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Source: Stereometric I love drinking tea year-round, but winter is definitely my favorite time to enjoy a hot cup of tea while curled up with a good book. I also love attending afternoon tea or throwing a tea party with family or friends. Luckily San José Public Library has plenty of eBooks and resources if you're looking to learn more about the history of tea and how to best prepare the perfect cup, or if you're planning to throw a tea party and need tips and recipes. All you need to access these resources from home is your library card...Read more...
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Jasper and I usually take the same route or same couple of routes when we do a normal neighborhood walk. The routes always go by one of the many neighborhood parks in San Jose, which offers a chance for Jasper the Puggle to do his business and for me to get rid of the business before we head out on the road again. We like to do 2 miles in about 45 minutes each day, with about 5 or so minutes spent at the park, just enough time for disposal and to refill on some water. When we travel through...Read more...
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Dungeon Master's Guide Cover, A Foreboding Skeletal form with a purple aura
The past decade has become very kind to the geeks of the world. If I were to have mentioned in public my adventures in Dungeons and Dragons a decade ago I know what I would be given grief, and plenty of it. However it's 2017 and the stigma of playing board games in your friends mom's basement has faded, in fact she might just let you play in the living room. Role playing is officially cool, with the advent of popular gaming series being "live-streamed" on twitch, being led by the likes of Felicia Day, and Matthew Mercer, dungeon crawling...Read more...
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Built by The Princeton Review -- Customized for you Whether you're shooting for the Ivy League or a great state university, your score on the SAT or ACT matters. The Princeton Review has been helping students get into their target schools for decades, and now—in partnership with Tutor.com—they've designed a special test-prep program for library patrons like you. Full-Length Practice Tests Take a complete practice test online—we'll even time it for you, just like on test day. Detailed Score Reports Learn where you need the most help and focus on problem areas to get your best score. Engaging Video Lessons...Read more...
Life Skills Academy at SJPL
Thanks to a grant from the Pacific Library Partnership, the Life Skills Academy is expanding to 10 workshops in 2017!Read more...
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Libby with Ponytail
Introducing Overdrive's Libby app: available for public (that's you!) βeta testing.Read more...
Biblioteca Latinoamerica Branch Library
It’s the start of a new year which means there’s no better time to start exploring some San Jose Libraries. The San José Public Library system has a total of 24 branches and, unfortunately, we don't get a chance to visit them all. For this blog, we will be examining the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch located on South First Street and see everything it has to offer. Rich History- How a Small Group of Mothers Made Big Waves The Biblioteca Latinoamericana branch currently resides next to the Washington United Youth Center and Brenda Lopez Plaza, but this location hasn’t always been...Read more...
Best Books We Read in December 2016
Looking for a good book to dig into this weekend? We surveyed our bloggers and pulled together this list of eight titles we read and loved last month from the San José Public Library. Enjoy!Read more...
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Hoola Axis 360 library card
Starting Saturday, January 7, 2017, you can trade in your old library card for one of our new designs! Here are a few eMedia services and eResources you might want to know once you get it...Read more...
Big, bright orange flower with pollen flecks, suggesting renewal
Now that we're done with 2016, it's time to take on the year ahead. To set yourself up for success, we have four steps you can follow to transform yourself and your life in 2017.Read more...
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