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Question of the Week: Library Sources For Learning Yoga

Yoga for Arthritis coverA woman came to the reference desk and said that her doctor had recommended trying some basic yoga stretches to ease her pain from arthritis. She was reluctant to purchase either books or DVDs without first trying them out to see what she could do.


I told her that this is one of the best things about using the library collection, because she has free access to a variety of styles, philosophies, and learning levels on the topic of yoga – either in book or DVD formats.


She asked if there were any materials specifically on yoga for people with arthritis, since simply typing in the keyword YOGA in the library catalog did, indeed, bring up hundreds of records. I tried again by adding the word ARTHRITIS to my keyword search, and sure enough, we found some great titles. I pointed out that she could limit her search on the left side of the screen by refining it to type of format or library location.  She was excited to go home and give it all a try!


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Pack Up & Go! - Travel Resources

Going somewhere? Plan your stay with ebooks in SJPL's Travel CollectionAre you planning a trip? You don't want to lug along a bunch of heavy travel guides? Or you don't have time to stop by the library to pick some up?


The library's online Travel Collection can help! Get Rough Guides and Eyewitness Travel Guides in ebook form. You can read a whole book online in your browser or download just the chapters you want to take with you on your trip.


Are you going out of the country? Don't know the language? Choose one of 63 different languages to learn at Mango Languages and be ready to carry on a conversation.


And, of course, the library has thousands of ebooks for you to take along for leisure reading.


Wherever you're going, enjoy your trip!

Question of the Week: What is FIFA?

With all the excitement on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil a customer requested information and the availability of library resources on  Soccer, techniques of the sport, how to play the game, and wanted to know exactly what is FIFA?


By subject and keyword searching the library catalog, the San Jose Public Library collection has a variety of books on all aspects of soccer, including:


Searching Google turned up popular Websites on soccer and the answer to the question, "What is FIFA?"  According to Wikipedia, FIFA is the "Fédération Internationale de Football Association", or the "International Federation of Association Football", and is the international organization that governs the World Cup games and tournaments.  Soccer, aka Football, is the most popular sport worldwide and there are many leagues including Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and the game popularity is spreading here in the United States too. Here in America, The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) is the official governing body for the U.S Soccer games and sport. Enjoy the game!


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Value Line Investment Survey

Logo of Value Line Investment SurveyDedicated investors have long been looking to Value Line Investment Survey for current information on companies and stocks. Value Line's website recently had a facelift.  If you're an investor and haven't used Value Line yet, take a look.


If you're already a Value Line user, you may have to look around a little to find the customary information. Here are a couple of places to try.


DASHBOARD - in the box on the right you can click on Summary & Index and Selection & Opinion, which correspond to the pages in the paper version.


BROWSE RESEARCH - Click this tab to get Recent Rank Updates and Recent Commentary Updates.


USE THE SEARCH BOX - Enter a company name or symbol in the box at the upper right below the headings "subscribe" and "institutional."  When the company page opens, click PDF Reports in the upper right corner to see pages that correspond to the paper version.


Let us know if you're having trouble finding anything.


This subscription to Value Line Investment Survey is paid for by San Jose Public Library.

Looking Back: El Rancho Drive-In Theater on Almaden and Alma

El Rancho sign and pine trees photo


Of the various San Jose landmarks of the 1960s and 1970s, one of the most impressive to me was the huge mural that stood on the corner of Almaden Avenue and Alma Avenue.  How many times I looked out at it through the window of our 1964 Nova station wagon I’ll never know, but I was always in awe of it.  And yet, it never would have occurred to me that I might one day wish I’d taken a picture of it.  It would always be there, right?


The mural was created by local muralist Don Clever, who painted it on the back of the huge El Rancho Drive-In movie screen.  The drive-in was located at 1505 Almaden Road, with the screen standing at an angle on the southwest corner of Almaden and Alma Streets. The El Rancho opened in 1950. Created by Paul Catalana (who later brought the Beatles to Candlestick Park), the drive-in featured a game room and kiddie rides.  The drive-in closed in the 1980s, giving way to condominiums.  A reminder remains however, in the form of a nearby liquor store; El Rancho Liquors/Taqueria proudly displays its name "El Rancho" in the same script as the theater used (see photo).  The mural stood on the corner approximately where the pine trees stand on the right side of the accompanying photograph.  See a photo of the El Rancho Drive-In's Mural here



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New Resources about Social Issues

Keep up with what's going on in the world. Check out these new library resources.


Biography in ContextVirtually every course of study — from history to science to literature — is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with 600,000+ biographical entries — on more than 528,000 individuals — spanning history and geography.



Global Issues in ContextGet the tools you need to understand today’s world issues from a global perspective. Global Issues in Context offers global perspectives on issues of international importance and current world events and topics in the news related to these issues.



Opposing Viewpoints in ContextRead pro/con arguements and topical overviews about today’s hottest social issues. Opposing Viewpoints in Context covers them all, from offshore drilling to climate change, health care to immigration.

Question of the Week: On Driving and Placards

Car and Driver CoverA customer called in to say that she was being harassed by security officials concerning the placement of her truck’s handicap placard. She does not have a rearview mirror, she explained, because her truck has a storage compartment that blocks the visibility of a rearview. She was searching for a law that stated that it was fine to place the placard on the dashboard. She had tried calling the DMV, but the attendant was unable to assist her. 


I was able to find an article in eHow on the Proper Way to Display a Handicap Placard, stating that the placard must be visible and can be placed face-up, on the left hand side of the dashboard, but unfortunately the author did not cite the legal code from where he had pruned this information. I couldn't get through to the DMV and other agencies, so it dawned on me to check the California Codes, located in the Reference Department, at King Library. Sure enough, after checking the index of the California Vehicle Code, looking under Handicapped Persons, I found the law: statute 22511.55 (Division 11 – Rules of the Road: CHAPTER 9. Stopping, Standing, and Parking [22500 - 22526]).  It states, "The placard may be used in lieu of the special license plate or plates issued under Section 5007 for parking purposes described in Section 22511.5 when (A) suspended from the rearview mirror,(B) if there is no rearview mirror, when displayed on the dashboard of a vehicle, or(C) inserted in a clip designated for a distinguishing placard and installed by the manufacturer on the driver’s side of the front window."


FYI, you can also find the California Vehicle Code online.


Other questions you may have on vehicles can perhaps be answered by:

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Science is Fun!

From hunting for fossils to building computers to exploring outer space, science is all around us. Learn more by exploring the library's new PowerKnowledge science electronic resources: Earth & Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science.


Developed for Grade 3 to 6 learners, the PowerKnowledge resources cover key topics including

  • ecosystems and biomes
  • energy and matter
  • natural disasters
  • rocks and minerals
  • environmental issues
  • weather and climate
  • animals
  • food chains and food webs
  • green living
  • habitats and ecosystems
  • the human body
  • atoms and molecules
  • elements and the periodic table
  • energy and matter
  • temperature and measurement

Lesson plans and other resources for educators are included.

Posted by Laurie Willis on Jul 11, 2014 | Comments: 0 |

Question of The Week: How Do I Find Online Do-It-Yourself Instructions?

autorepair iconLearn something new this weekend by logging in some of our online databases (a valid SJPL Library Card and PIN are required.) Take advantage of these new electronic tools:


ChiltonLibrary: The reputable auto repair publication is now online.  Get manuals, OEM diagrams, and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) for domestic and imported cars and light trucks.


Driving Tests: Practice the fun and interactive DMV driving tests in the comfort of your home.


LearnUp: If you’re looking for a job or thinking about switching career, LearnUp is the tool for you.  This site provides free job training, and connects job seekers and employers. Brush up on workplace skills and track your progress.


CustomGuide Online Software Training: Frustrated by common mistakes you make in typing that resume? Or like to master Excel spreadsheets before opening up a business? Check out the CustomGuide.  Learn a variety of software products online for free: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software. Also includes Printable Quick Reference Guides covering training modules and keyboard shortcuts.  Note: First time users will need to create an account.


Treehouse: For advanced computer users who like to venture into programming fields such as building Web sites (with HTML, CSS, Javascripts) or creating apps (iOS, Android, Ruby on Rails, PHP).  Includes over 1000 video tutorials, quizzes, and code challenges created by expert teachers.  Note: First time users will need to create an account.


Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center: Learn about crafting, collecting, home decorating, sports, games, gardening, robotics, and other crafts & hobbies.


Home Improvement Reference Center: Learn about remodeling, home maintenance, painting, electrical work, plumbing and other home improvement topics.


Sit back, relax, and start learning new skills for your work and life using these online tools.


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OneInMath at the Bascom Branch

Does your child need help with math?


Now in its third year, OneInMath is a free, self-paced, supervised program that allows young children (K-3) to master basic arithmetic skills, so they will be more successful in the future.  Children will learn simple ways to add, subtract, multiply and divide to help them understand math concepts quickly.  Tutoring is provided by teen volunteers of OneInMath.


The program will be held on the following dates at the Bascom Branch Library:


Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm


Registration is required.  Please learn more and register online at www.oneinmath.com.