Dana Lema

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Reading Interests: 
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

Blogs by this Author

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"Still round the corner, there may wait, a new road or a secret gate." – J. R. R. Tolkien In a few days, summer will officially arrive. For some, it means opportunities to travel across the country or around the world. Others may be staying closer to home. For everyone, summer escapes are available through these eResources available at the San José Public Library. These titles are also great selections to earn hours for the Summer Learning program. Close to Home These eResources offer adventures in places both real and imaginary across the United States. Farther Flung If you want...Read more...
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“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ― Jane Goodall It's Up to Us On Monday, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued a summary of a Global Assessment developed by hundreds of scientists from across the world. The summary identifies the impact human activities have on the biodiversity of our world. In its media release of the summary, IPBES states, "The Report finds that around 1 million...Read more...
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"Do you suppose she's a wildflower?" - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Showers and Flowers With the abundant precipitation California has had this winter, many areas across the state are experiencing an even more brilliant spring wildflower bloom than usual. I've had several calls at my library branch from patrons wanting to know where they can go locally to see wildflowers. I've recommended Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill and Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve in Redwood City. Both areas have several hiking trails which feature a beautiful variety of wildflowers. Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve is...Read more...
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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...
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...