Archive | March, 2008

Baseball is Back

gybicnac.gifBelieve it or not, the Major League Baseball season is set to begin tomorrow. But if you’re thinking that it seems unusually early, you’re right. This year’s regular season begins with a two-game series between the World Champion Boston Red Sox and our hometown Oakland A’s held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The baseball marketing machine has dubbed the matchup “Opening Series Japan” to differentiate it from the rest of the traditional stateside openers: a Sunday, March 30 “Opening Night” game between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals to inaugurate the league’s newest stadium, Nationals Park, and the remaining Opening Day games on March 31 and April 1.

crazy08_cover.jpgBay Area sports fans can’t be blamed for snoozing through the start of baseball season, with both hockey’s San Jose Sharks and basketball’s Golden State Warriors anticipating playoff appearances. When your baseball bug does bite, you may want to come in and check out our collection of baseball books. Here are a few ideas for you:

By the way, if you do want to catch the games from Japan, you’ll want to set your alarm clock: due to the time difference, the games will be broadcast live at 3 a.m. Pacific Time. This librarian, having lived in Boston and currently an A’s season ticket holder, will be up and hopes you will too.

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Mind your manners

Miss Manners BookAccording to Chase’s Calendar of Events, tomorrow, March 21st is Common Courtesy Day.

In our fast-paced, multimedia and multicultural world, it can be easy to forget about courtesy and etiquette, especially with new channels of communication and cultural differences.

Fortunately, the library has a variety of resources on etiquette, such as Miss Manners’ guide to excruciatingly correct behavior by Judith Martin.  The library also has resources on netiquette, cultural etiquette, and business etiquette. Come in, check them out, and we will help you with a smile!

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Library Closed for Easter Holiday

Sunnyvale Library will be closed on Easter, Sunday, March 23.  The Library will be open during normal hours (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday and will reopen on Monday with normal hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m).

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Garden to Vase

Garden to Vase“There’s something magical about a garden-grown arrangement that makes it different from the commercially grown roses, lilies, and tulips that we buy at the store…” San Francisco Chronicle. Accomplished gardener and professional florist, Linda Beutler offers unique insights that will help you grow and use your own cut flowers. Here is the book that will explore the essence of floral design, provide bouquet basics, provide tips on when to harvest and how to use floral preservative, show you how to make creative use of the plants you’re already growing, describe arrangements for special occasions, and help you grow both classic and unusual plants for the cutting garden. An alphabetical directory of more that 200 plants is included.

 

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John Adams – on TV and in print

johnadamsbook.jpg“People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.” – John Adams

Many think of John Adams, second President of the United States, only when called upon to list the presidents in order. All together now: ‘Washington, Adams, Jefferson…’ However, many historians agree that John Adams was one of the most important figures of the Revolutionary Era. So says David McCullough, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2001 biography entitled John Adams.

President Adams may finally be getting his due in a new HBO miniseries, based on the McCullough book. The 7-part series, also titled John Adams, stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail Adams and is co-produced by Tom Hanks, who also produced the award-winning miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Band of Brothers. An outstanding story, top-rate cast, and high production value should make this an illuminating look into a pivotal time in American history.

Parts 1 and 2 premiered on Sunday, March 16, but are being replayed multiple times. The remainder of the series will air on upcoming Sunday evenings. The full schedule can be viewed at the HBO site here. For non-HBO subscribers, we will try to keep you up to date with the expected release on DVD. In the meantime, you can get your Adams fix by checking out the book from our Biography collection, or view a list of other books about John Adams here. You may also be interested to know that the popular web site LibraryThing has worked to catalog and tag the John Adams Library, housed at the Boston Public Library. View the catalog here.

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