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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elizabeth Castañeda San José Public Library Elizabeth.Castaneda@sjlibrary.org (408) 808-2175 San José Public Library to Expand All Branches to Six-Day Schedule Starting Saturday, July 11 Neighborhood libraries will hold celebrations SAN JOSE, Calif. – All 22 San José Public Library branches will be open six days per week beginning Saturday, July 11. To celebrate the new schedule, all San José branches will hold community celebrations beginning Saturday, July 11, and continuing into the following week. Celebrity story times and other event information will be available on events.sjpl.org . The public is invited to attend the events and...Read more...
Kaplan SAT 2015
Not sure how to spend your summer? Summer is a great time to get some valuable work or volunteer experience in. Maybe you want to study for an upcoming SAT or maybe you want to learn a new skill over the summer? Whatever your summer needs may be the San Jose Public Library has resources to help you make this summer productive. Here are some suggestions and resources to help you make this a great summer. 1 . Trying to work this summer? The San Jose Public Library has some great resources to help you land the perfect job. Check...Read more...
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Future Engineers has another challenge for enterprising K-12 students. This year, students are challenged "to create a digital 3D model of a container for space." Containers are useful to astronauts for many different things, from food storage to experiments. With the new addition of a 3D printer on the International Space Station astronauts can now print on demand and future astronauts may even use them on Mars! There are two categories in this competition, Junior Engineers ages 5-12 and Teen Engineers 13-19. Each person is allowed to submit one 3D Model of a Space Container by August 2nd. All submissions...Read more...
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The Hori building in San Jose Japantown about 1990
Photo : The Hori building in San Jose Japantown about 1990. In the late 1980s, I lived in the front half of a very long one-story building near the corner of Fifth and Jackson Streets in San Jose Japantown . Wanting to learn something about the old building, I began by looking through old city directories at the main library downtown. I eventually discovered that the building had been created out of two portable classrooms from Grant School near Tenth and Jackson Streets. They were acquired from the school in 1915 and moved to 580 North Fifth Street where they...Read more...
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steampunk clock
In just 1 week, San Jose will be hosting the 4th annual Steampunk convention Clockwork Alchemy . This convention takes over the Doubletree Hotel near the airport, and is held in conjunction with Fanime (at the San Jose Convention Center). Being a costumer/maker, this is definitely one of my favorite conventions of the entire year. This particular convention hosts steampunk authors, musicians, artists/makers, cosplayers, short subject films, dancers and other performers. There are numerous panels and workshops to attend, as well as cabaret-style concerts and a Grand Ball. What exactly is Steampunk? Now there's a question with many answers, all...Read more...
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USCIS has several immigration relief measures that may be available to Nepali nationals who are affected by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 . Measures that may be available to eligible Nepali nationals upon request include: Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired; A grant of re-parole; Expedited processing of advance parole requests; Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship; Expedited adjudication...Read more...
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Monday, May 4, is Star Wars Day. Do you know why? It's because you can say, "May the fourth be with you!" (As in "May the force be with you!") To that end, I present some great Star Wars items for you to peruse, to celebrate this important day. Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary is a colorful, richly detailed and illustrated visual guide to the Star Wars universe as shown in the first trilogy (episodes IV, V, and VI). It features Eyewitness-style sections on all of the major characters, costumes, and gadgets from these films, in eye-popping color. This is...Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Last month we discussed how to incorporate early literacy activities during your trip to the mall. This month we take it one step further. Reading the directory Once you've parked and are ready to go, make sure to stop by the mall directory. This is a great place to go over directions, as well as setting up a meeting place in case you become separated. Spatial literacy and being able to read a map are crucial literacy skills for navigating through the world. Spatial literacy skills allow your child to be able to think visually and interpret location, distance, direction...Read more...
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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...