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This list of YA books-about-books will satisfy any bibliophile during National Library Week.Read more...
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"Do you suppose she's a wildflower?" - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Showers and Flowers With the abundant precipitation California has had this winter, many areas across the state are experiencing an even more brilliant spring wildflower bloom than usual. I've had several calls at my library branch from patrons wanting to know where they can go locally to see wildflowers. I've recommended Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill and Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve in Redwood City. Both areas have several hiking trails which feature a beautiful variety of wildflowers. Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve is...Read more...
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Who They Are & What They Do Bill Wilson provides a drop-in and respite center for homeless youth (ages 12-25), with the goal of getting them into safe and permanent housing. How You Can Use Their Service Website: www.billwilsoncenter.org Phone: 408-850-6125 Address: 63 South 2nd St., San Jose, CA 95112 Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Additional info : Tips for Parents What Is Available Clothing Computers Drop-in center Food GED prep Health clinic (Mon and Wed; includes HIV, STD, and pregnancy testing) LGBTQ space (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon...Read more...
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Learn With Me: Early Literacy from A to Z Early literacy is more than just reading, talking and singing with your child. What you say and share has just as much impact as how it's delivered. Whether its through books, conversations or jokes, a shared and diverse mix of activities and interactions with young children can shape the way they see, interpret and understand the world around them. Each month, we'll journey through the alphabet, discovering different ways of creating memories and moments to share with the children in your life. G is for .... Games! One of the best...Read more...
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Story and King: San José’s Lowrider Culture Exhibition
From December through March, people flocked to the library to visit our first ever Lowrider Exhibit, “Story and King: San José’s Lowrider Culture”! Now that the exhibit has come to a close, it’s time to thank all those who’ve made it a success! It all began with a customer request for lowrider research materials; without his inquiry, the exhibit would never have happened! Thank you! For over a year and a half, we worked to connect with members of the lowrider community. Our donors, speakers and partners took time out of their busy days to help make our vision a...Read more...
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Brimming with angst, humor, and high-octane action (not to mention a few familiar characters), these superhero-themed books and graphic novels will satisfy fans of Marvel’s cinematic universe while they wait for Avengers: Endgame.Read more...
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Old menus are so cool! Have you ever found an old menu stashed away in a drawer or a glove compartment? I’ve been collecting local menus for some years now, and I really enjoy the graphics, the selections, and of course the prices. It's even better if it's a restaurant that you have some connection to.The oldest menu I have is from the Ken Ying Low Chinese restaurant. It was located in Japantown at 625 N. 6th Street , now the home of Jtown Pizza Co . The menu dates prior to WWII, and lists entrees such as chop suey...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 January and February . Enjoy! Top Fiction Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Past Tense by Lee Child Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly The Reckoning by John Grisham The Chef by James Patterson Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman Top Non-Fiction Becoming by Michelle O'Bama...Read more...
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The month of April is known as National Poetry Month. To be honest I haven't read a lot of poetry books, or books written in short verse. It was just recently that I discovered a book called The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene. This book was written in short poetry like verses, and I was completely enamored with the writing style from the very first pages. Books written in short verse are amazingly in depth and very quick to read, but what you won't understand until you read one for yourself, is just how talented an author...Read more...