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We are excited to announce our new partnership with San José's Happy Hollow Park & Zoo to further expand our shared treasures to the community. We have been working together for the last few months to bridge our shared resource and provide literacy-rich experience opportunities in one of San José most beloved parks. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a family-friendly zoo that also doubles as a children's amusement park. There are features to entertain and amaze children and even their adults. Sit for a show at the puppet theater , enjoy one (or all) of the many rides and...Read more...
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Viewer's 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...
Mayor Liccardo serving kids at Summer Lunch program
Make an impact in your community. Register to be an SJPL summer volunteer!Read more...
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National Poetry Month is a good time to read some poetry on the go with one of our many Poetry eBooks and eAudiobooks.Read more...
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MyHeritage is an excellent starting place for genealogists, amateur historians, or anyone who is interested in poking at the past.Read more...
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San José Public Library Celebrates National Volunteer Week We are thankful for our volunteers year round. During National Volunteer Week (April 15–21), we take it up a notch to celebrate them and express our sincere appreciation for all their hard work. In 2017 2,910 volunteers donated a total of 93,550 hours of service at San José Public Library (SJPL). That’s over 256 hours a day! Volunteers contribute their dynamic skills and talents at San José Public Library having an extremely positive impact on our community. They help keep a welcoming environment at the library while assisting with events and services,...Read more...
Book Cover For Fifty Fifty
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 January and February . Enjoy! Top Fiction The Rooster Bar by John Grsiham Camino Island by John Grisham End Game by David Baldacci Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong Origin by Dan Brown Fifty Fifty by James Patterson Two Kinds Of Truth by Michael Connelly Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman The Late Show by Michael Connelly Fall From Grace by Danielle Steel Top Non-Fiction Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff My Lovely Wife...Read more...
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8 succulents on a white tray
Shopping for Containers For the last few months, I’ve been seeing in the garden section of stores a variety of containers with a mixture of succulents and cacti. My shopaholic brain wants one. However, I had a Goldilocks type of problem. The one at Costco in a 24 inches diameter terracotta pot was beautiful but way too big for any surface in my studio apartment and too heavy to hang on the wall. In my favorite craft store, the miniature plants were plastic. At another garden store, the containers had too many cacti. Cacti Phobia I have a tiny (miniscule...Read more...
California Author Project
The California Author Project wants to find the Best Self-Published Book in the State of California!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 www.sjpl.org/events to find library programs and events near you! (Photo courtesy of the CA State Library and Terry Lorant Photography) January 2018 | February 2018 | March 2018 | April 2018 April 1: Practice walking up and down the stairs April 2: Read a folk or fairytale from another country April 3: Start a journal for drawings, pictures and scribbles April 4: Clap and dance to the ABC song April 5: Read a story and talk...Read more...
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