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Check out the 20 best books of 2016 according to "best of" lists from around the book world!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 October. Here are the previous lists for October and November . Enjoy! Top Fiction The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult The Last Mile by David Baldacci Twelve Days Of Christmas by Debbie Macomber Home by Harlan Coben The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Trespasser by Tana French Escape Clause by John Stanford Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple Top Non-Fiction When Breath Becomes...Read more...
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Join San José Public Library for our first systemwide service day with volunteer opportunities available at all library locations .Read more...
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Jill Bourne, city librarian of California’s San José Public Library (SJPL), has been named the 2017 Library Journal Librarian of the Year .Read more...
Play, Learn and Grow Together
Start the new year with a new set of early literacy activities to do with your child. These activities can be done at home or out and about. January January 1: Name three new things you want to learn to do this year. January 2: LIBRARY CLOSED - Read your favorite book today. January 3: What was your favorite book that you read in 2016? Who did you read it with? January 4: Learn how to say “Happy New Year” in a different language. Try using our Mango language learning resource. January 5: Sing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" during bath...Read more...
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Fireworks by Christoph Berger
Image by Christoph Berger Have you made a New Year's Resolution? If you've resolved to create a new, improved you for the year, we have a few eResources that can help. New Year, New Start Do you want to find happiness and make positive changes in your life? Check out OverDrive and our New Year, New Start list. See All New Year, New You! Hoopla has lots of videos, books, and audiobooks to help you find your best self this year! Check out one of these lists: New Year, New You! This collection features 12 eAudiobooks that will get you...Read more...
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Richard Adams On Christmas Eve, Richard Adams, author of the beloved fantasy classic Watership Down , passed away at 96. After telling stories about rabbits to his young daughters on long car rides, Watership Down began life when the girls insisted he write the rabbit stories down. It was rejected by several publishers before it was finally published by Rex Collings in 1972. Richard Adams was 52 at the time his debut novel was published. It turns out it is not that uncommon for an author to have their “first break” in publishing after they have lived the first half-century...Read more...
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Here are some of the best comics 2016 had to offer, based on solid storytelling, characters, artwork, and how hard it is to put down. It's everything I loved last year, and I think you'll love them too! Bonus: the year's best animated movies.Read more...
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In the crowning glory that is San Jose's library system, Alviso Branch Library is the forgotten jewel. Each branch has its own unique facets, of course, but because of its location, people tend to forget Alviso exists. In spite of this, Alviso branch library has much to recommend it. Located at the north end of San Jose and nestled between Milpitas and Santa Clara, Alviso is one of the oldest towns in Santa Clara County. It was incorporated in 1852 and was a major commercial shipping port for the southern part of Santa Clara County until the late 1880's. As...Read more...
Image: This is what my first library card looked like. The blank white area included your name and full address. The "Bookamatic" system was developed by Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation and used by San Jose Public Library from 1958 through 1977.
For the first time in many years, the San Jose Public Library will soon be featuring new library card designs . There will be six new designs, two from each category of Adult, Teen, and Children.The design entries were submitted as part of a contest conducted by the library, and each category had one design selected by the public, and another by a panel of judges. These new card designs got me to thinking about my first library card. I had the card throughout the 1960s, and I remember using it when the pink bookmobile would park across the street...Read more...
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