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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Library Closed for Labor Day August 28, 2008

Filed under: History,Holidays — svref @ 9:00 am

The Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. The Library will be open during normal hours on Saturday and Sunday and will reopen on Tuesday.

Sunnyvale City offices will be closed as well on Labor Day. For complete information about closures and city activities, read the press release here.

Did you know that the first Labor Day parade was held in New York City on September 5, 1882? Read more about the origins of Labor Day from the Library of Congress or the U.S. Department of Labor.

Photo of Labor Day parade along South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 1909. From the Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.


Chihuly At The De Young Museum August 27, 2008

Filed under: Art,Art Exhibitions,artists — svref @ 11:34 am

Treat yourself to an explosion of glorious color and form at the de Young Museum’s “Chihuly at the de Young”, a current exhibition that showcases both new and archival works of glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Wander through eleven galleries of glass baskets, chandeliers, boats filled with spheres and other enchanting forms as well as a glass garden and much more. The gallery that displays the glass baskets also includes many items from the artist’s personal collection of Native American baskets and colorful Pendleton trade blankets. Another gallery includes a glassed-in ceiling that is filled with a myriad of glass forms called Persians. The exhibition runs through September 28.

Chihuly’s work is included in over two hundred museums around the world. His public installations include the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, temporary installations like “Chihuly over Venice” and museum installations like “Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000”. The artist’s beautiful Web site includes numerous photos, videos, articles, essays, and also writings, interviews and lectures by Chihuly.

The Sunnyvale Public Library has several books and DVDs about Chihuly’s creations. Examples include Chihuly: Gardens & Glass, and Chihuly over Venice.


Bestseller Express – Fast Access to New Books August 21, 2008

Filed under: Books — svref @ 8:29 am

Tired of being on a waiting list for a popular title? Or finding that the book you wanted is checked out? Now you can get your hands on it faster with our new Bestseller Express collection, designed to get books into the hands of the people who want them. These titles are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be checked out for one week. Located near the fireplace, they will be easy to spot because they will have a large yellow 7 on the spine. They cannot be reserved or renewed so you’ll have to read them fast. The overdue fine will be 25 cents a day, the same as most other books in the Library.

Books are chosen for the Bestseller Express collection by librarians who scour the bestseller lists appearing in the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, SF Chronicle and SJ Mercury News. Books featured in Library programs and the popular Silicon Valley Reads program will also be included.

The Library will continue to buy bestsellers for its regular collection which circulate for three weeks, can be renewed twice if no one has placed a hold on the title and can be reserved ahead of time.


Food for Thought August 20, 2008

Slow Food means more than taking your time with dinner. The movement, founded in Italy in the 1980s, advocates for “principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice,” in food production. In practice, this often means supporting locally grown food that taps into regional ecologies and eating traditions.

Bay Area residents will get a chance to taste these principles in action at Slow Food Nation, a sprawling American food festival taking place in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend. The event includes dinners, tours, exhibits, lectures and a concert. Learning more about the Slow Food movement is free at the library. Try some of these books for a taste of the current debate over food production and policies.

Kitchen Literacy

Kitchen literacy: how we lost knowledge of where food comes from and why we need to get it back / Ann Vileisis. 641.5973 V

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The omnivore’s dilemma : a natural history of four meals / Michael Pollan. 394.12 P

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Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal / Eric Schlosser

394.1097 S

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The Slow food guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area : restaurants, markets, bars / Sylvan Brackett, Sue Moore, and Wendy Downing, with Slow Food USA. 647.9579 S


Monthly Book Group: “The Shadow Of The Wind” August 19, 2008

Filed under: Books,Fiction,Monthly Book Group,Uncategorized — svref @ 12:36 pm

This coming Thursday, August 21, the Library’s Monthly Book Group will be discussing Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind. This is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War and the early years of Franco’s dictatorship. Please join us Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Library Program Room.


Genealogy Databases – Thursday, August 21 August 14, 2008

Filed under: Classes,Uncategorized — svref @ 8:36 am
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Learn about Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online, databases available through the Sunnyvale Public Library. Our class will include an overview of content of the databases, search methods, and printing/saving techniques for each. The class is free and all are welcome. Join us in the Program Room on:

Thursday, August 21, 2-3:30 p.m


I Have an Idea, Now What? August 13, 2008

How do you start to turn your great invention idea into reality?  Find out about different kinds of intellectual property rights.  How much does it cost and how long does it take to get a patent and a trademark?  Discover free resources for researching your invention.  See a brief example of patent searching on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site.  You can learn about the steps to take right now.  Come to this class in the Library program room on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 from 2-4 p.m.