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Byron in Love
If you think that celebrity scandal is a relatively new invention, think again! Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson “Gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s autobiographical novel is based on two drug-soaked, debauched trips to Las Vegas taken by Thompson (Raoul Duke) and his attorney, Oscar Zeta Acosta (Dr. Gonzo) in 1971. Lizzie Siddal: Face of the Pre-Raphaelites Lucinda Hawksley Elizabeth Siddal, wife of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and model and muse to the Pre-Raphealite Brotherhood, had one of the art world's most famous faces, but her short...Read more...
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Thanks to a generous donation from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the San José Public Library purchased over 500 books on the topics of business and financial literacy. A sample of some of the new titles are included above. This new collection, the King Business Collection, is currently housed on the 3 rd floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library . Come check it out! NOTE : Items are non-requestable. Also, don’t forget about our business programs at the library! We offer a number of business, career and job programs and workshops throughout our branch libraries.Read more...
Alyssa Mendoza and Author Marie Lu
Hey there fangirls and fanboys or any other YA enthusiasts! This is your friendly neighborhood fangirls, Addie and Alyssa, here to tell you about our experience at Yallwest!. For those of you that don't know, Yallwest is an annual YA book festival dedicated to empowering readers and celebrate the joy that is YA. It is the companion west coast festival for Yallfest , which is held Charleston, South Carolina. This was the first time that the festival was held in the west coast. It was full of book signings, panels, author meet ups and other geeky debauchery. And you won't...Read more...
fresh teen reads for spring
Have you run out of reading material? Are you looking for a way to kill time over Spring Break? Or maybe you just want to avoid studying for midterms? Here are five titles from different genres that should help you shake those springtime doldrums. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson While not exactly new, this Jandy Nelson book is riding high off its Michael L. Printz Award win. This moving and lyrical novel follows the lives of fraternal twins, a girl and boy named Jude and Noah, who were once close but now in their late teens have...Read more...
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Since warmer weather is heading our way, I've taken time to go through my clothing and put away my colder weather clothing. (FYI: my family in the Midwest and East Coast are probably laughing right now). Anyways, it's Springtime and, for me, that means a wardrobe overhaul. Every 6 months, I go through my clothing to determine what fits, what is fashionable, and what I want to part with. These selections go into 3 piles: keep, toss, or sell/swap/donate. But recently, I've added a new pile for upcycling/refashioning. Instead of spending money on new trends that will be out of...Read more...
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globe of flags
March 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2015. How the Final Receipt Date is Determined The final receipt date is the date when USCIS received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the statutory limit of 66,000 H-2B worker visas for FY 2015. What Happens After Reaching the Cap USCIS will reject new H-2B petitions that: Request an employment start date before October 1, 2015; and Were received after March 26, 2015. Please note that employers may file petitions up to 120 days prior to the employment start...Read more...
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early literacy in everyday places
The mall has a wealth of early literacy potential. From the basic concepts of counting, shapes and sizes to more detailed concepts of basic arithmetic, spelling and reading. Don't forget that these books can count for your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log. In the car Point out all the print you can see from the car; on signs, buildings, inside the car, etc. This activity builds print awareness and can help develop vocabulary. Talk about what you see outside of the window. Discuss shapes, sizes, colors. Ask them to point out cars that are their favorite color (count the blue...Read more...
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Dorothy Parker: Complete Poems
Happy National Poetry Month ! Many people, often through bad early experiences, are convinced that they hate poetry! I'm convinced, however, that there is a poet out there for every person -- they just have to be brought together. Below are ten poets whose works have broad appeal. Check them out and see if you find something to love. While you're at it, check out The Poetry Foundation and The Academy of American Poets for poetry you can search and browse. The possibilities are endless! Maya Angelou The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou A former US Poet Laureate, Angelou...Read more...
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Fans of historical fiction novelist Hilary Mantel won't have to wait very long to see her award winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies on PBS as the BBC miniseries makes its way to the United States. Told through the eyes of Henry VIII's chief advisor, Thomas Cromwell, Mantel takes us into the dissolution of Henry's marriage with Katherine of Aragon, the split between England the Catholic church, as well as the marriage and beheading of Anne Boleyn. The BBC series is set to air on Monday April 5, 2015 at 10pm. If you've already read Hilary Mantel's...Read more...
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The Secret of the Old Clock
If you love mysteries, or if you're curious to find out what about all the fuss is about, check out one of these classic stories/series. This list is, by no means, exhaustive! If you crave even more classic mysteries, reach out to your local librarian. Margery Allingham Detective: Albert Campion Start with: The Crime at Black Dudley (1929) Though rumored to have been created as a parody of Lord Peter Wimsey, Albert Campion soon became a popular detective in his own right. Campion is a thin, blond aristocrat with a penchant for helping those in need and for finding trouble!...Read more...