Archive | May, 2008

Papercraft

Kites, scrapbooks, model airplanes, origami, greeting cards, gift paper, gift tags, sculpture, and architectural models are just some of the things that can be made with paper. Incredible designs for all sorts of paper crafts are available in books at the Sunnyvale Public Library, including instructions for making paper itself. Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds shows you how to make beautiful, organic surfaces that function both as writing paper and as handmade objects of beauty. Origami, Plain and Simple has step-by-step instructions perfect for absolute beginners as well as more seasoned paperfolders. Follow the directions in The Magnificent Book of Kites to design, build and fly kites of all shapes and sizes. You’ll find 100 scrapbook pages you can make in one hour or less and ready-to-use design templates for creative layouts of your photos and memorabilia in Quick and Easy Scrapbook Pages. Handcrafted luminaria, lanterns, screens, lampshades and window treatments are featured in the unique book Paper Illuminated.

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Library Closed for Memorial Day

Bivouac of the DeadThe Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 26, 2008, in observance of Memorial Day. The Library will be open for regular hours over the Memorial Day weekend and will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

If you would like to learn more about the holiday, you can visit the Memorial Day website from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Also, the White House Commission on Remembrance is encouraging Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction!

 

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction is one of our library’s newest booklists.
If you’re a fan of the true crime cable channels, then you KNOW how bizarre the circumstances if true crime stories are!  Tales can be shocking and bizarre, with tragic consequences.  Yet, each story is comprised of fascinating twists and turns that keep our attention. 
 
The 364.1523 area of our collection houses these stories.
(Caution: Most stories may be disturbing, to say the least.  Read at your own discretion).
Below is the link to the full list of titles from our booklist for your reading
convenience:

 

 

 

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Prince Caspian and the order of Narnia

image from AmazonWalt Disney Pictures and Walden Media’s new movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, recently completed its opening weekend, pulling in at #1 with a $56.6 million draw at the box office.

As is often the case with movies based on books, we see a spike in the popularity of the related book. This time is no exception, as our copies of Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, have been flying off the shelf in recent weeks. However, the Chronicles of Narnia series has been a mainstay of popular children’s literature for the better part of 50 years. This librarian has been a fan ever since receiving a hand-me-down box set of the 1970 publication (pictured above; keep reading to find out why this is important) as a young child.

Perhaps you are interested in exploring the world of Narnia too. If so, allow a veteran to give you some advice as you begin your journey.

The first thing you should consider is in which order to read the books. If you come into the Library and pick up a copy of Book 1, you will be holding The Magician’s Nephew. Why then, does the movie sequence begin with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? The reason is that the seven books of the series were published out of sequence according to the Narnian timeline within the books. Ever since the seventh story was released, there has been debate as to whether the series should be read in publication order or chronological order.

Publication Order (Year published)

  1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
  2. Prince Caspian (1951)
  3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)
  4. The Silver Chair (1953)
  5. The Horse and His Boy (1954)
  6. The Magician’s Nephew (1955)
  7. The Last Battle (1956)

Chronological Order (Narnian Year of events in book)

  1. The Magician’s Nephew (1)
  2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1000)
  3. The Horse and His Boy (1014)
  4. Prince Caspian (2303)
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2306)
  6. The Silver Chair (2356)
  7. The Last Battle (2555)

Initially, the books were printed with numbers corresponding to the publication order. But since 1994, the books have been numbered according to chronological order. The publisher asserts that this was Lewis’ preferred order, based on a statement in a letter to a young fan in which he defended the reader’s preference for reading the series chronologically. “The series was not planned beforehand…” Lewis wrote, “so perhaps it does not matter very much in which order anyone read them.”

Many others, including myself, agree that publication order is the best way to read the series, and it’s not just because of the order of my first box set. Lewis’ letter seems to me as being fairly non-committal and the acknowledgment that the series was not planned is one of many compelling reasons for publication order. For example, the world of Narnia is introduced in a more expository fashion, slowly and mysteriously, in Lion, than in Magician’s Nephew, where the reader is dropped immediately into Narnia, suggesting that he or she is already familiar with the land. By reading in publication order, the reader can follow along with the growth of Narnia in exactly the same fashion as it was revealed through Lewis’ pen.

Some readers will prefer the continuity and natural sense of following the story in chronological order, from creation to the last days of Narnia. But those readers may lose certain “a-ha!” moments that come with prequels. If read in publication order, details revealed in The Magician’s Nephew will bring the reader full circle back to Lion in a creative twist. When read back to back, the same details are more obvious and the twist loses some of its effect.

If you crave to know for yourself, the only way will be to read the series in both directions and come to your own conclusion. However, there is no argument here that the series can be immensely enjoyable regardless of the order. So pick up Lion, Nephew, or even Caspian (if you can), and happy reading.

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Checks In The Mail?: About the IRS Stimulus Payments

Flickr photo by 427By now, you’ve probably heard about the government’s economic stimulus payments, or at least seen ads encouraging you to spend your windfall at a number of local businesses. You may even have already received your payment. However many people still have questions about the payments, and as to be expected with any matter involving money, there are scams and frauds to be watching out for.

A common question is “when will I receive my payment?” The simple answer : the IRS is making direct deposit payments and mailing paper checks on a schedule based on the last two digits of your social security number. Direct deposits are already transferring and should be completed to all recipients by May 16. Paper checks will begin mailing on May 16 according to the schedule posted here.

Another common question is “do I qualify to get a payment?” Here are some web sites where you can get the answer to this and other frequently asked questions:

The IRS is also warning people of scams related to the stimulus payments. Most known scams involve a telephone call or e-mail from a person claiming to work for IRS and requesting personal information, such as a bank account number or social security number to complete a transaction. These are identity theft scams known as “phishing” where the scammer will take the information and use it to steal money from the victim’s bank account or run up charges on credit accounts. You should never reveal this kind of personal information to an unknown person or through an unsolicited call or e-mail. The IRS has a webpage listing all known scams and giving instructions on what to do if you have received one of these scam calls or e-mails.

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