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Speakers Forum

June 3, Saturday, at 3 p.m. — Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, The Essential Urban Farmer, and Gone Feral shares her experiences on farming in Oakland and as an Adjunct Professor at USF.
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Silicon Valley Reads 2017

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Events began Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. 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 are Unfair, by Adam Benforado and Writing My Wrongs, by Shaka Senghor.

There are many free public events for all ages in February and March. For the complete schedule, see the Silicon Valley Reads Calendar of Events.

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

Past Events

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.

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.

Dr. Susan Shillinglaw


Speakers Forum featuring Dr. Francisco Jiménez
On September 14, 2016, Dr. Jiménez addressed a full house of fans of all ages, including children, students, and families. Some attendees were present when he came to Morgan Hill in 2003 when his book Breaking Through was the first ever Silicon Valley Reads selection. He spoke about his personal journey, from his migrant childhood working in the fields to his move to Columbia University to obtain his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Jiménez used his four award-winning memoirs — The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, and Taking Hold (published 2015) — to share inspiring life experiences. Dr. Jiménez signed books before the scheduled program and continued well after the hour presentation which ended with questions and comments from the audience. Thanks to
BookSmart for bringing and selling out the Dr. Jiménez books they brought.

Dr. Francisco Jiménez speaking


Speakers Forum with Caroline Paul

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, author Caroline Paul described recently published The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure as part memoir and part how-to-outdoors guide based on her own adventures, world travels, and many years as a San Francisco firefighter.  The Gutsy Girl, a New York Times  bestseller, is her fourth book and has had wide appeal for middle school youth and their parents. Fighting Fire (2000), East Wind, Rain: A Novel (2006), and Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology (2013). Ms. Paul was one of the authors at “An Afternoon in Tuscany”, the library benefit held at Mary and Mike Cox’s Morgan Hill home 10 years ago.

Caroline Paul Gutsy Girl cover