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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

NASA Missions Update – July 7, 2009 June 30, 2009


NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Eric Norris gives another of his popular multi-media presentations on NASA Missions. Eric will discuss the Hubble Servicing Mission, Kepler Mission to find other Earths, and update us on the Mars Rovers, Dawn, and other exciting missions to the solar system and beyond

Tuesday, July 7, 2009
7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Program Room


Job Hunting? The Library Has a Dedicated Bookshelf Just for You! June 17, 2009

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The library now has a dedicated bookshelf in the main lobby that’s devoted to job hunters!  Books on subjects such as resume writing, interviewing, job hunting online, and even starting your own business are featured.  In addition, we have a newly-updated weblist, Job Search Web Sites, that’s available for you to take and use!

Stop by, and choose material to help you with your job search.  Don’t forget; we also have many more books on the regular shelves for you to browse and check out too! 


Michael Krasny – Monday, June 22 June 16, 2009

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Microphone copyMichael Krasny, host of KQED radio’s award-winning  news and public affairs program, Forum, will speak at the Library on Monday, June 22, at 7 p.m.  He will talk about his experiences, interviews, his life and his recently published book Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life.


Monthly Book Group: “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” June 15, 2009

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omnivoreThis coming Thursday, June 18, the Library’s Monthly Book Group will be discussing Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. In his examination of how Americans eat, the author uses four different meals to discuss industrial farming, organic food and foraging for one’s food. Please join us Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in the Library Program Room.


Sunnyvale Art Club Exhibition June 13-14 June 5, 2009

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Barbara Baker, "Flower Field," oil on canvas

Barbara Baker, "Flower Field," oil on canvas

Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14, Noon -6 p.m.

The Sunnyvale Public Library presents our annual art exhibit by the Sunnyvale Art Club.  Everyone is welcome to this free event which will exhibit the great variety of work by local artists.  This event will feature an outdoor painting demonstration both days and a reception at noon on Saturday, June 13.

Visit the Sunnyvale Art Club online at and enjoy these works by club members.

Cleo E. Crouch, "Smooth Sailing," watercolor on paper

Cleo E. Crouch, "Smooth Sailing," watercolor on paper


NPR’s “Math Guy” at the Sunnyvale Library

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Stanford University’s Dr. Keith Devlin will give a talk at the Sunnyvale Public Library on Tuesday, June 9 at 7 PM. He’ll be speaking on the topic of “How Mathematics Changed Us.”

photo by Juan Rodrigo Llaguno

photo by Juan Rodrigo Llaguno

Devlin has described his talk this way: At three distinct stages in the development of modern society, a mathematical development changed – in a fundamental, dramatic and revolutionary way – how people understand the world and live their lives. Those advances occurred around 5,000 B.C., in the 16th century, and in the 17th century. A fourth such change may be taking place during our lifetime, but only history will say if this is really the case. Devlin will look at how human life and cognition changed on each of those three occasions, with the main focus being risk-management and a view of the future that is enabled through the use of effective risk-management techniques.

Devlin is the author of many books about mathematics. His talk on June 9th is based on his most recent book, The Unfinished Game : Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter That Made the World Modern. His other titles include The Math Gene: How Mathematical Thinking Evolved and Why Numbers Are Like Gossip.

Don’t miss this wonderful event! It is free, open to the public, and no sign ups are necessary.


Blogs & Blogging Class June 10 June 4, 2009

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canWednesday, June 10, 3 -5 p.m.

The popularity of blogs has exploded over the past few years and is transforming the way the Web works. Come hear practical ideas for launching your web presence. Learn about free tools to create a blog in minutes and new technologies to help you reach the world with your message. We will also look at the rise of microblogging.

This program is free and no registration is required.