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Fifty Shades of Chicken San Jose Public Library Catalog
Have you ever wanted to bring some pizazz to your cooking? Tired of bringing the same old dishes to the company party? Do you have a really nerdy significant other? Well put on your nerd glasses and get an apron because SJPL is here to satisfy your cravings. Here are some resources for you bibliophiles, nerdy and geeky fans out there. These are some cookbooks that are sure to satisfy your love of pop culture and your hunger for delicious food: The Star Wars Cook Book May the force be with you while you make these great recipes. This cook...Read more...
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More than 75% of girls show interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers; however, as of today, only about 0.3% of girls are pursuing a career in computer science. Without the necessary opportunities to be educated in such a heavily male-dominated field, girls are less likely to pursue career in STEM fields. However, Girls Who Code is an organization aiming to give these girls the opportunities to part of this amazing field and pursue careers in technology and engineering. Through the programs Girls Who Code offers, teens are learning: web design, using JavaScript, utilizing robotics, and are gaining...Read more...
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March madness can wait, what can't wait is celebrating Women's History month! And what better way to appreciate women, who by the way should be appreciated everyday, is to spotlight some of the most influential women in Pop Culture! From animated characters to supernatural superheroes, these women are definitely worth your respect. Amy Farrah Fowler Amy is a perfect example of a female character who proves STEM jobs aren’t just for dudes. As a Neurobiologist with a Ph.D . on the show, she transcends the stereotypical careers society places on women. And not only is Amy a super genius, but...Read more...
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Cover of Insurgent Book
Warning: This review contains spoilers from both the book and the movie. According to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary , "Insurgent" is “a person who fights against an established government or authority”. That is exactly what Tris Prior is in the second movie installment of the Divergent series. Insurgent is directed by Neil Burger and stars Shailene Woodley , Theo James , Ansel Elgort , and Kate Winslet . Insurgent is based on the second book of the same name written by Veronica Roth in the Divergent series, which includes Divergent and Allegiant . As with my previous blogs, I will be...Read more...
March is Women's History Month. Spread the Word.
March is National Women's History Month, or Women's HerStory Month! Here are some wonderful books about bold women: Some great books for children include Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children , how one woman created the first children's book collection in a library. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World , each letter of the alphabet an amazing woman. Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell , the first the first American female doctor and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women. And...Read more...
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The San Jose Asahi at Asahi Field in 1936. Russell Hinaga is seated in the center of the bottom row. Photo courtesy of Ralph Pearce
The San Jose Asahi at Asahi Field in 1936. Russell Hinaga is seated in the center of the bottom row. Photo courtesy of Ralph Pearce. This year marks the 80 th anniversary of the Tokyo Giants baseball team’s visit to San Jose in March of 1935. The Tokyo Giants had been created in 1934 as a team of Japanese all-stars to challenge Babe Ruth and other American all-stars who toured Japan at the end of the year. The Japanese “All Japan” team was then reformed and renamed, and in 1935 toured the United States in order to promote a formation...Read more...
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mangos speaking Irish
Learn Irish! Want to learn a little Irish for St. Patrick's Day? It's easy with Mango Languages. Go to our eLearning page for languages, click on Mango, and look for St. Patrick's Day under Specialty Courses. Or get the Mango app for your phone or device. Not interested in Irish? Mango also offers courses in 64 other languages. Learn a new language today!Read more...
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Lucky Day
Find the hottest new title releases in our Lucky Day collection, ready for check out! Stop by your local branch Library or the first floor of the King Library to browse through the hottest fiction and non-fiction titles - available year-round! The Lucky Day collection was created to help you find the latest bestsellers when they become available. Lucky Day books checkout for three weeks with no renewals. Lucky Day DVDs checkout for one week with no renewals. Holds can't be placed on Lucky Day items, Two item limit on DVDs. No limit on print materials. Got Lucky? Show us...Read more...
International Space Apps Challenge
Do you love space? Want to contribute to exploration and create relevant open-source solutions that “address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space”? If you answered yes, then NASA has the perfect event for you. On April 11-12, 2015, NASA is hosting its fourth International Space Apps Challenge . Last year over 8,000 people participated in 95 cities around the world. Participants will be challenged to build software, open hardware, data visualization, and citizen science platform solutions following four themes: Earth, Outer Space, Humans, and Robotics. The challenge is open to anyone; engineers, scientists, artists,...Read more...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Michelle McGurk, PIO, Office of Mayor Sam Liccardo, (408) 535-4840 or (408) 655-7332 (cell) Elizabeth Castaneda, San José Public Library Marketing Department, (408) 808-2175 Mayor Liccardo Announces Funding to Open San Jose Libraries Six Days Each Week, Providing Safe Spaces After School and on Saturdays SAN JOSE — Mayor Sam Liccardo today announced a plan to open San Jose’s 23 branch libraries six days a week, beginning July 1. "Our libraries provide a safe learning environment for thousands of children, even while open only four days a week," Mayor Liccardo said. "By expanding library services to...Read more...