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Have you ever seen one of these peculiar-looking towers in Santa Clara County? Some of you might know what these are, but others might have no idea what they're looking at. If you'd like to find out more - read on! These ancient towers are actually air raid sirens. Back during the Cold War era, the Civil Defense Department installed a total of 130 sirens throughout the County, with 55 of them being located in San Jose. The sirens were installed with the intention of alerting people of oncoming danger, which is quite an alarming thought when you think about...Read more...
An Emergency Pocket Poem Card. Many Uses for Genuine Verses from the SJPL California Room.
Al & Sam are back for National Poetry Month! Make sure to drop by the California Room to view the Lost Poets Exhibit . Discover the long-lost poems and poets of pre-1915 California. The rare books will be on display for a limited time, so hurry on over! While you are there, pick up an Emergency Pocket Poem . Don't be caught without one on April 27, 2017 - Poem in your Pocket Day ! Al & Sam's Top Ten Pocket Poem Uses Quickly change topics Increase your suaveness Make a sweet first impressions Fill an awkward pause Initiate a...Read more...