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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 : 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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