Archive | September, 2010

October 1: Worldwide Follow a Library Day on Twitter

Friday, October 1 is Worldwide Follow a Library on Twitter Day!  Just tweet what your favorite library is and use in your tweet the hashtag  #followalibrary.

And remember to follow the Sunnyvale Public Library on Twitter @sunnyvalelib

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Portrait with Cat

How awesome is this picture?

Chandler with Cat

Our book for September 14, Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep, was the author’s first novel and a breakout hit. In The Big Sleep, he combined two earlier stories he had written for pulp fiction magazines. The Big Sleep is also the first appearance of Chandler’s famous character, detective Philip Marlowe. Chandler, who had been struggling financially, found work in Hollywood soon after the publication of his first novels. He went from earning a penny a word for his first pulp stories to making thousands as a screenwriter for Paramount Studios.

[Biographical information taken from the EBSCO database "Biography Collection Complete," available through the Library Web site.]

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Creative Corner

The library has a wealth of craft books for both beginners and dedicated DIY-ers. Each month, we’ll highlight titles to whet your appetite for a little creativity.

Little Felted Animals, by Marie-Noelle Horvath. Amaze yourself with the lifelike creatures you can craft from a tuft of wool and felting needles. These step-by-step project layouts are easy to follow and good starter projects for those new to felting. The book includes 16 projects – familiar domestic, farm and wild animals that display a real charisma. Library staff thought the Turkish Vann Cat (shown on the book cover) very appealing. Because the projects require sharp felting needles and some patience in the “shaping” of the felted wool, they are more appropriate for teens and adults.

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Maps!

The Big Sleep‘s Marlowe runs all over Los Angeles. Here is a link for a map that shows his various locations. (If you click on the different sections, they get big enough to read.)

Raymond Chandler himself lived in 24 different houses around Los Angeles. Here’s a link to a map of those spots, for any L.A. buffs out there.

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