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Happy Star Wars Day! Star Wars Day is coming up on May the Fourth. This is an exciting year for Star Wars fans! I grew up watching the original trilogy, and I am actually really enjoying the new ones and can't wait for The Rise of Skywalker . Enjoy May the Fourth by watching the films , reading some books set in the Star Wars universe, impressing your friends with movie trivia, or learning more about space. On a sad note, while I was preparing this blog, news broke that Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca passed away. Speaking...Read more...
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May 1 - May 7 is Choose Privacy Week and we'd like to help you do just that!Read more...
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The Mercury News Online is now available in all of our branch libraries!Read more...
shelf of yearbooks in the California Room
Each week, hundreds of families from across the state flocked to San Jose’s Lowrider Culture Exhibition. A significant portion of these pilgrims are former San Jose residents. Surprisingly, many are visiting the California Room and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library for the first time! Those returning to San Jose from across the state seem naturally drawn to our High School Yearbook collection . In these volumes, they can glimpse photos of family and friends from long (or not so long) ago. Yearbooks are the type of item that sit on the shelf, or get put in a box...Read more...
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stack of colorful folded t-shirts
Last year, I watched a public television show where the host was visiting a t-shirt quilt making company that got a zero waste rating. People would send in their t-shirt for a fee to be made into a quilt. The left over fabric because with any sewing project there is always leftover fabric is recycled into a type of tanbark for children's playgrounds. I thought to myself I could make a t-shirt quilt. During this year's spring cleaning, I discovered that I had three drawers full of t-shirts that I don't wear that I could easily up-cycle into a quilt...Read more...
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Take a look at some of our favorite books released this month.Read more...
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The Park Martial Cottle Park Entrance ©Brandy Maldonado With 287 acres, this south San Jose park offers various activities for you and the family to enjoy. The Martial Cottle park has paved walkways that allow runners, walkers, bikers, and skaters to enjoy the great outdoors safely. The interactive play area introduces children to life size farm animals and farming methods. This urban park celebrates sustainable farming processes and highlights innovations in organic farming. Located at the south entrance of the park is the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Community Education Center . At the Education Center you can...Read more...
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Welcome back to another round of Staff Picks! This rainy March, San José Public Library bloggers have been reading fun books this spring, including graphic novels, the newest YA Fiction, and some great nonfiction. Lets start! On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden This last month I read a comic series called “On a Sunbeam” by Tillie Walden. It follows a group a diverse group of women in their fish-like spaceship. They work as a restoration crew working in old museums, office building, and various other destroyed or ancient buildings. Mia the protagonist is the latest to join the crew and...Read more...
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Image: Close-up of the cover of a colorful Japanese children's book about the adventures of Momotaro. Photo by Ralph Pearce
Back in 1990, I took a Japanese kite-making class as part of the San Jose Japantown Centennial. The image on my kite was the Japanese folk hero Momotaro , often referred to as Peach Boy in the United States. The modern version of the story begins with an old, childless couple finding a giant peach floating in the river. Opening the peach to eat it, they discover a child inside. The couple name the child Momotaro (momo meaning peach, and Taro for the eldest son), and raise the boy as their own. After reaching adulthood, Momotaro sets off to fight...Read more...
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BB-8 model at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland
Let us help you prepare for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland, May the 4th (aka Star Wars Day), and the future release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker with SJPL's many online resources.Read more...
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