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Ever wonder why things are the way they are? In these titles, experts from different fields all use economics to support their theories on the what, how, and why our world operates as it does. The authors observe everyday objects and events and create accessible anecdotes to explain their theories. Explore these titles and read seemingly random observations on topics as varied as the success of duct tape to the impact of World War II on the stock market. Try a new perspective on familiar items and events that try to answer the age old question, "WHY?" Outliers by Malcolm...Read more...
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If you’ve got an itch to travel, but no time or cash, this list might just be the next best thing! Better than Fiction: True Travel Tales from Great Fiction Writers . Edited by Don George. Discover Buenos Aires with Alexander McCall Smith, the Sudan with Joe Yogerst, and India with Isabel Allende. Check out where you’d like to go or not go (San Quentin with Joyce Carol Oates, anyone?) This collection will give you an interesting taste of some authors you might not have read before. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson . Bill Bryson is at...Read more...
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Do you know someone who likes to read funny books about awkward boys? Here are some great titles for kids in grades 2-4: My Rotten Life by David Lubar : Sick of getting picked on, Nathan Abercrombie uses a serum that is supposed to block emotions, but instead it turns him into a partial zombie. Adventures involving half-dead body parts and staying up late ensue... Stuart's Cape by Sarah Pennypacker : Moving to a new home and starting third grade at a new school has Stuart worried, until he realizes all he needs to overcome his fears is a magical...Read more...
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If you like reading about werewolves and shapeshifters , then you might like these five books: Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow - Written in verse, this novel about a dog catcher who tracks down a pack of werewolves tormenting Los Angeles is one you won't put down. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan - A 200-year-old werewolf believes he's the last of his kind. Should he give up and let that hunter kill him? The Pack by Jason Starr - a stay-at home dad meets a group of other dads...who want him to joirn their werewolf pack. The Abused Werewolf...Read more...
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If you like books about families (and their secrets) that might be great for a bookclub, here are a few suggestions! Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell : When their father disappears during the English heatwave of 1976, his 3 grown children return home to help their mother try to find him. During their search family secrets emerge and misunderstandings begin to resolve. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty: Cecilia reads a letter that her very-much-alive husband had written to be read only in the event of his death; Tess is struggling with a betrayal and Rachel is struggling...Read more...
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The San Jose Public Library has been at the forefront of library automation systems. Before the time of search boxes and digitized catalogue records, the library depended on a card catalogue, checkout slips, and banks of file cabinets. However, even long before the internet age, SJPL sought to streamline their operations with emerging automated technologies. The first big jump in automation occurred in 1958, when the library got rid of the old Gaylord charge out system and switched to the Addressograph based circulation system. This system used embossed plastic cards, multi-part forms, and a hand operated imprinting machine to dramatically...Read more...
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Did you know that San Jose’s Japantown is one of only three remaining Japantown’s in the United States? And San Jose’s Japantown is generally recognized as the most authentic in that it wasn’t largely torn down and rebuilt. Many of the earliest buildings remain, with the oldest building on the northwest corner of North Sixth and Jackson Streets being part of the last Chinatown. Our Japantown actually grew out of the last Chinatown. Nicknamed by its Chinese residents, Heinlenville was located primarily on what is now a vacant area between North Sixth and North Seventh Streets, and Jackson and Taylor...Read more...
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Photograph taken from the Plaza of the southern face of the main library building off Market Street and West San Fernando Street showing the side entrance into the west annex or Music Room
This month we are Looking Back at the San Jose Public Library's leadership throughout the years. Since the first library was founded in San Jose, numerous individuals have carried the responsibility of offering this crucial public service to the City of San Jose. Listed below are the names and tenure of those who led the library from its years as the San Jose Library Association to the end of the 20th century which laid the groundwork for the award winning library we love today. Of particular mention are: Edith Daley (Librarian, 1923-1943), Geraldine Nurney (Librarian, 1943-1970) and Homer Fletcher (Librarian,...Read more...
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This month, in light of our newest digital collection , the " San Jose Public Library Collection ," the California Room is Looking Back at the history of the San Jose Public Library system. The public library has grown in fits and starts. Although more recently, the library system has dramatically expanded, catering to a diverse community. The one-room "Free" San Jose Library opened on Post and Market Streets in 1880 with a book collection from the members-only San Jose Library Association. The Library Association had been a private lending library since 1872 where a patron could check out one...Read more...
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This year marks the forty-fifth anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. Kennedy had announced his candidacy on March 16, 1968, and he spoke in San Jose’s St. James Park about a week later on March 23. According to the book, The Last Campaign by Thurston Clarke , Kennedy’s stop in San Jose, California was part of a ten-day, thirteen-state, cross-country trip that began in Alabama and Tennessee on March 21. The tour included stops in New York, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Indiana, and New Mexico. Kennedy's efforts in California culminated in his being shot in Los Angeles shortly...Read more...
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