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Come to SJPL to celebrate National Hobby Month by finding a hobby you can enjoy all year long!Read more...
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Take a look at some of our favorite books released this month.Read more...
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"Books I've Read Recently" is a series where I, Penelope Gomez , will do a monthly wrap up of the books I've read throughout the past month. In this series I will give a brief synopsis of the story and then give the book a rating of : Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Just Okay I will then give a brief description of why I chose to rate a book a certain way. So without further delay lets get into the "Books I've Read Recently," and as always leave a comment down below and tell me which of these books you've...Read more...
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Free tax help from VITA is available at several San José Public Library branches.Read more...
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Find out who won San José Public Librarians' 2nd Annual Mock Caldecott Medal. Did your favorite illustrator win this year?Read more...
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"When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth." Alex Haley Exploring Family History Together The San José Public Library is happy to be a part of Silicon Valley Reads 2019 which kicked off this week and runs through early April, 2019. This annual event is designed to encourage our community to read and discuss a selection of common books. This year's theme of "Finding Identity in Family History" highlights books and events that help us explore and expand our personal stories by understanding our ancestry. Check out the Calendar of Events...Read more...
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I am not throwing away my shot! Hamilton: An American Musical is coming back to the Bay Area, and we at YA Friday are all about it! Megan and I have joined forces to put together a list of fun and informative titles so that Hamilfans can get there Hamilfix whether or not they scored tickets to the show. Fiction Alex & Eliza , written by Melissa De la Cruz The unlikely romance between America's first treasury secretary and a young woman from a socially connected family receives fictionalized treatment that speculates on unknown details, ending on their wedding night...Read more...
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In the blink of an eye, 2018 has passed and we are now settling into 2019. This January, instead of a monthly roundup, we are going to share what San Jose Public Library bloggers picked as their favorite stories that they read in all of 2018, which could be new or older books. These include mysteries, biographies, graphic novels, and more. So lets get down to it: here are the best of the 2018 best! Be sure to let us know your favorite reads of 2018 in the comments below. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand , Brodi Ashton ,...Read more...
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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...
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An Unexpected Journey When I get home at the end of the day, I like to kick up my feet and step into an adventure. Whether it's a book or my latest binge of streaming television, I want it to be a rollicking, epic tale that transports me to a distant land or an age of heroes. My latest binge-watching obsession has been in the form of the streaming television series: The Last Kingdom. This show is based on the "Saxon Stories" series of books by Bernard Cornwell, which is, in my humble opinion, historical fiction at its best: raw...Read more...