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Find out how San José Public Library protects your privacy and how you can learn more about privacy.Read more...
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Image: A 1940/50s neon sign reading "Motel."
Image: The Whitehouse Inn located at 3030 Monterey Road. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce. Driving down Monterey Road the other day, I was struck by all of the new construction. Since the early 1960s, the road has been a collection of light industrial businesses along with retail stores, old motels, and an occasional restaurant or house. The old motels have always held the most fascination for me, as they harken back to a day when Monterey Road was a major thoroughfare for travelers. Image: The Palm Tree Inn Motel located at 2724 Monterey Highway. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce. Monterey Road began...Read more...
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Screen Free Week
(Photo courtesy of Screenfree.org ) This year, National Screen Free Week takes place from April 30 to May 6, 2018. This is a chance to unplug, step outside and reconnect without a USB port. Whether you choose to unplug for 1 or more days, the intent behind Screen Free Week isn't to banish your mobile devices. Screens are a part of our everyday lives, from work to socializing to everyday research and questions to Siri and Alexa. The intent of Screen Free Week is to help us become more aware and intentional of our use of screens in and out...Read more...
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A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
I just recently finished watching the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix and am eagerly awaiting the third and final season. Luckily we've got lots of great ways to fill the void left by the series, including eBook and eAudiobook copies of the books, a variety of similar titles, and information on the creative folks involved in the series.Read more...
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"My Neighbor Totoro" DVD cover
Studio Ghibli has made some well-known and beloved films over the years. GKids and Fathom Events are presenting "Studio Ghibli Fest" at various movie theaters. If you can't make it to the movies or want to save money on movie tickets, then try borrowing Studio Ghibli films for free with your San Jose Public Library card. Festival Titles Here is a list of movies in our catalog that are also being screened as part of Studio Ghibli Fest 2018. Castle in the Sky The Cat Returns Grave of the Fireflies My Neighbor Totoro Pom Poko Ponyo Porco Rosso Princess Mononoke...Read more...
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Early Education Services - San Jose Public Library (logo)
We are excited to announce our new partnership with San José's Happy Hollow Park & Zoo to further expand our shared treasures to the community. We have been working together for the last few months to bridge our shared resource and provide literacy-rich experience opportunities in one of San José most beloved parks. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a family-friendly zoo that also doubles as a children's amusement park. There are features to entertain and amaze children and even their adults. Sit for a show at the puppet theater , enjoy one (or all) of the many rides and...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...
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Mayor Liccardo serving kids at Summer Lunch program
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National Poetry Month is a good time to read some poetry on the go with one of our many Poetry eBooks and eAudiobooks.Read more...
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MyHeritage is an excellent starting place for genealogists, amateur historians, or anyone who is interested in poking at the past.Read more...