Archive | February, 2011

Research Your Family Tree at the Library

Sunnyvale Library ComputersAncestry Library Edition has been available at Sunnyvale Public Library for several years and is popular with our amateur genealogists.  Census data from the US, Canada, and UK is the heart of the collection, but it goes way beyond this standard data to include immigration information, the Social Security Death Index, military service,land ownership maps, county histories, marriage and divorce records, and so much more.  Every month more data is being added and even if you’ve found nothing in the past you should consider redoing your searches to see what new information might have been added on your ancestors. You might find pictures of yourself from high school and college yearbooks.

Best of all, this in-depth genealogy resource can now be used for 90 minutes a day.
Bring your flash drive for easy downloading.

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Pick Six

Our schedule of books is out. Below are our books for the next six meetings. Thanks to all for your great suggestions!

March 8, 2011 – The Hound of the Baskervilles
April 12, 2011 — The Beekeeper’s Apprentice
May 10, 2011 — Still Life
June 14, 2011 –Maltese Falcon
July 12, 2011 — Devil in a Blue Dress
August 9, 2011 – Faceless Killers

The Mystery Book Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month, at the Library, at 7 p.m..

Also, keep an eye out for some exciting mystery-themed events at the Library this June…

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Library Teaches Small Business-Related Classes at the CONNECT! Job Seeker Center

The Sunnyvale Public Library has partnered on numerous occasions with the CONNECT! Job Seeker Center over the years in order to better serve the needs of local job seekers.  Recently, the library was asked to teach a popular small business-related class for the CONNECT! job seeker community to augment their existing programs.

Joan Jackson, one of the city’s Adult Services Reference librarians, saw a need to outreach to this targeted community with a popular class taught regularly at the library.  Basic Small Business Resources was a class created by Joan and another librarian to address the specific informational needs of those who are either small business owners, or who are contemplating starting their own business.  Joan saw a special need to outreach to the targeted community at CONNECT! to share this information with them in their environment.

Over the past two months, the class was taught to 52 CONNECT! members, and was very well received. Kathy Puryear (CONNECT! Coordinator) and Jen Cheyer (CONNECT! Administrative Coordinator) have not only asked that this class be taught on a monthly basis, but also that new classes be created and taught at CONNECT! to meet the specific needs of the entrepreneurial community. Currently, Joan is creating a class to address the specific needs of independent contractors (“ICs”). Of course, these classes will also be taught at the library.  Joan has also collaborated with CONNECT! staff to find out other informational needs of the CONNECT! community.  Like all classes, the abundant resources of the library, community, and web-based resources will be the focal point of the classes.

Because of this unique partnership, the library and CONNECT! further help this segment of our community.

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Where To Get Tax Forms

You may have heard the not too surprising news that the IRS and FTB will not be delivering state and Federal tax forms to your home as they had in the past. That’s the bad news.  The good news is that the Sunnyvale Public Library has some of the most popular tax forms and publications for you to review or photocopy.   We also have computers available for you to print your documents.   The following links and phone numbers may also aid you in finding what you need.  You may request forms by phone at the toll-free numbers listed below.  Should you require help with any of these matters please ask.

Where to get Tax Forms*

Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
Download Forms & Publications:

Order Forms & Publications:
(800) 829-3676

Franchise Tax Board (FTB):
(California State Taxes)
Download Forms & Publications:

Order Forms & Publications:
(800) 852-5711

*You will receive your order by mail, usually within 10 days.

Both State and Federal tax returns are not due until April 18, 2011 due to Federal holiday on April 15.

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