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If you bought health insurance last year or early in 2014 through the Affordable Care Act and are thinking about making a change OR if you need to buy health insurance for the first time, you can do that now. The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called ObamaCare, is open until February 15, 2015. In California, the agency that manages health insurance is called Covered California. Their website is www.coveredca.com . The website can help you figure out how much each plan will cost you and if you will get a discount because of the amount of...Read more...
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Prolific British mystery novelist Phyllis Dorothy James (better known as P.D. James) died on November 27, 2014 at the age of 94. In 1920, she was born a little too late to be one of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction's Queens of Crime (they were Agatha Christie , Dorothy L. Sayers , Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh ). But she was definitely a Queen of Crime in her own right; a worthy successor to their crowns. She is best known for her mystery stories featuring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh. There are 14 novels in the Dalgliesh series,...Read more...
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The Weird
Are you looking for something spooky or mysterious to read, but don't have time for a whole book? Dip into one of these short story anthologies. San Francisco Noir edited by Peter Maravelis The stories in this anthology are all set in or concern San Francisco. If you're interested in stories from another city, check out Akashic's other City Noir anthologies. A Study in Sherlock: Stories inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger This recent anthology features stories by popular mystery writers such as S.J. Rozan, Charles Todd, Lee Child, Neil Gaiman, and...Read more...
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The newest installment of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay: Part 1 has just come out! If you're like most fans, you've probably already seen it this weekend, maybe even more than once. But now, you're wondering what to do with your life while waiting for the next movie? To sooth the empty space in your heart, one of my favorite suggestions is Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. In the future, everyone receives plastic surgery and becomes a "Pretty" on their 16th birthday. When Tally's best friend Shay runs away right before their operation, Tally must find her and turn her in,...Read more...
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code and glowing light
Many of us spend a large part of our day on computers. We use the internet for work and pleasure and download the newest apps on our smart phones. All of these apps and websites seem to operate flawlessly using a sort of magic that many of us don’t understand. If we have an idea for our own app, program, or website we might not have the tools needed to make that dream come to fruition. In order to create, we have to have a certain skill set; understanding computer programming languages. Luckily, in today’s world the tools needed to...Read more...
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In November and December, look for this fun activity at your local SJPL branch . Recommended for children 8 and above, the one-hour program involves making crafts that explore how things like light, color, and patterns can play tricks on your eyes. It’s a science and art project all rolled into one! Actually, it’s three projects. Make your own to take home: Thaumatrope ​ The word thaumatrope is derived from Greek words meaning “miracle turner.” It’s a disk with a picture on either side (for example, a bird on one side and a cage on the other). When the disk...Read more...
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A photograph of the Nishioka building in 1989.
I lived in San Jose Japantown back in the 1980s. I used to enjoy jogging around the area in the evening, and one of the places I used to jog past was the Nishioka Fish Market on Sixth Street near Taylor. It’s a beautiful old brick building, built in 1929 by Ichimatsu Tsurukawa for his Ideal Laundry business. Unfortunately, the depression hit soon after, and Tsurukawa’s business didn’t flourish as he’d hoped. He eventually sold the business to one of his Filipino workers, Ben Ragsac, who downsized the business and moved it to a smaller location near the corner of...Read more...
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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Zoe Sugg writes about a a young girl, Penny, who has a secret. Penny is GirlOnline, a blogger who blogs about anything from school dramas to boys or even her family! She living the perfect double life; that is until her family moves to New York and meets Noah. But Noah is harboring a secret too, and his secret might just expose Penny's cover and threaten their friendship. Will Penny's double life and newfound friendship come to end. Make Up Your Life!: Your Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success-Online and Off by Michelle Phan Youtuber...Read more...
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There are only a few days left until the UC application deadline, which means it’s time to put down that pumpkin spice latte and get started on your personal statements. Whether you’re just starting your personal statement, almost done or ready to turn it in, the San Jose Public Library has resources to make sure that you end up with a killer personal statement. The first thing to realize is that a personal statement is not just an essay. It is used by UC’s and privates as a way to not only evaluate your academic potential, but also your character...Read more...
Mistress of the Art of Murder
Historical fiction can be a fun way to get a feel for a particular time period or place in history. Here are thirteen historical mystery series for you to try! Ancient Egypt (Reign of King Tutankhamen ) Lynda S. Robinson Lord Meren series Start with: Murder in the Place of Anubis The teenage Pharaoh, Tutankhamen, calls on his trusted investigator, Lord Meren when a killer desecrates the sacred Place of Anubis. Unfortunately, the victim was universally hated and there is no shortage of suspects. Lord Meren must use his cunning to uncover the killer before the king's authority is undermined--or...Read more...