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August 16th is Tell a Joke Day! Whether you want to tell the jokes, or just pick up a book that'll make you laugh, the following are some favorite comedy and joke books that will brighten your day! Yes Please In her first book Amy Poehler delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. With chapters like "Treat Your Career Like a Bad Boyfriend," "Plain Girl Versus the Demon" and "The Robots Will Kill Us All," there is never a dull moment in Yes Please . And if you want to check out one of the best comedies ever on...Read more...
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Is your child going back to school next week? Starting school for the first time? Back to school is a special time for children, and can sometimes be a difficult transition going from the fun and easy summer days to the more structured routine of a school schedule. Although your child may be ready to get started with all their school supplies, one of the most important tools that they’ll rely on are their literacy skills. Refreshing and encouraging these skills at home will help your children succeed right from the start. Whatever your child’s age, setting literacy goals together...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Summertime is a great place to start healthy habits for your family. What better place to start than in your kitchen? Cooking with toddlers and preschoolers can be fun, messy and an incredible learning experience fostering healthy eating habits, developing your child's imagination and their gross motor skills. Whether its something as simple as brewing a pot of coffee or more complex like cooking spaghetti, this is an experience they will always remember. Prep Work Discuss kitchen safety before starting any cooking projects. Explain that the stove and oven heat up when being used. Discuss that the stove gets very,...Read more...
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Photo: Bob Sidebottom's Comic Collector Shop on E. San Fernando Street. Photo from 1976 Willow Glen High School yearbook.
Image: Bob Sidebottom's Comic Collector Shop on E. San Fernando Street. Photo from 1976 Willow Glen High School yearbook. When my best friend Kevin and I were about thirteen, we learned that there were very cool comic book stores in downtown San Jose. Living in the Willow Glen area, we figured out that we could take the 64 bus from Lincoln and Curtner Avenues to downtown. This was about 1973, and you can still catch the 64 at the same stop. The shops we were interested in conveniently lined East San Fernando from Second to about Fourth Streets. From west...Read more...
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Warning: This movie review contains spoilers from both the book and the movie. John Green . Just the mere mention of his name will have people simultaneously squealing and crying to the author of the mega hit The Fault in Our Stars book and movie adaptation . Paper Towns is the latest novel of Green’s to be adapted for the big screen. It stars Nat Wolf (fun fact: he played Isaac on The Fault in Our Stars ), Cara Delevingne , and Halston Sage and is directed by Jake Schreier . As with my previous blogs, I will be focusing...Read more...
Country Churchtyards
Eudora Welty, who died on this day in 2001, was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1909. She is best known as a writer of novels and short stories, but she was also an accomplished photographer, essayist, and book reviewer. Here's a little taste of her work... Photography Eudora Welty Photographs Country Churchyards Fiction (a short selection) Th e Collected Stories of Eudora Welty ​ ​​ The Optimist's Daughter (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1973) Delta Wedding A Curtain of Green The Robber Bridegroom Nonfiction Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews The Eye of the Story: Collected Essays and Reviews...Read more...
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When I began to write this month's blog, I noticed that I was unable to get through the first paragraph. The words were not flowing as easily as in my previous blogs. I began to wonder if I would be able to have the same feeling of inspiration for writing these blogs. Perhaps our recent move caused so much upheaval, that I was unable to focus clearly and concentrate on my subject matter. I also noticed that I have stepped away from some of my creative projects, partly because of moving our household and getting settled in to our new...Read more...
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I Support We Need Diverse Books
The We Need Diverse Books campaign began in 2014 on twitter when authors, bloggers and readers began talking about the need to have more diverse children’s and YA literature. These conversations led to the creation of the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks and a three day event in May of that same year to brainstorm, collaborate and raise awareness of the need to diversify our shelves! As someone who grew up in such a diverse part of the country, San Jose, the campaign for more diverse books is a welcomed call to action. The idea that books should reflect the diversity of the...Read more...
Citizenship Corner in King Library
Check out our first start Citizenship Corner (international collection area on the 3rd floor of the King Library )! It includes citizenship test preparation materials along with information about the naturalization process. And you can practice the citizenship test is with ProCitizen . Naturalization is an important milestone in the path toward U.S. citizenship. The decision to apply for citizenship is a very personal one. To help you prepare, USCIS has developed a variety of educational resources. To get started, explore the links below. Should I Consider U.S. Citizenship? Learn about the reasons to consider U.S. citizenship. Lean About Naturalization...Read more...
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Join the San José Public Library at Pop-Up Makerspaces throughout downtown on Fridays and Saturdays. Drop in anytime at these pop-up spaces from 12 to 3 pm, and use your creativity to re-imagine downtown’s underutilized pocket spaces.Read more...
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