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Going somewhere? Plan your stay with ebooks in SJPL's Travel Collection
Are you planning a trip? You don't want to lug along a bunch of heavy travel guides? Or you don't have time to stop by the library to pick some up? The library's online Travel Collection can help! Get Rough Guides and Eyewitness Travel Guides in ebook form. You can read a whole book online in your browser or download just the chapters you want to take with you on your trip. Are you going out of the country? Don't know the language? Choose one of 63 different languages to learn at Mango Languages and be ready to carry on...Read more...
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El Rancho Drive-in Matchbook Cover
Of the various San Jose landmarks of the 1960s and 1970s, one of the most impressive to me was the huge mural that stood on the corner of Almaden Avenue and Alma Avenue. How many times I looked out at it through the window of our 1964 Nova station wagon I’ll never know, but I was always in awe of it. And yet, it never would have occurred to me that I might one day wish I’d taken a picture of it. It would always be there, right? The mural was created by local muralist Don Clever, who painted it...Read more...
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Car and Driver Cover
A customer called in to say that she was being harassed by security officials concerning the placement of her truck’s handicap placard. She does not have a rearview mirror, she explained, because her truck has a storage compartment that blocks the visibility of a rearview. She was searching for a law that stated that it was fine to place the placard on the dashboard. She had tried calling the DMV, but the attendant was unable to assist her. I was able to find an article in eHow on the Proper Way to Display a Handicap Placard, stating that the placard...Read more...
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Don't have time to read a 300 page novel? Then try these short stories insead! They'll give you the same sense of adventure and action as a regular book, but in a couple of chapters! Four Houses by Victoria Scott Victoria Scott, author of the Dante Walker and Fire & Flood series, is re-relasing an extended version of her short story , Four Houses, on July 22, 2014! Rediscover the suspense and thrill of this dark YA short story and find out if the house you choose is the right one. The Demigod Diaries by Rick Riordan In The Demigod...Read more...
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Learn something new this weekend by logging in some of our online databases (a valid SJPL Library Card and PIN are required.) Take advantage of these new electronic tools: ChiltonLibrary: The reputable auto repair publication is now online. Get manuals, OEM diagrams, and Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) for domestic and imported cars and light trucks. Driving Tests: Practice the fun and interactive DMV driving tests in the comfort of your home. LearnUp: If you’re looking for a job or thinking about switching career, LearnUp is the tool for you. This site provides free job training, and connects job seekers and...Read more...
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Obama on Monday said he had little choice but to act alone. "If Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours," Obama said. But seeking to slow deportations while simultaneously stemming the flow of young people across the U.S. Southern border presents Obama with a knotty set of policy choices. He asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder for recommendations by the end of summer on the types of executive actions he could take. Among the steps he could consider would be to focus deportations on people with serious criminal records, something...Read more...
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Aerial View of Downtown San Jose
It's great fun to read a book set in a location you know. Here are some books you'll find at the San Jose Public Library that are either entirely or partially set in San Jose and/or the surrounding valley: The Setup Man: A Novel by T.T. Monday Johnny Adcock is a relief pitcher for the San Jose Bay Dogs baseball team. To fund his retirement, he begins moonlighting as a private investigator for his teammates. Good Grief : A Novel by Lolly Winston 36-year old Sophie Stanton leads a high-pressure Silicon Valley life in San Jose. But after she loses...Read more...
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Fudetaro and Seijiro Horio in 1908
In 1895, two brothers immigrated to the United States from Japan and wound up working for the Von Dorsten family on Foxworthy Road in the Willow Glen area of San Jose (now known as Foxworthy Avenue ). After saving for many years, Seijiro and Fudetaro Horio began buying nearby properties until they had a swath of land that ran from Foxworthy Road to Koch Lane on the east side of Cherry Avenue. This was prior to the restrictive California Alien Land Law of 1913 which prohibited "aliens ineligible for citizenship" from owning agricultural land or possessing long-term leases. This law...Read more...
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corner of Sixth and Jackson Streets
Built about the same time as Heinlenville Chinatown, the one-story brick building on the northwest corner of Sixth and Jackson Streets was first home to Chinese tenants. By 1901, the first Japanese businesses in the area that would become known as Japantown appeared in the building. In the early 1930s, the building would house some of the earliest Filipino businesses in the community. Facing Sixth Street, the (then) blank brick wall on the Jackson Street side of the building was used as a community bulletin board. At some point after WWII, a door and windows were added to the Jackson...Read more...
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Energy-Saving Toolkit
San José Public Library Marks Earth Day with Free Energy-Saving Toolkits for Library Patrons 23-branch LEED-designed system extends San José Green Vision efficiency and conservation philosophy to library cardholders via partnership with Silicon Valley Energy Watch San José, Calif., April 22, 2014 — To mark Earth Day 2014, the San José Public Library today announced that all branches in the 23-location system have available free Silicon Valley Energy Watch Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Energy Saving Toolkits stocked with supplies and measuring devices. The toolkits include an illustrated user guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to measure the energy use and...Read more...