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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
For reluctant readers, summer break can be a difficult time to focus and find that perfect book. To engage your reluctant reader this summer, watch a movie then read the book. Talk about the differences, expectations and what they would have added or left out of the movie. There might be even a local production or theater performing shows based on books. In the meantime browse through our DVD and Fiction shelves to find your perfect pairing. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (J Fiction / J PB Fiction Fitzhugh) Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in...Read more...
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Home Improvement Reference Center
You can do it yourself! Get help with all of those projects you've been wanting to do around the house with Home Improvement Reference Center. Free online with your library card at http://0-web.a.ebscohost.com.catalog.sjlibrary.org/hirc/search/basic?vid=0&sid=389ce04a-a0e2-410e-b8d2-d08f04c8ddb1%40sessionmgr4010 .Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Take flight this summer with some wonderful books and stories to help prepare your little ones for their first trip on an airplane. Preparing for a flight can be full of stressful moments, But before you leave the home and after you get through the security games, there are a number of games, songs and different activities that you can do with the family to make the trip more exciting. Pre-Boarding Where are you going? Use a map or atlas to show your child where your destination is. Spell out the name of the city or country that you are...Read more...
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open six days icon: #SJPL6days
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elizabeth Castañeda San José Public Library Elizabeth.Castaneda@sjlibrary.org (408) 808-2175 San José Public Library to Expand All Branches to Six-Day Schedule Starting Saturday, July 11 Neighborhood libraries will hold celebrations SAN JOSE, Calif. – All 22 San José Public Library branches will be open six days per week beginning Saturday, July 11. To celebrate the new schedule, all San José branches will hold community celebrations beginning Saturday, July 11, and continuing into the following week. Celebrity story times and other event information will be available on events.sjpl.org . The public is invited to attend the events and...Read more...
Kaplan SAT 2015
Not sure how to spend your summer? Summer is a great time to get some valuable work or volunteer experience in. Maybe you want to study for an upcoming SAT or maybe you want to learn a new skill over the summer? Whatever your summer needs may be the San Jose Public Library has resources to help you make this summer productive. Here are some suggestions and resources to help you make this a great summer. 1 . Trying to work this summer? The San Jose Public Library has some great resources to help you land the perfect job. Check...Read more...
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Future Engineers has another challenge for enterprising K-12 students. This year, students are challenged "to create a digital 3D model of a container for space." Containers are useful to astronauts for many different things, from food storage to experiments. With the new addition of a 3D printer on the International Space Station astronauts can now print on demand and future astronauts may even use them on Mars! There are two categories in this competition, Junior Engineers ages 5-12 and Teen Engineers 13-19. Each person is allowed to submit one 3D Model of a Space Container by August 2nd. All submissions...Read more...
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Check out library eBooks from OverDrive
Did you know you can check out eBooks and eAudiobooks from San Jose Public Library? There are over 25,000 titles to choose from - something for everyone. This video highlights OverDrive, which is just one of the vendors that provides eBooks to the library. Find them all on our eBooks page .Read more...
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The Hori building in San Jose Japantown about 1990
Photo : The Hori building in San Jose Japantown about 1990. In the late 1980s, I lived in the front half of a very long one-story building near the corner of Fifth and Jackson Streets in San Jose Japantown . Wanting to learn something about the old building, I began by looking through old city directories at the main library downtown. I eventually discovered that the building had been created out of two portable classrooms from Grant School near Tenth and Jackson Streets. They were acquired from the school in 1915 and moved to 580 North Fifth Street where they...Read more...
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Wuthering Heights
Remember: some of these titles are available in more than one format and/or language! Murasaki Shikibu Tale of Genji (c1021) Regarded by some as the first novel, this epic of the royal court is set during the Heian period. It explores relationships and intrigue among various generations of courtiers. Ann Radcliffe Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) An orphaned girl, in love with a good man, is pursued by an evil count. This classic features all the hallmarks of gothic fiction: a dreary castle, intrigue, danger, and romance. Jane Austen Persuasion (1818) Eight years after being persuaded to end her engagement by...Read more...
Have a great idea for a new business?
King Library has a new collection of books on small business, located on the 3rd floor of King Library. Be watching as new books and other resources are added. Useful business resources are available online, too. Small Business Reference Center includes eBooks, articles, and tips for new and experienced entrepreneurs. Access online from anywhere with your library card.Read more...
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