Archive | November, 2009

Library Closed for Thanksgiving

The Sunnyvale Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, 2009.  We will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 28, with regular hours.

We wish all our Library patrons a Happy Thanksgiving and remind you to please buckle up and drive safely this holiday season!

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Have Digital Photos, Now What?

Camera3Please join us on Monday, November 16, 2009 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for “Have Digital Photos, Now What?”

If you have a lot of digital photos and are not sure what to do with them next, Chris Willis from HP Labs’ Media Understanding Laboratory will introduce you to easy ways to edit and share your photos with friends and family. You will learn editing and organizing techniques using Picasa. You will also learn fun ways to manage and share photos using cool sites like Flickr and Snapfish.

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Library Closed November 9-11

The Sunnyvale Library will be closed from Monday, November 9, 2009, through Wednesday, November 11, for renovations related to the installation of a new Automated Materials Handling (AMH) system.

No library materials will be due on these days.  The Library will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12.

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve our library services!  Learn more about the AMH project here.

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Bibliotherapy: Who Knew?

El Camino Hospital’s library (Mountain View, CA) recently put an interesting article in their October newsletter, Health e-Tips.

For all you bibliophiles, read on:

Can Libraries Help Lift Depression and Alleviate Anxiety?   

Bibliotherapy – or gaining therapeutic benefit from reading – gained popularity after WWII when soldiers found that reading was healing and helpful during their long periods of recuperation. Fast forward to the 21st century, bibliotherapy now encompasses most any way that information can be delivered: via books, through the Internet, and on CDs and DVDs. In the UK, a study was done on book prescribing to see how well the concept of “healthy reading” fit in as an adjunct to regular therapy for treating mild depression and anxiety or as a stand-alone therapy. The doctors and therapists who participated in the study had prescription pads specifically for recommending books and audiovisual materials alongside their prescriptions pads for pharmaceuticals. Doctors here in the U.S. have been known to write out prescriptions for their patients to pick up certain books or workbooks to assist with developing an arsenal of coping strategies to better manage depression and anxiety.


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