Sarah Kishler

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The Good Fairies of New York Book Cover
So, you might know you’re in the mood to read a thriller, a romance, a good science fiction novel, or a mystery. But what kind of thriller (medical? political? ecothriller?) What brand of romance (contemporary? regency? paranormal?) What type of science fiction (cyberpunk? space opera? apocalyptic?) What kind of mystery (hard-boiled? caper? cat detective?) Just how far can you narrow it down? Here are some existing genres that have it pretty neatly pegged to a very particular market. Baking Mysteries There are many subgenres of the mystery cozy – including crossword puzzle mysteries, knitting mysteries, and the aforementioned cat cozies...Read more...
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IDEAS in Motion: Building with Strawbees
“I learned about my creative inner spirit. IDEAs in Motion is one of the rare places I can use it however much I want.” That’s just one of the rave reviews the library’s IDEAs in Motion program received from the kids who attended the six-week series of inventors’ clubs we held at our Vineland, Hillview, and Berryessa branches. Due to the great reception from both parents and kids, we are going to continue to offer these programs in the summer, at more branches and at more times of day! IDEAs stands for Inventors, Designers, Engineers, and Architects. Intended for kids...Read more...
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Amy Tan
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. San Jose has been home to many notable Asian American achievers, including some major authors. Some you’ll find in the San Jose Public Library catalog: Iris Chang Taiwanese American San Jose resident Iris Chang is best remembered for her 1997 non-fiction bestseller The Rape of Nanking , about atrocities committed by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Tragically, she took her own life in November 2004. Iris Chang Park is currently being planned for North San Jose. Khaled Hosseini Born in Kabul, Khaled Hosseini and his family sought...Read more...
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Winter's Tale: Antigonus Chased By a Bear
Today, April 23, 2016, is the 400 th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. I don’t mean to be morbid, but Shakespeare wrote some of the Best. Death. Scenes. Ever. What better day to “celebrate” them? In Shakespeare’s 37 plays, 74 human characters have death scenes (which actually seems like a surprisingly low number, considering how many people dead people litter the stage at the end of Hamlet alone!) These are just a few of my personal favorites: Antigonus In Act III of A Winter’s Tale , the Sicilian lord Antigonous falls victim to Shakespeare’s most famously random and bizarre stage direction:...Read more...
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Green Careers in Energy
If you think every day should be Earth Day, you may be able to make a career out of it! Here are some resources in the library collection geared toward creating a more environmentally friendly work life. Green Careers in Energy by Jill Schwartz Part 1 of this book covers green energy-related jobs in transportation, construction, policy, and more, and Part 2 covers colleges, schools, and unions with good green energy-related programs. This title is also available from the library catalog as an e-book via Overdrive . Paint Your Career Green: Get a Green Job Without Starting Over by Stanley...Read more...
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How to Write a Poem Book Cover
Haiku Writing a haiku In the middle of April Is a celebration Limerick Because April is all about poems A fun thing to do is to quote them And if you have some time Composing some rhyme Makes you into a poet who wrote them. Free Verse Or maybe you don’t even have to rhyme The great American poet Walt Whitman didn’t rhyme, well, except when he did He was large, after all, containing multitudes. Very well! He contradicted himself. Heroic Couplet And after April ends, more poetry Can always be explored at libraries.Read more...
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Generations at Work
Much has been written about the “newness” of today’s multigenerational workplaces. For the first time in history, three or four different generations of employees are working alongside each other. As the world changes at a speed that gets faster all the time, different generations who aren’t always used to communicating with each other are suddenly co-workers and peers. The following works in the SJPL collection aim to help each generation in the mix find individual career success. Often a crucial part of that success comes from understanding co-workers from different generations, and getting past negative stereotypes about the other groups...Read more...
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Black Music Book Cover
In February, San Jose’s libraries are hosting programs in celebration of music genres created by African Americans. It is impossible to imagine what the musical landscape of America would be like without their influence. In the words of President Barack Obama, “The artistic depth of soul, rock and roll, and hip-hop not only bring together people across our Nation, but also energize and shape the creativity of artists around the world.” For Kids: Catch a Beat Hip hop instructor Tina Rogers’ movement program for kids incorporates a variety of African American music and dance styles. These energizing events will bring...Read more...
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