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A photograph of the Nishioka building in 1989.
I lived in San Jose Japantown back in the 1980s. I used to enjoy jogging around the area in the evening, and one of the places I used to jog past was the Nishioka Fish Market on Sixth Street near Taylor. It’s a beautiful old brick building, built in 1929 by Ichimatsu Tsurukawa for his Ideal Laundry business. Unfortunately, the depression hit soon after, and Tsurukawa’s business didn’t flourish as he’d hoped. He eventually sold the business to one of his Filipino workers, Ben Ragsac, who downsized the business and moved it to a smaller location near the corner of...Read more...
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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg Zoe Sugg writes about a a young girl, Penny, who has a secret. Penny is GirlOnline, a blogger who blogs about anything from school dramas to boys or even her family! She living the perfect double life; that is until her family moves to New York and meets Noah. But Noah is harboring a secret too, and his secret might just expose Penny's cover and threaten their friendship. Will Penny's double life and newfound friendship come to end. Make Up Your Life!: Your Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success-Online and Off by Michelle Phan Youtuber...Read more...
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frustrated student at laptop
There are only a few days left until the UC application deadline, which means it’s time to put down that pumpkin spice latte and get started on your personal statements. Whether you’re just starting your personal statement, almost done or ready to turn it in, the San Jose Public Library has resources to make sure that you end up with a killer personal statement. The first thing to realize is that a personal statement is not just an essay. It is used by UC’s and privates as a way to not only evaluate your academic potential, but also your character...Read more...
Mistress of the Art of Murder
Historical fiction can be a fun way to get a feel for a particular time period or place in history. Here are thirteen historical mystery series for you to try! Ancient Egypt (Reign of King Tutankhamen ) Lynda S. Robinson Lord Meren series Start with: Murder in the Place of Anubis The teenage Pharaoh, Tutankhamen, calls on his trusted investigator, Lord Meren when a killer desecrates the sacred Place of Anubis. Unfortunately, the victim was universally hated and there is no shortage of suspects. Lord Meren must use his cunning to uncover the killer before the king's authority is undermined--or...Read more...
students crowded around laptop
It’s November! Along with marking the beginning of the holiday season, November also marks the beginning of college applications. The November 30th deadline for CSU’s and UC’s is approaching fast, which means it’s time for high school seniors to not only pick a major, but also find colleges that match with their major and interests. When I started looking into majors I had no idea where to turn to. I was a first generation college student which meant I couldn’t ask my family for help, so I had no choice but to research majors and schools myself. Thankfully, the San...Read more...
globe covered in international flags
Under the new policy ( PA-2014-009 ), a mother who meets the definition(*Gave birth to the child, and *Was the child’s legal mother at the time of birth under the law of the relevant jurisdiction), but does not have a genetic relationship with her child (for example, she became pregnant through an egg donor) will: Be able to petition for her child based on their relationship Be eligible to have her child petition for her based on their relationship Be able to transmit U.S. citizenship to her child, if she is a U.S. citizen and all other pertinent citizenship requirements...Read more...
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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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