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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Time is Running Out to Book A Great Summer July 31, 2008

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A friendly reminder that the deadline to sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program, Book a Great Summer, is Friday, August 1 at 6:00pm.  You need to have read at least one book and show your valid Sunnyvale Library card at the Reference Desk to sign up.

For those who have already signed up, remember that the last day to add titles to your reading log and receive a prize is August 31.

We hope you are enjoying your summer reads!


Spacing Out July 30, 2008

A New Star Cluster

A New Star Cluster

NASA has made its vast collection of space images available for one-stop browsing in a partnership with the San Francisco-based Internet Archive. Now, with a visit to, users can find breathtaking full-color pictures from around the universe, including shots of Earth, our solar system, and astronauts. Detailed descriptions accompany the images. And, to the joy of librarians and educators everywhere, the collection is keyword searchable.

The organizations said in a press release that they expected their five-year partnership to eventually provide millions of images, as well as thousands of hours of video and audio. lists its downloading terms and conditions here.

The nonprofit Internet Archive was founded by entrepreneur Brewster Kahle in 1996. Among its many projects is the ‘Wayback Machine,’ which allows users to see past incarnations of their favorite Web pages. Curious what the Sunnyvale Library page looked like in 2002? Or how about the San Jose Mercury News from as far back as Valentine’s Day, 1998?


Foreclosure Concerns: Selected Resources July 28, 2008

Millions of homeowners are at risk of losing their homes.  Lack of vital information can make that concern seem almost unbearable.  The library carries books that can educate you on the steps taken during foreclosure, and ways to communicate with your lender(s), and possibly save your home.  With new legislation, it’s wise to keep up with current information.


  Below are just two of the library’s new books that deal with this subject:


332.72 P  Petrovich, David M. Fight Foreclosure: How to Cope with a Mortgage You can’t Pay, Negotiate with Your Bank, and Save Your Home c2008

The author offers honest advice on your options regarding foreclosure, weighs the pros and cons of each, and shares smart, practical strategies for lowering your payments and keeping your home.  Also covered are the too-good-to-be-true foreclosure rescue offers you should avoid, and offers real alternatives that work now!

332.72 R  Roberts, Ralph R. Foreclosure Self-Defense for Dummies. c2008

Foreclosure Self-Defense for Dummies offers tips on how to avoid or delay foreclosure of a house, such as refinancing, paying forebearance to catch up on payments, and re-purchasing a home by selling it to an investor and negiotating terms with them.






Work, summer school, high gas prices…there are plenty of reasons to skip a vacation right now. But staying home this summer doesn’t mean you can’t get away from it all — take a short trip to the library and lose yourself in one of our travel and adventure stories. Look for some of these titles, or ask a librarian to help you find others.

Black Wave
A terrifying shipwreck ends the adventure of a family that spends two years sailing the world on a 55-foot catamaran.

Blue Highways: A Journey Into America
A classic road trip tale. The author circles the nation on state and county roads and explores the tiny towns on his map. First published in 1983… when gasoline was cheaper.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia
Author Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular description of the spiritual quest that took her around the world.

No Reservations
Chef Anthony Bourdain travels the globe, from Sweden to Vietnam to Las Vegas, in search of tasty or outrageous local cuisine.

On Holiday: A History of Vacationing
How did the beach become a vacation destination? Are you a Tourist, an Anti-Tourist, an Elite Tourist or a Post-Tourist? Find the answers in this thoughtful examination of vacation trends and customs.

If you’re still in the mood to wander, let the library’s selection of guidebooks and travel videos help you plan a trip. (Look for Dewey Decimal numbers 910 through 919 in Adult Nonfiction and Special Interest Videos). Or, visit the magazine section and browse through our issues of Traveler, Travel & Leisure, Sunset, and more.


Let’s Talk About It – Jewish Literature July 23, 2008

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SJSU Professor David Mesher will explore the equal-opportunity offensiveness of Alexander Portnoy, Philip Roth’s most over-sexed character in the initial meeting of the series  Let’s Talk About It – Jewish Literature, Your Heart’s Desire.  The series is sponsored by Nextbook, the American Library Association, and the Library.  To register for the series and get information on the books call the Reference Desk at 408-730-7300, menu option #5


Spicing It Up July 14, 2008

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It’s the middle of summer — which means we’re in the middle of grilling season. Memorial Day, graduation parties, Fourth of July…with all the opportunities for outdoor cooking, you may actually be getting tired of your same old burgers, hot dogs, or other barbecue favorites.

Luckily, Sunnyvale Public Library has the cure for the barbecue blahs in our selection of grilling cookbooks. Here are just a few from our collection. Check out some of these recipes and you’ll be sizzling along ‘til Labor Day.

100 Best Grilling Recipes : BBQ Food from Around the World. Recipes include Vietnamese grilled breast of duck and Canadian back bacon with maple mustard ‘mop.’ Nonfiction 641.5784 S

Pizza on the Grill: 100 Feisty Fire-Roasted Recipes for Pizza & More. The crowd-pleasing favorite gets a summery update in this cookbook. Nonfiction 641.76 K

Jerk from Jamaica: Barbecue Caribbean Style. Nothing will spice up your dinner like Jamaican jerk seasoning! Learn how to apply jerk methods to your home barbecue. Nonfiction 641.5972 W

Looking for something to read while the coals heat up? Try these tales from the world of barbecue fanatics and barbecue contests. Or browse through Corn Bread Nation 2, an anthology devoted to essays, newspaper columns, and even poems about Southern Barbecue.


Library Closed for Independence Day July 3, 2008

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The Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2008. The Library will reopen for normal hours on July 5 at 10 a.m.

The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 at the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall) in Philadelphia. Today, the original document resides in honor in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives in Washington, D.C as one of the country’s most revered documents. You can read more about the history of the Declaration and view high-resolution images of it at the National Archives web site.

The Fourth of July is also a day of celebration across the United States. Festivities in Washington are televised as a PBS special called A Capitol Fourth, which is viewed and enjoyed by many. Many communities in the Bay Area also sponsor celebrations, some including fireworks displays. Listings of local festivities can usually be found in the newspaper close to the event or at individual city web sites.