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The Books SJPL Bloggers Loved Last Month The answers are in and these are the books that our blog team loved last month. Our blog team was reading a little bit of everything this past month, and wanted to make sure you knew all about it. Be sure to tell in the comments what books you loved in March, and happy reading! Soulless (Parasol Protectorate #1) by Gail Carriger This is the first book in a supernatural steampunk series that features werewolves, vampires, and (the extremely rare people without souls) preternaturals. Our heroine, Alexia Tarabotti, was born without a soul...Read more...
2-Step Fine Forgiveness Program, May 1-31, 2017
Take Advantage of Our FIRST-EVER "2-Step Fine Forgiveness Program” May 1-31, 2017 During the month of May, San José Public Library will waive/remove all late fees on overdue items, which include: books, DVDs, CDs, etc. Whether items are overdue for a couple days, weeks, months, or years, it doesn't matter, we welcome all items back - No questions asked. It only takes 2-steps to have your late fees waived: Step 1: Return your overdue items at any San José Public Library location . Step 2: Visit or call your library to have your late fees waived. The 2-Step Fine Forgiveness...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 March. Here are the previous lists for January and February . Enjoy! Top Fiction The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins No Man's Land by David Baldacci The Wrong Side Of Goodbye by Michael Connelly Night School by Lee Child Never Never by James Patterson A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Brockman The Mistress by Danielle Steel Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty Top Non-Fiction Unfair...Read more...
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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
These Morse code bracelets are inspired by the Never Ending Readers’ March book selection, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein . We had a lot of fun making these bracelets during our book club meeting while we discussed the book. Set during World War II, Code Name Verity follows two best friends who must fight to survive. We loved following the growth of the friendship between the two main characters and how real their personalities felt. Here are the supplies you'll need to make your very own book-inspired Morse code bracelet: Seed beads in 3 different colors* morse code translator...Read more...
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Our First Art Walk! My friend and I have been dying to go to the First Friday Art Walk events and finally caught one at the beginning of March! With Melissa's guidance, my camera, our good walking shoes, and a few galleries to look at, we went on our first adventure through the downtown art walk scene. Continue reading to hear about our experience! Meeting Up My friend Melissa is an expert at getting around downtown. Her experience walking through the different events in our city made her company almost mandatory for my survival. She even kept us going a...Read more...
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Right to Library
Everyone has the Right to Take Full Advantage of Their Public Library Freedom of information is part of any library’s DNA. Everyone, no matter their race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, and immigration status – has the right to access knowledge, opportunities, information, literacy, and more (for FREE) from their public library and receive the expert guidance of librarians. #RightToLibrary is a new campaign San José Public Library (SJPL) launched in 2017 to empower people to visit their library and explore new and innovative services, programs, and collections. Libraries are more than just books, they are places that teach and provide...Read more...
Play, Learn and Grow Together
These fun and simple activities are just one way to help develop your child’s pre-reading skills. Pick and choose or try them all! Visit sjpl.org/events to find library programs and events near you! January 2017 I February 2017 I March 2017 I April 2017 April 1: Knock Knock! Its April Fool’s Day! Tell a joke to someone in your home today. April 2: Bring out the crayons and play around with the colors. What two colors mix together to make green? April 3: Go on a shape hunt around the house. Where do you see circles, squares and triangles? April...Read more...
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1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Now Online!
We are excited to announce a new way to participate in our 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program. You can now track all of your shared reading online using Beanstack . Beanstack offers a range of special features, from weekly book recommendations to specially curated booklists created by your San José librarians. What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten? 1,000 Books before Kindergarten is a great way to introduce and encourage a love of reading with your young child. Log every book you read to your child before they enter kindergarten. That’s 1 book a day for 3 years, or 3 books...Read more...
An Emergency Pocket Poem Card. Many Uses for Genuine Verses from the SJPL California Room.
Al & Sam are back for National Poetry Month! Make sure to drop by the California Room to view the Lost Poets Exhibit . Discover the long-lost poems and poets of pre-1915 California. The rare books will be on display for a limited time, so hurry on over! While you are there, pick up an Emergency Pocket Poem . Don't be caught without one on April 27, 2017 - Poem in your Pocket Day ! Al & Sam's Top Ten Pocket Poem Uses Quickly change topics Increase your suaveness Make a sweet first impressions Fill an awkward pause Initiate a...Read more...
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