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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 Trickster's Lover by Samantha Macleod Caroline Capello doesn’t take chances. A graduate student at the prestigious University of Chicago, Caroline dedicates her carefully planned life to a serious, academic study of mythology. Until a god shows up in her bedroom. Loki, the enigmatic and irresistibly sexy Norse god of fire and lies, appears late at night in Caroline’s apartment, cuts her...Read more...
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Back in the 1960s and 1970s, besides orange juice we had orange flavored soft drinks like Orange Crush , and then we had the Orange Julius . An Orange Julius was a real treat, especially on warm days, and franchises were purchased and buildings erected just to sell the frothy, ice cold beverage. I remember there was one downtown San Jose , one in Los Gatos, and then there was always a stand at the Santa Clara County Fair . One hot summer day in the mid-1970s, my cousin Blanche and I rode our bikes downtown and stopped by the...Read more...
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Get Ready for School with PowerKnowledge! Did you know? The San José Public Library offers students in grades 3-6 and teachers access to Rosen PowerKnowledge Science Suite: PowerKnowledge Life Science , PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science , and PowerKnowledge Physical Science . The PowerKnowledge eResources presents hundreds of articles, visuals, and lesson aids for students and teachers alike. You can access these eResources for free with your library card number. Watch this video to learn more about PowerKnowledge Science Suite: Articles contain information pooled from Rosen Publishing's popular PowerKids nonfiction print series. Each article contains citations that you can use...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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This summer felt like it flew by in a warm (some may argue too warm) breeze, but San José Public Library staff bloggers still managed to enjoy their reading in the whirlwind of activity! Get prepped for the rest of the year with these great recommendations from the library. Dinosaur Dance by Sandra Boynton Since I became a parent over the summer, I have a renewed appreciation for picture books, especially board books (classified as J HARDPAGE in our catalog). They are durable and usually the right size for tiny hands. My little guy can finally grasp well, so he...Read more...
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Older teens looking for a glimpse of their future selves will enjoy these books with college students as protagonists.Read more...
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Occasionally you might find yourself looking for a book so niche that it can only be borrowed via Link+ . Know that if obscure titles like these can’t be found in our extensive collection, we can track it down via our Link+ or interlibrary loan service (aka "ILLiad"), and get your oddity delivered to you. We have also recently added movies and music CDs to this service. On the rare occasion that we don’t carry what you’re looking for, our eBook and interlibrary services can nearly guarantee you free access to whatever media you’re looking for. Here are a couple...Read more...
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Seven Magnificent Adventures
The Park Image: Black hawk trail, Mount Madonna. ©Brandy Maldonado. Littered with majestic redwood and oak forests, the Mt. Madonna County Park has over 4,500 acres of land. Hikers and horseback riders have access to 14 miles of trails, including a self guided nature trail, a reservable amphitheater and over 100 campsites.The Mount Madonna County park is also one of three county parks that have an archery range available for public use. The archery range is open 7 days a week except for the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information on archery, take a look at...Read more...
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"It's not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on." - Marilyn Monroe Happy National Radio Day! According to the National Federation of Community Broadcasters website , National Radio Day has been celebrated on August 20 since the 1990s. Growing up, radio was my constant companion. Like many teens of my generation, I spent hours waiting for my favorite songs to play, calling in requests for friends and love interests, crying beside the radio when those love interests showed no interest and keeping up with local news/events. Whether you are interested in the technical aspects of radio and...Read more...
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Who They Are & What They Do Rebuilding Together provides extensive home rehabilitation and modification services to home owners in need in many areas throughout Santa Clara County. Home Modifications aim to improve accessibility and independence (grab bars, wheelchair ramps, etc.) or assistance with critical repairs, such as water heaters, furnaces, and roof leaks. Nonprofit organizations may also be eligible for facility repairs. More information ... Website: rebuildingtogethersv.org/ Phone: 408-578-9519 Address: 1701 South 7th St. #10, San Jose, CA 95112 Email: info@rebuildingtogethersv.org How You Can Use Their Service You must have neither the resources nor skill to perform the needed...Read more...