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Story and King: San José’s Lowrider Culture Exhibition
From December through March, people flocked to the library to visit our first ever Lowrider Exhibit, “Story and King: San José’s Lowrider Culture”! Now that the exhibit has come to a close, it’s time to thank all those who’ve made it a success! It all began with a customer request for lowrider research materials; without his inquiry, the exhibit would never have happened! Thank you! For over a year and a half, we worked to connect with members of the lowrider community. Our donors, speakers and partners took time out of their busy days to help make our vision a...Read more...
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Brimming with angst, humor, and high-octane action (not to mention a few familiar characters), these superhero-themed books and graphic novels will satisfy fans of Marvel’s cinematic universe while they wait for Avengers: Endgame.Read more...
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Image: menu for the Oriental Cafe restaurant that was located on E. San Fernando Street. Photo by Ralph M. Pearce
Old menus are so cool! Have you ever found an old menu stashed away in a drawer or a glove compartment? I’ve been collecting local menus for some years now, and I really enjoy the graphics, the selections, and of course the prices. It's even better if it's a restaurant that you have some connection to.The oldest menu I have is from the Ken Ying Low Chinese restaurant. It was located in Japantown at 625 N. 6th Street , now the home of Jtown Pizza Co . The menu dates prior to WWII, and lists entrees such as chop suey...Read more...
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Book Cover For The Wedding Guest
It's that time again for the monthly check on what the community's reading! Here's a selection from the top titles for March. Here are the previous lists for January and February . Enjoy! Top Fiction Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan Past Tense by Lee Child Long Road To Mercy by David Baldacci The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly The Reckoning by John Grisham The Chef by James Patterson Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman Top Non-Fiction Becoming by Michelle O'Bama...Read more...
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The month of April is known as National Poetry Month. To be honest I haven't read a lot of poetry books, or books written in short verse. It was just recently that I discovered a book called The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene. This book was written in short poetry like verses, and I was completely enamored with the writing style from the very first pages. Books written in short verse are amazingly in depth and very quick to read, but what you won't understand until you read one for yourself, is just how talented an author...Read more...
Book Cover For Bill Mauldin : A Life Up Front
Forgotten Recognition Chances are pretty good if you have a relative that served in the armed forces, particularly during World War 2, they either never received or otherwise lost track of the various military medals they were awarded for their service. This was certainly the case for three of my grandparents who served in the US Army during WWII. The cartoonist and WWII veteran Bill Mauldin put it succinctly when he said in his book Up Front , " Civilians may think it's a little juvenile to worry about medals, but a civilian has a house and a bankroll to...Read more...
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Unlikely Connection One was an inspiring teacher, preservationist, and celebrated chronicler of Silicon Valley's storied past. The other was larger than life both on and off the screen, whose path from scandal ridden movie star to redemption was cut short by an untimely death. Who were these men and what could they possibly have in common? Ultimately they were family, half brothers, who influenced San Jose's illustrious past. Their names were William Clyde Arbuckle and Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle. The Arbuckle And Gordon Families: Who Were They? William Clyde Arbuckle's skill as a researcher would come in handy while trying to...Read more...
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Take a look at some of our favorite books released this month.Read more...
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Romances of the Month
Welcome to Romances of the Month! This is a monthly blog that offers a round-up of a couple of romance books that I've read for the month, and where I will also share my reviews of each book! 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s off limits and loyal to her...Read more...
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Seven Magnificent Adventures 2019
The Park 2019 Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Pix in Parks Challenge photo op ©Brandy Maldonado Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch park is located east of Gilroy. This park has over 6,500 acres for recreational use! This park includes picnic areas, campsites; hiking trails and a 449 acre lake for fishing or boating! This park is the epitome of being outside and is a great way to acquaint yourself with nature. The Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch park is well known for it's abundance of wildlife. At the park you may find wild pigs, cattle, western pond turtles, deer, turkey, bald eagles, tiger salamander...Read more...