eSpotlight - 2018: New Year, New You!

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Start Your New Year with Us!

Happy New Year from all of us at San José Public Library!

The new year is a time for new beginnings. A lot of us will be making resolutions for changes we would like to make in 2018. Get a fresh start by exercising our #RightToLibrary with some of these inspiring eResources that can help you achieve your goals or create new ones.

But first ... Become a Member!

Before you take advantage of all that San José Public Library (SJPL) has to offer, try this easy transformation for 2018: exercise your #RightToLibrary by getting your very own San José Public Library card. Not only do you get access to 2+ million items in 20+ languages and more (see our membership page for a list of additional benefits and perks), your library card is also your VIP pass to all things digital, downloadable, and streamable from the Library!

Once you have your library card, you can use any of these eResources to help make 2018 a fantastic year!

Learn Some New Skills icon in black, white, and goldenrod, featuring a cartoon person with glasses reading a book. contains over 3,000+ courses and over 130,000 videos. You can choose from a wide range of creative, business, and technology topics to learn about for free.

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to code, create a website, or how to make a mobile app? How about sharpening your project management, marketing, or finance skills? Treehouse (Technology Learning) can teach you these professional skills and much more.

Explore the Bay Area

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Discover & Go

Sign up for Discover & Go for free and get free or reduced-price passes to fantastic Bay Area museums and other attractions.


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A-to-Z Travel & Global Road Warrior

See the world! Get travel guides and other helpful information about traveling the US and the rest of the world with AtoZ Travel and Global Road Warrior.

Start a New Career

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Career Transitions

Ready for a change or the next big step in your career? Career Transitions can help you succeed. Get tips on how to write a resume and cover letter, assess your career interests, match your experience to new careers, find schools and programs, and so much more to get you on your way.

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Big Interview

Get ready for interview success! Learn interview techniques, check out mock interviews, and learn tips and tricks with Big Interview.

Learn a New Language

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Mango Languages

Want to improve your Spanish or your English language skills? How about Mandarin or French? Have you ever wanted to learn Japanese? Mango Languages even helps you learn to talk like a pirate, if you're feeling whimsical.

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Pronunciator also has 80 languages for you to choose from! English also does not have to be your primary language when you are choosing to learn a new language. When you first enter Pronunciator, it will ask what language you speak, and what language you want to learn.

For example, from "I speak," you could select "Tiếng Việt Nam (Vietnamese)"; and from "I want to learn" (it would switch to "Tôi muốn học"), you could select from a multitude of languages.

Learn How to Drive

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Have you always wanted to get your California driver's permit? Take free practice tests!

Fix up Your House

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Home Improvement Reference Center

Home Improvement Reference Center has everything you need for your DIY home project.

Take up a Craft or Hobby

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center has ideas for all of your crafting needs from crafting to collecting, to hobbies, to home decor, and even robotics!

Get Healthy & Inspired

Go ahead and check out some of our wonderful eBooks!

Book jacket: Big Magic by Elizabeth GilbertBook jacket:: Smarter Faster Better by Charles DuhiggBook jacket: You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen SinceroBook cover: Radical Beauty by Deepak Chopra and Kimberly SnyderBook cover: Spartan Fit! by Joe De SenaBook cover: The Everything Easy Fitness Book by Donna RaskinBook cover: Happy Herbivore: Light and Lean by Lindsay S. NixonBook cover: Everyday Detox by Megan GilmoreBook cover: Feed Your Brain: 7 Steps to a Lighter, Brighter You by Delia McCabe

There's More!

These are just some of our eResources and eBooks that SJPL has to help you start off this new year right, and it won't cost you anything. Get your free library card and get ready to shine in 2018!

Bonus Transformation: Volunteer in Your Community

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Volunteer with SJPL

One more way to transform yourself in 2018 is to volunteer in your community. San José Public Library has several volunteer opportunities available. You can even Volunteer Away Your Fines at a rate of $20 per hour for you or your family members!

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