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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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Heidi Dolamore
Contact: Elizabeth Castañeda San José Public Library Elizabeth.Castaneda@sjlibrary.org (408) 808-2175 Heidi Dolamore Named Assistant Director of San José Public Library SAN JOSE, C alif., Jan. 5, 2015 -- Heidi Dolamore has been named assistant director for the San José Public Library by City Librarian Jill Bourne. She will have oversight of major operational areas of the Library and coordinate the implementation of new programs geared to expand branch hours and services. Dolamore comes from the Solano County Library , where she has served as deputy director of public services and managed a staff of nearly 200 at eight branches within...Read more...
The end of the year is upon us and it's time to look back at the best books of the year! These are some of the most widely acclaimed books to come out of 2014, and they can all be found at San Jose Public Library. Click on the link to see each book's location and availability. Euphoria: A Novel by Lily King English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the Territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated...Read more...
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Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal Marvel Comics and presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Written by Willow G. Wilson , Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts from Captain Marvel. This is one of the best superhero comics of the year. It has become an internet sensation and already has a large fanbase for being such a new comic. Because this comic is THAT good. It's very different from most superhero comics, and that's what makes it so much fun!...Read more...
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An Age-Old Year-End Tradition: Predicting the Future
One of humankind’s more elusive endeavors is trying to figure out what’s going to happen next. We try our best, in a number of different ways – some scientific, some spiritual, some economic and some quite a lot like stabbing in the dark. As the end of the year approaches, forecasts and predictions become especially popular pursuits as everyone tries to imagine what’s going to happen in the new year. Here are some books that deal with predicting the future as either an art or a science, drawing from everything from the occult to mathematics. The Signal and the Noise:...Read more...
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Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry
Homemade gifts are always a great idea for the holidays. Here are five beading books that will help you to produce beautiful jewelry--not matter what your skill level might be! Happy Beading!! Beading Basics by Carole Rodgers This book provides guidance for anyone who wants to know the techniques and equipment of beading. Bohemian-inspired Jewelry : 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel The designs in this gorgeous book are classy, classic, and surprisingly easy! The Art of Forgotten Things: Creating Jewelry From Objects From the Past by Melanie Doerman ​This book combines classic...Read more...
2 classy dames reading piles of books. Text: Stay Classy, my friends
Read in British Accent for Best Effect: Are you getting tired of vampire/werewolf/paranormal romances? Have all these dystopias got you down? Perhaps you are beginning to doubt your love for YA fiction or maybe you can’t remember the last time a YA novel didn’t have a love triangle. Perchance it is time you look back at the novels that made you fall in love with YA fiction in the first place! If that is the case then we have a treat for you. Let us revisit some of the classics that started your fascination of YA fiction to bring back...Read more...