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Image: Photograph taken February 17, 2018 by Michael Lara Milk Tea. Stromboli. Movie. Which of these sounds out of place? None! Especially when enjoying a movie from a lawn chair or the bed of a pickup truck at the drive-in theater. San Jose’s last drive-in theater sits at Capitol Expressway and Monterey Road. According to an advertisement in the San Jose Mercury News , the Capitol Drive-In Theater opened with a free show on May 25, 1971 originally with four screens. The ad also touts that the drive-in has the world’s largest drive in complex with the world’s biggest screens...Read more...
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Non-Fiction Edition It's time to go back to school, but don't let that stop you from expressing your creative side! Ever want to try out brush lettering, making ultra kawaii amigurumi, or blending your love of tech with your love of fashion? Check out the list below to see the books we have to help you get started. Let's Get Crafty! Brush Lettering from A-Z written by Emma Witte The brush pen is mightier than the sword, and way easier to write with. Popular creative calligrapher Emma Witte takes you from the basics of brush lettering to its amazing possibilities...Read more...
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Score your own 49ers library card! Available starting Tuesday, August 27.Read more...
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What to do Before Summer Ends Image: Uvas Canyon County Park ©Brandy Maldonado With the summer at an end and the school year around the corner, you may be scrambling to check off a few more outdoor summer activities. Have no fear; your local librarian is here with family fun suggestions! Camping is a great activity to do with the family. On a camping trip families can explore the wonders of nature and learn basic outdoor safety skills together. Take the family for a hike while discovering native plants and settle in for the night with campfire songs. Here are...Read more...
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We're just a little over a month away from the September 20 release of the Downton Abbey movie so let's take a look at all the fun eBooks, eMedia, and eResources we have related to this excellent TV series that's soon to be a film as well.Read more...
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Image: 1969 photo of Pruneyard construction, Mercury News, February 20th, 1985 It was November 1975; disco was at its height, flared pants abounded, and the United Nations had just adopted General Assembly Resolution 3379, condemning Zionism as a form of racism. High schoolers Michael Robins and Ira Marcus (students of San Jose’s Temple Emanu-El) and their teacher, Roberta Bell-Kligner, composed a petition protesting the UN resolution. On November 16, Robin and Marcus set up a table in the courtyard of Campbell’s Pruneyard shopping center (then just five years old) to collect signatures. Image: The Pruneyard courtyard as pictured in the...Read more...
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August 8 is Happiness Happens Day, a day to celebrate all things happy.Read more...
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Learn With Me: Early Literacy from A to Z Early literacy is more than just reading, talking and singing with your child. What you say and share has just as much impact as how it's delivered. Whether its through books, conversations or jokes, a shared and diverse mix of activities and interactions with young children can shape the way they see, interpret and understand the world around them. Each month, we'll journey through the alphabet, discovering different ways of creating memories and moments to share with the children in your life. O is for Outdoor Play When children have time...Read more...
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A Legend has Passed The world mourns the passing of Toni Morrison last night. Morrison is best known as the author of 11 novels, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award, and the first African-American woman to win the Novel Prize for Literature (among many other awards, medals, and distinguished honors). Morrison, an incredible inspiration for authors throughout her lifetime, was instrumental in opening literature to diverse points of view and gave authors the bravery to write stories about the lives of people largely ignored by major publishers at the time. Morrison revolutionized approaches to writing about race...Read more...
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It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for July. Here are the previous lists for May and June . Enjoy! Top Fiction Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The 18th Abduction by James Patterson Unsolved by James Patterson Redemption by David Baldacci Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty The Reckoning by John Grisham Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci The Chef by James Patterson Skin Game by Stuart Woods Top Non-Fiction Becoming by Michelle Obama Educated by Tara Westover...Read more...
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