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Leonard Bernstein at 100 As the year draws to a close, I wanted to write about a couple things that happened in 2018 but didn't get around to writing about them at the time. The first is that August 25 was what would have been composer Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Various events around the world celebrated this centennial starting in September 2017 and will continue into August 2019. Bernstein is well-known for composing for the movie musical West Side Story . He also conducted classical works with the New York Philharmonic. Check out some of his music with the Essential...Read more...
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Welcome to Romances of the Month! This is a monthly blog that offers a round-up of a couple of romance books that I've read for the month, and where I will also share my reviews of each book! Duchess by Design by Maya Rodale Seeking a wealthy American bride who can save his family's estate, Brandon Fiennes, the duke of Kingston, is a rogue determined to do the right thing. But his search for an heiress goes deliciously awry when an enchanting seamstress tumbles into his arms instead. Miss Adeline Black aspires to be a fashionable dressmaker— not a duchess—and...Read more...
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This month was just a mad dash to finish my Goodreads challenge of 60 books read in 2018. Although I didn't get to read everything from my TBR lists that I would have liked, I still managed to squeeze in a few good books from them. Hopefully I'll get to read whats left of them in 2019. Wishing you all a Happy New Year. Comment down below what your books you plan on reading in 2019. Books I've Read Recently The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook. Five years ago there was...Read more...
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2019 is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Its a chance to press the reset button your TBR pile and make a fresh start on your next year's reading journey. Whether you read fiction, non-fiction, listen to audiobooks, or spend your days flipping through picture books, there is a reading challenge for you! Challenge 1: Modern Mrs. Darcy Pick and choose your books to fit ten distinct fields. Can you find one book that fits all 10? Challenge 2: Popsugar For a more challenging reading checklist, try Popsugar's 50 prompts of books to read. The 5th annual list...Read more...
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We seldom mention them or even really notice them much, but I've always liked those old buildings with angled entrances on the very corner of the building. They're usually corner grocery stores or former corner grocery stores, and I suppose the intention was for ease of access. I didn't realize how many there were around San Jose until I started looking for them to photograph. Maybe you'll recognize some of the examples below: Image: Here's a beautiful old corner entrance store on Thirteenth and Jackson Streets , and another on Eleventh and Empire Streets . Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce Image:...Read more...
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Check out the best YA reads of 2018, according to one of our San José Public Library staff members.Read more...
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Teens hungry for can’t-miss reads will devour our favorite young adult books of 2018, as selected by San José Public Library staff.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...
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“Speak softly and carry big cookie. Big enough to share with a good friend.” ― Cookie Monster , The Joy of Cookies: Cookie Monster's Guide to Life Ready, Set, Bake! According to one of the online monthly calendars, Tuesday, December 18 is Bake Cookies Day . The origins of this lesser known holiday aren't clear. Perhaps it was created by holiday bakers as a reminder to get those cookies in the oven. It also could have been created by people who really, really wished they had some cookies. Either way, it's a great excuse to bake some cookies and share...Read more...
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