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In November 2014, the National Center on Family Homelessness reported that one child in every thirty—or 2.5 million children in the U.S.—were homeless at some point in 2013. Many advocates blame the country’s high poverty rate on a lack of affordable housing, among other causes. Even though the child homeless rate is at an all-time high, people who are homeless are typically hidden away from the general population and many young people are not aware of the issues of homelessness, unless they are homeless themselves. In addition, there is a lot of misunderstanding by the general public about who is...Read more...
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Characters in these stories must weather devastating changes to the natural world as access to food and land are are impacted by rising sea levels or spreading ice.Read more...
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June is finally here! This year, June 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots , a monumental part of LGBTQ+ history. Observe Pride Month (aka LGBTQ+ History Month) with these stories featuring LGBTQ+ protagonists recommended by your San José Public Library bloggers. A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee I LOVE a good time period piece, and this one was extremely funny! Monty, the main character, is meant to be a well-bred Aristocrat, but he finds his life of upper class parties with socialites BORING! There's nothing Monty enjoys more than misbehaving, drinking a little...Read more...
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Unique Connection To History And Art The San Jose Public Library has various pieces of art here at the main library and throughout its many branches for customers to appreciate and enjoy. This got me to thinking about my own connection to the the art world, and to that of my great-great-great aunt's husband Godfrey Lundberg. He painstakingly hand crafted a piece so intricate that it took some three years to complete, required a magnifying glass just to view it, and the artist had a physical breakdown when it was over. So what was this unusual artwork and why is...Read more...
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The United States is the most diverse nation on Earth. It has been built by millions of immigrants coming to our shores from all the nations of the world. Immigrants have enriched our culture and contributed mightily to our economic growth. Countless numbers have put down roots and found new opportunities in the United States. The process has not always been easy. As newcomers, immigrants have faced poverty, prejudice, hostility, and even violence. The United States has long struggled in its relationship with its immigrant communities throughout history; and the "nation of immigrants" faces yet another turning point today.Read more...
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Historic Milk Barn and Tank House at McClellan Ranch Preserve
June can be a great month to get out with your kids! The longer daylight hours stretch the window of opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Not sure where to go? Luckily the Bay Area has many options whether you’re focusing on the South Bay or beyond. It can be helpful to have a point of interest as an incentive. This month, as part of the Take a Hike (with the kids) series , the featured hikes are farm-centric, giving those youngest hikers a chance to explore farm life and farm animals with a little hiking mixed in. Many baby...Read more...
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Unique In More Ways Than One In one way or the other we all have various family traditions. One in my family is a long established and fairly distinguished military tradition, which included my grandmother, who served in the Woman's Army Corps during World War II. I always found this fascinating mostly because she had various options with which to aid in the war effort, yet she chose active duty. I recently discovered another pioneering female relative who had a unique distinction, my 3rd cousin 8 times removed was a Private during the American Revolution, and her name was Deborah...Read more...
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Who will they choose? Characters in these books often find themselves torn between two loves in the most controversial plot device in YA literature: The Love Triangle.Read more...
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Learn With Me: Early Literacy from A to Z Early literacy is more than just reading, talking and singing with your child. What you say and share has just as much impact as how it's delivered. Whether its through books, conversations or jokes, a shared and diverse mix of activities and interactions with young children can shape the way they see, interpret and understand the world around them. Each month, we'll journey through the alphabet, discovering different ways of creating memories and moments to share with the children in your life. K is for ... Kitchen The kitchen is one...Read more...
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