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Silicon Valley Reads 2019

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The theme for Silicon Valley Reads 2019 is "Finding Identity in Family History".  The selected books are Finding Samuel Lowe, by Paula Williams Madison, It's All Relative, by A.J. Jacobs and The Stranger In My Genes, by Bill Griffeth.

This year's series of over 100 events begins with a free class, Getting Started with Genealogy on Friday afternoon, January 18, at the Santa Clara Central Park Library, on Homestead Road in Santa Clara.

On Saturday, January 26, Friends of the Morgan Hill Library hosted a visit by A.J. Jacobs at the Morgan Hill Library. Get the flyer. (PDF, 1.0 MB)

All three authors will make appearances at various venues in Santa Clara County.  Download the Calendar of Events for details.

Silicon Valley Reads 2019 is presented by Santa Clara County Library District, Santa Clara County Office of Education and San José Public Library.

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Past Events

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Los Toritos of the Mariachi Academy gave another rousing performance to another full house! The instrumentals and vocals of these Mariachi Academy students have made them an audience favorite for kicking off National Hispanic Heritage Month. See the flyer. (PDF, 717 kB)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 AAUW Morgan Hill and Friends of the Library co-sponsored speaker Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, a Buddhist nun, who visited the library to discuss Self-Compassion — What it is, What it's not, and How it can make you happier. See the flyer. (PDF, 880 kB)

The Four Shillings Short duo of Christy Martin and Aodh Og O'Tuoma enchanted the crowd on April 10, 2018. They introduced each piece played on instruments originating from different countries across a span of history, giving their music a cultural and historical context. They return for an encore performance in December with a Celtic Winter Concert. View a gallery of images from the event.

Silicon Valley Reads 2018

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Events began Thursday evening, February 1, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, De Anza College, Cupertino.  The theme for Silicon Valley Reads 2018 was "No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion".  The selected books were My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward, by Mark Lukach and Goodbye, Vitamin, by Rachel Khong.

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, Friends of the Morgan Hill Library co-sponsored a visit by Rachel Khong, who discussed her Silicon Valley Reads book Goodbye, Vitamin in the Program Room at the Morgan Hill Library.

Both Khong and Lukach are Bay Area residents and made multiple appearances in Silicon Valley during February and March.

Silicon Valley Reads 2018 was presented by Santa Clara County Library District, San José Public Library, and Santa Clara County Office of Education.

January 29, 2018, author and journalist John H. McManus, Ph.D., talked about how to spot "Fake News". Copies of his book, Don't Be Fooled, were available for sale and signing. Get the flyer (PDF, 466 kB).

December 12, 2017, Harpers Hall Ensemble presented their holiday concert to a packed room. Get the flyer (PDF, 557 kB).

On Tuesday,October 10, 2017, author and lecturer Gary Noy brought the California Gold Rush to life in his newest book, Gold Rush Stories: 49 Tales of Seekers, Scoundrels, Loss and Luck, just co-published by Heyday Books and Sierra College Press. Get the flyer (PDF, 608 kB).

Gary Noy & book cover of Gold Rush Stories

Gary Noy at the Morgan Hill Library Gary Noy at the Morgan Hill Library

Excitement filled the full room even before the Mariachi Academy's Los Toritos students started their performance on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. The 9-15 year old musicians, led by the school's co-founder and guitar instructor, Jorge Rodriguez, wowed the families and individuals present. The audience responded with clapping, cheering, and singing along and were impressed hearing the youth herald the start of National Hispanic Heritage month.

See additional photos and the story at the Morgan Hill Times.

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