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Unbelivable Book Jacket
It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for December. Here are the previous lists for November and December . Enjoy! Top Fiction Camino Island by John Grisham The Rooster Bar by John Grsiham Two Kinds Of Truth by Michael Connelly The Fix by David Baldacci Origin by Dan Brown The Late Show by Michael Connelly Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich End Game by David Baldacci The People vs Alex Cross by James Patterson Y Is For Yesterday by Sue Grafton Top Non-Fiction Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance...Read more...
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Wee Play Early Education friends: Conroy Cougar, Sixbot Robot, Emilia Puppy, Kato Kitty, and Bolt Bird
These fun & simple activities are just one way to help develop your child’s pre-reading skills. Pick and choose or try them all! Visit events.sjpl.org to find library programs and events near you! JANUARY | FEBRUARY February 2018 Activities February 1: Practice fine motor skills by cutting up paper by hand February 2: Look for your shadow when you go outside today. Did you find it? February 3: Count to 20 using fingers and toes February 4: Tell a story about your favorite toy February 5: Make a list of words that begin with the letter F February 6: Line...Read more...
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The rooster who would not be quiet book cover
Para leer este blog en español, por favor haga clic aquí. Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to Reading in Spanglish! The monthly blog series that explores popular bilingual, multicultural and Spanish children’s literature. In this blog we will feature different books that will help either strengthen a home language skill, introduce a second language or expose your child to multicultural characters and topics. This month we will be discussing “The Rooster who would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy, Illustrated by Eugene Yelchen. The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! Was recently recognized by...Read more...
El gallo que no se callaba titulo
To read this blog in English, please click here . ¡Bienvenidos! Welcome! Bienvenidos a ‘Leyendo en Spanglish!’ un blog mensual que explorará títulos populares de la literatura infantil bilingüe, multicultural y en español y ingles. En este blog presentaremos diversos libros que ayudarán a fortalecer una habilidad en un idioma natal, introducir un segundo idioma o exponer su hijo a personajes o temas multiculturales. En el blog de este mes estaremos exponiendo "¡El gallo que no se callaba!" de Carmen Agra Deedy, ilustrado por Eugene Yelchen. ¡El gallo que no se callaba! ¡El gallo que no se callaba! Fue reconocido...Read more...
cover image for "The Hamilton Affair: A Novel" by Elizabeth Cobbs
Like most musicals, Hamilton has produced an original Broadway cast soundtrack . However, the show's influence and creative output has continued since 2015--drawing a parallel to the musical's subject, the hardworking Alexander Hamilton. The latest instance of the musical's influence appears to be Hamildrops , a website featuring a new song to be released each month in 2018. (The first track, "Ben Franklin's Song" by The Decemberists , fittingly debuted in December 2017.) January's track is "Wrote My Way Out Remix" featuring Royce Da 5'9" , Joyner Lucas, Black Thought, and Aloe Blacc . Another recent addition to the Hamilton...Read more...
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Marmota Monax - Groundhog lounging on a rock
February 2 is Groundhog Day, that annual occasion in North America when a furry beast gets to predict the weather!Read more...
Leadership
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - John F. Kennedy Lead With These Titles These titles cover multiple aspects of leadership, from energizing and inspiring your team to choosing an effective second-in-command and negotiating. One Mission Add the agility, adaptability, and cohesion that is common in small teams to your large organization. According to Chris Fussell, well-built companies often end up with teams pursuing goals and metrics within their own silos. In One Mission , Fussell will help you build a single aligning narrative for all your teams, eliminate excessive bureaucracy, increase collaboration between silos, and define decision...Read more...
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Image: The Falafel Drive-in sign on Stevens Creek near Bascom. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce. 
Signs, like buildings, get our attention. And over time they become landmarks, fixed in our minds and memories, helping us navigate an ever-changing world with some thread of familiarity and link to our past. I remember at two or three years of age, laying in the "back-back" of the family station wagon playing with my red Etch-A-Sketch . I recall looking out and seeing an enormous globe of the world atop a building, and knowing right where we were (in front of the San Jose Mercury News building on Santa Clara Street). There were many such signs that I'm sure...Read more...
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tax form 1040
Free tax help from VITA is available at several San José Public Library branches.Read more...
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Lewis Carroll
January 27 marks the 186th birthday of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll. Though Lewis Carroll is best known for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass , he was also a mathematician and published various mathematical works. Learn more about him using our various eResources or read an eBook about or written by Carroll.Read more...
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