Pass It On

Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Origami Workshop May 29, 2008

Filed under: Books,Programs — svref @ 11:09 am

Thursday, June 5, 7 p.m.

Learn about the fun of modular origami with Meenakshi Mukerji, author of Marvelous Modular Origami. At this workshop for adults and teens, you will learn how to create a three-dimensional geometric shape using only one folding pattern. Folding experience will be helpful. Examples may be seen at Meenakshi Mukerji received the 2005 Florence Temko Award by Origami USA for her contributions to origami. A few books will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Class size is limited, so please call 408-730-7300 to register.


Extreme Googling class June 4th May 28, 2008

Filed under: Classes,Technology — svref @ 12:00 pm

Extreme Googling
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
3:00-4:30 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.


Papercraft May 27, 2008

Filed under: Books,Nonfiction,Uncategorized — svref @ 4:06 pm
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Kites, scrapbooks, model airplanes, origami, greeting cards, gift paper, gift tags, sculpture, and architectural models are just some of the things that can be made with paper. Incredible designs for all sorts of paper crafts are available in books at the Sunnyvale Public Library, including instructions for making paper itself. Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds shows you how to make beautiful, organic surfaces that function both as writing paper and as handmade objects of beauty. Origami, Plain and Simple has step-by-step instructions perfect for absolute beginners as well as more seasoned paperfolders. Follow the directions in The Magnificent Book of Kites to design, build and fly kites of all shapes and sizes. You’ll find 100 scrapbook pages you can make in one hour or less and ready-to-use design templates for creative layouts of your photos and memorabilia in Quick and Easy Scrapbook Pages. Handcrafted luminaria, lanterns, screens, lampshades and window treatments are featured in the unique book Paper Illuminated.


Library Closed for Memorial Day May 22, 2008

Filed under: History,Holidays — svref @ 10:00 am

Bivouac of the DeadThe Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 26, 2008, in observance of Memorial Day. The Library will be open for regular hours over the Memorial Day weekend and will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

If you would like to learn more about the holiday, you can visit the Memorial Day website from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Also, the White House Commission on Remembrance is encouraging Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.


Truth is Stranger Than Fiction! May 21, 2008

Filed under: Books,Nonfiction,true crime — svref @ 2:06 pm


Truth is Stranger Than Fiction is one of our library’s newest booklists.
If you’re a fan of the true crime cable channels, then you KNOW how bizarre the circumstances if true crime stories are!  Tales can be shocking and bizarre, with tragic consequences.  Yet, each story is comprised of fascinating twists and turns that keep our attention. 
The 364.1523 area of our collection houses these stories.
(Caution: Most stories may be disturbing, to say the least.  Read at your own discretion).
Below is the link to the full list of titles from our booklist for your reading





Prince Caspian and the order of Narnia May 20, 2008

Filed under: adventure,Authors,Books,Children's Books — svref @ 9:00 am

image from Amazon

Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media’s new movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, recently completed its opening weekend, pulling in at #1 with a $56.6 million draw at the box office.

As is often the case with movies based on books, we see a spike in the popularity of the related book. This time is no exception, as our copies of Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, have been flying off the shelf in recent weeks. However, the Chronicles of Narnia series has been a mainstay of popular children’s literature for the better part of 50 years. This librarian has been a fan ever since receiving a hand-me-down box set of the 1970 publication (pictured above; keep reading to find out why this is important) as a young child.

Perhaps you are interested in exploring the world of Narnia too. If so, allow a veteran to give you some advice as you begin your journey.

The first thing you should consider is in which order to read the books. If you come into the Library and pick up a copy of Book 1, you will be holding The Magician’s Nephew. Why then, does the movie sequence begin with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? The reason is that the seven books of the series were published out of sequence according to the Narnian timeline within the books. Ever since the seventh story was released, there has been debate as to whether the series should be read in publication order or chronological order.

Publication Order (Year published)

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
  2. Prince Caspian (1951)
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
  4. The Silver Chair (1953)
  5. The Horse and His Boy (1954)
  6. The Magician’s Nephew (1955)
  7. The Last Battle (1956)

Chronological Order (Narnian Year of events in book)

  1. The Magician’s Nephew (1)
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1000)
  3. The Horse and His Boy (1014)
  4. Prince Caspian (2303)
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2306)
  6. The Silver Chair (2356)
  7. The Last Battle (2555)

Initially, the books were printed with numbers corresponding to the publication order. But since 1994, the books have been numbered according to chronological order. The publisher asserts that this was Lewis’ preferred order, based on a statement in a letter to a young fan in which he defended the reader’s preference for reading the series chronologically. “The series was not planned beforehand…” Lewis wrote, “so perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone read them.”

Many others, including myself, agree that publication order is the best way to read the series, and it’s not just because of the order of my first box set. Lewis’ letter seems to me as being fairly non-committal and the acknowledgment that the series was not planned is one of many compelling reasons for publication order. For example, the world of Narnia is introduced in a more expository fashion, slowly and mysteriously, in Lion, than in Magician’s Nephew, where the reader is dropped immediately into Narnia, suggesting that he or she is already familiar with the land. By reading in publication order, the reader can follow along with the growth of Narnia in exactly the same fashion as it was revealed through Lewis’ pen.

Some readers will prefer the continuity and natural sense of following the story in chronological order, from creation to the last days of Narnia. But those readers may lose certain “a-ha!” moments that come with prequels. If read in publication order, details revealed in The Magician’s Nephew will bring the reader full circle back to Lion in a creative twist. When read back to back, the same details are more obvious and the twist loses some of its effect.

If you crave to know for yourself, the only way will be to read the series in both directions and come to your own conclusion. However, there is no argument here that the series can be immensely enjoyable regardless of the order. So pick up Lion, Nephew, or even Caspian (if you can), and happy reading.


Isn’t it Romantic? May 19, 2008

Filed under: Books,Fiction — svref @ 4:26 pm

To escape the attention of her philandering boyfriend, a young French woman decides to spend her summer vacation on a bus tour through “the real America,” which includes small towns of the Midwest. Pierre follows her and this short, funny, and charming novel relates the mishaps and misunderstandings of the quarreling couple and the zany townsfolk they meet.

Author Ron Hansen will talk about his writing at the Library on Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m.