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The Leftovers


What happens when millions of people disappear? Was it the "rapture", or just a never before seen supernatural epidemic? The people that disappeared were a random lot; not part of any one faith, (some not part of faith at all). The Leftovers; the people remaining, are anxious. Why didn't they get taken? Is there another, greater "rapture" on the way? The new HBO series Leftovers expands on Tom Perrotta's 2011 book and adds more layers of complexity.

Copy of the cover of "Leftovers" by Tom Perrotta



Short Stories!


Don't have time to read a 300 page novel? Then try these short stories insead! They'll give

you the same sense of adventure and action as a regular book, but in a couple of chapters!

 

 

Four Houses cover

Four Houses by Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott, author of the Dante Walker and Fire & Flood series, is re-relasing an extended version of her short story, Four Houses, on July 22, 2014! Rediscover the suspense and thrill of this dark YA short story and find out if the house you choose is the right one.

 

 

 

The Demigod Diaries by Rick RiordanThe Demigod Diaries cover

In The Demigod Diaries, Rick Riordan brings you three short stories about Percy Jackson and all his friends! Follow Percy and Annabeth as they try to face a fire-breathing giant! Join Piper, Leo, and Jason as they chase a runaway table that is bound to get into trouble, and find out if Thalia and Luke ever make it to Camp Half-Blood!

 

 

 

Dare to be Scared: 13 Stories to Chill and Thrill by Robert D. San SDare to Be Scared coverouci

Want some scary stories to tell around the campe fire? Then prepare to be scared with these 13 stories. Get ready for some creepy crawlies, ghosts, and some haunted fun!



June 2014: Top 10 Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction Checkouts


It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for June. Here's the previous lists for April and May. Enjoy!

 

Top Fiction

  1. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hr Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  2. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  3. Inferno by Dan Brown
  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  5. Fables by Bill Willingham
  6. And The Mountains Echoed by Hosseini Khaled
  7. W Is For Wasted by Sue Grafton
  8. King & Maxwell by David Baldacci
  9. Never Go Back by Lee Child
  10. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Top Non-Fiction

  1. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  3. What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
  4. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  5. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
  6. Lao Fuzi by Ze Wang
  7. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Stayed
  8. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  9. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolution  by Michael Lewis
  10. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan


Books with Local Settings


It's great fun to read a book set in a location you know. Here are some books you'll find at the San Jose Public Library that are either entirely or partially set in San Jose and/or the surrounding valley:
 

The Setup Man: A Novel by T.T. Monday 
Johnny Adcock is a relief pitcher for the San Jose Bay Dogs baseball team. To fund his retirement, he begins moonlighting as a private investigator for his teammates.


Good Grief : A Novel
by Lolly Winston
36-year old Sophie Stanton leads a high-pressure Silicon Valley life in San Jose. But after she loses her husband to cancer, she seeks out a change of scenery in Ashland, Oregon.

Also available on audio CD and in large print.
 

Dot Dead: A Silicon Valley Mystery by Keith Raffel

A Silicon Valley executive comes home to find his cleaning lady stabbed to death in his apartment. He's never actually met her, but the Palo Alto police believe they have evidence that suggests an affair.

Also available as an ebook.


What We Are by Peter Nathaniel Malae
28-year-old Samoan-American Paul Tusifale drifts in and out of society in San Jose and tries to find his purpose in defending the downtrodden.


The Unknowns: A Novel by Gabriel Roth

An awkward young computer geek turned Silicon Valley millionarie falls for a journalist with a dark secret in her past.

Also available as an ebook.


Browse the catalog for more books set in the Silicon Valley.



Get Caught Listening


Get caught listeningJune is National Audiobook Month.  Listen to a good book today!  The library has books on CD and downloadable audiobooks, expertly read by professional narrators.  Then take a picture of yourself listening and post it on your Facebook or Pinterest page.



Almaden Branch Library: Spin the Wheel and Win a Prize


picture of spinning wheelThe Almaden Branch Library has a fun Summer Reading Challenge activity to encourage participation. Daily we hide our "Summer Reading Challenge Robot" in the Children's Area and when a child locates it, they can spin the wheel for a small prize. In the photo, one of our teen volunteers, Suraj Lalwani, helps a child with their prize. Recently, a young father from France brought his two young sons to the library for their first visit.  After they joined the Summer Reading Challenge, the two boys went on the hunt for the robot. After finding the robot, spinning the wheel and receiving their prize the father was all smiles stating: "My boys are going to love this place." 



National Summer Learning Day


Logo for Summer Learning Day June 20

Mark your calendars! National Summer Learning Day is coming up on Friday June 20th! If you don't want to wait, you don't have to. You can celebrate Summer Learning Day all summer long.

 

How can you celebrate?

 

1. Sign up for our Summer Reading Challenge! This year's bingo grid is filled with lots of fun activities for everyone in the family.

 

2. Find out what events and programs are taking place at your local library this summer.

 

3. Use our Discover and Go program for discounted or even free tickets to Bay Area museums (Including the San Jose Tech Museum and the Cal Academy of Sciences in San Francisco!)

 

4. Host a family literacy celebration. Talk to your children about your favorite books and topics. Learn about a new subject together, or build something together. Ask grandparents to share stories about their youth.



Terrific Author Bash at Hicklebee's!


This Friday, June 6, 2014, Hicklebees's will be having multiple YA authors visiting their bookstore! It's the Terrific Author Bash! Bay Area favorites such as:

 

Hannah Jayne - Author of Truly, Madly, Deadly

Katherine Longshore - Author of Tarnish, Manor of Secrets, and Gilt

Stephanie Kuehn - Author of Charm & Strange and Complicit

Corrine Jackson - Author of Touched (Sense Thieves series) and If I Lie

Debra Driza - Author of Mila 2.0 and Renegade

Talia Vance - Author of Silver and Spies and Prejudice

and SJPL's very own Douglas Rees - Author of Juliet Spell and the Vampire High series

 

Join us for food, prizes, and of course, all the amazing YA Authors!

 

Hicklebee's

1378 Lincoln Ave

San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 292-8880

hicklebees@hicklebees.com



Books for Middle Schoolers!


Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecybook cover Wings of Fire

 

The Talons of Peace is a secret movement that is determined to end the war between the seven dragon tribes. They follow a prophecy that will end the war, but with great costs; sacrifices. Five dragonets have been raised in secret since birth in order to fulfill this prophecy and their destiny. But some dragonets don’t want that destiny; so they runaway to find their original homes and discover how much danger the dragon world is really in.

 

 

book cover the giver

 

The Giver

 

Jonas lives in a perfect world. A world where there is no suffering or pain. Society decides everything you do and determines the roles you will play in the future. Jonas, however, is chosen to be The Receiver and will get special training from The Giver. The Giver is an individual who has every memory and understands the true

 feeling of pain and pleasure of life. Jonas will learn the secrets of the past and will see his world is not so perfect after all.

 

 

How to Train Your Dragon

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is preparing for his final and most important initiation test. This test will truly prove whether he is ready to be a member of the Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans. In order to show his worth and pass his initiation test, Hiccup must catch and train a dragon.



May 2014: Top 10 Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction Checkouts


It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for May. Here's the previous lists for March and April. Enjoy!

 

Top Fiction

  1. Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hr Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  2. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman
  3. Inferno by Dan Brown
  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  5. And The Mountains Echoed by Hosseini Khaled
  6. King & Maxwell by David Baldacci
  7. Fables by Bill Willingham
  8. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
  9. W Is For Wasted by Sue Grafton
  10. Never Go Back by Lee Child

Top Non-Fiction

  1. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
  2. Lao Fuzi by Ze Wang
  3. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  4. What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
  5. The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Steven Covey
  6. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  7. Thinking Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  8. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  9. What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
  10. Inquebrantable by Jenni Rivera