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Cover of "Thor God of Thunder: Godbutcher"
The Avengers highly anticipated sequel , Avengers 2: Age of Ultron comes out this Friday, May 1st! Here are some awesome comics about your favorite Avengers to read before, after, or in between your additional viewings. Thor: God of Thunder - With a story tens of thousands of years in the making, this three part series gives readers a look at Thor as his past, present/Avenger, and future self. In the first volume, The God Butcher , a young and impulsive Thor (who wields an axe instead of his hammer Mjolnir since he's not worthy yet) runs into the God...Read more...
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Alyssa Mendoza with David Bowie cosplayer
Hello there Fangirls and Fanboys! It's your local neighborhood bloggers, Addie and Alyssa, here to share with you another fun experience for all you comic book fans out there. Big Wow Comicfest is an annual event that celebrates all things comic book.We had the chance to enjoy the convention and here are our thoughts on what's great about Big Wow Comicfest for those of you who may be on the fence about attending next year. Pros: Easy to navigate! There are panels and booths throughout the convention and thankfully there are big walkways so it is easy to walk around...Read more...
National Train Day
Amtrak Train Days is an annual event (formerly National Train Day ) that starts Saturday, May 9, 2015. Kicking off in Chicago and then traveling to multiple cities, it features the Amtrak Exhibit Train at select stops. You also can join in the fun and check out the latest in trains by looking up library periodicals (and books) to get you on track. " Trains " magazine is a monthly periodical for all train enthusiasts. Current articles include photographing the historic Golden Spike, train safety issues and reports on festivals and conferences. It runs the gamut from Classic old trains...Read more...
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Leonard McKay's photo of the Kell House, summer of 1961. Courtesy of History San Jose.
Photo: Leonard McKay's photo of the Kell House, summer of 1961. Courtesy of History San Jose. In November of 1965, my family moved from downtown Willow Glen to the Meadowbrook tract in a southeast pocket of Willow Glen (now referred to as Canoas Gardens). This tract is located at the base of the San Juan Bautista Hills, on property that had once belonged to Thomas and Margaret Kell. Though I was only six at the time, I remember my father and I driving across the new Almaden Expressway to the large field at the corner of Curtner and Almaden Road...Read more...
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do you remember the poem about the telephone and the elephant?
National Poetry Month is almost over. Do you remember a poem from your childhood about an elephant and a telephone? Watch this video to find the poem. Our featured eResource is Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, which offers full text poems and short stories, criticisms, and author biographies. Find more poems online with your library card at http://bit.ly/sjplPSSRead more...
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Byron in Love
If you think that celebrity scandal is a relatively new invention, think again! Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson “Gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s autobiographical novel is based on two drug-soaked, debauched trips to Las Vegas taken by Thompson (Raoul Duke) and his attorney, Oscar Zeta Acosta (Dr. Gonzo) in 1971. Lizzie Siddal: Face of the Pre-Raphaelites Lucinda Hawksley Elizabeth Siddal, wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and model and muse to the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood, had one of the art world's most famous faces, but her short...Read more...
Picture of SVB Collection
Thanks to a generous donation from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the San José Public Library purchased over 500 books on the topics of business and financial literacy. A sample of some of the new titles are included above. This new collection, the King Business Collection, is currently housed on the 3 rd floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library . Come check it out! NOTE : Items are non-requestable. Also, don’t forget about our business programs at the library! We offer a number of business, career and job programs and workshops throughout our branch libraries.Read more...
Alyssa Mendoza and Author Marie Lu
Hey there fangirls and fanboys or any other YA enthusiasts! This is your friendly neighborhood fangirls, Addie and Alyssa, here to tell you about our experience at Yallwest!. For those of you that don't know, Yallwest is an annual YA book festival dedicated to empowering readers and celebrate the joy that is YA. It is the companion west coast festival for Yallfest , which is held Charleston, South Carolina. This was the first time that the festival was held in the west coast. It was full of book signings, panels, author meet ups and other geeky debauchery. And you won't...Read more...
fresh teen reads for spring
Have you run out of reading material? Are you looking for a way to kill time over Spring Break? Or maybe you just want to avoid studying for midterms? Here are five titles from different genres that should help you shake those springtime doldrums. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson While not exactly new, this Jandy Nelson book is riding high off its Michael L. Printz Award win. This moving and lyrical novel follows the lives of fraternal twins, a girl and boy named Jude and Noah, who were once close but now in their late teens have...Read more...
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Since warmer weather is heading our way, I've taken time to go through my clothing and put away my colder weather clothing. (FYI: my family in the Midwest and East Coast are probably laughing right now). Anyways, it's Springtime and, for me, that means a wardrobe overhaul. Every 6 months, I go through my clothing to determine what fits, what is fashionable, and what I want to part with. These selections go into 3 piles: keep, toss, or sell/swap/donate. But recently, I've added a new pile for upcycling/refashioning. Instead of spending money on new trends that will be out of...Read more...
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