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Happy Holidays! This is the season of gift-giving, and many of us will receive new eReaders and mobile devices. Happily, the San Jose Public Library has a wide assortment of materials and services just for you! Get started by going to our eBooks and eMedia page , clicking on the “Help” button, and choosing the Getting Started guide for your device. Deciding which of our eResources to use with your device can be confusing, but we’re here to help. If you have: a Kindle eBook reader like a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, New Kindle, or Kindle Oasis, you can check...Read more...
Are you trying to squeeze in one more book before 2017? There's no better way to beat the cold than to cozy up with a hot holiday romance novel. From Historicals, to YA, to paranormal, we've got a bit of everything for you this holiday season. Read on for a few of our recommendations. Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish , Grace Burrowes It's Christmas time and all Lady Sophie wants is some peace and quiet. But then her maid sneaks off, leaving behind a crying newborn, and a snowstorm hits, stranding her at a London inn. Luckily, 'tis the season for...Read more...
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Anyone who has seen performances by magicians like David Blaine or Penn & Teller has felt the wonder and mystery of magic and illusion. Check out these items related to learning magic. Amazing Magic Tricks: Beginner Level - Start your journey to becoming a magician with this book, the first in a series that increases in skill level. Joshua Jay's Amazing Book of Cards - Learn shuffling techniques and card tricks with this book accompanied by a DVD of demonstrations. The Kids' Guide to Magic Tricks - Receive step-by-step guidance on different magic tricks and illusions. Looking for more? Find...Read more...
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christmas decoration
There's still plenty of time to bake some great Christmas Cookies! This time of year always makes me a bit nostalgic for Christmases past. I grew up in Northern Michigan, so my childhood Christmas es were idyllic. As my husband once said it looked like a live version of a Thomas Kinkade painting. We lived in a Victorian style house, complete with a fire in the fireplace, snow on the ground, and the smell of cookies baking in the oven. Every year, my Mom and I would bake Christmas cookies together. We didn't have much in the way of family...Read more...
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MakerSpaceShip
Mexican Tin Art Self Portraits Many of the greatest artists throughout the ages have tackled the self portrait - now it is your turn! In the style of hojalatas, tin art made in Mexico, the young artists can emboss their likeness into a tin portrait. This activity is best for school age children between 6 and 12 years old. Gathering Your Materials There are plenty of options to get you started: Tooling Foil or disposable tin cookie sheets “Embossing tools” : The sky’s the limit here: dull pencils, the opposite ends of paintbrushes or spoon, nails, or a traditional embossing...Read more...
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TARDIS
Source: aitoff I love the month of December... the holidays are right around the corner and there's so much to enjoy: spending time with family, the colder weather, the smell of delicious goodies baking, and knowing that a new episode of one of my favorite TV shows is coming soon: the Doctor Who Christmas special! If you're looking to learn more about the series, refresh your memory on past episodes, read a critique of the show, enjoy a Doctor Who story, or listen to the excellent score music, look no further. We have plenty of eBooks and eMedia to keep...Read more...
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Al and Sam Ursus, the California Room Bears, in the California Room.
Meet the California Room Bears - Al & Sam Ursus! This claw some pair of bears was found hibernating among the archival collections of the California Room of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library ! It may be winter, but they do not mind one bit. They have been found sustaining themselves on the plethora of knowledge that is within paws reach in our collection such as the Historic Photograph Collection , the various Maps and Aerial Photographs of the area, old photographs of San José from the Redevelopment Agency , and the Townsend Family Papers . Albert E...Read more...
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row of books
Summer time has come and gone in a flash and now we’re all standing at the welcome mat of the holiday season. Although most vacation plans for folks and their families happen during the more pleasant summer time , there are still a good amount of people who would rather trade in their holiday time with their extended families and instead jump in a car or plane to jet set around the globe to spend a winter abroad. The alternative travel season is a great experience to witness the contrast in holiday culture outside of our familiar neighborhoods and moreover...Read more...
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Many of us eat butter at home, but do we know where it comes from? With this fun activity you can explore the science behind butter, learning about cows, where milk comes from, and making your own tasty snack. This activity is perfect for children ages 3-6 years old.Read more...
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San Jose Public Library
Has technology has failed you just when you were getting ready to settle down to a good eBook? Don't despair! We can help.Read more...