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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...
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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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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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There are a number of steps to take if your 10-year green card has expired or will expire within six months. Follow these steps if you want to renew your green card: File your paperwork at least six months before it expires Fill in out your I-90 form issued by USCIS (this can be done electronically or by mail) Send in your fee ($365 to file the I-90 plus $85 for fingerprinting, those who cannot afford the payment may be granted a waiver) Once you've sent in your application, follow these steps: Wait for a notification from USCIS stating that...Read more...
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There are many movies coming out in this half of 2014 that were books before they were movies. Check out these 5 reads before the movie hits the theatres this fall so you can say you’ve “read your favorite movie” this fall. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed A powerful, blazingly honest, inspiring memoir: the story of a 1,100 mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again. The movie features Reese Witherspoon as the lead character; the movie is scheduled to hit theatres December...Read more...
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Keep up with what's going on in the world. Check out these new library resources. Virtually every course of study — from history to science to literature — is ultimately tied to the study of people. Biography in Context delivers outstanding research support with 600,000+ biographical entries — on more than 528,000 individuals — spanning history and geography. Get the tools you need to understand today’s world issues from a global perspective Global Issues in Context offers global perspectives on issues of international importance and current world events and topics in the news related to these issues. Read pro/con arguements...Read more...
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Louis Pellier, the 'Prune King'
Louis Pellier, "The Prune King" Photo courtesy of History San Jose One August day in 2011, a fellow named Tim Peddy came into the California Room to look at some aerial photos. I noticed that one of the aerials showed the San Juan Bautista Hills near my neighborhood. The San Juan Bautista Hills are an outcropping of hills on the southeast corner of Willow Glen that include “ The Church on the Hill ,” County Communications , Communications Hill (with the cell phone tower), and Oak Hill Cemetery . I pointed out to Tim that the small hill between the...Read more...
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On August 9, Starz cable TV station premiered the first installment of the Outlander Series. The production is sure to create a lot of excitement about Diana Gabaldon's beloved and addictive Outlander Series: a collection of eight books chronicling the adventures of World War II nurse Claire Randall who travels back in time to the 18th Century Scottish Highlands. Start with book number one: Outlander , which begins the time travel adventure. It is post WWII and while on a vacation trip to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Claire touches a stone in a mystical stone circle and suddenly...Read more...
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