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ABCmouse is now available for 4-week home checkouts! Prepare your child for academic success with the click of a mouse!Read more...
Play, Learn and Grow Together
These fun and simple activities are just one way to help develop your child’s pre-reading skills. Pick and choose or try them all! Visit our events page to find library programs and events near you! January 2017 I February 2017 I March 2017 I April 2017 I May 2017 I June 2017 I July 2017 I August 2017 August 1: Learn about your favorite fruit. How does it grow? August 2: Read a book about your favorite animals. August 3: Build a house using pillows, blankets and chairs. August 4: Make up a song about hats. August 5: Play dress-up...Read more...
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It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for March. Here are the previous lists for May and June . Enjoy! Top Fiction The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins The Fix by David Baldacci Camino Island by John Grisham The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Wrong Side Of Goodbye by Michael Connelly No Middle Name by Lee Child All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark Night School by Lee Child Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult No Man's Land by David Baldacci Top Non-Fiction...Read more...
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ABC Mouse logo featuring a smiling grey mouse with mortar board and diploma
San José Public Library is proud to announce that our educational resource ABCmouse will soon be available for at-home use. ABCmouse is an interactive and engaging resource with over 8,500 fun-filled learning activities for children ages 2 to 8. Currently, these features are only available within the San José Libraries. We will soon be offering library cardholders a way to access this wonderful learning tool from home devices. With your library card, you’ll be able to check-out and use ABCmouse outside of the library for 4 weeks. The home check-out comes complete with all of the same learning games and...Read more...
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Prepare for your next interview with Big Interview So you've received that exciting callback and scheduled an interview. Now it's time to prepare! With your San Jose Public Library Card , you can prepare for your next interview with Big Interview . To access the links below, you will need to create an account first. Two different tracks that fit your needs If you have an interview in a few days, choose the Fast Track option where you can watch videos on best practices, types of interviews and interviewers, how to answer inappropriate questions, and what to wear. Have more...Read more...
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Sam Shepard
This morning, we woke up to the news that Sam Shepard passed away of Lou Gehrig's disease last Thursday. He will be remembered for his many acting roles in Hollywood movies such as The Right Stuff , Steel Magnolias , and August: Osage County , but he really made his mark as a playwriting giant. Like Eugene O' Neil, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams before him, Shepard earned a near-sacred place in the canon of the Great American Family Drama. Shepard grew up in the southern California ranch town of Duarte. After making a name for himself as a playwright...Read more...
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Album cover for "The Very Best of The Beach Boys: Sounds of Summer"
Every summer vacation needs a soundtrack. Search our catalog for CDs you can borrow from your local library or listen to music on-the-go by streaming albums with Hoopla . Whether on the road or in the air, on a staycation or a destination abroad, try these tunes for your summer activities! Song of the Summer and More "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi , Daddy Yankee , and Justin Bieber According to Mashable , "Despacito" has been named 2017's song of the summer by being in the top spot on the charts and setting a record for most-streamed song. Find it on...Read more...
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Image: A circa 1911 photograph of John Trexall's grocery store which was located across the street from Lowell Elementary School. Prior to 1907, Mr. Trexall had a market at 350 San Augustine (now W. St. John Street). Courtesy of The Sourisseau Academy for State and Local History.
Once a year I create an album for San Jose State University’s Sourisseau Academy . Each album contains captioned historic photographs on various topics, and my first one was entitled, “What Ever Happened to the Corner Market?” (a video was also created) I noticed that one of the markets in my album had been located on Margaret and South Seventh Street , so I decided look up the address on Google Maps to see what was there now. What I initially perceived was that the beautiful old building had been replaced with a very plain modern one, but then I...Read more...
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July is coming to a close, but there is still time to celebrate National Ice Cream Month! Actually, we think that any time is a good time to celebrate with ice cream. Do you want delicious recipes, but find that those thick cookbooks take up way too much room? Here are some yummy eBooks that you can check out from the library, and they won't take up any space on your shelves! These recipes look like fun and some are super easy to make. Bon Appétit! All you need is your library card to access these wonderful eResources for free!...Read more...
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You’re never too young to learn to code! Being at the heart of the Silicon Valley, it’s no wonder that San Jose Public Library has so many services and programs to cater to our young tech enthusiasts. Whether you’re interested in learning to code, creating an app or learning about new technologies, San Jose Public Library has something for you! Learn, Create and Grow! Technology programs are an excellent way to have a productive summer for your kids and teens. Library Branches all over the city offer classes on coding, robotics and maker programs. The possibilities for learning and creating...Read more...