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Women’s History Month

Womens-history-month-250March is Women’s History Month. The Sunnyvale Public Library joins other libraries in paying tribute to women. Our collection contains quite a few books to satisfy your curiosity about this topic. Perhaps the following will be your next read:

Women’s world : a timeline of women in history / Irene Franck & David Brownstone

100 most important100 most important women of the 20th century / [author Kevin Markey ; project editor Lorraine Glennon.]

 

The 100 most influential The 100 most influential women of all time : a ranking past and present / Deborah G. Felder

 

 

 

Herstory

Herstory : women who changed the world / edited by Ruth Ashby and Deborah Gore Ohrn ; introduction by Gloria Steinem

 

 

The power of styleThe power of style : the women who defined the art of living well / by Annette Tapert and Diana Edkins

 

 

Women's firstsWomen’s firsts / Caroline Zilboorg, editor ; Susan B. Gall, managing editor ; foreword by Christine Todd Whitman

 

 

Well-behaved womenWell-behaved women seldom make history / Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

 

 

 

33 things33 things every girl should know about women’s history : from suffragettes to skirt lengths to the E.R.A. / edited by Tonya Bolden

 

 

A few good womenA few good women : America’s military women from World War I to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan / Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

 

 

Women from the ankle downWomen from the ankle down : the story of shoes and how they define us / Rachelle Bergstein

 

 

 

From out of the shadowsFrom out of the shadows : Mexican women in twentieth-century America / Vicki L. RuizWomens-History-Month2.svg_.hi_ (1)

 

 

 

The forgotten Desert MothersThe forgotten Desert Mothers : sayings, lives, and stories of early Christian women / Laura Swan

 

 

 

For information at a national level, please visit the Women’s History Month website.

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Music? How Delightful!

Have you ever wondered about the background of a piece or music, or its composer? Or what other music is similar, or which composers, or other bands that play music like that? Much of that can be found using the Internet now, but the library has some resources that will take you in-depth into this field.

Our premier encyclopedia for music is:

The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians / edited by Stanley Sadie ; executive editor, John Tyrrell

 

 

There are also these companion sets:

The Encyclopedia of popular music / compiled & edited by Colin Larkin

The New Grove dictionary of musical instruments / edited by Stanley Sadie

 

For other genres and popular styles, we also have these marvelous books:

The A to X of alternative music / Steve Taylor

 

 

The electronic musician’s dictionary / Craig Anderton

 

 

 

The Routledge guide to music technology / edited by Thom Holmes

 

 

Songwriters : a biographical dictionary with discographies / by Nigel Harrison

 

 

 

Now to take a trip through some musical landscapes.

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New Readers in the eReader Petting Zoo

Across from the Information and Circulation desk, you will find the eReader Petting Zoo, where you can touch and test the devices available on the market. We have updated and added to the readers, so that now we have the following six:

 

Kindle Paperwhite    New!

 

 

 

Kindle Keyboard

 

 

 

Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight    New!

 

 

 

Nook Simple Touch

 

 

Sony Reader WiFi

 

 

 

 

Kobo Mini

 

 

The library also has books about how to use some of the eReaders above. If you search for the terms “kindle” or “nook” in the catalog, you will find several books about how to use the devices.

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Celebrating the Renaissance

Early European history is celebrated in California with the Renaissance Faire, begun in California and now found throughout the country. The season is almost over for this year, but there are a couple of weekends left in northern California at both the Northern California Renaissance Faire and the Folsom Renaissance Faire.

Before going to the fair, you might want to brush up on your Elizabethan history, or even earlier, to appreciate even more in the re-creations at the faire. The library has a number of works to help you with this.

General histories about the period:

The story of the world. Volume 2, The Middle ages, from the fall of Rome to the rise of the Renaissance : history for the classical child / by Susan Wise Bauer, illustrated by Jeff West

 

 

The Renaissance : a short history / Paul Johnson

 

 

 

Or works about specific people or cultures:

Galileo’s muse : Renaissance mathematics and the arts / Mark A. Peterson

 

 

 

The house of wisdom : how Arabic science saved ancient knowledge and gave us the Renaissance / Jim Al-Khalili

 

 

 

The Tudors : the complete story of England’s most notorious dynasty / G.J. Meyer

 

 

 

The Elizabethans / A.N. Wilson

 

 

 

And, of course, Shakespeare:

Shakespeare’s London : a guide to Elizabethan London / Julie Ferris

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoying Nature in the First Person – Camping and Backpacking!

It is nearing the end of summer and school will be starting very soon, but there is still time to get in one more longer trip to the mountains or beaches, or deserts, or just about any climate you would want. This is California, and we have it all within a few hours of travel.

The library has books to help you get started with either camping or backpacking:

Camping & survival : the ultimate outdoors book / Paul Tawrell

 

 

Backpacking / Adrienne Hall

 

 

 

Camping and backpacking with children [electronic resource] / Steven Boga

 

The hiking companion : getting the most from the trail experience throughout the seasons : where to go, what to bring, basic navigation, and backpacking / Michael W. Robbins ; foreword by Rick Bass

 

 

And food always seems to taste that much better after hiking around, so there are also  recipes books to help with the planning:

The great American camping cookbook / Scott Cookman

 

 

 

Simple foods for the pack / Claudia Axcell, Vikki Kinmont Kath, Diana Cooke ; illustrated by Bob Kinmont

 

 

 

Of course it will help to know about the places you will be camping. The library has guides for many areas. Some here in California:

California camping : the complete guide to more than 1,400 tent and RV campgrounds / Tom Stienstra

 

 

Yosemite & Mammoth Lakes camping & hiking / Tom Stienstra, Ann Marie Brown

 

 

 

And other parts of the world:

Camping Europe : including Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe / by Carol Mickelsen ; cartography by Dion Good

 

 

 

And also guides that include information on how to minimize your impact on the environment while camping or backpacking:

Walking softly in the wilderness : the Sierra Club guide to backpacking / John Hart

 

 

Backpacker’s start-up : a beginner’s guide to hiking & backpacking / by Doug Werner ; photography by Doug Werner

 

 

And lots and lots more. Have a great trip, wherever you decide to go!

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