Erin Herzog

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mystery, science, biographies, sci-fi, everything
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edith daley poem
April is National Poetry Month Learn more about our literary history. California has inspired many poets and artists over the years. Four Forgotten Local Legends: California Poets at the San Jose Public Library Four Forgotten Local Legends: California Poets, an exhibit that highlights four California poets; Ina Coolbrith, Edwin Markham, Bret Harte and Edith Daley, is on the 5th floor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library through May 31, 2018. Ina Coolbrith Ina Donna Coolbrith was born Josephine D. Smith on March 10, 1842, near Springfield, Illinois. Ina entered California in 1851 as part of a wagon train led...Read more...
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San Jose from courthouse
240 Years of San Jose El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe was founded on November 29, 1777 as the first civic settlement in Alta California. At the time, under Spanish rule, Alta California covered what is now California, Nevada and Utah as well as parts of Arizona, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. The pueblo was specifically established by order of the Spanish viceroy of Mexico to provide food and goods for the missions and presidios already in place. Sixty eight people were counted in the first census ; nine soldiers, five pobladores, and one herdsman with their families. The...Read more...
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squash bee polinating a squash flower
Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers is at the San Jose Public Library Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers, an exhibit that portrays the relationship between insects and the flowers they pollinate, is on the 5th floor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library through September 16, 2017. Thank you for joining us in person and live on instagram with Patrick Pizzo Thursday, August 24, 2017 : A note from our speaker: "I encourage anyone getting into CA Native Plant Gardening to become a member of the Yahoo Group, gardeningwithnatives . It is a blog that features discussions about CNP gardening in...Read more...
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turkey vulture
International Vulture Day, September 3rd The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is the most widely found, in number and range, of all scavenging birds of prey. They occur only in the new World, found north to Canada and south to the tip of South America. The scientific name for Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, can be translated in two ways. Both take the first part from the greek "katharsis" meaning to purify or to cleanse. One meaning takes aura to derive from the latin "aureus" or golden, translating to "golden purifier". The other derives from the greek "aura" , or breeze, translating...Read more...
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checkerspot
Santa Clara Valley Archives Crawl October 22, 2016 October is American Archives Month. What is an Archive ? Archivists bring the past to the present. They are records collectors and protectors, keepers of memory. They organize unique, historical materials, making them available for current and future research. - Lisa Lewis Join us for our first Annual Archives Crawl on Saturday, October 22, 2016 and learn more. Visit each of our eleven participating archives, museum and special collections locations for special displays and programs. You May Join the Crawl at any of the eleven locations: Ainsley House 12:00 - 4:00 PM...Read more...
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darlingtonia flower
Serpentine California California contains an amazing range of climate and landscape, and within that, a diversity of plants. Rare plants are more likely to be found in a unique environment and California excels in unique environments. Over 44% of all vascular (plants having roots, shoots, stems, and leaves to tap into soil, air and sunlight) plant species worldwide are endemic to one of the 25 hotspots of biodiversity that cover less than 2% of the land surface on Earth Norman Myers, 2000 California is one of those hotspots with close to 2000 plants found nowhere else on earth. Some of...Read more...
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carpenter bee
Pollination Week, June 20 - 26 This June take a moment to celebrate the work of a vast array of pollinators . Most of the species of flowering plants in the world rely on pollinators - insects (beetles, bees, ants, wasps, butterflies and flies), birds ( hummingbirds , swallows, doves), bats and other small mammals (primates, possums and rodents) and reptiles . Pollination is the transfer of pollen from a flower on the same or another plant of the same kind so that seeds will be produced. About eighty percent of all plant pollination is by animals. The remaining twenty...Read more...
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California Poppy
Agricultural Blooms The Santa Clara Valley, previously know as the Valley of Hearts Delight , was a destination point for Spring blooms starting with the Saratoga Blossom Festival in March. People came from all over Northern California and beyond to see the orchards in bloom. This year spring has arrived a little early and many of our fruit trees have already begun to bloom. Saratoga will be reliving its blossom fest days in the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center Area on March 19th. You can also still catch a glimpse of San José's former agricultural state as the Garden...Read more...
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Monarch Butterfly
Walking the California Coastal Trail Starting at Wilder Ranch State Park you can pick up one of the many sections of the California Coastal Trail ( CCT ). Wandering the coast we noticed a number of monarch butterflies accompanying us on our walk. Exploring the buildings and gardens at Wilder Ranch itself, brought us to a large group of butterflies resting behind the historic adobe. This was a reminder that it is once again butterfly season in California. Monarch Migration November and December are the peak times to spot Monarch butterflies ( Danaus plexippus ) on their migration path. Every...Read more...
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folder magnifying glass
The library often receives requests from people who would like to obtain a copy of an obituary for a loved one who passed away locally. These requests come from all over the world! For over 150 years, obituaries have appeared in the San Jose Mercury News . Some requests are for those doing genealogical research, and know that many obituaries contain detailed information about long lost family members that can be hard to find elsewhere. Others simply want a record of the death of their parent, aunt, or cousin. Unfortunately, we realized a number of years ago that we were...Read more...
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