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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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Image: The author of this blog stands ready to roll on the site of the old Fiesta Lanes. Located on the corner of San Carlos Street and Willard Avenue, Fiesta Lanes closed in 2002 and is now the site of an apartment complex. A new street on the site was named Fiesta Lane in memory of the bowling alley. Photo by Gabriel Ibarra.
Image: The author of this blog stands ready to roll at the former location of Fiesta Lanes bowling alley . Located on the corner of San Carlos Street and Willard Avenue, Fiesta Lanes closed in 2002 and is now the site of an apartment complex. A new street on the site was named Fiesta Lane in memory of the bowling alley. Photo by Gabriel Ibarra. Well, it seems as though the heyday of the bowling alley may be over. Bowling always struck me as a rather monotonous game, but I did have fun the one time I played with my...Read more...
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Celebrate spring with some fantistic finds for all ages at your local San José Public Library BrancyRead more...
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National Pencil Day is on March 30, so whether you use a professional-grade graphite pencil, mechanical pencil, colored pencil, or the humble No. 2 pencil, go out and draw today.Read more...
Bronte sisters
Over the centuries, many women writers have published under male or gender-ambiguous pen names because their gender was seen as an obstacle to attracting readers. We highlight a few.Read more...
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We can help you find out what a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is, why you might want to use one, and how to pick one out.Read more...
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Are you a fan of music? Rock’s Backpages is the place to find the best articles in popular music journalism over the last fifty years.Read more...
Murder on the Orient Express e-audiobook narrated by Dan Stevens
Dan Stevens won fans' hearts with his portrayal of Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey . See some of the actor's other work relating to literary adaptations below. And Then There Were None Listen to Stevens narrate and perform character voices for this mystery about 10 strangers lured to a remote location who then start getting killed off. If you enjoy this e-audiobook, Stevens also performs Christie's Murder on the Orient Express , starring sleuth Hercule Poirot. Both titles are available for free with Hoopla and your SJPL library card . Beauty and the Beast Stevens stars as the Beast in...Read more...
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USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2018 Beginning April 3, 2017.Read more...
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Cleaning materials
Spring has sprung! We've got resources for you to get you into a spring cleaning mood.Read more...
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