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Fireworks by Christoph Berger
Image by Christoph Berger Have you made a New Year's Resolution? If you've resolved to create a new, improved you for the year, we have a few eResources that can help. New Year, New Start Do you want to find happiness and make positive changes in your life? Check out OverDrive and our New Year, New Start list. See All New Year, New You! Hoopla has lots of videos, books, and audiobooks to help you find your best self this year! Check out one of these lists: New Year, New You! This collection features 12 eAudiobooks that will get you...Read more...
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Richard Adams On Christmas Eve, Richard Adams, author of the beloved fantasy classic Watership Down , passed away at 96. After telling stories about rabbits to his young daughters on long car rides, Watership Down began life when the girls insisted he write the rabbit stories down. It was rejected by several publishers before it was finally published by Rex Collings in 1972. Richard Adams was 52 at the time his debut novel was published. It turns out it is not that uncommon for an author to have their “first break” in publishing after they have lived the first half-century...Read more...
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Here are some of the best comics 2016 had to offer, based on solid storytelling, characters, artwork, and how hard it is to put down. It's everything I loved last year, and I think you'll love them too! Bonus: the year's best animated movies.Read more...
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jeweled crown
In the crowning glory that is San Jose's library system, Alviso Branch Library is the forgotten jewel. Each branch has its own unique facets, of course, but because of its location, people tend to forget Alviso exists. In spite of this, Alviso branch library has much to recommend it. Located at the north end of San Jose and nestled between Milpitas and Santa Clara, Alviso is one of the oldest towns in Santa Clara County. It was incorporated in 1852 and was a major commercial shipping port for the southern part of Santa Clara County until the late 1880's. As...Read more...
Image: This is what my first library card looked like. The blank white area included your name and full address. The "Bookamatic" system was developed by Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation and used by San Jose Public Library from 1958 through 1977.
For the first time in many years, the San Jose Public Library will soon be featuring new library card designs . There will be six new designs, two from each category of Adult, Teen, and Children.The design entries were submitted as part of a contest conducted by the library, and each category had one design selected by the public, and another by a panel of judges. These new card designs got me to thinking about my first library card. I had the card throughout the 1960s, and I remember using it when the pink bookmobile would park across the street...Read more...
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SJPL eHelp
Happy Holidays! This is the season of gift-giving, and many of us will receive new eReaders and mobile devices. Happily, the San Jose Public Library has a wide assortment of materials and services just for you! Get started by going to our eBooks and eMedia page , clicking on the “Help” button, and choosing the Getting Started guide for your device. Deciding which of our eResources to use with your device can be confusing, but we’re here to help. If you have: a Kindle eBook reader like a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Voyage, New Kindle, or Kindle Oasis, you can check...Read more...
Are you trying to squeeze in one more book before 2017? There's no better way to beat the cold than to cozy up with a hot holiday romance novel. From Historicals, to YA, to paranormal, we've got a bit of everything for you this holiday season. Read on for a few of our recommendations. Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish , Grace Burrowes It's Christmas time and all Lady Sophie wants is some peace and quiet. But then her maid sneaks off, leaving behind a crying newborn, and a snowstorm hits, stranding her at a London inn. Luckily, 'tis the season for...Read more...
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Anyone who has seen performances by magicians like David Blaine or Penn & Teller has felt the wonder and mystery of magic and illusion. Check out these items related to learning magic. Amazing Magic Tricks: Beginner Level - Start your journey to becoming a magician with this book, the first in a series that increases in skill level. Joshua Jay's Amazing Book of Cards - Learn shuffling techniques and card tricks with this book accompanied by a DVD of demonstrations. The Kids' Guide to Magic Tricks - Receive step-by-step guidance on different magic tricks and illusions. Looking for more? Find...Read more...
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There's still plenty of time to bake some great Christmas Cookies! This time of year always makes me a bit nostalgic for Christmases past. I grew up in Northern Michigan, so my childhood Christmas es were idyllic. As my husband once said it looked like a live version of a Thomas Kinkade painting. We lived in a Victorian style house, complete with a fire in the fireplace, snow on the ground, and the smell of cookies baking in the oven. Every year, my Mom and I would bake Christmas cookies together. We didn't have much in the way of family...Read more...
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Mexican Tin Art Self Portraits Many of the greatest artists throughout the ages have tackled the self portrait - now it is your turn! In the style of hojalatas, tin art made in Mexico, the young artists can emboss their likeness into a tin portrait. This activity is best for school age children between 6 and 12 years old. Gathering Your Materials There are plenty of options to get you started: Tooling Foil or disposable tin cookie sheets “Embossing tools” : The sky’s the limit here: dull pencils, the opposite ends of paintbrushes or spoon, nails, or a traditional embossing...Read more...
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