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Banned Books Week 2018 is September 23-29. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship.Read more...
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Two happy volunteers posing with their spray bottle at the first SJPL Service Day
Saturday, October 13: Lower or wipe out your fines by volunteering at the SJPL Service Day. Available at all 24 locations.Read more...
Singing pirates on Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
Ahoy mateys! September 19 be almost upon us - International Talk Like a Pirate Day. To help ye prepare fer this important day, we've got resources t' help ye learn t' speak like a pirate and even more eBooks & eResources featurin' pirates.Read more...
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YA Friday
Check out these memoirs for our YA Friday Non-Fiction Edition.Read more...
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10th Anniversary The 10th anniversary of the Graphic Novel Making Contest culminated at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Seventrees Community Center Banquet Hall. About 350 people attended, including participants and their families! This was also our largest year so far, with 205 comic submissions! Awards Ceremony The banquet hall was decorated with copies of contest submissions, so participants could walk around and view everyone else's work. When participants arrived at the award ceremony, they received a certificate for participating in the competition, a voucher for free admission to the San Jose Museum of Art, a...Read more...
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Viewer's Advisory - two pairs of feet atop movie theater seats
We are a couple of librarians who take television as seriously as books. If there is a good show out there that can be watched for free, trust us to tell you ALL about it. Because readers advisory is our profession, but viewers advisory is our calling. We love good TV and we simply must share. In real life you might call us Appleberry and Lowell, but together, in the vast blogosphere we are called Viewers Advisory.Read more...
Pages from yearbooks. Text: U.S. Yearbooks Name Index, 1890–1979.
Ready for a blast from the past? Learn how to find yourself and others in old school yearbooks. We've got you covered with digital and analog options!Read more...
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Honey jar with lavender
National Honey Month is an observance that was initiated by the National Honey Board (part of the Department of Agriculture) and is intended to promote American beekeeping, the beekeeping industry, and honey as a natural sweetener. Check out their blog for tips on how to enjoy the month.Read more...
A row of sidewalk chalks from the Dollar Store
On Saturday, September 15, 2018 check out the 11th annual Luna Park Chalk Art Festival at Backesto Park on the corner of 13th and Empire Streets in San Jose. The festival starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. It’s a free festival. You can enjoy the live music and dance performances, visit the booths, and of course watch the professional and amateur artists draw on the sidewalk paths in chalk. You can even participate for a small fee. All skill levels are welcome and they will even provide the chalk. The proceeds go towards art programs for elementary...Read more...
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Access our abundance of Latinx historical resources at the San José Public Library and all around our wonderful cityRead more...
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