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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Comes to Sunnyvale Public Library November 25, 2008

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Two actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will present a special evening performance as part of the Festivals education program at the Sunnyvale Public Library. This years performance is entitled, Fast Talkers, Swindlers, Thieves and Macbeth. The actors will perform excerpts from Shakespeare as well as classic and contemporary pieces.
The free program is open to the public with seating commencing at 6:45 and the program will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 in the Program Room. This program is intended for adults, teens, and children accompanied by their parents. No reservations are required.
The 2008 School Visit Program is funded by generous grants from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation, Nike, the Haughton Family Charitable Fund, Steven and kern Tyler and the Bowmer Society supported by Bank of America. The Librarys special program has been funded by the Friends of the Library 

The Big Game and Other Rivalries November 20, 2008

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Here in the Bay Area, sports fans have been gearing up all week for this Saturday’s 111th installment of The Big Game, the annual football matchup between the California Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal.

This year’s tilt promises to be one of the most exciting in recent history, as Stanford needs a win to qualify for a postseason bowl game and Cal seeks to reclaim the Axe, the winner’s trophy, after losing it last year for the first time since 2001.  The game will be held at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley and televised locally at 12:30 pm on KGO-TV (ABC).

Big Games by Michael BradleyIf you’re an Old or Young Blue, bleed Cardinal Red, or just happen to be a Bay Area sports fan, you probably know all about the tradition and history, the great players involved, the memorable plays, and even the notorious Axe thefts.  But whether you’re just curious to know what all the fuss is about or seek to relive some of the greatest football memories of all time, you’ll find the history of The Big Game and more in Michael Bradley’s Big Games: College Football’s Greatest Rivalries.

Here’s some of Bradley’s history of the Axe:
“The odd thing about this coveted object is that it began with no ties to football whatsoever. Before the 1899 Stanford-Cal baseball game, Stanford yell leader Billy Erb purchased the Axe (which had a 15-inch blade) to dramatize the school’s “Axe Yell.” Or at least that was his story. In 1930, E. F. Weisshaar told the Palo Alto Times that he bought the Axe for $3.50 from a San Francisco store. Not so, said Julius Peterson, who was the foreman of the Stanford forge at the turn of the century…”

Inside Big Games you can also read about Harvard-Yale, Miami-Florida State, Oklahoma-Texas, Notre Dame-Southern California, Georgia-Florida, Lafayette-Lehigh, Alabama-Auburn, Michigan-Ohio State, and Army-Navy.  Look for it in our Nonfiction section at 796.3326 B.


Let’s Talk About It – The Mind-Body Problem November 17, 2008

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Mind Body ProblemJoin us Wednesday, November 19th at 7 PM for the latest installment of our Jewish literature discussion series, Let’s Talk About It.  Rabbi Josh Berkenwald will lead our discussion of The Mind-Body Problemby Rebecca Goldstein.

The discussion will take place in the library program room. Call (408) 730 7300 (option 5) to sign up and reserve your spot.


Great Books III – Willa Cather November 12, 2008

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Willa Cather

Born in 1873,  Willa Cather’s life spanned two centuries and an incredible change in American life. At a time when few women went to college she earned an AB from the University of Nebraska and went on to write for and then edit McClure’s magazine from 1906-1911.  She spent the rest of her life writing fulltime.  

Her novels are typically set in the prairies of the Midwest.  She wrote novels, short stories, and poetry, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1922 for One of OursCather’s writing is carefully crafted and still compelling today.  Try My Antonia if you’ve never read her and Death Comes for the Archbishop for a more challenging read.


Eric Norris NASA/JPl Ambassador Gives Mission Update November 5, 2008

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NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Eric Norris will update us on the Mars Phoenix Mission as the spacecraft heads into the dark, cold Martian Winter, as well as MESSENGER’s second flyby of Mercury and other mission updates. 
  • Sunnyvale Public Library
  • Wednesday, November 12, 2008
  • 7 p.m.
  • Program Room

Library Closed Friday, November 7, 2008 November 4, 2008

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The Library will be closed on Friday, November 7, 2008 and reopen Saturday, November 8, 2008 at 10 a.m.


Vote Today! Polls open 7am-8pm

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voteToday is Election Day in the USA!  If you’re not one of the thousands who have already voted early or voted by mail, polls in Santa Clara County will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Voter turnout is expected to reach record numbers in this historic election, so make sure your voice is heard and vote today.

If you want to find your polling place, check your registration status, or even track the status of your vote by mail ballot, you can do so at the Registrar of Voters web site here.