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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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It All Started With A Story Growing up my grandfather enjoyed telling us stories about his and our families past. As I grew older and other people entered my life their family stories became just as interesting to me, especially if they were shrouded in some kind of mystery. But of all the stories I've researched over the years there was one that piqued my curiosity. It had to do with a fateful meeting years before among a group of half siblings that didn't go so well. So the challenge became with a common last name and a general geographical...Read more...
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Non-Fiction Edition Holidays are great, but they can also be a really stressful time. You might be dealing with spending too much (or not enough) time with relatives, travel woes, homework, financial stress...the list goes on and on. You can find lots of ways to relax at the library. We have plenty of books, movies, and music that can entertain you and we have crafts and other events that you can attend to unwind. Sometimes though, you may need some tips on how to cope with stress. Here are some books that cover mediation, mental health, and life tips! Meditation...Read more...
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Jack the Ripper, motorcycle racers, gangsters, oh my! San Jose Public Library bloggers have been enjoyed a wide variety of books in November. Find out what staff has been reading below and add a few to your December TBR list! The Five by Hallie Rubenhold I read The Five by Hallie Rubenhold in November. It is a fascinatingly thorough look at the five women murdered by Jack the Ripper: Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine (Kate) Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly. Rubenhold's thesis is that, while their killer has become one of the most well-known criminals in...Read more...
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