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Learning Languages
How do I learn a language when there is so much stuff I have to do? And I would rather not pay for a class.Read more...
painting by Edith Harvey Heron
Explore Local Landscape Artist in our collection for October's American Archives Month!Read more...
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Child on computer
Learn about computer science, programming, and how to start-up your own software/app business and build entrepreneurial & coding skills.Read more...
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Damn the Torpedos Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album cover
Among today's sad news was the passing of Tom Petty , an artist who meant a great deal to four decades worth of rebel kids (and rebel wannabe's like me!). Happily, his legacy lives on in his music.Read more...
Wee Play Early Education friends: Conroy Cougar, Sixbot Robot, Emilia Puppy, Kato Kitty, and Bolt Bird
These fun and simple activities are just one way to help develop your child's pre-reading skills. Pick and choose or try them all! Visit sjpl.org/events to find library programs and events near you! January 2017 I February 2017 I March 2017 I April 2017 I May 2017 I June 2017 I July 2017 I August 2017 I September 2017 I October 2017 October 2017 Calendar of Activities October 1: Sing "Happy Birthday" to one of your favorite toys October 2: Play with pots and pans October 3: Count backwards from 10 October 4: Visit the library October 5: Make a...Read more...
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Banned Book Cover
Today is the last day of Banned Books Weeks 2017 , but beginnings are on my mind today. It is the very beginning of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the very first amendment, that protects our freedom to read. We will next be observing Banned Books Week during the last week of September 2018, but we celebrate our First Amendment rights every time we begin to read a challenged book. If you begin one of the most challenged books of the year, here are some of the very first sentences you will read: “Do you think Mr...Read more...
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globe comprised of different national flags
If your DACA work permit expires on or before March 5, 2017, you have until October 5, 2017, to renew for another 2 years. Additional resource information available in this post.Read more...
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Wee Play Kit featuring dinosaurs
Nowadays libraries offer so much more than books! Check out some cool things that you can get from San Jose Public Library that aren't books. Wee Play Kits Want to engage your toddler in some learning play? Discover San Jose Library’s Wee Play and Learn Kits. Each kit comes with learning activity games and toys (and some books as well). Available kits: Alphabet, Dinosaur, Simple Science, Building by design, and Creative movement. These kits retail for $100 in stores, why not check them out for free? Pro-tip: Items can be requested online via our library catalog. Streaming media via Hoopla...Read more...
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Image: One of three remaining Four'n 20 Pie buildings (Kooser Road near Princeton Plaza).
“Sing a song of sixpence, a pocket full of rye, four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie.” So goes the popular English nursery rhyme “ Sing a Song of Sixpence .” From this rhyme came the name for a small chain of late 1960s restaurants called Four’n 20 Restaurant & Pie Shop. Two of these restaurants were built in San Jose in 1970 and 1971. One was on Meridian near Hamilton , and the other was on Kooser and Blossom Hill Roads , across from Princeton Plaza. I remember eating at both locations with my family. Like Marie Callendars...Read more...
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Hispanic Heritage Month Flags
September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebrate the contributions and cultures of Hispanic and Latinx Americans with these wonderful eResources from your library!Read more...