Archive | March, 2011

Homework Center Now Open

Anyone in 3rd through 8th grade in need of help with homework can now get it at the Library! The Center is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Help is provided by high school students who are City of Sunnyvale volunteers and have successfully completed a rigorous recruitment process. Help can be provided for any subject for which you have an upcoming assignment or an upcoming test. Helpers can also assist you to study for a test if you bring your textbook or study guide. Assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis. If spaces are filled when you are requesting help, Homework Center staff will begin a waiting list for the next available helper.

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Sign Up for Email Notifications!

The Library offers a number of email notification options for your convenience:

  1. News/Events for Adults – Subscribers to this list receive a monthly newsletter for adults and announcements highlighting special events.
  2. News/Events for Kids – Subscribers to this list receive a monthly newsletter for kids.
  3. News/Events for Teens – Subscribers to this list receive a monthly newsletter for teens.
  4. Book Discussion Groups – Subscribers to this list receive information about meeting times and book selections for the Monthly Book Discussion Group and Mystery Book Discussion Group.
  5. Courtesy Notifications – Registering your email address in your library account allows you to receive hold pickup notices, due soon reminders and overdue notices by email.

To subscribe to one or more of the first four options, register here. To register for courtesy notifications, login into your account here, and select “Modify Personal Info.”

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Have a Question? Text Us!

Text a Librarian is the Library’s new text message reference service. Simply text our keyword asksun to 66746 on your mobile device to send and receive quick, simple answers from reference Librarians. Text a Librarian is available during all open hours and we will generally respond to questions within an hour or less. Text a Librarian is a free service of the Sunnyvale Public Library. Standard text messaging rates apply.

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Free Tax Assistance at the Library

Two free tax assistance events will be held at the Library on Wednesday, March 30 and Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tax experts and volunteers from Intuit will assist qualified filers using TurboTax Freedom Edition on Library computers. Individuals who qualify for this free assistance are those who met one of the criteria listed below in tax year 2010:

  • Made $31,000 or less, or
  • Made $85,000 or less and are active military, or
  • Qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

For more information and to reserve your spot for the California Tax Free Events, call (866) 577-1231. This program is sponsored by the Computer & Communications Industry Association.

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Play Fair Mysteries

A “play fair” mystery is one that includes all the clues necessary for the reader to solve it.  Classic mystery authors Agatha Christie, John Dickinson Carr, Dorothy Sayers, Margery Allingham, and Rex Stout were known for it and it is a part of what made them popular.  Is anyone still writing ‘play fair’ or ‘fair play’ mysteries?  Yes, there are authors who still provide enough clues for you to deduce who done it.  Of course, the real skill is in picking out the clues from the red herrings.  Tune up your ‘little gray cells’ and try these contemporary authors:

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