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Looking Back: SJ Library's Silicon Valley Information Center

SVIC librarian Andrea Schacter in 1986. When I began working for the San Jose Public Library in October of 1988, I was assigned to the Silicon Valley Information Center (SVIC) located on the 3rd…

Ralph Pearce
09/24/2015 - 2:05 PM

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Early Literacy in Everyday Places: Doing Laundry

Doing the laundry is one of the best ways to incorporate early literacy activities in your daily or weekly routine. Which is why Wash Time is Talk Time has been a new initiative established by the…

Nari Ferderer
09/04/2015 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Downtown San Jose’s Bookstore Row (part 2)

San Fernando and Third Streets Looking West in the mid-1970s. Photo by City of San Jose Redevelopment Agency. In 1978, I began working part time in a used bookstore near the corner of Lincoln and…

Ralph Pearce
08/27/2015 - 3:30 PM

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Fangirls Unleashed: Booktube!

Hey there fanboys and fangirls! Addie and Alyssa here to take you on another fandom filled adventure. This is an adventure that you can take in your very own home! The wonderful world of Youtube is…

Alyssa Mendoza
08/25/2015 - 4:00 PM

Q&A with YA Author Jennifer A. Nielsen

Back in March, I had the amazing opportunity to interview YA author Jennifer A. Nielsen at her event at Hicklebees’s Book Store to promote her newest book, Mark of the Thief, the first book of a…

Alyssa Mendoza
08/17/2015 - 1:00 PM

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Early Literacy in Everyday Places: The Kitchen

Summertime is a great place to start healthy habits for your family. What better place to start than in your kitchen? Cooking with toddlers and preschoolers can be fun, messy and an incredible…

Nari Ferderer
08/07/2015 - 9:00 AM

Looking Back: Downtown San Jose's Bookstore Row (part 1)

Image: Bob Sidebottom's Comic Collector Shop on E. San Fernando Street. Photo from 1976 Willow Glen High School yearbook.  When my best friend Kevin and I were about thirteen, we learned that…

Ralph Pearce
07/28/2015 - 4:35 PM

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We Need Diverse Books: Children's, Middle School and YA

The We Need Diverse Books campaign began in 2014 on twitter when authors, bloggers and readers began talking about the need to have more diverse children’s and YA literature. These conversations led…

07/17/2015 - 6:00 PM

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Early Literacy in Everyday Places: The Movies

Taking a trip to the movie theater can be a great way to not only entertain your preschooler or early elementary schoolers, but also to keep cool during the summer heat. Whether you are at the…

Nari Ferderer
07/03/2015 - 10:00 AM

Looking Back: Chief Ralph M. Phillips of Los Gatos

Photo:  Officer Ralph. M. Phillips with the Los Gatos Police Department taken in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Ralph Pearce. My grandfather Ralph Moses Phillips (1905-1981) was a tall, stout fellow…

Ralph Pearce
06/24/2015 - 4:30 PM

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Early Literacy in Everyday Places: The Airport

Take flight this summer with some wonderful books and stories to help prepare your little ones for their first trip on an airplane. Preparing for a flight can be full of stressful moments, But…

Nari Ferderer
06/05/2015 - 10:00 AM

Looking Back: SJ Japantown's Hori Building

Photo: The Hori building in San Jose Japantown about 1990. In the late 1980s, I lived in the front half of a very long one-story building near the corner of Fifth and Jackson Streets in San Jose…

Ralph Pearce
05/23/2015 - 6:10 PM