- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
It was in the news - massive, the size of 15-story office building, asteroid DA14 nearly brushed the surface of the Earth on February 14th, 2013. Almost at the same time another meteorite (or meteoroid) unexpectedly exploded over Russia's Ural region. About 1,200 people, 200 of them children, were injured mostly by glass that exploded into schools and workplaces. Meteoroids typically cause sonic booms when they enter the Earth's atmosphere and the one over Russia shattered windows, TVs and dishes in peoples's homes. Large asteroids reflect the light of the sun, so it is easy to see them and small objects like the one that exploded over Ural are difficult to trace. Meteoroids are usually pieces of matter that have splintered off from asteroids. A meteorite is a meteoroid that reaches the surface of the Earth without being completely vaporized . To find out more about these mysteriously dangerous space objects come to the library and explore all our materials from books (digital and printed) to DVDs.
Here are some titles from our collections:
"Remembering 1882-Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act" is on display at King Library, March 9 – April 30, 2013. "Drawn from photographs, newspaper commentaries, political cartoons, and other objects in CHSA's collections, the "Remembering 1882" exhibit provides a flavor for the intrigue, passion and poignancy of this dramatic chapter in American history." The exhibit is presented by the Chinese Historical Society of America on the 125th Anniversary of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act.
Did you know that, in 1852, Chinese people comprised 20 percent of California's population and joined the Fourth of July parade in San Francisco? You may explore the history and impacts of the Chinese exclusion laws and the people's struggles for equal protection through this exhibit, as well as through books such as:
For online resources related to this subject, here are a few worthy ones:
Looking forward to seeing you at the Library!
At first, I couldn’t find a nonfiction book about Truman Capote written by Harper Lee, but I did find a fiction book(novel) about Truman Capote written by Harper Lee. Harper Lee based the character of Dill Harris after Truman Capote in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird which was published in 1960 and won the Pulitzer Prize. (To date, it has sold more than 30 million copies.)
I kept digging though, and I found Truman Capote published nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood in 1963. Harper Lee traveled with Truman Capote to interview town members, friends, and investigators regarding the murder of four members of the Clutter family for an article, but it later became this nonfiction novel. However, Truman Capote never recognized Harper Lee for her contributions to the novel. Harper Lee was upset and disappointed with Truman Capote. This novel is significant as the first in a new literary genre - the nonfiction novel.
So the customer either wanted a fiction book about Truman Capote written by Harper Lee or a nonfiction book written by Truman Capote (and Harper Lee) - and after discussing the possibilities with the customer, the correct answer was the second, In Cold Blood.
All in all, a fascinating search!
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Berryessa Branch Library is offering afterschool math homework tutoring sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 till 5:00 p.m. weekly. An experienced volunteer tutor Susan Chang helps school age children (K-12 grades level) to better understand math concepts and teaches problem solving, while helping children with their homework in a nice and friendly manner. No registration required.
Now we are going to start the new 6 week session classes starting from March. 13 in the King Library.
Learn practical Korean Conversation such as greetings, numbers, and food. Chat topics may include K-Pop, K-Drama, and K-Culture.
6 week session
Wednesdays 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
March 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17
Study Room 390, 3rd Floor
150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose
Free Admission/ No Sign-up
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Interested in historic images of Santa Clara County? The San Jose Public Library's California Room and SJSU Special Collections and University Archives share a database of images from their collections. The King Library Digital Collections database offers a vast wealth of scanned and digitized images of Santa Clara Valley’s past that document the history of the Valley from its agricultural beginnings to a bustling metropolis. These images can be searched by keyword or by collection.
Some selections include:
Both library collections are constantly adding more images to the database, so check back often. If you are interested in the use of digital images for your research or publication, contact the department librarian holding the image.
If you have a chance to visit Turkey, stay not only Istanbul,
but also Ephesus in Turkey.
Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here as quoted on Wikipedia.com.
The library of Celsus is an ancient Roman building in Ephesus was built in honor of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus(completed in 135 AD) by Celsus' son, Gaius Julius Aquila (consul, 110 AD). The library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a monumental tomb for Celsus. This library demonstrates that libraries were to be found outside of the Roman Empire, and what is special about this library is that it is still standing. Many people from around the world make a special visit to this library. The oldest library recorded is the Library of Alexandria in Ancient Egypt. The exact date of this library’s construction is unknown but it is guessed to have been built circa 367 BC to 283 BC as quoted on dearlibrarian.com.
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Did you know that you can get current issues and archives for many popular magazines and newspapers like Time, Newsweek, Harpers, CSM, and Sports Illustrated online, all for free with your library card? Check out our enewsstand for a selection. You will need to use your library card and PIN to access these from home.
OneInMath sessions for children in K-2 grades will begin at Hillview Branch this Wednesday at 5:30 PM. The program series teaches the kids to master simple addition and subtraction skills that will help them to succeed in math and science classes later on. Face-to-face tutoring and video instructions will be provided.
Urvi Gupta and a team of enthusiastive volunteers have offered this highly successful program at Evergreen and Berryessa libraries. This week will mark the begin of the program's expansion to Hillview Branch.
To register, please go to OneInMath online web page. Classes will be conducted weekly on Wednesdays at Hillview starting February 6th.
Reference USA is offering our customers free online training throughout February and March. If you have never used Reference USA before or are an experienced user, you will find a training that will interest you. All you have to do is register online.