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Marilyn: Her life in her own words
August 5th marked the 56th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death at the age of 36. Hers was a short and tumultuous life, and the intervening years have enshrouded her in layers of rumor, conspiracy, and myth. Today let's celebrate the woman and the movie star through her pictures, words, and films.Read more...
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Find out how you can become a Homework Club Volunteer.Read more...
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If you’re looking for laughs alongside your heart-flutters, here are some perfect YA picks that’ll give you just that.Read more...
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Play, Learn and Grow Together!
(Photo courtesy of the CA State Library and Terry Lorant Photography) Printable PDF: January 2018 | February 2018 | March 2018 | April 2018 I May 2018 I June 2018 I July 2018 I August 2018 August 2018 August 1: Read a book about your favorite animal. August 2: Build a house using pillows, blankets and chairs. August 3: Make up a song about hats. August 4: Play dress-up with old Halloween costumes. August 5: Paint outside with water and a paintbrush. August 6: Roll a ball back and forth. August 7: What happens when you put paper into a...Read more...
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Ever wonder what you would have to do to be called a champion of tennis? We provide the basics of how this work and pair them with some items available for checkout.Read more...
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It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for May. Here are the previous lists for May and June . Enjoy! Top Fiction The Fallen by David Baldacci The Rooster Bar by John Grsiham The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton The 17th Suspect by James Patterson Origin by Dan Brown Camino Island by John Grisham Shelter In Place by Nora Roberts The Death Of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware The Word Is Murder by Michael Connelly After Anna by Lisa Scottoline Top Non-Fiction Fire and Fury by...Read more...
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July 31st marks the 38th birthday of the boy who lived, Harry Potter, as well as the birthday of his creator J.K. Rowling. To celebrate this special day, take a look at some of the many Harry Potter eBooks and eResources that are available to access with your San José Public Library card.Read more...
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Take a look at some of our favorite books released this month.Read more...
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Revisit re-purposed restaurant buildings with SJPL's local history expert.Read more...
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I'm an 80's kid and a Gen Xer. That means that I'm one of those people who loves to reminisce about the "good old days" of movies and music. One of the reasons that Hoopla is awesome is that they offer lots of movies and music from all time periods and genres -- with plenty of 80's magic! For Kids I watched all of these as a kid. I seem to remember that a member of my family (who shall remain nameless) got misty-eyed every time he watched Transformers: the Movie ... Parents, you might want to make sure these...Read more...