Archive | August, 2008

Library Closed for Labor Day

The Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. The Library will be open during normal hours on Saturday and Sunday and will reopen on Tuesday.

Sunnyvale City offices will be closed as well on Labor Day. For complete information about closures and city activities, read the press release here.

Did you know that the first Labor Day parade was held in New York City on September 5, 1882? Read more about the origins of Labor Day from the Library of Congress or the U.S. Department of Labor.

Photo of Labor Day parade along South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 1909. From the Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.

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Chihuly At The De Young Museum

Treat yourself to an explosion of glorious color and form at the de Young Museum’s “Chihuly at the de Young”, a current exhibition that showcases both new and archival works of glass sculptor Dale Chihuly. Wander through eleven galleries of glass baskets, chandeliers, boats filled with spheres and other enchanting forms as well as a glass garden and much more. The gallery that displays the glass baskets also includes many items from the artist’s personal collection of Native American baskets and colorful Pendleton trade blankets. Another gallery includes a glassed-in ceiling that is filled with a myriad of glass forms called Persians. The exhibition runs through September 28.

Chihuly’s work is included in over two hundred museums around the world. His public installations include the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, temporary installations like “Chihuly over Venice” and museum installations like “Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem 2000″. The artist’s beautiful website includes numerous photos, videos, articles, essays, and also writings, interviews and lectures by Chihuly.

The Sunnyvale Public Library has several books and DVDs about Chihuly’s creations. Examples include Chihuly: Gardens & Glass, and Chihuly over Venice.

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Bestseller Express – Fast Access to New Books

Tired of being on a waiting list for a popular title? Or finding that the book you wanted is checked out? Now you can get your hands on it faster with our new Bestseller Express collection, designed to get books into the hands of the people who want them. These titles are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be checked out for one week. Located near the fireplace, they will be easy to spot because they will have a large yellow 7 on the spine. They cannot be reserved or renewed so you’ll have to read them fast. The overdue fine will be 25 cents a day, the same as most other books in the Library.

Books are chosen for the Bestseller Express collection by librarians who scour the bestseller lists appearing in the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, SF Chronicle and SJ Mercury News. Books featured in Library programs and the popular Silicon Valley Reads program will also be included.

The Library will continue to buy bestsellers for its regular collection which circulate for three weeks, can be renewed twice if no one has placed a hold on the title and can be reserved ahead of time.

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Food for Thought

Slow Food means more than taking your time with dinner. The movement, founded in Italy in the 1980s, advocates for “principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice,” in food production. In practice, this often means supporting locally grown food that taps into regional ecologies and eating traditions.

Bay Area residents will get a chance to taste these principles in action at Slow Food Nation, a sprawling American food festival taking place in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend. The event includes dinners, tours, exhibits, lectures and a concert. Learning more about the Slow Food movement is free at the library. Try some of these books for a taste of the current debate over food production and policies.

Kitchen LiteracyKitchen literacy: how we lost knowledge of where food comes from and why we need to get it back / Ann Vileisis. 641.5973 V



The omnivore’s dilemma: a natural history of four meals / Michael Pollan. 394.12 P



Fast food nation : the dark side of the all-American meal / Eric Schlosser 394.1097 S



The Slow food guide to San Francisco and the Bay Area: restaurants, markets, bars / Sylvan Brackett, Sue Moore, and Wendy Downing, with Slow Food USA. 647.9579 S


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New Hope for Star Wars Fans

This weekend marks the turning of a new page in the expansive Star Wars saga as Star Wars: The Clone Wars releases in theaters on August 15. The Clone Wars is the first-ever animated feature from Lucasfilm Animation and brings a brand new look to the iconic sci-fi series.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

The events of The Clone Wars bridge the gap between the films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Full-scale galactic war has broken out between the Galactic Republic and the Separatists. The heroic Jedi find themselves leading armies of clone troopers against a Separatist droid army secretly led at its highest levels by the Sith, sworn enemies of the Jedi. Newly appointed Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and his apprentice take on a high-stakes mission but they are being stalked by the evil Asajj Ventress. Meanwhile, Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda struggle to maintain order in a galaxy spiraling perilously out of control.

Following the release of the feature film, a series of 30-minute “mini-movies” will air on the Cartoon Network. Reports suggest that at least 30 episodes have already been completed, so both die-hard Star Wars fans and those newly hopping on the bantha bandwagon should be prepared for plenty of trips to a galaxy far, far away.

The Library also has a broad selection of Star Wars-related material in the collection. Naturally, you may want to begin with the films, which will be located in the Feature Films section under ‘S’. In the catalog, they are usually listed by both episode number and subtitle, but for your reference, here are the episodes in release order:

We also have dozens of related fiction titles, which can be found in our Science Fiction/Fantasy section in the Fiction wing. Aside from the movie novelizations, most of these create new storylines using familiar characters and explain events from before, after, and in between the films. Many are designed to be read in series and these often offer a robust, fulfilling story arc. Here are some suggestions for those just starting out in the “Expanded Universe”:

  • Thrawn Trilogy: This series by Timothy Zahn takes place in the years following Return of the Jedi. After defeating the Empire at the second Death Star, the Rebels work to rebuild a peaceful government. But the Empire is not entirely willing to accept defeat as a cunning leader readies a previously unknown weapon. The series starts off with Heir to the Empire.
  • New Jedi Order: It’s been 25 years since Luke Skywalker first strapped into an X-Wing and he now leads a restored and reinvigorated Jedi order, and his students include his niece and nephews Jaina, Jacen, and Anakin Solo. But how will the galaxy respond to a new threat from a species seemingly impervious to the Force? Begin by reading R.A. Salvatore’s Vector Prime and dig in for another 18 titles.
  • Clone Wars: A combination of stand alone novels and series tackle the many different aspects of the Clone Wars conflict, just as in the new movie/tv series. Military fiction fans may especially enjoy the Republic Commando series.

Check out the Wookieepedia for a complete listing of books, and search in our catalog for Star Wars fiction.

Finally, you can find all manner of Star Wars-related titles in the nonfiction section of the library, between call numbers 791.4372 and 791.4375. Especially notable is the outstanding Making of Star Wars by J.W. Rinzler, which includes extensive interviews and reproductions of original drafts and artwork. Also don’t miss the art and cross-sections books in the Folio section.

May the Force be with You at the Sunnyvale Library this summer!

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