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Imagine a world where your sneakers send information about your running patterns and stride to your computer, where your shirt monitors your heart rate and vital statistics, sending the data to your doctor weekly, or a jacket that lights up and sings based on where you touch it. All of these products and many more are part of what’s called wearable technology or wearables. Over the last several years we’ve seen lots of new technology integrated into our regular household objects and now tech is transforming our clothing and jewelry too! Wearable technology can come in many forms, from art...Read more...
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Dip into one of these books about books! 84, Charing Cross Road Helene Hanff Through a series of letters, American Hanff recounts her quest to understand literature, and her long-distance relationship with a British bookstore and its staff. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie ​Also available as an electronic audiobook Sijie tells the story of two hapless city boys exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during China's infamous Cultural Revolution. There the two friends meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with...Read more...
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Want a date for Valentine’s day? Then visit any one of the participated San Jose Public Library branches and choose from one of the many wrapped "dates" we have! Instructions: ♥ Read the hints ♥ Check out the book ♥ Take it home ♥ Unwrap it and read! ♥ Take it to your favorite places ♥ Spend some time together ♥ Show it off to your friends ♥ Who knows, maybe you'll fall in love. ♥ If you don’t love your book, simply return it with no awkward questions asked (unlike some blind dates). Here are some participating libraries: Alum...Read more...
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harry potter books
It has been almost eighteen years since the first book of the Harry Potter series was published. In that time span, Harry Potter had become one of the best selling series of all time. Beloved by both young and old, Harry Potter entered the English literary canon with a bang that continues to reverberate. It should not be surprising then that as the children who have grown up on the series enter adulthood, they continue to revisit one of their childhood favorites. The popular website BuzzFeed continues to pump out many Harry Potter related articles including amazing Harry Potter themed...Read more...
Is Once Upon a Time your favorite tv show? Did you enjoy Snow White and the Huntsman or Into the Woods ? If so, you may like one of these magical novels. Folk and fairy tales have a powerful draw--even for grown-ups. Indeed, many of the tales told to children the world-over have darker, more adult versions. There are countless books for all ages that take the well-know stories of childhood and spin them into something familiar but brand-new. Below are a few examples of stand-out folk/fairy tale adaptations for teens and adults. American Gods Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman...Read more...
A lake view found in Stanislaus National Forest.
Most winter sport enthusiasts in California spend many of the snowy months up in Tahoe reveling in snowboarding and skiing, and many bring not so enthusiastic friends and/or family along. If you fall into the latter category Stanislaus National Forest is an excellent day trip location for a quiet walk in the snow. The park features many trails, a list of attractions to view and most importantly, the opportunity to enjoy the snow at your own pace if you prefer relatively flat land to that of the slopes of a mountain. Stanislaus National Park touches many towns part of Calaveras...Read more...
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Most winter sport enthusiasts in California spend many of the snowy months up in Tahoe reveling in snowboarding and skiing, and many bring not so enthusiastic friends and/or family along. If you fall into the latter category Stanislaus National Forest is an excellent day trip location for a quiet walk in the snow. The park features many trails, a list of attractions to view and most importantly, the opportunity to enjoy the snow at your own pace if you prefer relatively flat land to that of the slopes of a mountain. Stanislaus National Park touches many towns part of Calaveras...Read more...
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Winter is here Hodor, but the new season of Game of Thrones isn't! While previous seasons have premiered in February or March, this year we have to wait until April 12... that's too long! Whatever will we do until then?! Here are some suggestions to tide you over. The Iron King Recommended by George R. R. Martin himself, The Accursed Kings series was a source of inspiration for Game of Thrones. In the the first installment, The Iron King , you can see for yourself the violent similarities that would even please Joffrey. "Iron kings and strangled queens, battles and...Read more...
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Financing College by Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
So you got into the college of your dreams and now you’re wondering how you are going to afford it? First off, don’t panic and remember to breathe because you can’t attend the college of your dreams if you’re dead. Secondly, it is time for you and your parents to apply for financial aid and the San Jose Public Library is here to help you along the way. These quick tips and resources are sure to help both students and parents navigate the murky waters of paying for college. Now some quick tips: Applying for financial aid is FREE and...Read more...
Officer Gene Simpson. Courtesy of SJPD
Officers Gene Simpson and Gordon "Gordy" Silva. Courtesy SJPD I began working for the San Jose Public Library in October of 1988 and was assigned to the Silicon Valley Information Center (SVIC) on the third floor of the old main library on San Carlos Street. That unit later dissolved and some of its contents are now part of the California Room’s collection as the Silicon Valley Company Archive . I was at my desk in SVIC on January 20, 1989, when I heard that a police officer had been shot and killed just blocks away on Santa Clara Street. My...Read more...
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