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Smart Babes, Trashy Books
Do you ever wonder who is gracing the cover of that romance novel you're reading? If you're into romance, there's a good chance you've seen Jason Aaron Baca on one of your novels--he's actually been on more covers than Fabio, around 500. He's also local to San Jose. By day, he works for Santa Clara County, by night/weekend, he poses as cowboys, vampires, pilots, soldiers, dukes, and other romance novel heroes. Our book club, Smart Babes, Trashy Books, was lucky enough to ask Jason all the questions we've been dying to know about being a cover model. Smart Babes: How...Read more...
tax form 1040
Tax help from VITA is available again this year at several of our libraries. See below for a complete list of opportunities. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) VITA offers free tax help to hard working individuals and families whose income is less than $54,000 . Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese at most locations. All locations provide e-File. Volunteers are trained to prepare basic 2016 Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, 1040 with Schedule A, B, limited Schedule CEZ, C and California Income Tax Returns ONLY! You also CANNOT be filing as "Married, Filing Separate returns". What to Bring: Photo ID...Read more...
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Image: Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary. A fun story about a boy and his dog named Ribsy.
From September 1967 to June 1968, I was in the third grade at Canoas Elementary School in the Meadowbrook tract (now Canoas Garden neighborhood) in Willow Glen. My classroom was A-3, and my teacher was Mrs.Keith. After our lunchtime recess (which was the longest), we would all return to class sweaty and wound-up. Rather than starting right back in with subjects like math or history, Mrs. Keith would read to us while we unwound and settled back in. Thinking back on all of the great books that Mrs. Keith read to us, I’ve tried to remember as many of them...Read more...
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Axis 360's Read Now
Read Axis 360 eBooks offline in your favorite browser! No internet connection? No problem! You can now read eBooks in your browser with Axis 360 Axis 360, one of our popular eBook vendors, now offers another way for you to read your current book! All you need is a computer or device with a browser, and a library card . How does it work? First, check out an eBook at Axis 360 . Once you have it in your "My Stuff" page, just click on "Read Now in browser". The first time you do this, you will need to allow...Read more...
Author Traci Chee and Blogger Adilene Rogers
From connecting with Bay Area bloggers, exploring a new bookstore, and having one-on-one time with a Young Adult author, 2017 is off to a great start. Hello, bookworms! It’s been a while, but we’re back in full force after a grueling few months of school. 2017 is a New Year, and for us, that means we’re off to a strong start. Recently, we were invited to attend a Bay Area Bloggers and Authors event at the new Books Inc. store in Santa Clara. The event was hosted by the Not Your Mother’s Book Club which isn’t really a club, but...Read more...
tea cup
Source: Stereometric I love drinking tea year-round, but winter is definitely my favorite time to enjoy a hot cup of tea while curled up with a good book. I also love attending afternoon tea or throwing a tea party with family or friends. Luckily San José Public Library has plenty of eBooks and resources if you're looking to learn more about the history of tea and how to best prepare the perfect cup, or if you're planning to throw a tea party and need tips and recipes. All you need to access these resources from home is your library card...Read more...
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image of street art in San Jose
Jasper and I usually take the same route or same couple of routes when we do a normal neighborhood walk. The routes always go by one of the many neighborhood parks in San Jose, which offers a chance for Jasper the Puggle to do his business and for me to get rid of the business before we head out on the road again. We like to do 2 miles in about 45 minutes each day, with about 5 or so minutes spent at the park, just enough time for disposal and to refill on some water. When we travel through...Read more...
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Dungeon Master's Guide Cover, A Foreboding Skeletal form with a purple aura
The past decade has become very kind to the geeks of the world. If I were to have mentioned in public my adventures in Dungeons and Dragons a decade ago I know what I would be given grief, and plenty of it. However it's 2017 and the stigma of playing board games in your friends mom's basement has faded, in fact she might just let you play in the living room. Role playing is officially cool, with the advent of popular gaming series being "live-streamed" on twitch, being led by the likes of Felicia Day, and Matthew Mercer, dungeon crawling...Read more...
Tutor.com and Princeton Review icons
Built by The Princeton Review -- Customized for you Whether you're shooting for the Ivy League or a great state university, your score on the SAT or ACT matters. The Princeton Review has been helping students get into their target schools for decades, and now—in partnership with Tutor.com—they've designed a special test-prep program for library patrons like you. Full-Length Practice Tests Take a complete practice test online—we'll even time it for you, just like on test day. Detailed Score Reports Learn where you need the most help and focus on problem areas to get your best score. Engaging Video Lessons...Read more...
Life Skills Academy at SJPL
Thanks to a grant from the Pacific Library Partnership, the Life Skills Academy is expanding to 10 workshops in 2017!Read more...
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