Laurie Willis

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Indie California
If you’re a budding author or a person who enjoys reading debut works by up-and-coming talent, this group of new eResources for and about independent authors is for you. Authors can: Create a professional-looking eBook – upload text, images, etc., pick a theme, and PressBooks does all the formatting for you. Your book is ready to save, either as an eBook or in printable format. Submit your eBook to Library Journal's SELF-e Selects project - the best self-published eBooks are selected, featured and promoted nationally by this respected publication. Share your eBook with readers across California – submission to SELF-e...Read more...
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banana split
A favorite summer treat is enjoying an ice cream sundae, a waffle cone, a milkshake, or a gelato. It's time to celebrate! July is National Ice Cream month and July 17 is National Ice Cream Day. Experts don't agree on when ice cream was first made. We know that treats made with ice were made as early as the first century by slaves of the Roman emperor Nero. Marco Polo brought recipes for water ices to Italy in 1295, and recipes made their way to France by 1533. When cream was added later, "cream ices" or "ice cream" was born...Read more...
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A to Z World Travel
We have added some new travel eResources just in time for summer vacation season. Each one gives you the practical information you need, all in one place, including: Links to current news reports Info on currency, electrical connections, phone, internet Culture & customs Language Maps, points of interest and transportation History, economy & demographics Symbols A to Z World Travel Detailed information on major cities worldwide. A to Z the USA Facts and news about each US state . Great for travel planning or for school state reports. Global Road Warrior Prepare for travel to any country . Helpful for...Read more...
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mosque
Over a billion Muslims worldwide, including thousands in the Bay Area, began the month-long observance of Ramadan on June 6. Ramadan commemorates the time when the Qur'an (also spelled "Koran"), the Muslim holy book, was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. The month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, which occurs in different seasons, depending on the lunar calendar. P rayers, Charity and Fasting Prayers, charitable giving, and fasting are hallmarks of this holiday. During Ramadan Muslims begin their day before the sun comes up with sahoor, a light breakfast to give them strength for the day...Read more...
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pride flag in San Jose
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Pride month, originally created to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969 in New York City. Communities all over the world celebrate with parades, festivals and concerts. Here in San Jose, LGBT Pride celebrations begin in June, but the parade and main events happen in August (27-28) to avoid conflicting with major festivities in San Francisco. LGBT rights, particularly rights of transgender people, have been a hot topic in the news recently. The concept of transgender identity may seem like a modern invention, but the idea of...Read more...
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archie comics on hoopla
"Archie® Comics has something for all ages." - Jon Goldwater, CEO, Archie Comics Archie Comics does have something for everyone, and you'll find them all on Hoopla . Archie, "America's favorite teenager," from the 1940's is finding new life once again in the 21st century. In celebration of Archie’s 75th Anniversary; he's coming of age with a total reboot to include a new Archie and Riverdale gang: Betty, Veronica, Reggie, Jughead, and Kevin Keller . On Hoopla, you can enjoy both the classic and contemporary versions of Archie and the gang. You'll also see such well-known friends as Josie and...Read more...
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lynda.com icon
What do you want to learn today? Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. The courses are delivered by expert instructors on creative, business and technology topics. Some Examples of What You Can Learn Get creative—Learn art , graphic design, and music including photography, video creation, 3D animation, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign), sound engineering Improve your career—Learn project management, public speaking, marketing, interpersonal relations, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint Become a techie—Learn computer programming, IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X), web design, web and app...Read more...
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Remembering Prince: Profile of Prince wearing a hat.
Music legend Prince died last week at the age of 57. Few artists have had a career as rich and varied as Prince, who seamlessly tied together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Prince's many fans are turning to his music in remembrance. But last year, Prince had his music removed from the most popular online streaming sites. You can hear his music on Tidal, if you pay for a subscription. And of course you can purchase songs or albums from iTunes, Google Play or Amazon. But if you want to access all of his music online for free, just use...Read more...
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TumbleBook Library
April is the Month of the Young Child. This month and every month, it's important to help your child get the best start in life that they possibly can. The library has many resources to help. One of them is TumbleBook Library , an online collection of animated talking picture books, books in English, French and Spanish, read-alongs, non-fiction books and National Geographic Videos. Free - with your library card ! Find more eBooks for kids on our Kids Reads page .Read more...
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Hoopla for Kids
Hoopla has a new Children's Library designed just for kids. All of the content - eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics, eMovies and eMusic - has been selected and brought together in one place to give kids and families a safe environment where young minds can explore and discover the world around them. Click on the Look Book above to start exploring. hoopla for kids will become a happy place for everybody! Kids will be happy because they can easily find, follow, and enjoy their favorite characters, stories, and songs Moms and Dads will be happy because they can feel confident letting kids...Read more...
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