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SwimmingSchool’s out, and despite the rain at the beginning of the week, we’re in for some warm days.  If you’re looking for some pool time, check out the swim programs offered through the City of Sunnyvale.  Lessons and open recreational swim are offered at Columbia Park Pool, Sunnyvale Middle School Pool, Washington Park/Swim Center, and Sunnyvale Swim Complex at Fremont High School.  Hours and programs vary by location.  To find out more, go to the City’s Swimming and Aquatics page.

Safety is always a concern during pool season.  We may breathe a sigh of relief once our kids have learned to swim, but even swimmers need to be cautious around water.  Becoming “pool safe” is a process, and it’s a good idea for families to review water safety together before hitting the pool or beach.

The U.S. Consumer Product & Safety Commission’s Pool Safely page is rich in educational information and resources for families.  Elementary aged kids can review what they’ve learned through the interactive game Adventures of Splish and Splash.  Much of the information is available in Spanish as well. 

There’s one more resource I’d like to share.  I’ve recently run across an article titled Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning.   Marine Safety Specialist and retired U.S. Coast Guard member Mario Vittone describes how to tell if someone’s in trouble in the water.  Surprisingly, drowning doesn’t look like one might expect.  There’s no splashing and calling out; instead, it’s very quiet and it looks much like treading water.  As we all work to keep our kids happy and safe in the pool, I want to help get the word out about what to watch for.

Now let’s go out and have a safe, fun, and active summer.


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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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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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Sunnyvale Voices

The Sunnyvale Public Library has been directed by the  Heritage Preservation Commission to collect stories from people of diverse ethnic backgrounds.    sunnyvale_voices

We have a small collection of videos available for the public to view on the Sunnyvale Public Library Youtube site.   We have enjoyed recording video stories.  Thus far we have stories of recent immigrants to Sunnyvale from India, Japan, Malaysia, Israel and Russia.   If you have a story you would like to tell please let us know.

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Moffett Field: Past, Present and Future

Join us Monday,  October 22nd at 7 pm at the Sunnyvale Public Library for a presentation by Capt. John Mascali, USNR retired, from the Moffett Field Historical Society MuseumHe will speak of  Moffett Field’s past, present and future, and help us become familiar with this well known landmark.  John Mascali  is the director of development at the Moffett Field Historical Society

In 1931, the city of Sunnyvale acquired a 1,000 acre (4.0 km2) parcel of farmland bordering San Francisco Bay, paid for with nearly $480,000 raised by the citizens of Santa Clara County, then “sold” the parcel for $1 to the US government as a home base for the Naval airship USS Macon.  The naval air station was authorized by an Act of Congress, signed by President Herbert Hoover on 12 February 1931. Construction of the original facilities was begun 8 July 1931.The base was originally named Airbase Sunnyvale CAL as it was thought that calling it Mountain View would cause officials to fear airships colliding with mountainsides.

In 2006, an offer to clean the hangar and coat its outsides with solar panels to recoup the costs of cleaning was floated by a private company, but the plan never saw fruition because it was too costly.

In August 2008, the Navy proposed simply stripping the toxic coating from the hangar and leaving the skeleton after spraying it with a preservative.  The Navy claimed that to reclad the structure would cost another $15 million and that this is NASA’s responsibility. This was regarded as a partial victory by campaigners.

In September 2008, NASA indicated that it was still urging the Navy to restore the hangar, but that it is willing to help save the structure; in particular, NASA is in favor of re-covering the structure at the same time as it is stripped.


In April 2011, the exterior panels began coming down, starting at the top.

View of the hangar’s skeleton in September, 2012


An episode of the Discovery Channel TV show MythBusters used one of the smaller hangars to disprove the myth that it is not possible to fold a sheet of paper in half more than seven times. The sheet of paper covered nearly the full width of the airship hangar. Other episodes of Mythbusters have utilized the hangar to test myths such as “Inflating a football with helium allows longer kick distances” and “Airworthy aircraft can be constructed of concrete.”

The effort to save Moffett Field‘s Hangar One appears to be bearing fruit. Google execs are offering to pay for the restoration costs of the landmark, which is in dire need of some TLC.

Toxic panels on the historic hangar are in the process of being removed. Total cost of repairing the hangar is estimated at $33 million.

 Please join us for this free event in the Sunnyvale Public Library program

665 W. Olive Ave.  Sunnyvale, CA 94086 ph. 408.7300.7300.






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