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A reading tablet at a library in San Francisco. Photo by Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal
This well-written Wall Street Journal blog post highlights the reasons that public libraries are way ahead of Amazon Unlimited and the other similar services, Oyster and Scribd. The biggest reason is that after years of negotiations, all of the "big five" publishers are finally allowing libraries to acquire many of their top titles as eBooks. Some of the publishers (HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette) have been doing this for quite a while. Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have joined in more recently. Amazon Unlimited has only a few of the titles that people are anxiously wanting to read. Libraries have...Read more...
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Forgoing that burger or hotdog once a week will lighten your carbon footprint , pamper your heart and put a smile of relief on the faces of neighborhood cows, pigs and chickens. A Meatless Monday Proclamation was issued by San José City Council on June 3, 2014. Meatless Monday is an international effort launched in 2003, in association with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. At present, thirty four countries around the world are participating in this effort. Try a vegetarian or vegan meal this Monday. You may just like it. At Your Library: Veganism for your health (includes cookbooks)...Read more...
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Dedicated investors have long been looking to Value Line Investment Survey for current information on companies and stocks. Value Line's website recently had a facelift. If you're an investor and haven't used Value Line yet, take a look. If you're already a Value Line user, you may have to look around a little to find the customary information. Here are a couple of places to try. DASHBOARD - in the box on the right you can click on Summary & Index and Selection & Opinion, which correspond to the pages in the paper version. The VLIS Current Issue link gives...Read more...
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Summer is ending and in its place will start a new school year. For many kids, this new school year will be their first school year. Children will be filled with questions, hesitation and excitement about what will be in store for them. Here are some great books to start the discussion on what types of experiences they'll encounter during the next few months. First Day of School by Margaret McNamara - After a summer of playing with his puppy, Michael is sad to learn that she cannot stay with him on the first day of school (J Easy Reader...Read more...
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Reading reviews of the documentary Life Itself on Metacritic.com is, well, indeed a “meta” experience. The reviews are about a movie about someone who wrote movie reviews. The new documentary’s source material is largely based on film critic Roger Ebert’s memoir, called Life Itself itself (there’s another meta moment for you). It can be checked out in print or audio CD format from the library. Here are other books about the lives of well-known critics, all available in SJPL's catalog: Film Critic Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark by Brian Kellow "The most powerful, loved and hated film critic...Read more...
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Going somewhere? Plan your stay with ebooks in SJPL's Travel Collection
Are you planning a trip? You don't want to lug along a bunch of heavy travel guides? Or you don't have time to stop by the library to pick some up? The library's online Travel Collection can help! Get Rough Guides and Eyewitness Travel Guides in ebook form. You can read a whole book online in your browser or download just the chapters you want to take with you on your trip. Are you going out of the country? Don't know the language? Choose one of 63 different languages to learn at Mango Languages and be ready to carry on...Read more...
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Of the various San Jose landmarks of the 1960s and 1970s, one of the most impressive to me was the huge mural that stood on the corner of Almaden Avenue and Alma Avenue. How many times I looked out at it through the window of our 1964 Nova station wagon I’ll never know, but I was always in awe of it. And yet, it never would have occurred to me that I might one day wish I’d taken a picture of it. It would always be there, right? The mural was created by local muralist Don Clever, who painted it...Read more...
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A customer called in to say that she was being harassed by security officials concerning the placement of her truck’s handicap placard. She does not have a rearview mirror, she explained, because her truck has a storage compartment that blocks the visibility of a rearview. She was searching for a law that stated that it was fine to place the placard on the dashboard. She had tried calling the DMV, but the attendant was unable to assist her. I was able to find an article in eHow on the Proper Way to Display a Handicap Placard, stating that the placard...Read more...
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Don't have time to read a 300 page novel? Then try these short stories insead! They'll give you the same sense of adventure and action as a regular book, but in a couple of chapters! Four Houses by Victoria Scott Victoria Scott, author of the Dante Walker and Fire & Flood series, is re-relasing an extended version of her short story , Four Houses, on July 22, 2014! Rediscover the suspense and thrill of this dark YA short story and find out if the house you choose is the right one. The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan In The Demigod...Read more...
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Learn something new this weekend by logging in some of our online databases (a valid SJPL Library Card and PIN are required.) Take advantage of these new electronic tools: ChiltonLibrary: The reputable auto repair publication is now online. Get manuals, OEM diagrams, and Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) for domestic and imported cars and light trucks. Driving Tests: Practice the fun and interactive DMV driving tests in the comfort of your home. LearnUp: If you’re looking for a job or thinking about switching career, LearnUp is the tool for you. This site provides free job training, and connects job seekers and...Read more...
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