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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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Library 10th Anniversary

The Friends of the Morgan Hill Library celebrated the library's 10th birthday on Saturday, July 22, 2017. The party included games for children, music by the Frank Dicker Band and Sandoshin Taiko drummers, Germar the Magician, W.E.R.C.'s educational ambassadors and a ceremonial groundbreaking for the library expansion. Refreshments were served.

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Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, The Essential Urban Farmer, and Gone Feral visited the library on June 3 to share her experiences on farming in Oakland and as an Adjunct Professor at USF.





Former Morgan Hill Community Librarian Peggy Tomasso came to the library on April 11 and presented "30 Tips in 30 Minutes", "insider" information for avid library fans and users. Attendees also met our new Community Librarian, Heather Geddes, over refreshments

AAUW Morgan Hill and Friends of the Library co-sponsored speaker Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi, a Buddhist nun, who discussed her "life of simplicity" on February 28.

Arlene Biala, Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, came to the library on February 27 to continue the Silicon Valley Reads 2017 theme through poetry.

Adam Benforado, author of Unfair, appeared as part of Silicon Valley Reads 2017 on Saturday, February 25.




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Events began Thursday evening, February 23, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center, De Anza College, Cupertino.  The theme for Silicon Valley Reads 2017 is "... and justice for all".  The selected books were Unfair, by Adam Benforado and Writing My Wrongs, by Shaka Senghor.

Silicon Valley Reads is a joint project of Santa Clara County Library District, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and San José Public Library.




South Valley Symphony String Quartet Performance
A full house welcomed South Valley Symphony Concertmaster Beverly Blount along with another violinist, a cellist, and a flautist on December 13, 2016. The talented quartet treated the audience to pieces from Mozart and Bach to Gershwin and Guaraldi, finishing up their hour performance with "Jingle Bell Rock". Those in the audience responded with visible delight from swaying to the music, tapping feet to the beat, mouthing familiar lyrics, and applauding appreciatively. Based on feedback, most had not heard SVS previously, but now plan to take in a concert in the future. Congratulations to the four raffle winners who as guests of the Friends each went home with a free admission ticket to the SVS Holiday Concert.

South Valley Symphony String Quartet performs.




Speakers Forum with Dr. Susan Shillinglaw
Dr. Shillinglaw, Director of the National Steinbeck Center (NSC) in Salinas and Professor of English at San Jose State University, publishes widely on famed author John Steinbeck. As a recognized scholar and expert on Steinbeck, she wrote introductions to several of his books for Penguin New American Library editions. Her own books are Carol and John Steinbeck: Portrait of a Marriage (2013), On Reading The Grapes of Wrath (2014), and A Journey Into Steinbeck’s California (2006, 2011). Steinbeck fans in attendance enjoyed Dr. Shillinglaw's insights to Steinbeck’s life, work, and relevance in California. All shared they will visit the NSC, either again or for the first time, with some lucky attendees receiving raffled complimentary admissions.

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