Sarah Kishler

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Mock Caldecott Awards Panel
Find out who won San José Public Librarians' mock Caldecott Medal. Did your favorite illustrator win this year?Read more...
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Book Cover: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Celebrate some classics by re-reading them during their milestone anniversary year!Read more...
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Book Cover: The Chimes by Charles Dickens
If you're looking for a good and relevant read on the final weekend of 2017, try one of these titles.Read more...
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You Are a BadAss: Book Cover
Here are some reads available with your library card that may help those who are so focused on pleasing others that they may forget to celebrate themselves.Read more...
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Book Cover: The Art of The Iron Giant
Celebrate International Animation Day with these gorgeous artbooks. Also, become an animator with free access to Lynda.com!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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Sam Shepard
This morning, we woke up to the news that Sam Shepard passed away of Lou Gehrig's disease last Thursday. He will be remembered for his many acting roles in Hollywood movies such as The Right Stuff , Steel Magnolias , and August: Osage County , but he really made his mark as a playwriting giant. Like Eugene O' Neil, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams before him, Shepard earned a near-sacred place in the canon of the Great American Family Drama. Shepard grew up in the southern California ranch town of Duarte. After making a name for himself as a playwright...Read more...
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Album Cover: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
This summer, the world celebrates the 50 th anniversary of a landmark Beatles album. Among many other things, it is remembered for being one of the first albums to include the printed lyrics for each song. And when my mind is wandering, here I will go: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Lyrical Library Link: The act you’ve known for all these years. With a Little Help From My Friends Lyrical Library Link: Does it worry you to be alone? Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds Lyrical Library Link: Newspaper taxis appear on the shore. She’s Leaving Home Lyrical Library...Read more...
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Book cover: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
"The Most Massively Useful Thing" Any fan of the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy knows that a towel is "the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." In hitchhiker slang, someone who is really amazingly together is someone who "really knows where their towel is." Why are towels so important? See the online Earth edition of The Guide . The first Towel Day was conceived in May 2001, after beloved Hitchhiker’s creator Douglas Adams tragically died of a heart attack at the age of 49. A fan's post in an Internet forum proposed Towel...Read more...
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Album Cover: Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants
Science doesn’t have to be a dry topic. It can be joyous, entertaining, and even melodious. It is thanks to one of my favorite bands, They Might Be Giants, that I can recall certain scientific facts such as that mammals have large four-chambered hearts and the sun is about 93,000,000 miles away . There are also classics like Tom Lehrer’s Gilbert and Sullivan parody about The Elements , which is a great tool for memorizing the periodic table. Scientific songs in the SJPL catalog include: Biophilia Björk The word “biophilia” refers to a human affinity for the world around them...Read more...
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