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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Fall Back Sunday, November 2 October 30, 2008

Filed under: Community Information,Holidays — svref @ 10:00 am

Flickr photo by hugovk

Don’t let this happen to you!

Daylight Saving Time ends on this Sunday morning, November 2, at 2 a.m.  As the old adage goes, Spring Forward and Fall Back, so make sure to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.  No excuses if you show up to the Library at 11 a.m. and find the doors still locked.

Have you noticed any of your electronics this week seem to have the wrong time?  They might have been programmed with the old Daylight Saving Time dates.  If you recall, back in 2007, new start and stop dates became effective and we now change back the first Sunday in November, instead of the last Sunday in October.  If you’re curious about all this, the California Energy Commission has an informative page all about DST.


Origami Workshop October 29, 2008

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

                7 p.m.


Author of Marvelous Modular Origami, Meenakshi Mukerji, will show you how to create a three-dimensional geometric shape using only one folding pattern.  This workshop is for adults and teens and folding experience will be helpful.  Meenakshi received the 2005 Florence Temko Award by Origami USA for her contributions to origami.  Examples may be seen on her Web site.  A few copies of Marvelous Modular Origami will be available for sale and signing by the author.  In December, 2008, look for her new book Ornamental Origami.



Aikido — 4 PM Saturday October 20, 2008

The library is always an exciting place, but there will be even more action this Saturday, October 25 when Aikido Silicon Valley stops by to demonstrate Aikido and talk about the history of this fascinating martial art.

Japan’s Prince Akishino, background right, looks at a couple of Paraguayan-Japanese school students during an Aikido course exhibition. AP Images.

Aikido practitioners deflect attacks by redirecting the energy and momentum of the attacker. Aikido involves throws, falls, joint locks, and other moves. Come learn about Aikido and see it in action! The program begins at 4 pm.


Book Networking – A New Class October 19, 2008

Filed under: Classes — svref @ 8:46 pm
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
2-3:30 p.m.

Program Room

Learn how you can use LibraryThing, Shelfari, Gurulib or other similar sites to promote the books you like, pan the books you don’t like, get reviews from real people, connect with others who share your taste in books, communicate with your book group online and catalog your books.  The class includes overviews of some of the more popular sites and what they can do for you.
No registration necessary.


Last Day to Register to Vote Oct. 20 October 16, 2008

Filed under: Community Information,elections — svref @ 9:00 am

A reminder that in Santa Clara County, the last day to register to vote for the November 4 Presidential Election is this coming Monday, October 20.

We have voter registration forms here at the Library, next to the Information Desk.  You can also obtain information or download a form at the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters website,

Additional information about voting in California and the numerous candidates and measures on this fall’s ballot can be found at the California Secretary of State’s Elections website,


2008 Small Business Resource Workshops: October 21 through October 24 October 15, 2008

Filed under: Business,Nonfiction,Programs — svref @ 1:41 pm
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Next week, the Sunnyvale Public Library, The City of Sunnyvale Economic development, NOVA@CONNECT! Business Services, the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce, and representatives from our local Small Business Administration (SBA), will present FREE business resource workshops at the Sunnyvale Public Library.  Last year was our first series of workshops, which were very successful!  This year, we picked choice workshops from last year, and added two more!

As a small business owner or a prospective small business entrepreneur, you will learn the skills that can help you to start, manage and grow your company!

Space is limited!  To register, contact the Economic Development Division at: (408)730-7607, or at:


Meet the Candidates October 13, 2008

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(Above, voters cast their ballots in 2004. Image retrieved from our AP Images database.)

The League of Women Voters of Cupertino/Sunnyvale will be hosting a Candidates Forum here at the library this Monday, October 20th! Come meet Dave Cortese and Otto Lee, who are vying for a Santa Clara County Supervisor seat. The event, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM, also includes other candidates and background information on county ballot propositions. Bring your questions!