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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

World Intellectual Property Day April 23, 2008

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The Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) established World Intellectual Property Day in order to increase public understanding of what intellectual property (IP) really means and to demonstrate how the IP system fosters not only music, the arts and entertainments, but also the products and technological innovations that help to shape our world. The focus this year is on celebrating innovation and promoting respect for intellectual property (IP). Activities and events are planned throughout the world.


Blogs & Blogging @ Senior Center April 22, 2008

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Tuesday, April 29, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The popularity of blogs has exploded over the past few years and is transforming the way the Web works. Come hear practical ideas for launching your web presence. Learn about free tools to create a blog in minutes and how new technologies can help you reach the world with your message.

This class will NOT be held at the Library, but will be held at the Senior Center. Register by contacting the Senior Center at 408-730-7360.


Elderhostel: Adventures in Lifelong Learning April 17, 2008

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camel1.jpegLearn about the “World is our Classroom” from Elderhostel Ambassadors, Jill and Larry Fine. They will talk about the three gentlemen of Verona and introduce Raj, the lovesick camel. They also will reveal the two unwritten, secret rules of Elderhosteling.

Elderhostel is the not-for-profit leading education and travel organization for people 55 years and up. Thousands of programs are offered in over 100 countries. The programs are known for their educational excellence, comfortable accommodations, and extraordinary value. Come to the Library Program Room on Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 7 p.m.


I Have an Idea, Now What? April 15, 2008


Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 2- 4 p.m

Learn how you can turn your great idea into reality.  Find out about different kinds of intellectual property rights.  Learn basic information about patents and trademarks, how to apply for them, and how much it costs.  Discover free resources for researching  your invention and tips on searching.  The class will be held in the Library Program Room.


Monthly Book Group to Discuss “Animal,Vegetable, Miracle” April 14, 2008

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This Thursday, April 17, the Library’s Monthly Book Group will discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life”. Kingsolver, usually known as a novelist, here recounts how she and her family live on homegrown or locally grown food. Accomplished gardeners, the Kingsolver clan grow a huge garden in Appalachia and spend summers “putting food by”. Please join us in the Library Program Room at 7 p.m. for our discusssion.


Dancing with the Stars April 8, 2008

Filed under: Books,Dance,Nonfiction,reader's advisory,Television — svref @ 9:30 am

Dancing with the stars bookDoes season six of abc’s hit television series Dancing with the Stars have you wanting to learn more about the show’s celebrities, costumes, dancers and how on earth to develop the lean and toned physique of a dancer?

Just in time for season six, the library has acquired the book Dancing with the stars: jive, samba, and tango your way into the best shape of your life by Guy Phillips.

One third of this book is devoted to fitness routines that dancers use to build strength. The routines are broken down into exercises, with color photos and explanations of each exercise.

If you are more interested in the show than the fitness, the other two thirds of the book is loaded with information on Dancing with the Stars history, dances, costumes, celebrities, and behind the scenes information from seasons one through five, and includes beautiful color photographs on almost every page.

Or perhaps Dancing with the Stars has you yearning to tango, rumba, waltz, foxtrot, and cha-cha-cha your way around a dance floor? The library also has a variety of instructional videos on ballroom dancing that may help you reach your dance and fitness goals.

After visiting the library and checking out our ballroom dance resources, you may just be on your way to dancing like a star!


Extreme Googling class April 9th April 7, 2008

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Extreme Googling
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
2:00-3:30 pm

Learn how to get the most out of Google and improve searching efficiency. You will learn about local searching, maps, how Google “thinks”, and how to limit and combine terms. Some of the latest Google tools will also be highlighted. This is a free class in the Library Program Room and no registration is required.