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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Read-Along Shakespeare, Monday, February 3 January 29, 2009

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globe1Henry V

Monday, February 3, 2009

7 p.m.

Program Room


Gather with other fans of Shakespeare to read the plays and enyoy them in a very personal way. The group meets the first Monday of every month unless holidays move us to a later Monday.

This Monday we’ll complete the last few scenes of Macbeth from last month and then start Henry V


Brain Games on Wednesday! January 22, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — svref @ 5:38 pm

Join us at the library next Wednesday for a night of Brain Games. Learn how to play Sudoku to keep your mind sharp, and learn about other brain games to play online. Plus, help us with the world’s largest crossword puzzle, and play Big Brain Academy on our Nintendo Wii!

Wednesday, January 28, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Please sign up at the information desk to reserve your spot. You can sign up in person, or by calling 408- 730-7300. Or, if we’re online, sign up using the “Ask the Reference Desk” feature on the right hand side of the screen. See you there!



Tips for Using the USPTO Web Site with an Emphasis on Patents

Wednesday, January 28,  from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

uspto_seal6With an emphasis on patent research, this orientation to will help you locate forms, fees, file histories, status information, scam prevention and complaints, links to related sites and provide a brief overview of patent searching.  Join us in the Library program room for this free presentation.


“Healthy Nutrition” Program January 22, 2009 January 21, 2009

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VegetablesPlease join us tomorrow night, January 22, 2009 at 7 p.m. when the Art of Living Foundation and the Sunnyvale Public Library present “Healthy Nutrition”. This is a special talk focusing on the different body types and how food affects your state of mind. Learn how you can tailor your diet to suit your specific body type. The program will be presented in the Library Program Room.

The Art of Living Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) that works in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, participating in a variety of committees.


Library Closed Monday, January 19 January 15, 2009

Filed under: Holidays — svref @ 8:07 pm
Flickr photo by mechanikat

Flickr photo by mechanikat

The Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2009, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will re-open with regular hours on Tuesday, January 20.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. King, click here for a list of web sites about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from the Librarians’ Internet Index.  Also, check out the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service web site here.


Hysterical Historical Patents to Modern Day Madness January 14, 2009

Wednesday, January 21, 7 p.m.

toepuppetfig11Prepare to see absurdity stretched to the nth degree in this presentation by Janet Berkeley, who will show you some of the nuttiest patents ever to be granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  You’ll see weird, wacky and down-right silly devices for people and pets, including a toe puppet, an interest paying piggy bank, a 25 hour clock, apparatus for simulating a high five and what every household needs — a walking barrel for bullfighting.


More Creatures Great and Small January 13, 2009

On display in the Library are books about the wild and domestic animals that share our world.  Since the forest-catsjacketbeginning of time, the most feared predator has been the cat and Forest Cats of North America captures stories and photos of cougars, lynx and bobcats.  In the book, The Earth Moved, On the Remarkable Acievements of Earthworms, author Amy Stewart takes us on a journey to a subterranean realm, where these fighters of plant disease and pollution plough the soil and turn ordinary dirt into fertile land.  bugsjacketcah2ndfpBugs of Northern California by John Acorn briefly reviews bug anatomy, life history, habitat, and helps us identify 125 of the coolest bugs.  The Library has many books about cats and dogs, too.  The Cat Who Covered the World, by foreign correspondent Christopher S. Wren, relates a family’s adventures crisscrossing the globe and coping with chaos in faraway places with the help of their ever resourceful cat.  Cats in Their Gardens, byPage Dickey, takes us on an insider’s tour of twenty of the most charming gardens with cats in America and abroad. For a look at the world of cat lovers and their devotion to their pets, try Cat People by Michael and Margaret Korda.  Jay Kopelman observes the emotional repercussions of war in this book, From Baghdad to America, which continues the story of Lava, the puppy he rescued in Iraq.  For some fun dog stories, take a look at a book from howljacketcapw1tc9the editors of Bark, Howl, a Collection of the Best Contempoarary Dog Wit.  To find rated dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops, parks, hiking trails, camping areas, beaches and even diversions such as ferry trips, train rides and pet parades consult The Dog Lover’s Companion to California, by Maria Goodavage.