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A Walk in the Woods
Now that Summer is upon us, it's time to start thinking about enjoying the great outdoors! We are lucky--living in Northern California -- to be near some of the choicest hiking in the country. Check out one of these books for instruction or inspiration! This is just a sampling--we have many, many more where these came from! ...and don't forget: some of these books are also available in multiple formats. General Information for Hikers and Backpackers Eyewitness Companions: Backpacking & Hiking by Karen Berger Hiking & Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide by Buck Tilton ​ Staying Safe, Sound, and Found!...Read more...
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USCIS has several immigration relief measures that may be available to Nepali nationals who are affected by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 . Measures that may be available to eligible Nepali nationals upon request include: Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired; A grant of re-parole; Expedited processing of advance parole requests; Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship; Expedited adjudication...Read more...
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Looking for a good book?
It's Children's Book Week. Novelist K-8 Plus is a great resource for getting recommendations for "read-alikes." No Wimpy Kid or Junie B Jones books available? No problem. Go to Novelist K-8 Plus and find some other books that are similar and likely to be on the shelves. Or do an advanced search using limits such as grade level, lexile, author's gender, and author's cultural identity. Novelist K-8 Plus also has book lists, award winners and Common Core resources for teachers. For teens and adults, the library also has Novelist Plus , a similar eResource that's a great tool for all...Read more...
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Monday, May 4, is Star Wars Day. Do you know why? It's because you can say, "May the fourth be with you!" (As in "May the force be with you!") To that end, I present some great Star Wars items for you to peruse, to celebrate this important day. Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary is a colorful, richly detailed and illustrated visual guide to the Star Wars universe as shown in the first trilogy (episodes IV, V, and VI). It features Eyewitness-style sections on all of the major characters, costumes, and gadgets from these films, in eye-popping color. This is...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Last month we discussed how to incorporate early literacy activities during your trip to the mall. This month we take it one step further. Reading the directory Once you've parked and are ready to go, make sure to stop by the mall directory. This is a great place to go over directions, as well as setting up a meeting place in case you become separated. Spatial literacy and being able to read a map are crucial literacy skills for navigating through the world. Spatial literacy skills allow your child to be able to think visually and interpret location, distance, direction...Read more...
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Cats in Hats
Knitting and Crochet are more popular than ever, and there is a book for every taste and skill level. Books for Beginners These books offer beginning knitters/crocheters step-by-step instructions and easy projects that build on the knowledge of each lesson. Chicks With Sticks Guide to Crochet: Learn to Crochet With More Than 30 Cool, Easy Patterns by Nancy Queen and Mary Ellen O'Connell And try the Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting ! Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller Standard Early Projects Now that you're on your way, you might want to start picking out your own...Read more...
Cover of "Thor God of Thunder: Godbutcher"
The Avengers highly anticipated sequel , Avengers 2: Age of Ultron comes out this Friday, May 1st! Here are some awesome comics about your favorite Avengers to read before, after, or in between your additional viewings. Thor: God of Thunder - With a story tens of thousands of years in the making, this three part series gives readers a look at Thor as his past, present/Avenger, and future self. In the first volume, The God Butcher , a young and impulsive Thor (who wields an axe instead of his hammer Mjolnir since he's not worthy yet) runs into the God...Read more...
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Alyssa Mendoza with David Bowie cosplayer
Hello there Fangirls and Fanboys! It's your local neighborhood bloggers, Addie and Alyssa, here to share with you another fun experience for all you comic book fans out there. Big Wow Comicfest is an annual event that celebrates all things comic book.We had the chance to enjoy the convention and here are our thoughts on what's great about Big Wow Comicfest for those of you who may be on the fence about attending next year. Pros: Easy to navigate! There are panels and booths throughout the convention and thankfully there are big walkways so it is easy to walk around...Read more...
National Train Day
Amtrak Train Days is an annual event (formerly National Train Day ) that starts Saturday, May 9, 2015. Kicking off in Chicago and then traveling to multiple cities, it features the Amtrak Exhibit Train at select stops. You also can join in the fun and check out the latest in trains by looking up library periodicals (and books) to get you on track. " Trains " magazine is a monthly periodical for all train enthusiasts. Current articles include photographing the historic Golden Spike, train safety issues and reports on festivals and conferences. It runs the gamut from Classic old trains...Read more...
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Leonard McKay's photo of the Kell House, summer of 1961. Courtesy of History San Jose.
Photo: Leonard McKay's photo of the Kell House, summer of 1961. Courtesy of History San Jose. In November of 1965, my family moved from downtown Willow Glen to the Meadowbrook tract in a southeast pocket of Willow Glen (now referred to as Canoas Gardens). This tract is located at the base of the San Juan Bautista Hills, on property that had once belonged to Thomas and Margaret Kell. Though I was only six at the time, I remember my father and I driving across the new Almaden Expressway to the large field at the corner of Curtner and Almaden Road...Read more...
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