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Trying to Figure Out the Best Job for You? Check Out These “Best Jobs” Titles! May 28, 2009

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Our library has many people that are looking for employment opportunities – whether it’s self-employment or a traditional “9-to-5”.  The library has “Best Jobs” titles that will help you to figure out the type of employment best suited to your personality:


~Best Jobs for the 21st Century.  2009.  by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin.  331.702 F.

This title covers pay, growth rate, demographic information, personality type, major tasks and esponsibilities, and education and training required for more than five hundred jobs, and provides a list of the sixty-five best jobs.


~200 Best Jobs for College Graduates. 2009. by Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin. 331.702 T

This title presents ists of the best jobs broken down by interests, growth, and salary, and then expands on each job in a second section with statistics, necessary skills, education, training, and work environment.




~150 Best Jobs for a Better World.  2008.  by the editors @ JIST and Laurence Shatkin. 331.702 O

This title presents details of pay, responsibilities, training and skill required, working conditions, and outlook for one hundred and fifty jobs that contribute to improving the world’s health, education, social and cultural well-being, and safety.


~200 Best Jobs for Introverts.  2008. By the editors @ JIST and Laurence Shatkin.  331.702 T

This title presents a list of jobs for people who prefer to work alone, providing a job description, expected earnings, potential future demand, necessary skills, education, and training for each position.



~150 Best Jobs for Your Skills. 2008. By Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin ; foreword by Linda Kobylarz.  331.702 O

This titles helps you to hone in particular aspects of your personality, and then suggests jobs that may suit you.



~225 Best Jobs for Baby Boomers.  2008.  By Michael Farr and Laurence Shatkin. 331.702F 

This title focuses on Baby Boomers – people born between 1946 and 1964.  This is a huge section of our society, with many approaching retirement!  Many are looking to be entrepreneurs, or continue to work.  It addresses theire specific work needs, and suggests jobs tailored to their needs.


The library have quite a few more similar “Best Jobs” titles.  Come by, or look them up online!


Personal Finance – 2009-Style! May 21, 2009

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Let’s face it; these last 12+ months for a lot of  people, have been ROUGH in terms of personal finance issues!

That’s why the Sunnyvale Public Library has been stocking up on great personal finance titles that address these unique financial times.  Below are four great 2009 titles that have been added to our collection:

~ Stop the retirement rip-off! : how to avoid hidden fees and keep more of your money .  2009.  by David B. Loeper .  332.024 L

    In Stop the Retirement Rip-off, author David Loeper provides the necessary tools for readers to take action and make the most of their retirement plans. It offers a road map for employees to understand the fees and costs associated with their plans; document the excesses in a presentation to management; then organize themselves to protest and, if necessary, bring the documentation to the Labor Department in a complaint. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Stop the Retirement Rip-off provides readers with sensible strategies for making the most of their retirement funds, and will put them back in control of their financial future.


~Can I pay my credit card bill with a credit card? : and other financial questions we’re too embarrassed to ask!  2009.  by Mary Hunt.  332.024 H  

Consumers are overwhelmed with the amount of resources available on any given financial topic. They dont know where to go for answers, since most financial books specialize in certain topics, or are not written for a general audience. Mary Hunt’s been there-done that style of writing is warm, relevant and non-judgmental. Readers wont feel guilty for not knowing things they should know, or feel stupid or asking. Questions have been selected from those submitted to Mary Hunt, through Womans Day Magazine Reader Panel, readers of Everyday Cheapskate newspaper column (email and print), and the Debt-Proof Living newsletter and website.

~Suze Orman’s 2009 action plan. 2009.  by Suze Orman.  332.024 O

The nation’s go-to expert on financial matters, Suze Orman, believes that 2009 is a critical year for your money. There are safeguards to put in place, actions to take, costly mistakes to avoid, and even opportunities to be had, so that you areprotected during the bad times and prepared to prosper when things take a turn for the better. No matter what situation you’re in, you will find a plan of action and the answers to your questions about:

* Credit * Retirement
*Savings and Spending*Real Estate
*Paying for College* Protecting Your Family

SUZE ORMAN’S 2009 ACTION PLAN delivers honest, straightforward guidance—what to do, when to do it, and how to do it—as only Suze Orman can.

~Safe money in tough times : everything you need to know to survive the financial crisis. 2009. by Jonathan Pond.  332.024 P

If you’ve ever seen one of Jonathan Pond’s special personal finance programs on ur local PBS channel, then you’ll love his newest book!  Jonathan provides advice on ways to minimize the effects of the financial crisis on one’s finances, with information on such topics as budgeting, debts, investments, property devaluation, unemployment, and loss of credit.


Navigating Cultural Challenges in Everyday Life

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Navigation2Please join us  Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 7 p.m. for Navigating Cultural Challenges in Everyday Life.

Sunnyvale thrives as a multicultural community with strengths and opportunities due to its diversity. In this highly interactive workshop led by Christina Llerena, M.S.W., of  CLL Consulting, you will have an opportunity to openly discuss everyday challenges of intercultural communication. Learn tips on how to better communicate among different cultures through understanding others’ cultural viewpoints while honoring your own.


Library Closed for Memorial Day May 20, 2009

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bivouacofthedeadThe Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2009, in observance of Memorial Day. The Library will be open for regular hours over the Memorial Day weekend and will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

If you are interested in learning more about Memorial Day and its history, please visit the Memorial Day website from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


Future Business Leaders Showcase this Thursday May 18, 2009

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An FBLA student presents at the 2007 Future Business Leaders Showcase event.

An FBLA student presents at the 2007 Future Business Leaders Showcase

Future Business Leaders Showcase
Thursday, May 21, 2009
6:30 p.m.
Library Program Room

Members of the Homestead High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will present their award-winning annual projects. See our community’s future business leaders in action today. This program is free and appropriate for adults, teens, and older children.

Each year, thousands of students across the country design year-long projects to increase their understanding of business and develop career skills. Outstanding projects are judged in state and national competitions, where Homestead students have excelled, capturing 11 consecutive state championships. At last month’s state competition, 50 students qualified to compete at this summer’s National Leadership Conference. Come be educated and inspired by these students and support them as they prepare to represent the school, city, and state.

Planned presentations include:

Emerging Business Issues: Particularly in the economic crisis we face today, the entry of illegal immigrants into the United States and the place they take in our economy is controversial. The Homestead group will present their views on the implementation of a temporary worker program as a potential solution.

Partnership with Business: This year, student project chairs spearheaded a partnership with AAA to promote its Greenlight Initiative. They will discuss the planning, development, and impact of their yearlong partnership!

American Enterprise: The team took on an ambitious agenda this year in partnering with 5 different non-profits. They will present their year-long efforts to learn how successful non-profits market themselves and how they ultimately used what they learned to educate community members.

Business Financial Plan: This year’s Business Financial Plan team was tasked with developing a plan to finance the purchase of property for a theoretical gardening business. They will discuss their strategic rationale and how their financial decisions will fuel the long-term success of the business.

Digital Video Production: The Digital Video Production team created a video promoting the need for business education, particularly at the high school level. You’ll see the video they created, learn about the techniques they used, and understand the full development process that took them from an idea to the final product!


Istanbul – A Great City Inspires Authors May 14, 2009

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Byzantium, Constantinople, and finally, Istanbul.  Whatever the name, this ancient city that bridges Europe and Asia has long inspired writers with its busy harbor, labyrinthine underground, and magnificent buildings. The capital of Turkey it is the fourth largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.6 million.

Several mystery authors have used this ancient city as the setting for three very different mystery series.  Different in their periods and characters, but similar in their intriguing descriptions of the place and its diverse population.

JacketCAUER2Z2British author Barbara Nadel has set her series  in contemporary Istanbul.  Her detective, Inspector Cetin Ikmen, is a chain smoking,  police  detective with a very large family and an interesting team of colleagues.  Only the first two books in the series have been published in the United States, but hopefully the other nine will be forthcoming.   The crimes and characters are both well written and full of atmosphere.  Start with Belshazzar’s Daughter, which begins with a bizarre murder in the Russian emigre community.

Jason Goodwin’s The Janissary Tree won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Macavity in 2007.  His detective, Yashim Togalu, serves the Ottoman sultan in Jacketjaniss1830’s Istanbul.  Yashim is supported by interesting characters including a defunct Ambassador of Poland and the Valide, the sultan’s mother.  The plots are typically based on political situations of the time and the setting is ripe with the smells and sights of the ancient city and port.

Go back another 13 centuries when the city was known to the world as Byzantium, capital to the 6th century Roman Empire for Mary Reed’s John the Eunuch johnjacketseries.  John serves as the Lord Chamberlain in Justinian’s very newly Christian court.   The politics and machinations are every bit as outrageous as the Roman Roman Empire with everyone jockeying for power and protection against a backdrop of  old religions and bickering courtiers.


Alternatives to Home Lawns May 13, 2009

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tweakedgarden1Wednesday, May 20, 2009
7-8:30 p.m.
Program Room

There are many plants that can be grown in place of turf grass to create beautiful front yard gardens.  Come learn about lawn alternatives that need less inputs and lower levels of care.