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Romances of the Month
Welcome to Romances of the Month! This is a monthly blog that offers a round-up of a couple of romance books that I've read for the month, and where I will also share my reviews of each book! The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…The dead woman had a red-hot secret...Read more...
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Image: Close up of Paramount Imports signage. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce
I was driving down Meridian Avenue the other day, and noticed a large development near Saddle Rack Street. Suddenly an alarm went off in my head and I thought, “Did they just tear down Paramount Imports ?” I circled back around and to my relief the old import store was still standing. I made a note to visit the store soon, as this city is just changing faster than I can keep up with it. Image: Paragon Imports on Meridian Avenue , just south of San Carlos Street. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce My subsequent visit to the store was like...Read more...
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Hiking with Kids
Summer is quickly approaching, and warmer weather is within our reach. With schools wrapping up in the next few weeks, why not plan some outdoor adventures to take advantage of the longer days ahead. In the months ahead, we'll be featuring more posts on discovering and making use of the trails and nature features in and around San José. Why Go Outside? Image: Alviso Marina County Park ©Nari Ferderer Kids are naturally drawn to the outdoors. They use every single part of their bodies when playing outside. There are rocks to climb, dirt and sand to explore, and new friends...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, but this month there is a twist: In honor of the Graphic Novel Making Contest this month I am challenging myself to ONLY READ GRAPHIC NOVELS! If you...Read more...
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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage It’s YA Friday, and not only that, we’ve got another exciting collaboration with Fangirls Unleashed! May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month , and the authors of this blog are strong representatives of that culture. Showing their Filipino-American pride, Leizel and Alyssa have gathered their favorite AAPI authors and reads. Think of this as the Miss Universe of AAPI reads, with no mix ups at the end. Now let’s celebrate these diverse reads! Alyssa's Picks Forest of a Thousand Lanterns written by Julie C. Dao Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The...Read more...
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Seven Magnificent Adventures 2019
The Park Image: Grant Lake ©Brandy Maldonado Located in the east of the Santa Clara Valley, the Grant County Park offers landscape views of the foothills. At the park you will see vast grasslands peppered with large oak trees and cows grazing lazily. Enjoy peaceful hikes as you take in all nature has to offer. Joseph D. Grant County Park is a 10,882 acre open space resource that allows various activities year around. These activities include mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and warm water fishing. There are over 50 miles of trails available to hikers, horseback riders and leashed...Read more...
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Welcome back to Staff Picks! In the past 30 days, we've seen who will sit on the Throne, witnessed the Endgame, celebrated May the Fourth, and much more. In celebration of this past eventful month, we're going to celebrate by showcasing San José Public Library staff's favorite sci-fi and fantasy titles. Visit your library today (or access our eBooks from home with your library card ) and check out these amazing books! The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers The best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book I read recently is The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by...Read more...
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San Jose Public Library is happy to announce our second summer of full-day, totally free coding camps! Students age 8-13 will learn how to code videogames or design an app, explore STEAM topics like engineering challenges and nature-based art, as well as reading and physical activities. All camps are led by credentialed K-12 teachers, and snacks and lunch are provided for all who attend. Sign up and get coding today! Camps are available at the following SJPL Branch locations: Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock — June 17-21 (Ages 8-10) Tully — June 17-21 (Ages 8-10) Hillview — June 24-28 (Ages...Read more...
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Great books make great tv! Find your match today.Read more...