Sarah Kishler

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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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Anxious 9 to 5 book title
Employment is a good thing, of course, but stress generally comes with it. Who has ever heard of a job that is 100%-stress-free? It might not even be possible. But too much job stress can damage a worker’s physical and mental health, and even lead to injuries, and that just doesn’t seem like it should be necessary. The U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MedLine Plus’s medical encyclopedia includes an article on Overcoming Job Stress which identifies common causes of job stress, signs to watch for, and what you can do about your stress. Here are some other resources in the...Read more...
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Stressed Out! For Teens
A recent article in the New York Times asked the question Is The Drive for Success Making Our Children Sick? The article posits that “expectations surrounding education have spun out of control. Each activity is seen as a step on the ladder to a top college, an enviable job and a successful life . . . yet instead of empowering them to thrive, this drive for success is eroding children’s health and undermining their potential.” Here in the Silicon Valley, we have unfortunately been in a national spotlight on the issue, due to an epidemic of suicides among high school...Read more...
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The library’s most checked-out career-related books of 2015 were mainly focused on the specific nuts and bolts of getting a particular job, such as creating a stellar resume or cover letter, nailing a job interview, or passing a professional exam. However, another important section of the library’s career collection focuses on the broader subject of job satisfaction. These books can be great resources for job hunters, job changers, and people with every intention of staying in their current job. After all, enjoying a job can be every bit as important as getting it in the first place. As Steve Jobs...Read more...
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