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Cover of "Sex Criminals" a fuzzy illustration of a couple kissing
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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USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions that were received after January 26, 2015, and that request an employment start date prior to April 1, 2015. No cap numbers from the first half of FY 2015 will be available in the second half of FY 2015, which begins April 1, 2015. USCIS will continue to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from the congressionally mandated cap as quoted USCIS . For more information about the H-2B work program, visit https://www.uscis.gov/h-2b or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.Read more...
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Early Literacy in Everyday Places
Whether you are waiting for the dentist, the doctor or the veterinarian, use the time spent in the waiting room as another opportunity to work on early literacy skills with your child as well as calm their fears about the visit. Don't forget that these books can count for your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log. Ideas for babies Bring board books and read to your child while you wait. Talk to your child about why you are there and explain what will happen during the visit. Sing songs, nursery rhymes or tell jokes to pass the time. I Kissed the...Read more...
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LED Necklace
Imagine a world where your sneakers send information about your running patterns and stride to your computer, where your shirt monitors your heart rate and vital statistics, sending the data to your doctor weekly, or a jacket that lights up and sings based on where you touch it. All of these products and many more are part of what’s called wearable technology or wearables. Over the last several years we’ve seen lots of new technology integrated into our regular household objects and now tech is transforming our clothing and jewelry too! Wearable technology can come in many forms, from art...Read more...
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harry potter books
It has been almost eighteen years since the first book of the Harry Potter series was published. In that time span, Harry Potter had become one of the best selling series of all time. Beloved by both young and old, Harry Potter entered the English literary canon with a bang that continues to reverberate. It should not be surprising then that as the children who have grown up on the series enter adulthood, they continue to revisit one of their childhood favorites. The popular website BuzzFeed continues to pump out many Harry Potter related articles including amazing Harry Potter themed...Read more...
A lake view found in Stanislaus National Forest.
Most winter sport enthusiasts in California spend many of the snowy months up in Tahoe reveling in snowboarding and skiing, and many bring not so enthusiastic friends and/or family along. If you fall into the latter category Stanislaus National Forest is an excellent day trip location for a quiet walk in the snow. The park features many trails, a list of attractions to view and most importantly, the opportunity to enjoy the snow at your own pace if you prefer relatively flat land to that of the slopes of a mountain. Stanislaus National Park touches many towns part of Calaveras...Read more...
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Cover of "The World of Ice & Fire," the Targaryen 3-headed dragon sigil
Winter is here Hodor, but the new season of Game of Thrones isn't! While previous seasons have premiered in February or March, this year we have to wait until April 12... that's too long! Whatever will we do until then?! Here are some suggestions to tide you over. The Iron King Recommended by George R. R. Martin himself, The Accursed Kings series was a source of inspiration for Game of Thrones. In the the first installment, The Iron King , you can see for yourself the violent similarities that would even please Joffrey. "Iron kings and strangled queens, battles and...Read more...
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Financing College by Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
So you got into the college of your dreams and now you’re wondering how you are going to afford it? First off, don’t panic and remember to breathe because you can’t attend the college of your dreams if you’re dead. Secondly, it is time for you and your parents to apply for financial aid and the San Jose Public Library is here to help you along the way. These quick tips and resources are sure to help both students and parents navigate the murky waters of paying for college. Now some quick tips: Applying for financial aid is FREE and...Read more...
Officer Gene Simpson. Courtesy of SJPD
Officers Gene Simpson and Gordon "Gordy" Silva. Courtesy SJPD I began working for the San Jose Public Library in October of 1988 and was assigned to the Silicon Valley Information Center (SVIC) on the third floor of the old main library on San Carlos Street. That unit later dissolved and some of its contents are now part of the California Room’s collection as the Silicon Valley Company Archive . I was at my desk in SVIC on January 20, 1989, when I heard that a police officer had been shot and killed just blocks away on Santa Clara Street. My...Read more...
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2015 marks milestone anniversaries for a number of literary works that continue to have enormous cultural influence all these years after they were first published. A significant anniversary is a great excuse to either revisit or pick up one of these classics for the first time. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien turns 60 in 2015. The final volume of the trilogy, The Return of the King , was released in October 1955. It stirred up great interest in epic fantasy as a genre, and its popularity paved the way for modern fantasy writers such as JK Rowling...Read more...
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