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Story to Stage Writing Contest - featuring Danny the Dragon puppet mascot
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and the San José Public Library have partnered to present our first joint writing contest, Story to Stage. This Spring, help Happy Hollow Park & Zoo find a new story to add to their puppet theater! March 1 - April 12 Write an original story about Danny the Dragon, the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo mascot. The winner will be recognized at Happy Hollow on Saturday, May 11, 2019 and their story will become the inspiration for a brand new puppet show at Happy Hollow’s Puppet Castle Theater. Submissions are accepted between March 1 and...Read more...
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Did we match each song from Ariana Grande's new pop album, thank u, next to YA books? Yes.Yes, we did.Read more...
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Poster of Story Road and King Road done by Sonny Madrid (Founder of Lowrider Magazine)
Lowrider Exhibition On December 15, 2018, the San Jose Public Library - California Room opened its first ever lowrider exhibit, Story and King: San Jose's Lowrider Culture . With lowrider jams being played by DJ Queso, the vibe was not only of nostalgia and remembrance, but education. Over 200 people joined the library that day sharing stories of cruising with each other and introducing their history to the younger generation. Many members from different car clubs came together talking about the artwork and how nice it is to see their history on display. The main response that was given by...Read more...
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Viewers 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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Welcome to another month of Staff Picks! With the 2019 Academy Awards® happening at the end of the month, San José Public Library bloggers have nominated their favorite books turned into movies for you to discover. Grab some popcorn and check out this shortlist of books (and their DVD/Blu-Ray adaptations) at your local library branch ! The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje My favorite book turned into a movie is The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje . I loved the movie and went looking for the book. I always have an expectation that movie adaptations won’t do justice to the...Read more...
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“The 12-step chocolate program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE!” ― Terry Moore Along with many other people worldwide, I love chocolate. According to the candyindustry.com blog, the Swiss topped the list of chocolate lovers consuming 19.4 pounds per capita in 2017. Coming in a little farther down the chocolate consumption scale, Americans consumed 9.7 pounds of chocolate per capita. About 24% of the chocolate sold in the United States will be purchased the week before Valentine's Day. San José Public Library has a variety of eResources available to help us discover more about this coveted confection...Read more...
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Even as the world is falling down around them, the girls in these books are always there for each other, saving lives, cracking jokes, and just making things a bit more bearable overall.Read more...
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Each month, we'll journey through the alphabet, discovering different ways of creating memories and moments to share with the children in your life.Read more...
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The Art of Eating by MFK Fisher
These wet winter days get many people thinking about comforting, home cooked food. Happily, the San Jose Public Library has LOTS of electronic cookbooks and other resources for making good food -- and you don't even have to leave the house!Read more...
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I'm so sorry but this whole post is going to be CRINGY! "Do you have a library card, because I've been checking you out." "You look ill, you must need some vitamin ME!" "Do you have a map, because I keep getting lost in your eyes." ...Ok so maybe these pick up lines won't work for you this Valentine's Day, but do you know what will work for you? Your SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD! Because books should always be your #1 bae. ...Remember how I warned you at the beginning of this post?? This month I'm going to be...Read more...