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Happy Pride! While June is usually LGBTQ+ Pride month, San Jose's own Silicon Valley Pride will be August 25-26, 2018! San Jose Public Library will be marching with the parade on Sunday, August 26 at 10:00 AM. Additionally, SJPL will be hosting it's final summer Drag Queen Story Time at King Library on Saturday, September 15 at 11:00 AM. And to celebrate, I've put together a list of comics with LGBTQ+ characters and themes! Note, I will be using the term "queer" throughout this post as an umbrella term for non-heterosexual. San Jose's first lesbian and gay pride parade in...Read more...
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Alyssa and Stephanie
Young adult authors, bay area bloggers and an exclusive interview oh my! Welcome young adult fanatics to another episode of Fangirls Unleashed! I, Alyssa, attended the 2nd annual Bloggers <3 Authors event hosted at Books Inc., an awesome independent bookstore in Santa Clara. Addie, being a librarian, was unable to attend due to teensReach . But don't worry, I made sure to get her a signed copy of Tamara Ireland Stone's newest book, Little Do We Know . No fangirl left behind! The Bloggers <3 Authors event is unique in that young adult authors, bay area bloggers, and an independent...Read more...
Aretha Franklin
Last week we said goodbye to one of the greatest singers of all time, Aretha Franklin. Remember her by listening to her amazing voice on an album from Hoopla and celebrate her life by learning more about her history with some of our eMedia and eResources.Read more...
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Beginning a new school year can be exciting and nerve-wracking in equal measure. The teens in these books are trying to get off on the right foot, often against steep odds.Read more...
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One of our greatest fairytale writers of all time, Hans Christian Anderson, once said: "To travel is to live." Not all of us are fortunate to have the opportunity to experience a glamorous, postcard vacation this summer abroad whether it’s enjoying an adventurous Indiana Jones style jeep ride on an African safari, experiencing a breathtaking aerial view on the London Eye Ferris Wheel or taking as many pictures as our smartphones will allow with the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the art of authentic gelato. We can still dream about it, can’t we? By swinging by one of your local...Read more...
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What makes searching your family roots more exciting? Discovering a personal connection to historical events. Find out how you can make your family tree come alive!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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Summer's almost over and school starts soon. Why not do a little bit of leisure reading to cap off the slow days of August?Read more...
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When There's More To The Story If there's one constant in researching one's family genealogy it is to expect the unexpected. This is especially true when it comes to connections with distant relatives. In my case this peripheral connection to history and a subsequent mystery was a second cousin three times removed named Annette Arends. Her 1st husband was a highly decorated 9th Army Air Corps P-47 pilot from World War 2 nicknamed the "Kentucky Colonel" and his name was Wilfred Crutchfield. Colonel Crutchfield and his co-pilot Major Ivan O'dell were on a training mission on April 15, 1968 when...Read more...
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YA FRI
Non-Fiction Edition Hi! I'm Leizel, and once a month I'll be taking over YA Friday to highlight some awesome YA non-fiction that we have in our collection. Since school is starting up again, you might as well get a head start by learning about something you are interested in, like science! From astrophysics to forensics, you can find a topic that will fascinate you. Science! StarTalk: Everything You Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond: Young Readers Edition , written by Neil Degrasse Tyson Ever wonder what you would pack for a...Read more...
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