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Image: detail of Myron's Bookstore entrance early 1980s. Image courtesy of Myron Wahlstrand.
Image: Myron and Sue Wahlstrand in the early 1980s. Myron's love of collecting poetry lured him into the used book business. Coincidentally, Myron's sister was married to the brother of Recycled Bookstore owner Joan Hayes. For a while I worked at both bookstores concurrently. Photo courtesy of Myron Wahlstrand. One fine day in December of 1978, I found myself walking along Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen. Earlier in the year I had hitchhiked across the United States. In September I began taking classes at San Jose City College , and was also on the lookout for part-time work. Crossing Curtner...Read more...
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About the Museum Explore a living rainforest , coral reefs , and the depths of space all in one day! There's plenty to see from a T-rex skeleton to live butterflies fluttering just past your nose. Adults & kids alike will enjoy awe-inspiring exhibits about earthquakes, human evolution, ecosystems, and exactly how BIG the universe really is. The museum offers something for all ages - all you need is a curious mind. Pro-Tips Pack lunch & water . Visitors are allowed to eat at the outdoor Piazza, East Garden, or West Garden. Wear comfortable shoes. Dress in layers – Don't...Read more...
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What if the world famous K-Pop band BTS' music videos were YA books?Read more...
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Happy Pride! While June is usually LGBTQ+ Pride month, San Jose's own Silicon Valley Pride will be August 25-26, 2018! San Jose Public Library will be marching with the parade on Sunday, August 26 at 10:00 AM. Additionally, SJPL will be hosting it's final summer Drag Queen Story Time at King Library on Saturday, September 15 at 11:00 AM. And to celebrate, I've put together a list of comics with LGBTQ+ characters and themes! Note, I will be using the term "queer" throughout this post as an umbrella term for non-heterosexual. San Jose's first lesbian and gay pride parade in...Read more...
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Alyssa and Stephanie
Young adult authors, bay area bloggers and an exclusive interview oh my! Welcome young adult fanatics to another episode of Fangirls Unleashed! I, Alyssa, attended the 2nd annual Bloggers <3 Authors event hosted at Books Inc., an awesome independent bookstore in Santa Clara. Addie, being a librarian, was unable to attend due to teensReach . But don't worry, I made sure to get her a signed copy of Tamara Ireland Stone's newest book, Little Do We Know . No fangirl left behind! The Bloggers <3 Authors event is unique in that young adult authors, bay area bloggers, and an independent...Read more...
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Last week we said goodbye to one of the greatest singers of all time, Aretha Franklin. Remember her by listening to her amazing voice on an album from Hoopla and celebrate her life by learning more about her history with some of our eMedia and eResources.Read more...
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Beginning a new school year can be exciting and nerve-wracking in equal measure. The teens in these books are trying to get off on the right foot, often against steep odds.Read more...
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One of our greatest fairytale writers of all time, Hans Christian Anderson, once said: "To travel is to live." Not all of us are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience a glamorous, postcard vacation this summer abroad whether it’s enjoying an adventurous Indiana Jones style jeep ride on an African safari, experiencing a breathtaking aerial view on the London Eye Ferris Wheel or taking as many pictures as our smartphones will allow with the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the art of authentic gelato. We can still dream about it, can’t we? By swinging by one of your local...Read more...
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What makes searching your family roots more exciting? Discovering a personal connection to historical events. Find out how you can make your family tree come alive!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...