Archive | October, 2009

FDIC Launches Foreclosure Prevention Initiative: Website and Library Tools

The library has a number of books that address your questions and concerns regarding foreclosure.  The following print resources are available for you to check out:

Fight foreclosure! : how to cope with a mortgage you can’t pay, negotiate with your bank, and save your home, by David Petrovich. (332.722 P) c2008

Fight Foreclosure! offers a practical, step-by-step system for taking action to prevent foreclosure on your home before it?s too late. If you?re having trouble keeping up with your payments, the worst thing you can do is nothing. This book explores all your options, weighs the pros and cons of each, and explains the pre-foreclosure process in detail. Plus, it points out the too-good-to-be-true credit repair offers you should avoid and gives you real, practical alternatives that help you help yourself before it?s too late.

Mortgage Wars, by Iris Martin. (332.722 M). c2009

Mortgage Wars is a consumer guide to fighting foreclosure. In very clear and readable language the author explains in detail how we got into the current economic crisis. With this understanding the reader can better understand where they fit in the overall picture.

The foreclosure workbook : the homeowner’s guide to understanding foreclosure and saving your home, by Carla Douglin (332.72 D). c2008. In this revolutionary system that provides an unprecedented approach to foreclosure avoidance, protection, and survival, Doughlin presents a proven step-by-step process that guides the homeowner in distress through the hurdles of foreclosure.

American foreclosure : everything u need to know about preventing & buying, by Trevor Rhodes (332.72 R). c2008  

Whether you rent, own, invest in, or manage real estate, Trevor Rhodes has the answers you need. From buying a home to finding prime investments, and from navigating the newest landlord laws to managing your rights as a tenant, AmerUSA has the experience and expertise to provide the most pertinent and vital information for every part of the real estate market.

Also, the FDIC has produced a free tool kit of information that will help homeowners and the banking industry avoid unnecessary foreclosures and stop scams that promise false hope to consumers at risk of losing their homes. The tool kit includes a new FDIC brochure entitled “Is Foreclosure Knocking at Your Door?” that encourages consumers facing difficulties to contact their mortgage servicer and apply for a loan modification. Find the tool kit and other resources at:

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

Thursday, October 15, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.d555929

Take a tour of the newly redesigned U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site.  With an emphasis on patent research, you will find out how to locate specific documents; how to find forms fees, assignment information, file histories, the patents of a particular company, status information; and find guidance on how to patent an invention.  A brief sample patent search will be presented.  Join us in the Library program room.

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Are You An Entrepreneur? The Reference USA Database is Available Free to Sunnyvale Library Cardholders!

[Edited 9/7/2011 to state that we no longer have Reference USA, but we have a similar product called (click AtoZdatabases after visiting the Library's site). Please ask a librarian if you would like help with this resource.]

Have you ever had one of those “aha!” moments! 

When teaching a class to small business owners and “budding” entrepreneurs, I always mention, and demonstrate a fabulous database that will not only help them to research their competitiors, but also to target market prosepctive clients!

That database is called, “Reference USA“.  It is not only available to Sunnyvale Public Library cardholders within the library, but it is also available remotely via the library’s website!  While demonstrating its robust ability to provide names, addresses, and other vital information about companies, it also allows you to search by various specifications.  After a demonstration, several members in class have that “aha” moment, and are anxious to “test drive” this invaluable tool!

If you’re interested in learning more about Reference USA, then contact our library’s Adult Services Department, or stop by the Reference Desk.  We’ll be happy to help you!

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