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Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry
Homemade gifts are always a great idea for the holidays. Here are five beading books that will help you to produce beautiful jewelry--not matter what your skill level might be! Happy Beading!! Beading Basics by Carole Rodgers This book provides guidance for anyone who wants to know the techniques and equipment of beading. Bohemian-inspired Jewelry : 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel The designs in this gorgeous book are classy, classic, and surprisingly easy! The Art of Forgotten Things: Creating Jewelry From Objects From the Past by Melanie Doerman ​This book combines classic...Read more...
2 classy dames reading piles of books. Text: Stay Classy, my friends
Read in British Accent for Best Effect: Are you getting tired of vampire/werewolf/paranormal romances? Have all these dystopias got you down? Perhaps you are beginning to doubt your love for YA fiction or maybe you can’t remember the last time a YA novel didn’t have a love triangle. Perchance it is time you look back at the novels that made you fall in love with YA fiction in the first place! If that is the case then we have a treat for you. Let us revisit some of the classics that started your fascination of YA fiction to bring back...Read more...
Yes Please By Amy Poehler Cover San Jose Public library catalog
The holidays are a time of joy, but they are also a time of stress. Between the planning, cleaning and trying to impress your in-laws, it’s a miracle any of us get through the holidays. What better way to relieve that stress then by having yourself a good laugh! And what better way to tickle your funny bone then by diving into some hilarious books made by some very funny ladies. These books are sure to have you LOLing (laughing out loud for my fellow not-so text savvy peeps) and smiling all the way to the dinner table at your...Read more...
globe of flags
USCIS reminds all approved EB-5 regional centers with a designation letter dated on or before Sept. 30, 2014, that they must file Form I-924A , Supplement to Form I-924, for fiscal year 2014. Regional centers must submit Form I-924A no later than Dec. 29, 2014 . If a regional center fails to file Form I-924A, USCIS will issue a notice of intent to terminate participation in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program . If a regional center files an incomplete Form I-924A, USCIS may issue a notice of intent to terminate participation as quoted on USCIS News . See More Immigration News!Read more...
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3D Printer
Have you heard of a 3D printer? No, it’s not a regular printer that creates blue and red images that you need glasses to view properly. Instead, a 3D printer can seem like a machine straight out of Star Trek to many. If you want a physical, 3-dimensional object, you now have the ability to print it at home. 3D printing is a type of additive manufacturing. The process of making a 3D object isn’t that dissimilar to the 2D printing you’re familiar with. The main difference is that instead of just printing along the X and Y axis, a...Read more...
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Photo of an artificial Christmas tree lit at night on the First Baptist Church hill in San Jose in December of 1964.
In November of 1965, my family moved into the Meadowbrook housing tract (now Canoas Garden ) in the southeast corner of of Willow Glen . The tract is sometimes referred to as “Birdland” because of all the streets named after birds ( Nightingale, Redbird, Hummingbird , etc.). One unique feature is its location at the foot of a hill that is part of the San Juan Bautista Hills. This group of hills lies between Almaden Expressway and Monterey Road and is home to the Oakhill Cemetery , County Communications , Communications Hill (with the cell phone tower), and the First...Read more...
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Early literacy can take place anywhere, anytime. There are a number of ways to make everyday activities fun learning experiences. Also, young children can get restless on public transportation. Whether you are in for a short or long ride, try one of these activities to make the trip more entertaining for everyone. Counting objects - You can work on basic concepts like counting, colors and shapes by having your children describe, list or name objects they see outside their window. Have your child count all the red cars they pass on the ride. Before getting aboard, ask them to guess...Read more...
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the knitting answer book
Maybe you’re looking to a DIY Holiday gift exchange, or maybe you’ve just always wanted to learn how to knit and you’re not sure where to start. Do not fear- SJPL can help you become a proficient knitter quickly. As someone, who personally taught myself to knit through YouTube videos and books, I know that it can be done. When starting with the very basics, it is advisable to find a great foundation book. Books such as The Knitting Answer Book and Knitting Without Tears: Basic Techniques and Easy-to-Follow Directions for Garments to Fit All Sizes are really great at...Read more...
Celebrate the holiday season with one of these seasonal mysteries! And Four to Go: a Nero Wolfe Foursome by Rex Stout This collection of four stories features three holiday pieces covering Easter, the Fourth of July, and Christmas. In "Christmas Party", Archie Goodwin--tired of Nero Wolfe micro-managing his life--tells a little fib that leads to a big problem for the rotund detective and his faithful legman. Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier also available as an eBook Lucy Stone is looking forward to her acting debut in "A Christmas Carol", but many of the people in her town of Tinker's...Read more...
audiobooks
Many of you may be traveling by plane, train or automobile during the holidays this month. Why not grab an audio book narrated by one of your favorite actors to make the ride a little more enjoyable. You can visit any of our branches to checkout the audio CD or download the audio book to your preferred device. For Families Kate Winslet narrates Matilda by Roald Dahl & The Mr. Gum Collection by Andy Stanton Anne Hathaway narrates the Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot Jeremy Irons narrates James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Neil Patrick Harris narrates the...Read more...
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