Pass It On

Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Bob Balmanno, an Author Talk October 23, 2010

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Local author Bob Balmanno discusses and reads from the second book in his Blessings of Gaia series, The Runes of Iona.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Mystery Book Group June 7, 2010

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
7 p.m.
Program Room

At the initial meeting of the Mystery Book Group we’ll discuss The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Stieg Larsson’s first book of a trilogy set in Norway combines a murder, a family saga, a financial intrigue, and a modern love story.


Presentation about Diet and Heart Disease April 28, 2010

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On Saturday, May 8 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Purnima Nandkishore will talk about how to reduce your risk of heart disease by changing your diet in her presentation “Understand the Connection between Diet and Heart Disease”. She is the author of Amrit: Luscious and Heart-Healthy Indian Meals, a MediterrAsian cookbook. Learn how different components of food affect risk factors that lead to heart diseases and recognize how you can modify one to affect the other. Copies of Purnima Nandkishore’s book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.


Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa March 3, 2010

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Copyright © 2009 Karen Ande and Ruthann Richter

Local authors Ruthann Richter and Karen Ande will come to the Sunnyvale Library on March 25 to discuss their book, Face to Face: Children of the AIDS Crisis in Africa. The book combines stories and photos to describe the plight of children in Africa affected by AIDS.  Ande and Richter met orphaned children raising their younger siblings, grandmothers caring for children left without parents, and children who themselves are coping with HIV. With their pictures and narratives, Richter and Ande tell the story of these families’ struggles and victories.

Come meet the authors and hear about their experiences.

March 25, 7 p.m., Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Ave.


Author Suruchi Mohan January 6, 2010

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Please join us Thursday evening, January 14, from 7 -8 p.m. when local author Suruchi Mohan will be reading from and talking about her new novel, Divine Music. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and the author will be signing them.


Book Lover’s Online Resources December 7, 2009

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket

Have you ever been at a loss to find a really good book to read?   Have you ever wondered what the sequence of books in a series is?   If you don’t have a librarian handy to answer these questions there are some great online sites that can help.  Here are eight good ones that might fit your interests.





African-American Black Literature Club has been around since 1997.  It is a good source for author profiles, book recommendations, active discussion boards, writer resources, informative articles, videos, and book reviews.



Books ‘n’ Bytes is focused on mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy.  It has booklists, reviews, author lists,  guest columns, a calendar, and conventions.  They update frequently. 



Fantastic Fiction is a British site with over 25, ooo authors and information on more than 300,000 books.  Although publishing is becoming more international there are still delays on getting many British authors in the US as they are often edited to include Americanisms.  Stay ahead of the game and knowledgeable about the original titles of your favorites at



Readers Advice seems to specialize in genre fiction offering incredibly detailed choices such as Fantasy – Underground Worlds, Fiction – School Shootings, and Elfpunk/Urban Fantasy.  They also have a healthy list of read-alikes


Reader’s Circle is a resource for book groups, publishers, and authors.   It includes assistance in starting a book group, a calendar, author phone chats , as well as local groups to join.





South Asian Women’s Network , a site is for women from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in English, includes a nice section called the bookshelf.  There are copious reviews and links and is of interest to those not from South Asia.


 Stop You’re Killing Me is my favorite site for getting lists of mystery author’s works, series, and searching.  It includes the new and the classic and is extremely easy to use.

Whichbook is a UK site with a very cool tool for matching your interests to books.  The user chooses several characteristics that they want in a book or pick settings, characters, etc.  and the program pulls up possible matchs.  The system is actually to assist UK readers link to books they can then checkout at their local library or have sent to them.  For the user not living in the UK this options won’t work and you may also run into books not pusblished in the US, but its fun and most searchs result in some books you will be interested in reading.



Velvet Underground December 1, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


7-8:30 p.m.


Based on his new book, White Light/White Heat, the Velvet Underground Day by Day, music expert Richie Unterberger will discuss one of the most influential bands in the history of rock. Rare audiovisuals will highlight the groundbreaking music and the Velvet Underground’s association with manager Andy Warhol.