Sunnyvale gets mobile bike library

From Mercury News

” The Sunnyvale Public Library will soon hit the streets with a new mobile bicycle library complete with the ability to check out books, sign up new members and give away library-related goodies on the go.The library-on-wheels is a bright green electric bike with a yellow book trailer hitched to the back that can haul 25-50 pounds of books and other materials. It’s also a hot spot for free wireless Internet and is equipped with a tablet station where people can sign up for library cards.Librarian Christina Shin says similar mobile bikes are used at other Bay Area libraries like Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Los Gatos. Shin says it could be a tool to boost outreach while also promoting other city aims like healthy and green living.”


Sunnyvale: Library cart cafe brews coffee, fights homelessness

From The Mercury News

” Visitors to the Sunnyvale Public Library can now purchase beverages from a cart that has a purpose beyond just refreshment.Kartma Street Cafe held its grand opening and ribbon cutting at the library on March 22. The cart bills itself as “the street cafe that’s ending homelessness.”A creation of Downtown Streets Team, all of the baristas and operators are individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Organizers say those staffing it are receiving the chance to “earn a living wage.” All Kartma baristas go through training before going on to serve the public.The cafe, which got its start in San Jose, is now a permanent fixture outside the library courtyard. It serves coffee, hot chocolate and tea. Java is from Chromatic Coffee in San Jose. The cart is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”

Sunnyvale Library has been delivering books to home-bound residents for 30 years

From San Jose Mercury News

“For 30 years the Sunnyvale Public Library has been bringing the gift of literature to those who may not be able to go out and check out a book on their own.
The Homebound program, called Special Outreach Services until recently, works to bring library material to readers who aren’t able to travel to the library on their own power. The program specializes in assisting the elderly, the injured and the mentally ill.”

Sunnyvale Library director is turning the page

from the San Jose Mercury News

“Sunnyvale’s library and community services director is beginning a new chapter in life. Lisa Rosenblum, who has been with the Sunnyvale Library for six years, has accepted a new position as chief librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library in New York.”

Sunnyvale Public Library to celebrate centennial Dec. 14

from the San Jose Mercury News

“Once upon a time, the Sunnyvale Public Library wasn’t the public library. In the beginning it was a reading room, first opened by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in 1908. It wasn’t until Dec. 14, 1914, that the union gave control of the library to the city, officially marking the beginning of the Sunnyvale Public Library. One hundred years later to the very day it became the public library, there will be a celebration of literary proportions.”