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Celebrate Batman Day! Limited Edition DC Comics Library Card Big news from this year’s Graphic Novel Making Contest Awards Ceremony: the San José Public Library, in partnership with DC Comics , was able to provide awards ceremony attendees with a first look at our new, limited edition DC Comics library card—just in time for Batman Day! With original artwork featuring the Dark Knight himself, this card will be available at all 26 San Jose Public Library locations starting September 21, 2019. Get yours while supplies last! Awards Ceremony The 11th annual Graphic Novel Making Contest Awards Ceremony was once again...Read more...
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Available for San José Public Library Members - DemographicsNow by Gale Are you starting a new small business or looking to break into new markets in your current industry? DemographicsNow can provide you with the information you need to see where you can most effectively set up your new business. You can log in now using your San José Public Library card . DemographicsNow gives entrepreneurs a powerful tool that can create highly detailed maps and reports based on multiple factors ranging from demographic information to economic and purchasing trends, allowing for rich datasets for marketing decisions. Reports can be...Read more...
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Growing up Mexican American it was so important for me to find books with Hispanic characters that I could relate to. I used to scour the shelves to find books like Esperanza Rising and The Circuit in the children's section, but when I transitioned into reading Young Adult fiction I remember I had the hardest time finding similar books with Hispanic characters. So in order to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month I've made it easy and compiled a list of YA books featuring characters from a diverse array of Hispanic Cultures to add to your latest TBR list. Hispanic Heritage...Read more...
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Dedicated in 1989, David Bottini’sculpture, Civic Stage Set , is located on Park Avenue between Almaden Boulevard and Market Street near the Tech Museum . It is a geometric abstract sculpture made of painted steel. To tell the story of how the city of San José got Civic Stage Set , I’d have to tell you about the fate of Bottini’s previous sculpture, Great Planes Study VII . In April 1986, a city employee on his way to lunch walked past the construction zone of the Fairmont Hotel and noticed something was missing - a 20-foot tall, 3½ ton red,...Read more...
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Romances of the Month
Welcome to Romances of the Month! This is a monthly blog that offers a round-up of a couple of romance books that I've read for the month, and where I will also share my reviews of each book! The Trickster's Lover by Samantha Macleod Caroline Capello doesn’t take chances. A graduate student at the prestigious University of Chicago, Caroline dedicates her carefully planned life to a serious, academic study of mythology. Until a god shows up in her bedroom. Loki, the enigmatic and irresistibly sexy Norse god of fire and lies, appears late at night in Caroline’s apartment, cuts her...Read more...
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Back in the 1960s and 1970s, besides orange juice we had orange flavored soft drinks like Orange Crush , and then we had the Orange Julius . An Orange Julius was a real treat, especially on warm days, and franchises were purchased and buildings erected just to sell the frothy, ice cold beverage. I remember there was one downtown San Jose , one in Los Gatos, and then there was always a stand at the Santa Clara County Fair . One hot summer day in the mid-1970s, my cousin Blanche and I rode our bikes downtown and stopped by the...Read more...
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Get Ready for School with PowerKnowledge! Did you know? The San José Public Library offers students in grades 3-6 and teachers access to Rosen PowerKnowledge Science Suite: PowerKnowledge Life Science , PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science , and PowerKnowledge Physical Science . The PowerKnowledge eResources presents hundreds of articles, visuals, and lesson aids for students and teachers alike. You can access these eResources for free with your library card number. Watch this video to learn more about PowerKnowledge Science Suite: Articles contain information pooled from Rosen Publishing's popular PowerKids nonfiction print series. Each article contains citations that you can use...Read more...
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"Books I've Read Recently" is a series where I, Penelope Gomez , will do a monthly wrap up of the books I've read throughout the past month. In this series I will give a brief synopsis of the story and then give the book a rating of : Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Just Okay I will then give a brief description of why I chose to rate a book a certain way. So without further delay lets get into the "Books I've Read Recently," and as always leave a comment down below and tell me which of these books you've...Read more...
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This summer felt like it flew by in a warm (some may argue too warm) breeze, but San José Public Library staff bloggers still managed to enjoy their reading in the whirlwind of activity! Get prepped for the rest of the year with these great recommendations from the library. Dinosaur Dance by Sandra Boynton Since I became a parent over the summer, I have a renewed appreciation for picture books, especially board books (classified as J HARDPAGE in our catalog). They are durable and usually the right size for tiny hands. My little guy can finally grasp well, so he...Read more...
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