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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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Cover of "The World of Ice & Fire," the Targaryen 3-headed dragon sigil
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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2015 marks milestone anniversaries for a number of literary works that continue to have enormous cultural influence all these years after they were first published. A significant anniversary is a great excuse to either revisit or pick up one of these classics for the first time. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien turns 60 in 2015. The final volume of the trilogy, The Return of the King , was released in October 1955. It stirred up great interest in epic fantasy as a genre, and its popularity paved the way for modern fantasy writers such as JK Rowling...Read more...
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If someone is living outside of the country, he or she may be required to go through consular processing to apply for a green card. How do I apply for consular processing? The course of action for applying through the consular process is a strict one that requires quite a bit of paperwork and patience. Follow this step-by-step procedure: Determine your basis for immigration: You must fit into one of the INA immigrant categories to be eligible for a green card. The most common way is through a petition filed by an employer who wants to hire you (employment-based) or...Read more...
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Stray by Rachel Vincent Faythe Sanders: Grad Student and werecat. We have co-existed with humans in humans in peace. That is until a stray werecat began killing off innocent human girls and kidnapping our tabbies (female werecats). There are only eight of us, making tabbies the most important individuals in our Prides. Now I have to return to mine, help find this stray, and save my friends. Those strays better watch out, because I have claws and I am not afraid to use them. For me, this was such a refreshing read! There are so many novels involving werewolves, but...Read more...
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early literacy in everday places
The grocery store is a fun opportunity to incorporate easy early literacy activities into a regularly mundane errand. Before you leave for the market: Write the shopping list together. Have your child practice their writing skills by having them write out the list before you leave for the store. If they haven't learned to write yet, ask them to draw the food (milk cartons, bananas, etc). Discuss what you need to buy. Talk about the different items of food that you plan on buying. Explain how fruit is different from a vegetable. Discuss ways to cook the food on the...Read more...
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It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for December. Here are the previous lists for October and November . Enjoy! Top Fiction Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hr Bookstore by Robin Sloan Inferno by Dan Brown Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn And The Mountains Echoed by Hosseini Khaled Personal by Lee Child The Book Of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly Sycamore Row by John Grisham Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich W Is For Wasted by Sue Grafton Top Non-Fiction The Shallows:...Read more...
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