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Lucky Day
Find the hottest new title releases in our Lucky Day collection, ready for check out! Stop by your local branch Library or the first floor of the King Library to browse through the hottest fiction and non-fiction titles - available year-round! The Lucky Day collection was created to help you find the latest bestsellers when they become available. Lucky Day books checkout for three weeks with no renewals. Lucky Day DVDs checkout for one week with no renewals. Holds can't be placed on Lucky Day items, Two item limit on DVDs. No limit on print materials. Got Lucky? Show us...Read more...
International Space Apps Challenge
Do you love space? Want to contribute to exploration and create relevant open-source solutions that “address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space”? If you answered yes, then NASA has the perfect event for you. On April 11-12, 2015, NASA is hosting its fourth International Space Apps Challenge . Last year over 8,000 people participated in 95 cities around the world. Participants will be challenged to build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions following four themes: Earth, Outer Space, Humans, and Robotics. The challenge is open to anyone; engineers, scientists, artists,...Read more...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Michelle McGurk, PIO, Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo, (408) 535-4840 or (408) 655-7332 (cell) Elizabeth Castaneda, San José Public Library Marketing Department, (408) 808-2175 Mayor Liccardo Announces Funding to Open San Jose Libraries Six Days Each Week, Providing Safe Spaces After School and on Saturdays SAN JOSE — Mayor Sam Liccardo today announced a plan to open San Jose’s 23 branch libraries six days a week, beginning July 1. "Our libraries provide a safe learning environment for thousands of children, even while open only four days a week," Mayor Liccardo said. "By expanding library services to...Read more...
Girl Scout handshake
Today, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scouting has a rich history, and the San José Public Library has a lot of information to help you learn about this fantastic organization. Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The amazing true story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey is an excellent introduction to the story of Juliette Low and how she created the Girl Scouts. This book was written on the occasion of the one hundredth birthday of the...Read more...
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Zinio
The free magazine service Zinio for Libraries just got a streamlined new app. It's totally separate from the commercial Zinio app, so you only see the free magazines offered by your library and not other titles that need to be purchased. Whether you're a current Zinio user or a new user, go to the app store for your device and download the "Zinio for Libraries" app and visit https://www.rbdigital.com/sjlibrary/service/zinio/landing?&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=zinio_new_app&utm_campaign=eresources to check out your favorite magazines. If you'd rather read magazine on your PC or Mac, you can now read right from your browser - no app required.Read more...
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Celtic Cross Image
It's that time of year again. People scour their closets for green colored clothing, eat green food (courtesy of food coloring), and drink green beer at the local pub. It's all in good fun, of course, but being of Irish descent means a lot more than drinking and wearing a green plastic leprechaun hat. The history of Ireland (as with many cultures throughout the world) has been marked by triumph and tragedy. If you are eager to educate yourself about the history of Ireland, then look no further than our wonderful collection at SJPL. The Everything Irish History and Heritage...Read more...
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Learn Design and Development for Web & iOS - Treehouse
In honor of Teen Tech Week, our featured eResource is Treehouse . The name "Treehouse" sounds cutesy, like it might be just for children. Not so. Yes, there are beginning courses for kids and teens - look for "Treehouse Club" in the course name. But an ambitious teen or an adult can also take professional-level courses and become certified for a job in the tech industry. Since we're here in Silicon Valley, it's perfect for people working towards a new career as well as software engineers wanting to expand their skills. New courses are being added all the time, so...Read more...
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globe of flags
Effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States. Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who: Are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140 , Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; or Have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
The Garden Early literacy can take place anywhere, anytime. There are a number of ways to make everyday activities fun learning experiences for you and your child. Why not start in your own yard? If you don't have a yard, try starting a small container garden on a balcony or windowsill. Talking Points Talk about the word "garden." Spell it out together, sound it out, and count the syllables. Talk about the definition of a garden and how it can be found in many shapes, sizes and varieties. Help your child think of words that rhyme with "flower" (shower, power,...Read more...
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Living With Less
"Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!" - Henry David Thoreau , Walden The approach of Spring is a perfect time to think about cleaning, downsizing, and simplifying. The mess and clutter of the previous year can be swept out to make way for the cleansing warmth of the Summer sun. It's not always easy, unfortunately, to know how or where to start the process. Happily, we're here to help!...Read more...