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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...
PowerKnowledge Life Science
PowerKnowlege Life Science has lots of fun facts about plants and animals. The site is geared toward students in grades 3-6, but adults can also enjoy browsing through the fascinating world of plants and animals. If you're more interested in the broader universe, you may prefer PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science or PowerKnowledge Physical Science. Watch this video for a short demo or go to the PowerKnowledge site to learn more. You'll need your library card to log in. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1";...Read more...
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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...
Girl Scout handshake
Today, March 12, commemorates the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization's first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia. Girl Scouting has a rich history, and the San José Public Library has a lot of information to help you learn about this fantastic organization. Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The amazing true story of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey is an excellent introduction to the story of Juliette Low and how she created the Girl Scouts. This book was written on the occasion of the one hundredth birthday of the...Read more...
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Zinio
The free magazine service Zinio for Libraries just got a streamlined new app. It's totally separate from the commercial Zinio app, so you only see the free magazines offered by your library and not other titles that need to be purchased. Whether you're a current Zinio user or a new user, go to the app store for your device and download the "Zinio for Libraries" app and visit https://www.rbdigital.com/sjlibrary/service/zinio/landing?&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=zinio_new_app&utm_campaign=eresources to check out your favorite magazines. If you'd rather read magazine on your PC or Mac, you can now read right from your browser - no app required.Read more...
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