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The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners @ SCCLD

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by fillups

The Goldfinch Check out the 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners at SCCLD Fiction Winner The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he . . . more »

Easy-to-Read Books for ESL Students

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by readingprogram

While roaming the ESL (English as a Second Language) collection at the Milpitas Library today, I found some new books related to the most common needs and goals of ESL learners. This series of books is especially interesting because it addresses common themes like building workplace skills, learning more about academic environments, and getting around town. Here are some of the titles in this series: . . . more »

Book Buzz: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by shoshanalibrarian

Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry Is The Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry THE next big hit novel? Coming in as the #1 pick for April on both LibraryReads and IndieNext, and featured on NPR's All Things Considered, it may well be. It's on order at the library, so put a hold on it now before the list gets too long! "We are not quite novels. We are not quite . . . more »

Here Comes the Bride - DIY style

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Arts_and_Crafts

stylish weddings As wedding season nears, one of the many decisions to be made by the bride-to-be is how much of the preparations, if any, should she do herself? There are compelling reasons for a do-it-yourself approach: it allows for a more personalized touch, it can be more economical, and it is just plain fun. For me, it was the woeful lack of commercially available chocolate mint . . . more »

Mystery Woman Plucked From Obscurity

Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 by coffeecritic

Vivienne Maier After her death in 2009, the never-before-seen photographs of this unknown street photographer were displayed online, and the photography world went crazy. Who was this extremely private woman whose photographs rivaled those of the masters? Vivian Maier was a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 stunning black and white photographs worldwide—from France to New York City to Chicago and . . . more »

April is National Poetry Month

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 by Cupertino_Library

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Poetry The text below is from an article published on in 1999, a web site maintained by the Academy of American Poets. by Bill Zavatsky I will never forget the reaction of one teacher during a workshop that I was giving at a Brooklyn school. I was trying to stress that many recent poets have worked hard . . . more »

Fun Activities for ESL Learners

Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by readingprogram

Last weekend, Reading Program staff, Stephanie and I, delivered an in-service to volunteer tutors related to teaching tips and tecniques for ESL students. During the workshop, participants were asked to share some of their favorite lessons. Here are some exciting ideas... One student from Hong Kong wanted to know more about American Thanksgiving traditions, so they discussed traditional holiday menus and looked for some sample . . . more »

Books Take Flight @SCCLD

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Morgan_Hill_Kids

Fantastic Flying Books Books will fly when Joe Bluhm, the illustrator of the William Joyce's beautiful picture book The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore visits the library! Come find out how the book, the apps, and the Academy Award winning short film were created. Los Altos Library, Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. Gilroy Library, Friday, March 21st at 10:45 a.m. Morgan Hill Library, Saturday, March 22nd . . . more »

Choose From Over 46,000 eBooks

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by LibraryAdministration

hand holding iPad w/ text on page Download eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and music: . . . more »

3.14159 Equals Pie!

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by CynthiaSays

It's National Pi Day! The Adult & Teen Services Staff recently celebrated with a vegan Key Lime Pie, courtesy of Isa Chandra Moskowitz's cookbook, "Vegan Pie in the Sky: 75 Out-of-this-World Recipes for Pies, Tarts, Cobbelers and More." Moskowitz is a master at turning out yummy vegan recipes that taste like the "real" thing. Whether you're baking for dedicated vegans, lactose intolerance, or picky eaters . . . more »