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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Library Closed for Thanksgiving November 25, 2009

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The Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, 2009.  We will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, with regular hours.

We wish all our Library patrons a Happy Thanksgiving and remind you to please buckle up and drive safely this holiday season!


Conservatorships – When To Use Them and What They Can Do November 23, 2009

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

3-4 p.m.

A conservatorship enables a relative or other caretaker to make critical legal decisions on behalf of a mentally impaired adult.  Attorney, Kevin Roe, will discuss the pros and cons of different kinds of conservatorships.  Registration required.  Call the Reference Desk at (408) 730-7300 to register. 


Career Planning Series begins Nov. 21 November 18, 2009

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Mapping Out Your Future: An Introduction to Career Planning

Come attend a series of career planning workshops held by Homestead High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  Each workshop will feature interactive exercises led by FBLA members and a presentation by an expert in the field.  A question and answer session will be held.  These workshops are ideal for high school and college students and career-changers!

The A-B-C’s of Career Planning
Saturday, November 21
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Don’t know anything about career planning?  Come learn the essentials to planning ahead.  Caleb Avecilla from NOVA will present an introduction to career planning called “Get Your Ducks in Line!”

Job Search through the Media
Saturday, December 5
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Looking for a job?  Don’t know where to start?  In this high-tech world, there are many new ways to search for jobs.  Come get the latest scoop on job searching.  Mr. Bill Crane, VP Technology of business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn, will present.

Entrepreneurship 101
Saturday, December 19
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Interested in starting your own company?  This workshop will cover the basics of entrepreneurship, how to market products, and networking.  Presentation by Dr. Ram Srinivasan, co-founder of start-up company TellyTopia.


Have Digital Photos, Now What? November 13, 2009

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Camera3Please join us on Monday, November 16, 2009 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for “Have Digital Photos, Now What?”

If you have a lot of digital photos and are not sure what to do with them next, Chris Willis from HP Labs’ Media Understanding Laboratory will introduce you to easy ways to edit and share your photos with friends and family. You will learn editing and organizing techniques using Picasa. You will also learn fun ways to manage and share photos using cool sites like Flickr and Snapfish.


Library Closed November 9-11 November 5, 2009

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The Sunnyvale Library will be closed from Monday, November 9, 2009, through Wednesday, November 11, for renovations related to the installation of a new Automated Materials Handling (AMH) system.

No library materials will be due on these days.  The Library will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our library services!  Learn more about the AMH project here.


Chinese Dulcimer (Yangqin) November 3, 2009


Saturday, November 7, 2009                                   

                  2 p.m. – 3 p.m.                                                     

Music from around the world will be played on the Chinese dulcimer,  called Yangqin, by Junko Aono with clarinet accompaniment. 

Yangqin is a traditional instrument that originated in Persia (Iran).  It has over 100 strings, which range over  four octaves.  The strings are struck with thin bamboo rods that have rubber tips on one end.  When struck with the rubber tipped end of the rod, a soft sound is made .  When the strings are struck with the other end of the rod without the rubber tip, a crisper sound is made that is similar to other dulcimers.  Yangqin also can be played by plucking with the end of the rod to create glissandos. 

Junko Aono is a native Japanese artist, who learned Yangqin when she was studying at Waseda University in Japan.  Junko released her first CD, “Fantasy of Silk Road” in 1993.  She has performed in both solo and group concerts.


Bibliotherapy: Who Knew? November 2, 2009

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El Camino Hospital’s library (Mountain View, CA) recently put an interesting article in their October newsletter, Health e-Tips.

For all you bibliophiles, read on:

Can Libraries Help Lift Depression and Alleviate Anxiety?   

Bibliotherapy – or gaining therapeutic benefit from reading – gained popularity after WWII when soldiers found that reading was healing and helpful during their long periods of recuperation. Fast forward to the 21st century, bibliotherapy now encompasses most any way that information can be delivered: via books, through the Internet, and on CDs and DVDs. In the UK, a study was done on book prescribing to see how well the concept of “healthy reading” fit in as an adjunct to regular therapy for treating mild depression and anxiety or as a stand-alone therapy. The doctors and therapists who participated in the study had prescription pads specifically for recommending books and audiovisual materials alongside their prescriptions pads for pharmaceuticals. Doctors here in the U.S. have been known to write out prescriptions for their patients to pick up certain books or workbooks to assist with developing an arsenal of coping strategies to better manage depression and anxiety.