Sarah Kishler

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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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Ideas in Motion
Invent at Any Age Did you know Benjamin Franklin invented swim fins when he was 11 years old? Another 11-year-old, Frank Epperson , invented the Popsicle right here in the Bay Area. The "father of television," Philo Farnsworth , had the idea to transmit video via electron beams when he was 14. Margaret E. Knight came up with her first invention, a safety device for cotton mills, when she was 12. She went on to invent about 90 more new devices, including a machine to glue and fold paper to make grocery bags. Change the World with IDEAs in Motion...Read more...
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Holiday lights
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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The Library Talks presents Andy Weir on November 10, 6:30PM
San Jose Public Library is excited to be one of over 30 California libraries participating in a special event this Tuesday, November 10. At 6:30 pm in room 225 on the second floor of the King Library , we will be using the big screen to broadcast a live streaming talk and Q&A session with Andy Weir, author of the bestseller The Martian . All are invited to come hear what he has to say about his book, the new movie starring Matt Damon, and all things Mars! Library customers are encouraged to think up great questions for Andy! Before...Read more...
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cat
Cats are popular (that goes without saying to anyone who’s ever been on the Internet). This was why someone in Taipei, Taiwan first had the genius idea to open the world’s first cat café in 1998. The basic idea is that customers pay an admission fee to have some quality time hanging out with resident felines. After spreading through the rest of Asia, especially Japan, cat cafés have been gaining in popularity in Europe and the United States in the past couple of years. San Jose itself has been a lucky beneficiary of this trend, and so have over 30...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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Mexicans in San Jose book cover
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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The Dilbert Principle Book Cover
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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