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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Freeze Holds: New catalog feature January 29, 2008

Filed under: Catalog — svref @ 2:17 pm

freezeholds.gifAre you going on vacation?

Don’t want to lose your place on the hold list?

Freeze your hold!

Freezing a hold allows you to maintain your place in the hold list while you are away. Patrons behind you in line will jump ahead until you unfreeze your hold, at which point you will move ahead normally. If you become first on the list, we will not fulfill your hold until you unfreeze, and then you will get the next available copy. You cannot freeze an item that is already awaiting pickup.

Follow these simple instructions to freeze holds:

  • Log in to your account.
  • Click on your list of holds. You will see a “Freeze” column on the far right side with a check box for each item you have on hold.
  • Click the check box for each item you wish to “freeze”.
  • To apply the freeze, click the “Update List” button at the top of the list. Your frozen holds should change color and display a row of icicles.

Read-Along Shakespeare

Filed under: Uncategorized — svref @ 1:26 pm

glovegreen.gifGather with other fans of Shakespeare to read the plays and enyoy them in a very personal way.  The group meets the first Monday of every month unless holidays move us to a later Monday.

February 4   Henry VI, Part Two

March 3         The Merry Wives of Windsor


Tips for Using the USPTO Web Site with an Emphasis on Patents January 24, 2008

Filed under: Classes,Databases,research — svref @ 11:33 am
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If you’re an inventor, a business owner, entrepreneur, an intellectual property professional, a researcher, or just interested in U.S. patents and trademarks, this class is for you.  With an emphasis on patent research, this orientation to will help you locate forms, fees, file histories, status information, scam prevention and complaints, links to related sites and a brief review of patent searching.  Meet in the library program room on Tuesday, January 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. 


Classics for Pleasure

Filed under: Books,Fiction,History,reader's advisory,Uncategorized — svref @ 9:11 am

dirda.jpgIf you’re burnt out on reading bestsellers and books that you forget as soon as you finish them try some of the classics suggested in Michael Dirda’s Classics for Pleasure.  Dirda, the Pulitzer prize winning book critic for the Washington Post, presents eleven categories and a choice of several authors for each.  The categories include Playful Imagination, Heroes of Their Time, Love’s Mysteries, Words from the Wise, Everday Magic, Lives of Consequences, The Dark Side, Traveler’s Tales, The We Live Now, Realms of Adventure, and Encyclopedic Visions.  From Jane Austen to Eudora Welty, Dirda tempts readers with his energetic discriptions and pithy summaries.


Books on Debt Management January 16, 2008

Filed under: Business,Financial Planning,Money,Nonfiction,Uncategorized — svref @ 4:35 pm

It’s the New Year.  And, with the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions!  Many folks resolve to improve their economic situations.  Debt management usually falls somewhere around the top three (if not first!) resolution.  The library has a list of books that may help you to “kick-start” your way into seeking answers to managing – and even elimimating – your debt overload.  Following is a selective lists of titles:

Ramsey, Dave. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness. (2007)  332.024 R

This revised and updated edition has added even more sage advise.  “Radio talk-show host and bestselling author Ramsey (Financial Peace) is less a financial analyst and more of a preacher, which explains both his popularity and the appeal of this book, which just might gain a wide audience. The bedrock of his system is simple: work hard, pay what you owe and stay out of debt. His main commandment is “Pay cash.” (review from Publisher’s Weekly)

Ventuta, John. Managing Debt for Dummies. (2007) 332.024 V

If you’re trying to kick the “Buy Now/Pay Later” habit and get your spiraling debt under control, you need Managing Debt For Dummies now! This practical, commonsense guide provides straightforward strategies for coping with every kind of secured and unsecured debt, including, personal loans, car loans, mortgages, home equity loans, lines of credit, credit cards, finance company loans, and student loans.

Herigstad, Sally. Help! I Can’t Pay My Bills : Surviving a Financial Crisis. (2007) 332.024 H

 In this readable, accessible volume, CPA Sally Herigstad shows how to get out of debt and on the road to financial security. Having survived a financial crisis herself, Herigstad is familiar with both the emotional and financial issues caused by money problems.


Dayton, Howard Lape. Free and Clear: God’s Roadmap to Debt-Free Living. (2006). 261.85 D  God's Roadmap to Debt-Free Living

 By learning and applying the simple, practical advice found in the Bible, Howard Dayton was able to break the bonds of debt and achieve financial freedom-and you can too! Whether your debt is a high-interest loan, home mortgage, auto payments, credit card purchases, or all of the above, you can become debt-free.  Free and Clear offers biblical money-management practices that will restore your financial health and refresh your spirit. The step-by-step approach and compassionate writing will give you hope and encouragement as you begin your journey to financial freedom.

~ Find these, and many more books on debt and money managment from us!


Monthly Book Group to Discuss “Sala’s Gift”

Filed under: Books,Monthly Book Group,Nonfiction — svref @ 9:00 am

salas_gift_jacket3.jpgTomorrow, Thursday, January 17, the Library’s Monthly Book Group will discuss Ann Kirschner’s “Sala’s Gift”. Sala survived five years as a slave in seven different Nazi work camps. Living in America after the war, she did not share her history with her family. In 1991, on the eve of heart surgery, Sala presented her daughter with over 350 letters, photos and a diary she had saved from the war. This book, written by her daughter Ann, weaves letters from Sala’s collection with a powerful narrative to tell an unforgettable story of love and courage amidst the horrors of the Holocaust.

Please join us at 7 p.m. in the small conference room on the second floor of the Library


Midweek Quick Classes January 7, 2008

Filed under: Books,Classes,Databases,Financial Planning,Technology — svref @ 1:59 pm

Every Wednesday in January we will be offering casual “quick classes” on a variety of topics that may help enhance your library experience. We will meet at the Reference Desk at 2 p.m. each Wednesday this month for a 20-minute lesson. Just drop in; no sign-ups are required.

Here is the schedule for January:

January 9: Reader’s Advisory
Find out about free resources to help you answer the question “What should I read next?”

January 16: Health & Wellness Resource Center
Learn how to use this free Library database to research health-related topics.

January 23: Cool Catalog Tricks
Get some tips for navigating our online catalog and shortcuts for increasing your browsing power.

January 30: Value Line Basics
Explore the online version of this extremely popular investment resource.

This is a pilot program that we are trying during the month of January. At the end of the month we will consider changes including other dates and times and topics. We would appreciate your feedback regarding this program!