Archive | November, 2007

Familiar Face on the Field

ap071125026220.jpgIf you were watching yesterday’s thrilling San Francisco 49ers overtime victory over the Arizona Cardinals, the player who scored the game-winning touchdown may have been a familiar name to local football fans.

#95 Tully-Banta Cain, is the 49ers linebacker who recovered a fumble in the end zone during overtime to secure a 37-31 victory on Sunday, November 25, in Arizona. Tully grew up in Sunnyvale and attended Hollenbeck Elementary and Sunnyvale Middle Schools before becoming a multi-sport star at Fremont High.

After graduating from Fremont, Tully played football at Cal and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round in 2003. With the Pats, he earned two Super Bowl rings, in Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX. He joined the 49ers earlier this year as an unrestricted free agent.

Local sports historians will be interested to know that the Library maintains archives of local newspapers from Tully’s years playing football locally. The Library also recently acquired a number of past Fremont High yearbooks, which are being processed and should be available to view in the Sunnyvale Collection soon.  Photo buffs will also want to take a look at the Library’s new AP Images database, where you can view incredible photos from the Associated Press, like the one displayed above.  Access to the database is available within the library now and will be available remotely very soon.

You can read Tully’s biography on Wikipedia or check out his player profile from the San Francisco 49ers website.

(AP Photo/Paul Connors)

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Library Closed for Thanksgiving

The Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 22 AND Friday, November 23.

We will be open on Saturday during our regular hours, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Please enjoy a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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National Adoption Day: November 17

Since 1990, the Saturday before Thanksgiving has been declared National Adoption Day and has been celebrated as a collective national effort to raise awareness of over 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent families.

For families who are considering adoption or who have adopted children, we have placed a display in the library which includes books for children and adults.

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100 Years of William Steig

William Steig - from WikipediaWilliam Steig, an award-winning author and illustrator, was born on this date in 1907 in Brooklyn, NY. He died in Boston on October 3, 2003.

To many including this librarian, Steig is best known for his many children’s books. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, won the Caldecott Medal in 1970. Abel’s Island and Dr. De Soto were both Newbery Honor books, in 1977 and 1983, respectively. An interesting pop-culture factoid is that the Shrek series of movies were inspired by Steig’s book Shrek!

Steig’s career in children’s books did not begin until later in his life, at sixty-one. Beginning in 1930, Steig drew illustrations for The New Yorker and ultimately published over 1,600 drawings and 117 covers. Newsweek magazine once called him the “King of Cartoons.”

200px-cm_magic_pebble.jpgSylvester and the Magic Pebble is one of my all-time favorites from any author or genre. I will never forget sitting on the floor of the children’s room, reading for the first time about the charming donkey who learned the lesson “be careful what you wish for” the hard way. Steig’s drawings, though seemingly simple, capture magnificently the sorrow and joy of Sylvester’s parents as they lose and find their beloved son. And oh, the brilliant color of that shiny red pebble!

Happy 100th, Mr. Steig, and thanks for the memories.

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