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The California Room is a Special Collection archive located on the 5th floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library It is the repository for various books, maps, scrapbooks, periodicals, and other materials related to California history. Below are highlights of some spooky-themed finds you can locate in the room which are focused around local urban legends and true crime. Books True Crime The Winchester Mystery House Urban Legends Witches Beyond Books Online Archives An original copy of a spooky Japanese folktale The Goblin Spider about a shape shifting creature that lives in a haunted temple. Beautifully illustrated and...Read more...
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Check out SJPL's gargantuan variety of eResources available for anyone captivated by spooky creatures.Read more...
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Grumpy Pants
Emotions can be messy and bubble up at inconvenient times. Try these tips and recommended reads for talking to kids about emotions.Read more...
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October....the most basic time of the year. We've probably all drank our weight in pumpkin spice latte's, taken a hundred not so impromptu photos in a pumpkin patch, and stayed awake ALL night after that scary movie marathon... But have you finished a Halloween themed read? With November fast approaching there isn't much time left to add a Halloween book to your basic fall to do list. Don't worry we've got you covered with some great recommendations! We recommend checking out audiobooks version of these spooky reads, curling up in bed and turning off the lights. Its going to be...Read more...
Close-up of Mckinley's statue in St. James Park. Photo ©Ralph M. Pearce 
I have never seen a president in person, though I have heard stories about President McKinley's speech in St. James Park , President Teddy Roosevelt planting a redwood tree in Campbell , and I have a cousin who saw John F. Kennedy speak outside the Civic Auditorium a few days before his election. About the closest I've come to seeing a president was when a motorcade of limousines and motorcycle cops drove past me in the 1980s. I learned the next day that it was Vice President Mondale . On this 50th anniversary of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's campaign speech...Read more...
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Prepare for the upcoming film Bohemian Rhapsody about the band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury by listening to an album, watching a documentary or reading about the band, or dig through the archive of music articles available from our eResources.Read more...
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YA Friday
Non-fiction edition In the fall, I am always looking for a good scary story. Now that I've binge-watched Stranger Things and the new show based on The Haunting of Hill House , I wanted to find some non-fiction creepy stories. I am personally a skeptic , but I love reading about strange happenings and past crimes. This post highlights some historical true crime and ghost stories that we have in our YA non-fiction collection. Historical True Crime and the Paranormal The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century by Sara Miller Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave...Read more...
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Pete the Cat the Album
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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...