was not just for religious reasons that this courageous band set sail for New England. Of course, it was a gamble, their hope that a brighter future awaited them on another continent. Most of the men knew nothing about farming, but they did know that once having left England, there was probably no going back.
What then were the chief factors that caused the first permanent colony to become successful? The fur trade, (at times) cordial relations with the Indians, and the leadership provided by men like William Bradford all played a part in their democratic experience on distant shores. The Mayflower Compact, which all the men on the Mayflower signed, was to become an important document. Though based on English tenets, the Pilgrims adapted the Compact to suit the circumstances of what would become a new nation. Subsequent efforts at colonization found success, based partially on the models established by the men and women of the Mayflower.
Reviewed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library staff member Diane White
Compulsive Acts: a Psychiatrist's Tales of Ritual and Obsession
by Elias Aboujaoude
If you read only one non-fiction book this year, make it this brief but compelling tome. You will be richly rewarded by the heartrending portrayals of Dr. A’s patients in his obsessive-compulsive treatment clinic at Stanford. You may reconsider your opinion of kleptomaniacs, many of whom are successful candidates for effective medication and treatment. The other condition many of us have witnessed is internet addiction. ‘Nuff said, though you’ll be fascinated by Dr. A’s patient.
Reviewed by Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library staff member Janice Garcia
Electroboy : A Memoir of Mania
by Andy Behrman
Novelistic is the operative word for this autobiographical account of living with manic-depressive illness. Would you believe that Behrman sometimes skipped his medication and acted grandiosely, sometimes to his detriment? That perhaps his family suffered? You would be right. Ultimately, this is a redemptive tale, delivered with insight and humor. It is a great “compassion pill” eliciting sympathy and understanding for someone who was treated effectively and voluntarily nineteen times with electroconvulsive therapy, hence the title.
Reviewed by Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library staff member Janice Garcia