Laurie Willis

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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...
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...
The Best Black Friday deals are Free eBooks at the Library!
Black Friday sales have already started! Avoid the crowds and find the best deals at your library. Check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMovies & TV shows, eMusic, eMagazines and eComics - all for FREE with your SJPL library card ! They're available 24/7, whether the library is open or closed. Go to the library's Collections page and pick your favorite format to get started.Read more...
mangos speaking Irish
Learn Irish! Want to learn a little Irish for St. Patrick's Day? It's easy with Mango Languages. Go to our eLearning page for languages, click on Mango, and look for St. Patrick's Day under Specialty Courses. Or get the Mango app for your phone or device. Not interested in Irish? Mango also offers courses in 64 other languages. Learn a new language today!Read more...
A reading tablet at a library in San Francisco. Photo by Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal
This well-written Wall Street Journal blog post highlights the reasons that public libraries are way ahead of Amazon Unlimited and the other similar services, Oyster and Scribd. The biggest reason is that after years of negotiations, all of the "big five" publishers are finally allowing libraries to acquire many of their top titles as eBooks. Some of the publishers (HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette) have been doing this for quite a while. Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have joined in more recently. Amazon Unlimited has only a few of the titles that people are anxiously wanting to read. Libraries have...Read more...