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Image: Fuzzy demonstrates his winning form in this shot from 1965. Photo courtesy of the United States Bowling Congress.
Last month we explored the phenomenon of the once popular bowling alley disappearing from the San Jose landscape. This month we recognize local bowling legend Rokuro “Fuzzy” Shimada. Fuzzy was the sixth son of a Japanese immigrant, and came from a large sports-loving family. Born in Vacaville on October 26,1921, Fuzzy was given the name Rokuro, with “roku” being Japanese for the number six. In the fall of 1936, the Shimada’s moved to Santa Clara. The family leased property and grew strawberries on Reed Avenue near what is now Lawrence Expressway. Image: Looking down Reed Avenue west of Lawrence Expressway,...Read more...
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Autism Awareness ribbon symbol: a ribbon made up of colorful puzzle pieces. The words "Autism Awareness" appears on the ribbon.
Celebrate Autism Awareness this April! Did you know that, according to the CDC, about 1 in 68 children are identified as being on the Autism Spectrum? That's a lot of our friends, neighbors, and even some of our family members! The month of April is Autism Awareness Month, and we are celebrating and creating deeper understanding of community members with autism by introducing you to some fabulous eResources promoting awareness of people on the Autism Spectrum and neurodiversity. eBooks Here are just a few examples of the range of eBooks we have on the topics of the Autism Spectrum and...Read more...
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Master new skills. Together. In the library. For free.Read more...
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Romance is a genre often maligned and not taken seriously, but did you know romance is a billion dollar industry and accounts for 17% of all adult fiction sold. That is more than any other genre. Romance outsells other genre fiction such as fantasy, mysteries, and thrillers. Despite romance being such a popular genre, some 51% of romance readers feel like they have to keep their tastes secret. (You can learn more about the romance genre here .) In celebration of readers reading whatever they want, and the fact that a lot of librarians love romance too, this new blog...Read more...
Have you ever seen one of these peculiar-looking towers in Santa Clara County? Some of you might know what these are, but others might have no idea what they're looking at. If you'd like to find out more - read on! These ancient towers are actually air raid sirens. Back during the Cold War era, the Civil Defense Department installed a total of 130 sirens throughout the County, with 55 of them being located in San Jose. The sirens were installed with the intention of alerting people of oncoming danger, which is quite an alarming thought when you think about...Read more...
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San José Public Library celebrates National Volunteer Week by recognizing the impact our volunteers have on our community.Read more...
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Book cover for "Shutter Island"
Are you a fan of Leonardo DiCaprio? Here are a few literary works that were the basis for some of his films. Body of Lies Check out this exciting, page-turning novel by David Ignatius before or after you see the DiCaprio film of the same name. In the movie, DiCaprio plays Roger Ferris, a CIA agent working in the Middle East with Russell Crowe as his supervisor at the CIA. Catch Me If You Can The movie Catch Me If You Can is based on the book of the same name by Frank William Abagnale, Jr and Stan Redding. Among...Read more...
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Album Cover: Here Comes Science by They Might Be Giants
Science doesn’t have to be a dry topic. It can be joyous, entertaining, and even melodious. It is thanks to one of my favorite bands, They Might Be Giants, that I can recall certain scientific facts such as that mammals have large four-chambered hearts and the sun is about 93,000,000 miles away . There are also classics like Tom Lehrer’s Gilbert and Sullivan parody about The Elements , which is a great tool for memorizing the periodic table. Scientific songs in the SJPL catalog include: Biophilia Björk The word “biophilia” refers to a human affinity for the world around them...Read more...
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Yosemite Valley
Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day and this year's theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy. We have several excellent eBooks and eResources to help you learn more about climate literacy, the environment, and what you can do to help.Read more...
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From bringing your own tumbler to save money at coffee shops to using a safety razor instead of disposable ones, these Zero Waste Swaps will help you celebrate Earth Day on a trash free note.Read more...