Sarah Kishler

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The holiday season may not seem like an optimal time to find a job, but there are creative ways for job seekers to use this unique time of year to their advantage. For one thing, there’s less competition at this time of year. Holiday parties can be viewed as opportunities for networking. There are seasonal volunteering opportunities that can be used as a chance to build skills and experience and connect with potential employers. These are just a few examples of the opportunities that arise as a New Year approaches. There’s also seasonal holiday employment available for those who are...Read more...
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Awareness + Action = Social Change - Domestic Violence Awarness Month
October has been observed as Domestic Violence Awareness month in the United States since 1987. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence , nearly one in four women and one in seven men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner. The Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy defines domestic violence as “a range of behaviors used to establish power or exert control by one intimate partner over another. The range of behaviors can include psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, and physical abuse, as well as stalking and threatening behaviors.” This month, we...Read more...
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Each year from September 15 to October 15, the United States officially observes Hispanic Heritage month, to recognize the contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Central and South America. National recognition of Hispanic Heritage Week began under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and was expanded to a month by President Reagan in 1988. September 15 was chosen as the start date of the month-long celebration because it is the Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its Independence Day on September 16, Chile on September 18, and Belize...Read more...
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As Labor Day approaches, American workers of all walks of life will hopefully be able to take some time for themselves to celebrate who they are and what they do to keep the country in shape. If your Labor Day weekend plans allow time to read for pleasure (to me, that’s the best kind of long weekend), here are a few reading suggestions that explore the humorous side of a hard-working life, even when it’s dead serious: The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions by Scott Adams This 1996 collection of essays...Read more...
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Last month, Sonia Manzano, who played the character of Maria on Sesame Street for 45 years, spoke at the American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco. When she announced she had retired from the show, a collective “noooooooooooooo” rose from the assembled librarians. When news outlets picked it up, it started trending on Facebook, and those millions who grew up with Maria were hit with a wave of wistful nostalgia. I am of the generation who grew up watching Sesame Street B.E. (“Before Elmo”). I listened to Bert and Ernie host a sing-along on a vinyl record, played with...Read more...
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2015 marks milestone anniversaries for a number of literary works that continue to have enormous cultural influence all these years after they were first published. A significant anniversary is a great excuse to either revisit or pick up one of these classics for the first time. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien turns 60 in 2015. The final volume of the trilogy, The Return of the King , was released in October 1955. It stirred up great interest in epic fantasy as a genre, and its popularity paved the way for modern fantasy writers such as JK Rowling...Read more...
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An Age-Old Year-End Tradition: Predicting the Future
One of humankind’s more elusive endeavors is trying to figure out what’s going to happen next. We try our best, in a number of different ways – some scientific, some spiritual, some economic and some quite a lot like stabbing in the dark. As the end of the year approaches, forecasts and predictions become especially popular pursuits as everyone tries to imagine what’s going to happen in the new year. Here are some books that deal with predicting the future as either an art or a science, drawing from everything from the occult to mathematics. The Signal and the Noise:...Read more...
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Prolific British mystery novelist Phyllis Dorothy James (better known as P.D. James) died on November 27, 2014 at the age of 94. In 1920, she was born a little too late to be one of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction's Queens of Crime (they were Agatha Christie , Dorothy L. Sayers , Margery Allingham and Ngaio Marsh ). But she was definitely a Queen of Crime in her own right; a worthy successor to their crowns. She is best known for her mystery stories featuring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh. There are 14 novels in the Dalgliesh series,...Read more...
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In November and December, look for this fun activity at your local SJPL branch. Recommended for children 8 and above, the one-hour program involves making crafts that explore how things like light, color, and patterns can play tricks on your eyes. It’s a science and art project all rolled into one! Actually, it’s three projects. Make your own to take home: Thaumatrope ​ The word thaumatrope is derived from Greek words meaning “miracle turner.” It’s a disk with a picture on either side (for example, a bird on one side and a cage on the other). When the disk is...Read more...
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It's October and readers of all ages are in the mood for spooky books to read. Here are some age-appropriate, Halloween-appropriate suggestions for school kids who are in the approximately third-to-sixth grade age range. Beware: R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories The perennially popular author of the creepy Goosebumps series shares stories by Ray Bradbury, Shel Silverstein, Bram Stoker, Edward Gorey and more. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of a Mystery by James and Deborah Howe This was one of my own favorites when I was about 9 years old. I still have vivid memories of reading about 8-year-old Toby Monroe...Read more...
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