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Hunger Games cover
The newest installment of the Hunger Games series, Mockingjay: Part 1 has just come out! If you're like most fans, you've probably already seen it this weekend, maybe even more than once. But now, you're wondering what to do with your life while waiting for the next movie? To sooth the empty space in your heart, one of my favorite suggestions is Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series. In the future, everyone receives plastic surgery and becomes a "Pretty" on their 16th birthday. When Tally's best friend Shay runs away right before their operation, Tally must find her and turn her in,...Read more...
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code and glowing light
Many of us spend a large part of our day on computers. We use the internet for work and pleasure and download the newest apps on our smart phones. All of these apps and websites seem to operate flawlessly using a sort of magic that many of us don’t understand. If we have an idea for our own app, program, or website we might not have the tools needed to make that dream come to fruition. In order to create, we have to have a certain skill set; understanding computer programming languages. Luckily, in today’s world the tools needed to...Read more...
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In November and December, look for this fun activity at your local SJPL branch . Recommended for children 8 and above, the one-hour program involves making crafts that explore how things like light, color, and patterns can play tricks on your eyes. It’s a science and art project all rolled into one! Actually, it’s three projects. Make your own to take home: Thaumatrope ​ The word thaumatrope is derived from Greek words meaning “miracle turner.” It’s a disk with a picture on either side (for example, a bird on one side and a cage on the other). When the disk...Read more...
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A photograph of the Nishioka building in 1989.
I lived in San Jose Japantown back in the 1980s. I used to enjoy jogging around the area in the evening, and one of the places I used to jog past was the Nishioka Fish Market on Sixth Street near Taylor. It’s a beautiful old brick building, built in 1929 by Ichimatsu Tsurukawa for his Ideal Laundry business. Unfortunately, the depression hit soon after, and Tsurukawa’s business didn’t flourish as he’d hoped. He eventually sold the business to one of his Filipino workers, Ben Ragsac, who downsized the business and moved it to a smaller location near the corner of...Read more...
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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Zoe Sugg writes about a a young girl, Penny, who has a secret. Penny is GirlOnline, a blogger who blogs about anything from school dramas to boys or even her family! She living the perfect double life; that is until her family moves to New York and meets Noah. But Noah is harboring a secret too, and his secret might just expose Penny's cover and threaten their friendship. Will Penny's double life and newfound friendship come to end. Make Up Your Life!: Your Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success-Online and Off by Michelle Phan Youtuber...Read more...
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frustrated student at laptop
There are only a few days left until the UC application deadline, which means it’s time to put down that pumpkin spice latte and get started on your personal statements. Whether you’re just starting your personal statement, almost done or ready to turn it in, the San Jose Public Library has resources to make sure that you end up with a killer personal statement. The first thing to realize is that a personal statement is not just an essay. It is used by UC’s and privates as a way to not only evaluate your academic potential, but also your character...Read more...
Mistress of the Art of Murder
Historical fiction can be a fun way to get a feel for a particular time period or place in history. Here are thirteen historical mystery series for you to try! Ancient Egypt (Reign of King Tutankhamen ) Lynda S. Robinson Lord Meren series Start with: Murder in the Place of Anubis The teenage Pharaoh, Tutankhamen, calls on his trusted investigator, Lord Meren when a killer desecrates the sacred Place of Anubis. Unfortunately, the victim was universally hated and there is no shortage of suspects. Lord Meren must use his cunning to uncover the killer before the king's authority is undermined--or...Read more...
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It’s November! Along with marking the beginning of the holiday season, November also marks the beginning of college applications. The November 30th deadline for CSU’s and UC’s is approaching fast, which means it’s time for high school seniors to not only pick a major, but also find colleges that match with their major and interests. When I started looking into majors I had no idea where to turn to. I was a first generation college student which meant I couldn’t ask my family for help, so I had no choice but to research majors and schools myself. Thankfully, the San...Read more...
Under the new policy ( PA-2014-009 ), a mother who meets the definition(*Gave birth to the child, and *Was the child’s legal mother at the time of birth under the law of the relevant jurisdiction), but does not have a genetic relationship with her child (for example, she became pregnant through an egg donor) will: Be able to petition for her child based on their relationship Be eligible to have her child petition for her based on their relationship Be able to transmit U.S. citizenship to her child, if she is a U.S. citizen and all other pertinent citizenship requirements...Read more...
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The cover of The Maze Runner book
Warning: This review contains spoilers from both the book and the movie. As a self-proclaimed YA addict, I have definitely been enjoying the amount of YA book-to-movie adaptations that has been growing in the last year or so. There's something special about reading a book and formulating your own visions of the characters and events they endure, and seeing if they meet your expectations on the big screen. The latest book-to-movie adaptation that can be added to that list would be The Maze Runner by James Dashner, the first book in a trilogy. The movie is directed by Wes Ball...Read more...