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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...
Book of Lists
Silicon Valley is home to a myriad of businesses of all types. Book of Lists , produced annually by Silicon Valley Business Journal, highlights the best and biggest of these in 90 different categories. Even if you're not looking for something specific, it's a fascinating book to browse. Some lists are directly related to business - public and private companies, minority-owned, family-owned, and woman-owned businesses, for example. Other lists have a financial focus, including banks, credit unions and venture capital deals. Many of the lists can be of interest on a personal level as well. Find the top breweries, wineries...Read more...
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Dr. Seuss - Read Across America
Today marks what would have been the 111th birthday of famed children's book author, Theodor Seuss Geisel. Dr. Seuss' birthday is usually what starts the national campaign; Read Across America Day . You can even print a personal certificate of achievement for your reading efforts today. What can you do to celebrate? Come to one of our libraries for a Dr. Seuss birthday party for a start! Check our library events page for times and locations for a branch near you. There are also a number of ways to celebrate at home. Read Check out any of our Dr. Seuss...Read more...
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Did you know that March 4 is National Pancake Day? You can, of course, celebrate by visiting an IHOP restaurant and getting a free short stack of pancakes (details here ) but I've also compiled a list of some great books that will help you celebrate this delicious holiday. Cakelove in the Morning is a great guide to all sweet things for breakfast, and includes recipes for traditional pancakes, chocolate pancakes, multigrain pancakes, coconut milk flapjacks, blueberry pancakes, buckwheat pancakes, and banana pancakes. The author, Warren Brown, is a former lawyer who now owns his own bakery chain in the...Read more...
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The DUFF (2010) is a popular teen novel written by, then 19-year-old, Kody Keplinger. For those not familiar with the term DUFF, D.U.F.F. stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. The DUFF , book version, is predominantly a story of dealing with difficult life situations, falling in love, and the power of words. The book follows the story of Bianca Piper as she navigates her last year of high school. Bianca is cynical, in your face, and confident. All that changes when the school Lothario, Wesley Rush, approaches Bianca about her cuter and more popular friends and tells Bianca she is...Read more...
Captain Marvel
Successful summer blockbusters and some innovative thinking have combined to re-ignite the public's interest in comic books. With film versions of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers both racking up very healthy box office receipts and critical acclaim, the King Library Teen Center now boasts an abundance of new comic book titles that include: Guardians of the Galaxy used to be a "second tier" title for Marvel Comics, but of course that changed with the smash success of the film last summer. Boasting the same characters as the movie (and many others, since Guardians was never limited to that...Read more...
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7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child Cover SJPL catalog
Are you interested in raising your child to be bilingual? Not sure where to start or find resources? Why not go to your local San Jose Public Library and check out what we have to offer! I was raised in a bilingual environment back in the 90’s when bilingual education was around, but not widely used. My school had no bilingual education program therefore my parents and teachers took it upon themselves to promote both my English and Spanish skills. There were very few bilingual books, very few bilingual kids’ shows and a lot of misconceptions about raising your child...Read more...
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PrivCo is “the premier source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies.” PrivCo provides financial and business news on over 500,000 major private companies (generally those having at least $10 million in annual revenue) globally. Learn about the latest private company financials, mergers and acquisitions and private equity deals. You can view PrivCo at your local San José Public Library or from home, by logging in with your library card information. Recently, PrivCo compiled a handful of lists detailing top private market activity in 2014...Read more...
Reading Wordless Picture Books: How and Why
Sometimes young readers get nervous when it comes to reading aloud. Sometimes you have a family member who isn’t comfortable reading in English and would prefer to use another language. In these cases, wordless picture books are a wonderful way to share the joy of reading without the added stress of reading. Wordless picture books allow you to let your imagination run wild, building a dialogue and storyline unique to the readers. Building a narrative is a fantastic way to not only develop reading comprehension but also to strengthen and build vocabulary. By using wordless pictures books, you and your...Read more...
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Janeite noun Jane·ite \ˈjā-ˌnīt\ : an enthusiastic admirer of Jane Austen's writings Jane Austen is arguably more popular now than she has ever been, and her life and work have inspired countless fictional sequels, adaptations, and spin-offs. It is difficult to browse a bookstore these days without seeing a reworking of one of her novels by some distinguished author. Crime novelist Val McDermid recently published her retelling of Northanger Abbey and the popular mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith has an adaptation of Emma forthcoming. Even more interesting than the plethora of Janeite fiction available, are the extremely varied nonfiction offerings...Read more...