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A Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

Graphic for Read Across America and the Cat in the HatEvery year the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America events.  This year local teachers from the San Jose Teachers' Association will visit Vineland Branch Library on Tuesday, Mar. 2 from 4-5:00 and will read their favorite Dr. Seuss stories.  Join the fun ... come and celebrate the joy of reading and the wonderful silly stories of one of America's favorite children's authors.

Do You Love Edinburgh?

Photo of Edinburgh CastleHave you noticed how the setting of a novel can affect your enjoyment of the story?  A few weeks ago I realized that I love stories set in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Edinburgh is steeped in both the present and the past.  Princes Street literally divides the medieval Old Town from the elegant Georgian New Town, an 18th century planned development.  Scotland’s rich political, literary, and art history provide intriguing material for fascinating plot themes, especially to mystery and crime novels.


I invite you to get a feeling for Edinburgh by reading the mystery novels of Ian Rankin or the Isabel Dalhousie series of Alexander McCall-Smith.  My next Edinburgh read will be McCall-Smith's delightful 44 Scotland Series.   You'll get a feeling for Gaelic names, the pub scene, and even the heather on the moors.  If you decide you also love Edinburgh, check out the library’s travel collection and plan a wonderful vacation to Edinburgh.

The Gnome Show - puppet show

Picture of the Gnome and his feather


Vineland Branch will be featuring a puppet show by British puppeteer Robin Stevens on Saturday Dec. 11th at 11:00 a.m.  The Gnome Show will feature a cast of magical characters, including the tale’s star, a Wood-Gnome who loses his favorite feather.  Children and families are invited to join the fun and help the Gnome get reunited with his feather. 


If Mr. Stevens’s delightful puppetry inspires you to create your own puppet magic, check out the puppet making titles in the library catalog. Puppet Mania! by John E. Kennedy or How to Make Puppets with Children by Joy Evans and Jo Ellen Moore will inspire your imagination and creativity.

Legal books and forms

Check out the Legal Information Reference Center for Nolo Press ebooks and forms.  It's a great source for business and employment issues, family affairs and divorce, renters' and tenants' rights, wills and estate planning, and lots of other everyday legal issues.  This website provides the full-text of Nolo publications which are easy to understand and are written for real people rather than attorneys.

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