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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

No worries! July 30, 2007

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Australia has become a popular travel destination for many Americans as well as a popular setting for authors. Before embarking on my own trip earlier this summer, I did a lot of “armchair travel” and found that there is an abundance of material to help prepare. So, whether you are really going to Australia, or are just interested in feeling the spirit of “down under”, here are some books and other materials to help set the mood:


If you are actually planning a trip, head to our non-fiction section: 919.4. Here you will find many up-to-date travel books, many with maps and itineraries. I found Eyewitness Travel Guides, as well as Let’s Go, Australia very helpful. If you prefer to view the landscape, check our non-feature video collection at: VC919.4, and DVD 919.4.

For some background reading, look at:

919.4A Australia : true stories from life down under / edited by Larry Habegger

The many facets of Australia are revealed in this collection of true and fascinating stories. Read about the rain forest to the outback, Great Barrier Reef to the Red Center. Armchair adventure at its best!

919.4046 B In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Intrepid travel writer Bill Bryson gives an hilarious account of his travels through the outback. Some historical perspective as well as Australian politics, sociology and anthropology! This title is also available as an audio book in our CD collection.


Some fiction books that can be found under the author’s last name on our fiction shelves:


My Brilliant Career, by Miles Franklin


A classic story by Miles Franklin, who was born in 1879 in rural Australia. She moved to Sydney where she became involved in feminist and literary circles. “My Brilliant Career” was made into an award winning film starring Judy Davis and Sam Neill, and is in our feature movie collection (DVD M).


Office of Innocence, by Thomas Keneally

A tale of a young priest during WWII, told by Thomas Keneally, who is a writer of extraordinary range.


The Touch, by Colleen McCullough


From the bestselling author of the Thorn Birds, comes a family saga, full of history and passion. The tale of a young man fleeing poverty in Scotland who is trying to make his fortune as a gold miner.



True History of the Kelly Gang , by Peter Carey


Ned Kelly is a beloved Australian mythic outlaw. His legendary life embodies tragedy, perseverance, and freedom more than a century ago after he was executed. (We also have this title available as an audio book in our CD collection under the author’s name.)


Value Line Online is here! July 17, 2007

Filed under: Business,Databases — svref @ 10:30 am

We are proud to announce that we now have a subscription to the Value Line Online Research Center!!!

Value Line is the most trusted and prestigious name in the investment field. This great database is only available to our patrons inside our library. We encourage you to come in, and use one of our dedicated research PCs to access it.

Value Line logo

If you are inside the Library, click here to go to our Databases page and select Value Line to go to the site.


Seeing stars July 10, 2007

Filed under: Awards,Books,Fiction,Nonfiction — svref @ 11:17 pm

Seeing stars can be a good thing.  Over the last few years the Librarians at the Sunnyvale Public Library have been putting stars on the spines of award winning books.  These books are good bets for a winning read.   So far we’ve done the major fiction and mystery awards and are currently finishing the non-fiction awards. 

Our ‘starred’ books in the regular Fiction Section have a bright yellow star and have either won or been nominated by the following organizations:  

  • American Library Association’s Notable Fiction
  • The Man Booker Prize  
  • Pulitzer Prize
  • New York Times Editors Choice
  • Library Journal’s Best Books 
  • National Book Award Fiction Finalists
  • Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction
  • National Book Critics Circle
  • Kiriyama Prize  

The mystery and suspense books will have a neon green star if they’ve been nominated for or won an award by: 

  • Mystery Writers of America (The Edgar)
  • Malice Domestic (The Agatha)
  • Mystery Readers International (The Macavity)
  • Bouchercon (The Anthony) 

Non-Fiction books winners have a bright pink star: 

  • The Pulitzer
  • National Book Award
  • ALA Notable Books
  • National Book Critic’s Circle Award
  • Thomas Cook Travel Book Award
  • Book Sense Book of the Year
  • Kiriyama Prize 

An Invitation to Join Our Monthly Book Group July 9, 2007

Filed under: Books,Monthly Book Group — svref @ 7:53 pm

Do you love to read? Enjoy stimulating book discussions with other avid readers? Please join us Thursday evening, July 19, 2007, at 7 p.m. in the Library Program Room for our Monthly Book Group’s discussion of Timothy Egan’s The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. This book, which won the 2006 National Book Award for non-fiction, tells the story of the Great Depression’s Dust Bowl catastrophe through the lives of twelve families and their communities.

The Monthly Book Group meets on the third Thursday of each month (with the exception of December). Please also join us to discuss the other books we will be reading for August-December 2007:

August 16 Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

This poignant, tender meticulously researched book moves between the present, where elderly Jacob Jankowski lives in an assisted living home, and the past, when he worked for the circus.

September 20 The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

This well-written book examines the immigrant experience. A traditional couple from India confronts conflicts of assimilation as they try to retain their heritage while adapting to the culture of the United States.

October 18 The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The author’s chronicle of the year following the sudden death of her husband of 40 years, the writer John Gregory Dunne.

November 15 Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace–One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

When a small Pakistani village cares for Mortenson when he fails to climb K2, the author promises to build its first school–and goes on to build over 50 schools across Pakistan and Afghanistan.

December 13 Intuition by Allegra Goodman

An engaging novel which reflects the difficulties of the scientific process and the lure of success. A life-changing controversy engulfs a cancer research lab where they report results that may be too good to be true.

If you would like to be on our email list for Monthly Book Group news, please sign up at the Library’s Web site.