Dana Lema

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Eclectic - mystery, historical fiction, young adult novel and currently discovering the joy of graphic novels
What I'm Reading Now: 
Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama

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"A bird is joy incarnate." Myrtle Reed I have always been fascinated by birds. Their songs and the way they move mesmerize me. I have a bird feeder just outside my kitchen window. Daily, I see a variety of finches, sparrows and, my favorite frequent flyers, chickadees stopping by for a meal. A few years ago, my spouse gifted me with a good pair of binoculars, a book of birds of North America, and a membership to The Audubon Society On our weekend adventures and vacations, I try to identify new birds and check them off the list in my...Read more...
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“The 12-step chocolate program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE!” ― Terry Moore Along with many other people worldwide, I love chocolate. According to the candyindustry.com blog, the Swiss topped the list of chocolate lovers consuming 19.4 pounds per capita in 2017. Coming in a little farther down the chocolate consumption scale, Americans consumed 9.7 pounds of chocolate per capita. About 24% of the chocolate sold in the United States will be purchased the week before Valentine's Day. San José Public Library has a variety of eResources available to help us discover more about this coveted confection...Read more...
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"When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth." Alex Haley Exploring Family History Together The San José Public Library is happy to be a part of Silicon Valley Reads 2019 which kicked off this week and runs through early April, 2019. This annual event is designed to encourage our community to read and discuss a selection of common books. This year's theme of "Finding Identity in Family History" highlights books and events that help us explore and expand our personal stories by understanding our ancestry. Check out the Calendar of Events...Read more...
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“Speak softly and carry big cookie. Big enough to share with a good friend.” ― Cookie Monster , The Joy of Cookies: Cookie Monster's Guide to Life Ready, Set, Bake! According to one of the online monthly calendars, Tuesday, December 18 is Bake Cookies Day . The origins of this lesser known holiday aren't clear. Perhaps it was created by holiday bakers as a reminder to get those cookies in the oven. It also could have been created by people who really, really wished they had some cookies. Either way, it's a great excuse to bake some cookies and share...Read more...
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“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” — Winnie-the-Pooh A Different Way to Spend...the Day In a few days, Black Friday will be upon us. The Friday after Thanksgiving Day is widely recognized as the kick off to the holiday buying season and one of the biggest days for retail sales. Some people love to shop - they love the hustle and bustle, the decorations and the discounts characteristic of Black Friday. I am not one of those people. Instead, I look forward to a day of rest and more relaxing pursuits. If, like me, you...Read more...
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Little girl walking through the forest with a large werewolf stalking her.
Check out SJPL's gargantuan variety of eResources available for anyone captivated by spooky creatures.Read more...
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Check out these eBooks and eResources to develop a more in-depth understanding of wine.Read more...
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