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At the Reference Desk on 2nd Floor of King Library, a customer requested information on the "Fitness Industry" including books and articles and how to compare the information with the company "24 hour Fitness" using data and business reports.
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If you have interests in the history of Christians in Middle East, Africa, and Asia, The Lost History of Christianity is a great historical account of the Christian Churches in the continent. Philip Jenkins is a professor of Humanities, History and Religious Studies revealed important historical facts of Christianity in this part of the world that is not very well known to many. Professor Jenkins investigated in his scholarly research the roots of the church in the Middle East including the significance of its expansion in South East Asia, India & China. In The Lost History of Christianity Jenkins illustrated the Nestorians, Jacobites, Coptic, Maronite and other eastern Christian churches existence, roles, and their success in Middle East. These Churches were the pioneers in expansion of Christianity in the region, and they flourished and reached many parts of the Far East. However, the main part of the book is the topic of “decline” of these churches. The author contributed different reasons for the lost of the Eastern Churches including wars, hostility, and expansion of other faiths. Jenkins provided in depth details on the wars against Christians and the evidence is illustrated in many examples, such as the Armenian and other Christian genocide and the 1915 Assyrian Sayfo (the Year of the Sword) by the Ottoman Empire. Nevertheless, Jenkins emphasized and discussed the mystery of survival of these Christian communities in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and concluded the facts that violence and conquest were major reasons for almost the extinction of the eastern Churches. The author provided maps and tables in his book; in addition, there are bibliographical notes on each chapter and an index to assist the readers. In reading The Lost History of Christianity, you will discover an important historical part of the Churches of the East. This is an excellent scholarly source and not to be missed.
This is a journey to the Middle East, examining the geo-social political conflict of the region, and presenting a direct picture of a long and historical conflict. The book is a discussion of divisions between Muslims, Christians, and Jews, how to overcome the struggle, and how peace can be implemented. Tea with Hezbollah is not a research or a scholarly analysis report, but is a direct journalistic point of interaction with different perspectives. Ted Dekker lived in Indonesia and Carl Medearis lived in Lebanon and both are experienced authors who planned to bring the news of the Middle East in a historical transparency. According to Dekker & Medearis the Tea with Hezbollah is not a religious, political, nor a historical book, but is a travelgue. The most interesting part in reading Tea with Hezbollah is the direct contact and face to face meetings with individuals. The authors sat down and interviewed many affiliated members and sympathizers from Hezbollah, Hamas, mullahs, sheiks, and ayatollahs. They compiled fascinating real stories in their journey of Tea with Hezbollah which included Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Beirut, Damascus, and Jerusalem. Dekker and Medearis discussed the conflict of southern Lebanon when they met members of Hezbollah and covered the Syrian political involvement in the conflict too. Their discussion included meetings and interviews covering sensitive issues of Jerusalem, West Bank, and Israeli-Arab conflict. In their contact, both Carl and Ted met and discussed the Middle East’s old conflict with many influential individuals, and there are fascinating transcripts of interviews in the book. In their Journey, the authors presented their own philosophy of love versus the ideology of violence, and the book is an eyewitness report account of the Middle East conflict and is a great book to read
San Jose Public Library provides variety of innovative services to customers including access to computers and Internet. No matter if you are at the Downtown San Jose or just visiting the city and wish to have an express access to Internet and use public computer, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is just minutes from your visit or business. There is a quick, simple, and friendly computer access intended to serve you, including a quick email access, printing, or even browsing the Web. The 15 minute express computers are located on the Ground Floor at King Library and are ready to be used with no library card or log-in required. Enjoy the express computer and enjoy your visit to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.
At the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, you can have access to the Touch Screen Scanners in the Periodicals section of the Lower Level and at 2nd Floor Reference of the King Library. By implementing the touch screen technology at the library, scanning has become much easier than you think, and you can have all your scanning. In this latest library equipment and service, you can digitize and save your documents in a flash drive without any cost. Also from the Touch Screen Scanners, users can email their scanned documents and photos to a Gmail Google Docs account too. Scanners are useful to transmit documents such as email a resume or send attachments. When you are scanning, you are converting the print text, records, and documents into PDF files, JPEG, or Word documents. If customers need assistance with scanning, library staff are available to help. Remember when you are scanning and digitizing your documents you are preserving your valuable records.
When you are at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, don’t miss to browse the International Language section of the 3rd floor. This collection consists of many languages including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and many other Asian, African, and European Languages. In this collection, customers can checkout fiction and non-fiction books. Also, the International Language collection at the SJPL has a media collection including both fiction and non-fiction DVDs and CDs, and they are integrated with each individual language. Many of the SJPL International language collections have dictionaries and ESL materials too. There is also the collection of the International Language publications including many magazines and newspapers. Enjoy browsing the SJPL world of multicultural languages and with your library card you have the privilege to bring the collection of the International Language Books and Media to your home.