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Officer Gene Simpson. Courtesy of SJPD
Officers Gene Simpson and Gordon "Gordy" Silva. Courtesy SJPD I began working for the San Jose Public Library in October of 1988 and was assigned to the Silicon Valley Information Center (SVIC) on the third floor of the old main library on San Carlos Street. That unit later dissolved and some of its contents are now part of the California Room’s collection as the Silicon Valley Company Archive . I was at my desk in SVIC on January 20, 1989, when I heard that a police officer had been shot and killed just blocks away on Santa Clara Street. My...Read more...
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2015 marks milestone anniversaries for a number of literary works that continue to have enormous cultural influence all these years after they were first published. A significant anniversary is a great excuse to either revisit or pick up one of these classics for the first time. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien turns 60 in 2015. The final volume of the trilogy, The Return of the King , was released in October 1955. It stirred up great interest in epic fantasy as a genre, and its popularity paved the way for modern fantasy writers such as JK Rowling...Read more...
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If someone is living outside of the country, he or she may be required to go through consular processing to apply for a green card. How do I apply for consular processing? The course of action for applying through the consular process is a strict one that requires quite a bit of paperwork and patience. Follow this step-by-step procedure: Determine your basis for immigration: You must fit into one of the INA immigrant categories to be eligible for a green card. The most common way is through a petition filed by an employer who wants to hire you (employment-based) or...Read more...
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Stray by Rachel Vincent Faythe Sanders: Grad Student and werecat. We have co-existed with humans in humans in peace. That is until a stray werecat began killing off innocent human girls and kidnapping our tabbies (female werecats). There are only eight of us, making tabbies the most important individuals in our Prides. Now I have to return to mine, help find this stray, and save my friends. Those strays better watch out, because I have claws and I am not afraid to use them. For me, this was such a refreshing read! There are so many novels involving werewolves, but...Read more...
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early literacy in everday places
The grocery store is a fun opportunity to incorporate easy early literacy activities into a regularly mundane errand. Before you leave for the market: Write the shopping list together. Have your child practice their writing skills by having them write out the list before you leave for the store. If they haven't learned to write yet, ask them to draw the food (milk cartons, bananas, etc). Discuss what you need to buy. Talk about the different items of food that you plan on buying. Explain how fruit is different from a vegetable. Discuss ways to cook the food on the...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 December. Here are the previous lists for October and November . Enjoy! Top Fiction Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hr Bookstore by Robin Sloan Inferno by Dan Brown Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn And The Mountains Echoed by Hosseini Khaled Personal by Lee Child The Book Of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly Sycamore Row by John Grisham Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich W Is For Wasted by Sue Grafton Top Non-Fiction The Shallows:...Read more...
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Heidi Dolamore
Contact: Elizabeth Castañeda San José Public Library Elizabeth.Castaneda@sjlibrary.org (408) 808-2175 Heidi Dolamore Named Assistant Director of San José Public Library SAN JOSE, C alif., Jan. 5, 2015 -- Heidi Dolamore has been named assistant director for the San José Public Library by City Librarian Jill Bourne. She will have oversight of major operational areas of the Library and coordinate the implementation of new programs geared to expand branch hours and services. Dolamore comes from the Solano County Library , where she has served as deputy director of public services and managed a staff of nearly 200 at eight branches within...Read more...
The end of the year is upon us and it's time to look back at the best books of the year! These are some of the most widely acclaimed books to come out of 2014, and they can all be found at San Jose Public Library. Click on the link to see each book's location and availability. Euphoria: A Novel by Lily King English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated...Read more...
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Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal Marvel Comics and presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Written by Willow G. Wilson , Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts from Captain Marvel. This is one of the best superhero comics of the year. It has become an internet sensation and already has a large fanbase for being such a new comic. Because this comic is THAT good. It's very different from most superhero comics, and that's what makes it so much fun!...Read more...
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An Age-Old Year-End Tradition: Predicting the Future
One of humankind’s more elusive endeavors is trying to figure out what’s going to happen next. We try our best, in a number of different ways – some scientific, some spiritual, some economic and some quite a lot like stabbing in the dark. As the end of the year approaches, forecasts and predictions become especially popular pursuits as everyone tries to imagine what’s going to happen in the new year. Here are some books that deal with predicting the future as either an art or a science, drawing from everything from the occult to mathematics. The Signal and the Noise:...Read more...
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