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Free Events at the Sunnyvale Public Library

Sunnyvale Public Library also offers a wealth of programs and classes

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Did someone say free? That’s right, in addition to providing stimulating reading material for the residents of Sunnyvale, the Sunnyvale Public Library also offers a wealth of programs and classes – without charge. These activities run the gamut of game nights, crafting, musical enrichment, and more.

Many of the public outreach efforts at libraries are geared towards children, from toddlers looking for some new two-year-old buddies to teenagers seeking homework help. But there are many adult classes, lectures, and entertainment possibilities at this valuable and often overlooked community resource.

Here are just a few of the on-going activities to look out for at the Sunnyvale Public Library, and keep in mind that special, one-time events are also regularly scheduled.

1.      Storytime

What better inspiration for storytime than a place full of books? The Sunnyvale Public Library hosts various, no-charge storytimes throughout the week. Parents with children ages two to three-and-a-half can enjoy Toddler Storytime on Wednesday mornings, when songs and finger plays will accompany the reading. Got an even younger child? Your chance to give them a storytime of their own happens at Stories for Ones on Tuesday mornings.

We all know that young children aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good tale. The Sunnyvale Public Library also hosts Time for Tales on Monday mornings, with songs and stories for booklovers of all ages. And one Saturday of the month, the whole family is invited to get out for Family Storytime. Now that’s a lot of stories!

2.      Homework Help

We’ve all been there and know how hard the homework grind can be. Some parents spend hours working side by side with their children at the end of a long school or workday. Many don’t realize that free homework help for grades three through eight is available just minutes away. Drop the kids off for half an hour or so between 4-6 p.m. on Mondays or Wednesdays while you sift through some personal reading, and when you get home, homework won’t take over family time.

3.      Mastering Chess

You’ve always loved the game, but could use the practice. Maybe you want to master some new strategies or have a budding chess fan at home. The Sunnyvale Public Library regularly hosts free introductions to chess with an international master of this classic game. Check www.sunnyvalelibrary.org for program information.

4.      Musical Enrichment

From Instrumental Petting Zoos hosted by visiting professional musicians to Music for All Ages accompanied by guest entertainers, the library has always something for budding musicians. These events are funded by the city, so you can enjoy them for free.

5.      Classes, Book Sales, Lectures

Whether you want to learn money management from a Certified Financial Planner, need help understanding the Basics of Facebook, or want learn how to take better photographs, there are various practical courses available at the library each month. Individual feedback and instruction is often given following an interactive presentation. Curious to know what’s next on the calendar? See for yourself here: http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/SunnyvalePublicLibrary/ProgramsandClasses.aspx

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