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Computer Security Day is November 30. Have you updated your passwords recently? Discover more ways to secure your computer, online accounts, and personal data.Read more...
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Your Cure to a Book Hangover text over an hipster-looking open book
As a reader, the easiest part of reading is simply enjoying a book and being enthralled by the words spun by the author. The hardest part? Picking which book to read next! If you're like me, starting a new book or series is particularly difficult when you're still not over the last book you've read. So from one fellow reader to another, here are some reading recommendations to cure your book hangover ! For Those Who Need Dose of Comics & Graphic Novels For Those Who Enjoy a Good Space Story For Those Who Enjoy LGBQT Novels For Those Who...Read more...
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Happy Thanksgiving
All around The United States this Thursday, people will be watching football, eating copious amounts of food, and giving thanks for the good things and people in their lives. Let us help make the season a little bit yummier, more fun, and more meaningful for the whole family! Food Check out one of these cookbooks -- they might help make Thanksgiving dinner a less daunting task -- and give you more time with your loved ones! Fun for Everyone Not everyone loves football—check out one of these entertaining books and movies. There's something for everyone: Giving Thanks And, lest we...Read more...
sweet potato pie
Remembering Thanksgiving Every year my Mom would make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving. This southern dish was a rare treat during the holidays since we didn’t usually have desserts in the house. It’s always the first of the leftovers to disappear. But one year when I was a teenager, the sweet potato pie tasted funny. Everyone at the table took only one bite of their slice of pie. Turns out she accidentally put baking soda in the pie filling throwing off the taste of the pie. FYI baking soda is not an ingredient used to make sweet potato pie. All...Read more...
cover of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
New Young Adult Trend An interesting trend in Young Adult (YA) fiction is the teaming up of author duos to write novels. It certainly isn't a new idea, but a glance at the new YA shelves in the library will show you how many authors are taking advantage of the old adage, "two heads are better than one." Writing Teams Here are some examples of writing teams and their work: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff The year is 2575, and two rival mega corporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at...Read more...
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If you enjoy historical or modern-day stories about explorers, adventurers, and/or survivors in dangerous environments, try these books. The Finest Hours The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman In 1952, a storm strands two tankers off Cape Cod and breaks them in half. Four men, including U.S. Coast Guardsman Bernie Webber, take a small boat and brave the dangerous waters and freezing cold to rescue the survivors of one of the tankers. Watch the feature film adaptation starring Chris Pine . The Finest Hours is also...Read more...
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writing pen
You've still got time! Halfway through National Novel Writing Month and you haven't written a word? Sitting down to write a novel can be a rather daunting task, especially if you've fallen away from the practice of writing. Here are some books to get you started on your writer's journey. The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron was one of the first books assigned in my college level Creative Writing course. Each chapter had activities and inspirational quotes. The morning pages exercise encouraged one page journal writing, which can lead to a more active writing life. Writing Away by Lavinia Spalding...Read more...
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Hoopla Axis 360 Library Card
At some point in your life you may find it necessary to get a new San Jose Public Library library card. Maybe you lost the old one, or someone stole your wallet, or your card just wore out and you need to replace it. Changing your library card number won't be an issue with most of our eResources but, if you use Hoopla or Axis 360 , you'll need to take a couple of additional steps. Don't worry though, it's quick and easy! Hoopla Check out this video for full instructions: Axis 360 Unfortunately, Axis 360 does not let you...Read more...
Stranger Music
Leonard Cohen 1934-2016 Last week the world lost a great poet, singer, and songwriter when Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82. He leaves behind a wealth of music, poetry, and wisdom. Cohen's songs have always spoken strongly to me, and I've taken comfort in favorites like "Anthem", "Tower of Song", and "So Long, Marianne". It was very difficult to decide which song to share here, but I finally decided on "Famous Blue Raincoat". I hope you enjoy it. Music Poetry Biography/Autobiography Rock's Back Pages - Articles & Interviews Check out these articles and interviews that span almost fifty...Read more...
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Witches and wizards rejoice! Harry Potter fans everywhere are excited to learn more about their favorite wizarding world with the upcoming movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , now in theaters. The New Film The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which...Read more...
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