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Sunnyvale Art Club annual art exhibition


Winner of Best in show award, Cleo Crouch

Our annual Sunnyvale Art Club exhibition was a hit.  Over 700 people attended the event.  The work of over sixty artists’ was on display.   A variety of media were represented from water color, oil painting and some wonderful photography.

Members of the club did outdoor painting demonstrations.   Prizes were awarded.  Kristen Olson, a noted landscape artist, was on hand to judge the exhibition and offer awards.    The best in show award was won by artist Cleo Crouch.


painting patio

Open air painting demonstration

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Talking It Out

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”  — Hamlet, Act I, Scene V.

We live in amazing times. Scientists are working on bio-luminescent plants that could replace light bulbs. We’re inches away from the long-promised flying car. And we have successfully cloned a human embryo.

Even here at the Library, we’re offering some pretty futuristic stuff. For instance, did you know you can remotely beam books to your Kindle e-reader? (It’s like a Star Trek transporter for library books). And starting June 1, we’ll be offering 3D printing technology that lets you ‘print’ a model of an object you create. But how can we process all these fast and fabulous changes? Who can we talk to about this brave new world?

Each other, of course.

The Library is starting a Science and Math Discussion Group — kind of like our book groups, but without the book. Instead of discussing plot and character, we’ll be hashing out scientific discoveries and developments. No prior knowledge of a topic is necessary. Come to learn something new, or share what you know, or deepen your understanding through discussion. Because the world is changing fast, and we’re all in this together.

Science and Math Discussion Group meets the third Tuesday of every month, at 7 p.m., upstairs at the Library. Our first meeting is this Tuesday, May 21. We’ll be talking about the Higgs boson.

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California Camping

campingI grew up in western WA State where you are *almost* guaranteed perfect sunny weather for a few weeks in late July and early August. Other than that you take your chances with the rain and your outdoor pursuits – camping being one of those. You spent the last week getting ready for your camping trip and now it’s raining? Most people might cancel the trip. Not if you are from Washington!  You gird up your loins and move on to blue tarp camping.

So my move to CA a decade ago took some getting used to – all this abundant sunshine was exhausting.  There was no bad weather to wrangle with! Instead of planning how to stay dry outside, I could now spend my time planning where to take my summer (and spring and fall!) camping trips.  We are blessed in the Bay Area to live relatively close to some spectacular camping destinations.  This summer it will be Yosemite for my family camping trip.  And just look at all the other places we can explore with help from guidebooks from the library!


california camping      desert      tahoe      yosemite

   California               Deserts                 Tahoe                  Yosemite


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Celebrate the Library!

National Library Week 2013This week (April 14-20, 2013) is National Library Week! It’s a celebration of all things “library,” and in honor of this week, we have some special programs and events planned for you.

We’re hosting an online photo contest called “Picture It! Show Us Why You Love Your Library.” We already accepted submissions in March, and now you can vote on your favorite of the top ten submissions! We’re looking for the photo that best shows us why you love your Library. The top 3 winners will receive the following prizes generously funded by The Friends of the Sunnyvale Library:

1st place – NOOK HD
2nd place – NOOK Simple Touch
3rd place – $25 to Leigh’s Favorite Books


Here’s the complete schedule of events, including a Celebrity Storytime, Meet a Librarian, Digital Photo Booth (with props) and more! Please let us know if you have any questions about any of our events.

Meet a Librarian
Monday, April 15, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17, 4 p.m.
Friday, April 19, 3 p.m.

Spin the Library Wheel, answer a question, and win a prize!

Children’s Program: Reading the Right Way
Monday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Increasing success and reducing frustration.

Mindful Eating
Tuesday, April 16, 7-8:30 p.m.
This lecture will demonstrate examples and discuss the value of mindful eating and intuitive eating, as well as provide strategies to incorporate them into our lives. Presented by Toni Toledo, MPH, R.D. of Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 4 p.m.

Join us for a rare glimpse at what happens to your books, CDs, and DVDs after you return them. You’ll get to go in the back and see our machines in action.

Celebrity Storytime with the Mayor and Public Safety Chief
Wednesday, April 17, 11 a.m.
Come and join us! What stories will these Sunnyvale celebrities read?

National Library Week Photo Booth
Wednesday, April 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 3-5 p.m.

Let’s celebrate National Library Week with a digital Photo Booth picture. Props and backdrops will be provided by the Library. Just bring your smile.

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Books Meet Art: Quick Hits

Need some book-related artistic entertainment/inspiration? Here are three blogs that are definitely worth a glance, and maybe even a follow.

a sample from Corpus Libris

Even if you don’t know Chip Kidd‘s name, you definitely know his work. Kidd is a prolific and prominent book cover designer. Among his many well-known designs are Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, Naked by David Sedaris, and 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. His blog is varied and interesting, with highlights of his work mixed in with observations (often humorous) about publishing and design in general.

A fun blog that I found linked from Kidd’s is Corpus Libris, where readers submit photos of themselves replacing parts of their bodies with the images from book covers. Equal parts creative and hilarious, perhaps you’ll be inspired to contribute with a book you find in our collection?

Another Kidd link referral, artist Thomas Allen does amazing photographs using books in creative ways, particularly with his cutouts from pulp novel covers, where the characters come bursting (literally) to life out of the pages of their books.

a Thomas Allen design

On another note, several months ago on this blog, I mentioned filmmaker and Sunnyvale native Bernie Su’s web video project The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Since that post, Bernie gave a talk here at Sunnyvale Library, wrapped up the series, and announced a follow-up project in one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever. The series has become wildly popular, as this article from WIRED describes. If you haven’t taken a look, I highly recommend it (be warned, the 100+ episodes are highly addicting).

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