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Image: Close-up of the cover of a colorful Japanese children's book about the adventures of Momotaro. Photo by Ralph Pearce
Back in 1990, I took a Japanese kite-making class as part of the San Jose Japantown Centennial. The image on my kite was the Japanese folk hero Momotaro , often referred to as Peach Boy in the United States. The modern version of the story begins with an old, childless couple finding a giant peach floating in the river. Opening the peach to eat it, they discover a child inside. The couple name the child Momotaro (momo meaning peach, and Taro for the eldest son), and raise the boy as their own. After reaching adulthood, Momotaro sets off to fight...Read more...
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BB-8 model at Star Wars Launch Bay in Disneyland
Let us help you prepare for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland, May the 4th (aka Star Wars Day), and the future release of Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker with SJPL's many online resources.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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It's YA Friday's one-year blog birthday and we've celebrated by highlighting some of our favorite posts of the past year.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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2019 marks 80 years of the Dark Knight!Read more...
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This list of YA books-about-books will satisfy any bibliophile during National Library Week.Read more...
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"Do you suppose she's a wildflower?" - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Showers and Flowers With the abundant precipitation California has had this winter, many areas across the state are experiencing an even more brilliant spring wildflower bloom than usual. I've had several calls at my library branch from patrons wanting to know where they can go locally to see wildflowers. I've recommended Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill and Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve in Redwood City. Both areas have several hiking trails which feature a beautiful variety of wildflowers. Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve is...Read more...
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Who They Are & What They Do Bill Wilson provides a drop-in and respite center for homeless youth (ages 12-25), with the goal of getting them into safe and permanent housing. How You Can Use Their Service Website: www.billwilsoncenter.org Phone: 408-850-6125 Address: 63 South 2nd St., San Jose, CA 95112 Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM; Sunday, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM Additional info : Tips for Parents What Is Available Clothing Computers Drop-in center Food GED prep Health clinic (Mon and Wed; includes HIV, STD, and pregnancy testing) LGBTQ space (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon...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. G is for .... Games! One of the best...Read more...
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