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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...
Beautiful & Pointless by David Orr
Poetry--and especially modern poetry--can be daunting, particularly since it sometimes reminds us of school where we were challenged to suss out some definitive "meaning". In truth, poetry can be rewarding to read, particularly because it sometimes can express things to us that prose cannot touch. The real trick is to find poets who speak to you. One person's favorite can leave another person cold. Here we offer a few poets--all with quite different styles--for you to sample. The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou By Maya Angelou American poet and memoirist Angelou's simple, often confessional poems frequently use the experience...Read more...
Adobe Digital Editions 4.0 eReader Privacy Statement and Recommendations Update 10/24/14: As of yesterday, 10/23/14, Adobe has reported that Adobe Digital Editions 4 data is now being transmitted securely. See Adobe's Privacy Center for more details on what personal data they collect and how that data is transmitted. The San Jose Public Library, along with other public libraries, places a high value on patron intellectual freedom and privacy associated with borrowing activities. As virtual content becomes more popular and ubiquitous, an increasing amount of patron use of these materials occurs using third-party tools. To provide access to online materials, it...Read more...
Photo of the San Jose Public Library on San Carlos Street about 1970.
I remember sitting with my mother in the kitchen of our little house in Willow Glen, watching the kitchen cart roll from one side of the room to the other. We were both rather amazed, though we were having an earthquake at the time. This was about 1964, and only the first of many earthquakes I can recall from my fifty some odd years here in San Jose. Another time I was sitting on the front porch with a cat in my lap, when our carport shook so violently that the cat sunk all of its claws into my leg...Read more...
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#STEAMstacks maker programs combine reading, showing, and making. These programs emphasize science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM).Read more...
Beware! cover
It's October and readers of all ages are in the mood for spooky books to read. Here are some age-appropriate, Halloween-appropriate suggestions for school kids who are in the approximately third-to-sixth grade age range. Beware: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories The perennially popular author of the creepy Goosebumps series shares stories by Ray Bradbury, Shel Silverstein, Bram Stoker, Edward Gorey and more. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of a Mystery by James and Deborah Howe This was one of my own favorites when I was about 9 years old. I still have vivid memories of reading about 8-year-old Toby Monroe...Read more...
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As the Library celebrates Silicon Valley Manufacturing Week , taking place Mon., Sept. 29 to Fri., Oct. 3, 2014, join us for our STEAMstacks digital paper cutting workshop and bring out the maker in you. The event will include a brief introduction about a digital paper cutting machine for both artistic creativity and innovative exploration. While we will have fun, it's great to keep in mind that activities of these types further fuel our abilities and initial thoughts about making things and manufacturing. ​Participants will create a work with a computer and digital paper cutting machine. Space is limited, please...Read more...
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If you have a generous heart and some new or very gently used books, videos, or CDs that you don’t need, you should donate them to your local branch’s Friends of the Library , who gratefully accept these items at donation bins in all library locations . But what if you have gently used magazines, National Geographic issues, encyclopedias, or textbooks that you don’t need? Unfortunately, most library Friends groups do not accept these types of items. So, what can you do with them, especially if you'd prefer that they be re-used rather than simply recycled? Here is a list...Read more...
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War Comes Home - Our Veterans, Our Communities
A curated collection of resources for veterans.Read more...
Almaden Road
Map: An 1887 California Room map showing Almaden Road between Malone and Curtner. King Library California Room “A road pounded out by the bare feet of Indians before the white man came still stretches south from San Jose into the rolling brush covered hills, the bare earth paved with asphalt.” So wrote local historian Patricia Loomis in her introduction to a piece on Almaden Road , “…one of the oldest of the area roads whose route remains basically the same after more than two centuries.” While much of Almaden Road was replaced by the much wider Almaden Expressway in about...Read more...
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