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Tidbits and treats from the Sunnyvale Public Library Reference Division

Beginners Guide to Diabetes July 28, 2010

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Did you know that diabetes is a major health care concern in the United States? If you would like to know more about this disease then join us on Wednesday, August 4 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. for “A Conversation with Judy Farnsworth, RD, CDE: Beginners Guide to Diabetes”.  Judy Farnsworth from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation will talk about diabetes as a major healthcare concern in America, four ways to prolong/avoid diabetes and the latest prevention guidelines.

Presented by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Sunnyvale Public Library


Learn How to Attract Birds to Your Garden July 21, 2010

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Would you like to see more birds in your backyard? Then join us Thursday, July 29 at 7 p.m. for Attracting Birds to the Garden. Toby Goldberg from the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and Arvind Kumar from the California Native Plant Society will discuss creating a bird-friendly backyard habitat, and introduce common backyard visitors and the plants most likely to attract them.


An Evening with Opera San José July 8, 2010

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Would you like to spend a summer evening listening to beautiful music? Next Wednesday, July 14, from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., the Library will be hosting its annual Evening with Opera San José program. Opera San José artists will perform selections from the upcoming 2010-2011 season. Selections will be from The Barber of Seville, Tosca and La Bohème.


Buying a Digital Camera — Monday, June 28 June 26, 2010

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Want to buy a new digital camera? Don’t know what to look for? Don’t know what a megapixel is or what camera modes are? Please join us on Monday, June 28 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for Buying a Digital Camera.

Chris Willis from HP Labs will go through the basics of what to buy and what it all means.


Tax Topics for Individuals and Families: June 9, 6-8 PM June 7, 2010

Did you know that if you qualify for tax credits, your tax bill may be reduced or even eliminated? Some credits can even provide you with a refund!

Learn about child tax credits, credits for dependent care costs, education and retirement savings credits. Our speaker, Liz Lison, E.A., will also explain how you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

This free program will be held Wednesday, June 9, from 6-8 PM.  No registration is required.


Basic Small Business Resources Class: Thursday, June 10

On Thursday, June 10, from 3– 5:00 pm, The Sunnyvale Public Library will be offering a free class entitled, “Basic Small Business Resources”.

This regularly-scheduled class is just one of several small business-related classes and workshops that will be held at the library during the month of June.  Learn how to find information on starting a small business, writing a business plan, finding company performance data, and performing competitive analysis. We will also cover resources for protecting and researching the intellectual property of a business. 

There is no registration required.


Future Business Leaders Showcase Thursday! May 26, 2010

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Thursday, May 27
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Library Program Room

Members of the Homestead High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will give a multimedia presentation of their award-winning annual projects. See our community’s future 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 13 consecutive State championships and representing California at Nationals. In this fourth annual Library program, a record number of students will present their work.

Here are descriptions of the planned presentations for this year’s event:

American Enterprise focused on career planning this year. Hear about how members learned to make successful career choices, discovered the art of networking, and practiced crucial public speaking skills.

Community Service worked with Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, and promoted healthy living to students and the surrounding community.

Partnership with Business worked with Neurosky, a brain-computer interface technology company that designs products that can be used to control objects without using your hands! Team members helped market Neurosky’s product, the Mindset, and were featured on the local news.

*Business Financial Plan: FBLA members developed a business financial plan to purchase and operate a Coffee Bar. Their aim was to turn the business into a health-conscious cafe catering to individual tastes.

*Business Presentation: A nationwide shortage of K-12 business education teachers now exists. FBLA members created a business presentation to mount a marketing campaign to address this shortage.

*Business Plan: FBLA members present a business plan proposal that they conceived and developed. They will go through all the key points of a real business plan. Listen and see for yourself if you would invest in this company.

Digital Video Production: FBLA members prepared a video for a retail business to help train employees on methods of preventing theft.

*E-Business: The e-business team created a website to celebrate Homestead High School’s hypothetical 50th anniversary. It’s classy. It’s snazzy. Come and see how a celebration should really happen!

*= These presentations were based on hypothetical case-study scenarios and were not implemented in real life.