Archive | January, 2009

Tips for Using the USPTO Web Site with an Emphasis on Patents

Wednesday, January 28,  from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

uspto_seal6With an emphasis on patent research, this orientation to www.uspto.gov will help you locate forms, fees, file histories, status information, scam prevention and complaints, links to related sites and provide a brief overview of patent searching.  Join us in the Library program room for this free presentation.

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Library Closed Monday, January 19

Flickr photo by mechanikat

Flickr photo by mechanikat

The Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2009, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will re-open with regular hours on Tuesday, January 20.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. King, click here for a list of web sites about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from the Librarians’ Internet Index.  Also, check out the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service web site here.

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More Creatures Great and Small

On display in the Library are books about the wild and domestic animals that share our world.  Since the forest-catsjacketbeginning of time, the most feared predator has been the cat and Forest Cats of North America captures stories and photos of cougars, lynx and bobcats.  In the book, The Earth Moved, On the Remarkable Acievements of Earthworms, author Amy Stewart takes us on a journey to a subterranean realm, where these fighters of plant disease and pollution plough the soil and turn ordinary dirt into fertile land.  bugsjacketcah2ndfpBugs of Northern California by John Acorn briefly reviews bug anatomy, life history, habitat, and helps us identify 125 of the coolest bugs.  The Library has many books about cats and dogs, too.  The Cat Who Covered the World, by foreign correspondent Christopher S. Wren, relates a family’s adventures crisscrossing the globe and coping with chaos in faraway places with the help of their ever resourceful cat.  Cats in Their Gardens, byPage Dickey, takes us on an insider’s tour of twenty of the most charming gardens with cats in America and abroad. For a look at the world of cat lovers and their devotion to their pets, try Cat People by Michael and Margaret Korda.  Jay Kopelman observes the emotional repercussions of war in this book, From Baghdad to America, which continues the story of Lava, the puppy he rescued in Iraq.  For some fun dog stories, take a look at a book from howljacketcapw1tc9the editors of Bark, Howl, a Collection of the Best Contempoarary Dog Wit.  To find rated dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops, parks, hiking trails, camping areas, beaches and even diversions such as ferry trips, train rides and pet parades consult The Dog Lover’s Companion to California, by Maria Goodavage.

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All Creatures Great and Small

Dogs and cats, other pets, wild animals, birds and insects all exhibit fascinating qualities.  On display in the Library are exciting titles about many of the creatures who share our world.  How Animals Talk by William J. Long is a classic book that explores vocal, silent, and even motionless communication among animals.  pig-who-sangIn The Pig Who Sang to the Moon, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson reveals startling evidence that farm animals have feelings, even consciousness.  Peter Brazaitis’ enlightening, funny, and often outrageous memoir, You Belong in A Zoo!  Tales from a Lifetime Spent with Cobras, Crocs, and Other Creatures, offers the reader a behind-the scenes look at zoos, animal people, and some of nature’s most exotic woodpeckersjacketcaf25v3zanimals.  In 1983, Mike O’Connor opened what may have been the first store devoted solely to birding in the United States.  Since that time, he has answered thousands of questions about birds.  To find some of these questions and answers, look at his book, Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get headaches? And Other Bird Questions You Know You Want to Ask.  For a witty look at the  subculture, lifestyles, adventures and misadventures of the hobby of birding, read Birders, Tales of a Tribe by Mark Cocker.  A Dazzle of Dragonflies by Forrest L. Mitchell and James L. Lasswell takes you into the far-reaching and sometimes secret world of one of our most beneficial insects.

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