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The DUFF (2010) is a popular teen novel written by, then 19-year-old, Kody Keplinger. For those not familiar with the term DUFF, D.U.F.F. stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. The DUFF , book version, is predominantly a story of dealing with difficult life situations, falling in love, and the power of words. The book follows the story of Bianca Piper as she navigates her last year of high school. Bianca is cynical, in your face, and confident. All that changes when the school Lothario, Wesley Rush, approaches Bianca about her cuter and more popular friends and tells Bianca she is...Read more...
Captain Marvel
Successful summer blockbusters and some innovative thinking have combined to re-ignite the public's interest in comic books. With film versions of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers both racking up very healthy box office receipts and critical acclaim, the King Library Teen Center now boasts an abundance of new comic book titles that include: Guardians of the Galaxy used to be a "second tier" title for Marvel Comics, but of course that changed with the smash success of the film last summer. Boasting the same characters as the movie (and many others, since Guardians was never limited to that...Read more...
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7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child Cover SJPL catalog
Are you interested in raising your child to be bilingual? Not sure where to start or find resources? Why not go to your local San Jose Public Library and check out what we have to offer! I was raised in a bilingual environment back in the 90’s when bilingual education was around, but not widely used. My school had no bilingual education program therefore my parents and teachers took it upon themselves to promote both my English and Spanish skills. There were very few bilingual books, very few bilingual kids’ shows and a lot of misconceptions about raising your child...Read more...
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PrivCo is “the premier source for business and financial data on major, non-publicly traded corporations, including family owned, private equity owned, venture backed, and international unlisted companies.” PrivCo provides financial and business news on over 500,000 major private companies (generally those having at least $10 million in annual revenue) globally. Learn about the latest private company financials, mergers and acquisitions and private equity deals. You can view PrivCo at your local San José Public Library or from home, by logging in with your library card information. Recently, PrivCo compiled a handful of lists detailing top private market activity in 2014...Read more...
Reading Wordless Picture Books: How and Why
Sometimes young readers get nervous when it comes to reading aloud. Sometimes you have a family member who isn’t comfortable reading in English and would prefer to use another language. In these cases, wordless picture books are a wonderful way to share the joy of reading without the added stress of reading. Wordless picture books allow you to let your imagination run wild, building a dialogue and storyline unique to the readers. Building a narrative is a fantastic way to not only develop reading comprehension but also to strengthen and build vocabulary. By using wordless pictures books, you and your...Read more...
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Four members of the Oakland Larks baseball team including San Jose State College alumni Johnny Allen (third from left). Photo Credit: H99.29.37. Unknown photographer, untitled (Oakland Larks of the West Coast Baseball Association), 1947. Gelatin silver photograph, 4 x 6 in. The Richard T. Dobbins Collection, Judith P. Dobbins. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California.
Four members of the Oakland Larks baseball team including San Jose State College alumni Johnny Allen (third from left). Photo Credit: H99.29.37. Unknown photographer, untitled (Oakland Larks of the West Coast Baseball Association), 1947. Gelatin silver photograph, 4 x 6 in. The Richard T. Dobbins Collection, Judith P. Dobbins. Collection of the Oakland Museum of California. By the 1880s, more than thirty African Americans were on teams in baseball's major and minor leagues. But during the 1887 season, league owners agreed to make no new contracts with African American players. From that time on until Jackie Robinson broke the color...Read more...
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President's Day is here, so why not read up on your favorite president? Here's a selection of critically acclaimed books about U.S. presidents that can all be found at San Jose Public Libraries! John Adams by David McCullough In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as...Read more...
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Jerry Brown Authorizes AB 60 Governor Jerry Brown authorized AB 60 into the California legal system in 2013, in which the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) was directed to begin issuing a driver’s license to any California resident eligible for one, despite of their immigration status in the United States. A resident that does not have proof of lawful residency may apply for the AB 60 license . The license will be issued with distinguishable features stating, “Federal Limits Apply,” in which it will not be able to be used for certain federal purposes (i.e. entering restricted areas of government...Read more...
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Season 3 of Vikings Are you Ready to Set Sail? History Channel's Vikings returns for Season 3 on February 19, 2015. If you haven't seen this show, then get to your nearest library and check out Season 1 and Season 2 . Who Were the Vikings? Vikings is an amazing drama, which shows both the harshness and beauty, the drama and intrigue, of life during the Viking Age. Most of the series focuses upon the character of Ragnar Lodbrok, an adventurer and actual historical person. Of course, the TV series does take liberties with the story of Ragnar. If you...Read more...
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Valentine's Day is coming! As well as the theatrical release of 50 Shades of Grey . If you're looking for some alternatives to this popular book, curl up with some of these steamy reads instead! Maybe Someday For the romantics. A good hearty love story, about two people who are decent human beings, and a forbidden love with an interesting and original twist! Unlike a lot romantic novels, these characters feel like real people. "The way Ridge and Sydney connected through their music was hypnotic, beautiful and downright hot. They each had something that the other needed and pretty soon,...Read more...
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