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Romance is a genre often maligned and not taken seriously, but did you know romance is a billion dollar industry and accounts for 17% of all adult fiction sold. That is more than any other genre. Romance outsells other genre fiction such as fantasy, mysteries, and thrillers. Despite romance being such a popular genre, some 51% of romance readers feel like they have to keep their tastes secret. (You can learn more about the romance genre here .) In celebration of readers reading whatever they want, and the fact that a lot of librarians love romance too, this new blog...Read more...
Scream Master Air Raid Siren
Have you ever seen one of these peculiar-looking towers in Santa Clara County? Some of you might know what these are, but others might have no idea what they're looking at. If you'd like to find out more - read on! These ancient towers are actually air raid sirens. Back during the Cold War era, the Civil Defense Department installed a total of 130 sirens throughout the County, with 55 of them being located in San Jose. The sirens were installed with the intention of alerting people of oncoming danger, which is quite an alarming thought when you think about...Read more...
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San José Public Library celebrates National Volunteer Week by recognizing the impact our volunteers have on our community.Read more...
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Are you a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio? Here are a few literary works that were the basis for some of his films. Body of Lies Check out this exciting, page-turning novel by David Ignatius before or after you see the DiCaprio film of the same name. In the movie, DiCaprio plays Roger Ferris, a CIA agent working in the Middle East with Russell Crowe as his supervisor at the CIA. Catch Me If You Can The movie Catch Me If You Can is based on the book of the same name by Frank William Abagnale, Jr and Stan Redding. Among...Read more...
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Album Cover: Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants
Science doesn’t have to be a dry topic. It can be joyous, entertaining, and even melodious. It is thanks to one of my favorite bands, They Might Be Giants, that I can recall certain scientific facts such as that mammals have large four-chambered hearts and the sun is about 93,000,000 miles away . There are also classics like Tom Lehrer’s Gilbert and Sullivan parody about The Elements , which is a great tool for memorizing the periodic table. Scientific songs in the SJPL catalog include: Biophilia Björk The word “biophilia” refers to a human affinity for the world around them...Read more...
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Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day and this year's theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy. We have several excellent eBooks and eResources to help you learn more about climate literacy, the environment, and what you can do to help.Read more...
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Zero waste products
From bringing your own tumbler to save money at coffee shops to using a safety razor instead of disposable ones, these Zero Waste Swaps will help you celebrate Earth Day on a trash free note.Read more...
Graphic Novel Making Contest
June 1 – July 31, 2017 If you have a talent for creating comic/manga style illustrated short stories, you are invited to enter San José Public Library’s Graphic Novel Making Contest for all ages as part of our 2017 Summer Reading Challenge. This contest is sponsored by San José Public Library, San Jose Museum of Art, TRY Japan Culture Group, Sakura of America, Oni Press, and Action Lab Entertainment. Submission Guidelines Create your own comic book with a maximum length of 8 pages, including the cover page. Use letter-size paper (8.5 x 11) with black-and-white drawings and text on one...Read more...
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Are you thinking about getting a pet rabbit ? If you are, then there are quite a few things to consider.Read more...
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