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Almaden Road
Map: An 1887 California Room map showing Almaden Road between Malone and Curtner. King Library California Room “A road pounded out by the bare feet of Indians before the white man came still stretches south from San Jose into the rolling brush covered hills, the bare earth paved with asphalt.” So wrote local historian Patricia Loomis in her introduction to a piece on Almaden Road , “…one of the oldest of the area roads whose route remains basically the same after more than two centuries.” While much of Almaden Road was replaced by the much wider Almaden Expressway in about...Read more...
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There are a number of steps to take if your 10-year green card has expired or will expire within six months. Follow these steps if you want to renew your green card: File your paperwork at least six months before it expires Fill in out your I-90 form issued by USCIS (this can be done electronically or by mail) Send in your fee ($365 to file the I-90 plus $85 for fingerprinting, those who cannot afford the payment may be granted a waiver) Once you've sent in your application, follow these steps: Wait for a notification from USCIS stating that...Read more...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Steven Brewster 415.577.8851 steven.brewster@sjlibrary.org San José Public Library’s "Watts the Point" Series Features Program to Create and Maintain Beautiful Lawn During Drought Focus on drought-resistant landscaping helps save water, avoid fines San José, Calif., August 1, 2014——In response to the emergency drought situation plaguing the entire region this summer, the San José Public Library will host Creating Sustainable, Drought-Resistant Lawns: Landscaping with Succulents and Cacti —part of the "Watts the Point" series of ongoing programs, initiatives and discussions focusing on energy and natural resources conservation. Presented by the Cactus and Succulent Society of San Jose, a...Read more...
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There are many movies coming out in this half of 2014 that were books before they were movies. Check out these 5 reads before the movie hits the theatres this fall so you can say you’ve “read your favorite movie” this fall. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again. The movie features Reese Witherspoon as the lead character; the movie is scheduled to hit theatres December...Read more...
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Keep up with what's going on in the world. Check out these new library resources. Virtually every course of study — from history to science to literature — is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with 600,000+ biographical entries — on more than 528,000 individuals — spanning history and geography. Get the tools you need to understand today’s world issues from a global perspective Global Issues in Context offers global perspectives on issues of international importance and current world events and topics in the news related to these issues. Read pro/con arguements...Read more...
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Louis Pellier, the 'Prune King'
Louis Pellier, "The Prune King" Photo courtesy of History San Jose One August day in 2011, a fellow named Tim Peddy came into the California Room to look at some aerial photos. I noticed that one of the aerials showed the San Juan Bautista Hills near my neighborhood. The San Juan Bautista Hills are an outcropping of hills on the southeast corner of Willow Glen that include “ The Church on the Hill ,” County Communications , Communications Hill (with the cell phone tower), and Oak Hill Cemetery . I pointed out to Tim that the small hill between the...Read more...
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On August 9, Starz cable TV station premiered the first installment of the Outlander Series. The production is sure to create a lot of excitement about Diana Gabaldon's beloved and addictive Outlander Series: a collection of eight books chronicling the adventures of World War II nurse Claire Randall who travels back in time to the 18th Century Scottish Highlands. Start with book number one: Outlander , which begins the time travel adventure. It is post WWII and while on a vacation trip to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Claire touches a stone in a mystical stone circle and suddenly...Read more...
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A reading tablet at a library in San Francisco. Photo by Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal
This well-written Wall Street Journal blog post highlights the reasons that public libraries are way ahead of Amazon Unlimited and the other similar services, Oyster and Scribd. The biggest reason is that after years of negotiations, all of the "big five" publishers are finally allowing libraries to acquire many of their top titles as eBooks. Some of the publishers (HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette) have been doing this for quite a while. Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have joined in more recently. Amazon Unlimited has only a few of the titles that people are anxiously wanting to read. Libraries have...Read more...
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Forgoing that burger or hotdog once a week will lighten your carbon footprint , pamper your heart and put a smile of relief on the faces of neighborhood cows, pigs and chickens. A Meatless Monday Proclamation was issued by San José City Council on June 3, 2014. Meatless Monday is an international effort launched in 2003, in association with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. At present, thirty four countries around the world are participating in this effort. Try a vegetarian or vegan meal this Monday. You may just like it. At Your Library: Veganism for your health (includes cookbooks)...Read more...
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