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September 15, 2015 marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, so it’s a good time to dive into some Young Adult Literature written by Hispanic authors and also highlighting Hispanic characters. I didn’t read any YA literature written by Hispanic authors until I was in college and I remember being so bummed when I final did read some because I couldn’t help but think how great it would have been if I had read these when I was a teen. The stories mirrored so many of my own experiences and it also shed light on other issues that I never...Read more...
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Each year from September 15 to October 15, the United States officially observes Hispanic Heritage month, to recognize the contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Central and South America. National recognition of Hispanic Heritage Week began under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and was expanded to a month by President Reagan in 1988. September 15 was chosen as the start date of the month-long celebration because it is the Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its Independence Day on September 16, Chile on September 18, and Belize...Read more...
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Do You Know What a Fairy Wren is?
Do you know what a fairy wren is? Is it a storybook creature? Is it a bird? Look it up using World Book for Kids - a free eResource sponsored by your library.Read more...
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Christopher Moore's new book, Secondhand Souls , just came out last month. To promote the highly anticipated sequel of A Dirty Job , Moore is doing a book tour all over the country and has some local meet ups and book signings, including right here in the Bay Area! Friday, September 25, 2015 @ 7:30PM, Bookshop Santa Cruz , Santa Cruz, CA Saturday, September 26, 2015 @ 7:30PM, Kepler's , Menlo Park, CA Whether you're new to the dark humor of Christopher Moore, or want a refresher before you meet the man himself, below are some fan favorite Christopher Moore...Read more...
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Welcome to my blog The Cinematic Life. I don't just love movies, I wallow in them obsessively. I'm that geek that watches the movie, then re-watches it to listen to the commentary track. If there's more than one commentary track, my whole day is gleefully shot. I have strong, visceral, eye-twitching reactions to such trivial movie news as Ben Affleck will be the next Batman. The purpose of my blog is to introduce you to a "gateway" film or person, then riff on that film or person and connect you to other related resources available through your library card. By...Read more...
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Kids in the Kitchen Cookbook
Mark your calendars! September 13, 2015 is National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day! Check out our wonderful resources to find a recipe for a fun and edible day! What can you do? Let your child take over the kitchen for the day, or maybe just one meal. Let them learn how to spread peanut butter & jelly onto toast, or show older children how to make their favorite meal. Talk about traditional family meals and foods unique to your culture or heritage. This is a great time to explore the globe and look for similarities and differences with food...Read more...
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hoopla
San Jose Public Library is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, comics and eAudiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital – all you need is a valid library card . You can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on your Android or iOS device or visit hoopladigital.com , select Log In, then Sign Up Now, to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets...Read more...
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Stephan Pastis will be touring the US in honor of his new book, Pearls Gets Sacrificed . He is best known for his Pearls Before Swine comics which are currently running in over 650 newspapers worldwide. Come meet the former bay area lawyer, now Newspaper Comic Strip Award winning artist, on his book tour right here in San Jose! Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 4:00pm at the San Jose Women's Club . You can read the full event description and check for updates here . Unfamiliar with Stephan Pastis and Pearls Before Swine ? Check out some of the collections...Read more...
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Study SJPL
The biggest challenge for me in college was learning to manage my time and learning how to study. In high school I was able to get away without really studying or with cramming everything the night before. I never realized the importance of studying until I entered my freshman year and I started falling behind on assignments thanks to my bad study habits. Thankfully, I have a younger sister (she's the favorite plus she's studying to be a doctor) who has excellent study skills and has taught me some tricks of the trade. Building good study skills early on will...Read more...
Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Doing the laundry is one of the best ways to incorporate early literacy activities in your daily or weekly routine. Which is why Wash Time is Talk Time has been a new initiative established by the National Coin Laundry Association, Clinton Foundation and Too Small to Fail to promote and encourage more interactions with young children. Although babies may be too young to help, they are still learning and listening. Narrate as you sort, wash or fold the clothes. Let them touch and smell the different fabrics in the pile after the wash. Toddlers, however, love to help and helping...Read more...
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