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Seven Magnificent Adventures 2019
Here I am at the Santa Teresa County Park, Stile Ranch to Fortini Trail. 2018 Pix in Parks Challenge photo op. ©Brandy Maldonado. If you love hiking, you've been waiting for the weather to clear to get back outside! Ready or not, it is time to get back to the great outdoors! Let's go for a hike! Hiking is a great way to explore the great outdoors with friends, family or solo! Since moving to the bay area I have tried my best to take advantage of all the local hiking spots. There is a lot of hiking available to...Read more...
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"Books I've Read Recently" is a series where I, Penelope Gomez , will do a monthly wrap up of the books I've read throughout the past month. In this series I will give a brief synopsis of the story and then give the book a rating of : Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Just Okay I will then give a brief description of why I chose to rate a book a certain way. So without further delay lets get into the "Books I've Read Recently," and as always leave a comment down below and tell me which of these books you've...Read more...
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Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) is here to help your research! With eBooks on GVRL , you can turn research into results. Optimized for search and discovery, the GVRL platform enables you to search through a growing collection of nonfiction eBooks on business, travel, cooking, kids interest, and more within a single search. Once you’ve pinpointed the exact content you want, download content. You can save to your computer, email results, or save to your Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. Featured Content Check it out! Next time you need to do research or just have an information need, check out...Read more...
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Take a look at some of our favorite books released this month.Read more...
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Oscars Statuette
The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 24. Are you ready for the show? We've got plenty of eBooks, eMedia, and eResources to help you prepare for a party, learn about the nominees, read about the history of the Oscars, watch previous winners, or listen to some nominated songs and scores.Read more...
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Story to Stage Writing Contest - featuring Danny the Dragon puppet mascot
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo and the San José Public Library have partnered to present our first joint writing contest, Story to Stage. This Spring, help Happy Hollow Park & Zoo find a new story to add to their puppet theater! March 1 - April 12 Write an original story about Danny the Dragon, the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo mascot. The winner will be recognized at Happy Hollow on Saturday, May 11, 2019 and their story will become the inspiration for a brand new puppet show at Happy Hollow’s Puppet Castle Theater. Submissions are accepted between March 1 and...Read more...
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Did we match each song from Ariana Grande's new pop album, thank u, next to YA books? Yes.Yes, we did.Read more...
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Poster of Story Road and King Road done by Sonny Madrid (Founder of Lowrider Magazine)
Lowrider Exhibition On December 15, 2018, the San Jose Public Library - California Room opened its first ever lowrider exhibit, Story and King: San Jose's Lowrider Culture . With lowrider jams played by DJ Queso, the vibe was not only educational, but nostalgic. Over 200 people joined the library that day, sharing stories of cruising and introducing their history to the younger generation. The common sentiment expressed was that it's about time San Jose is put on the map for its contributions to lowrider history, including Lowrider Magazine, first published locally by Sonny Madrid . In light of lowriding's importance...Read more...
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Viewers Advisory - two pairs of feet atop movie theater seats
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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Welcome to another month of Staff Picks! With the 2019 Academy Awards® happening at the end of the month, San José Public Library bloggers have nominated their favorite books turned into movies for you to discover. Grab some popcorn and check out this shortlist of books (and their DVD/Blu-Ray adaptations) at your local library branch ! The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje My favorite book turned into a movie is The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje . I loved the movie and went looking for the book. I always have an expectation that movie adaptations won’t do justice to the...Read more...
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