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Silicon Valley Reads Comes to the Almaden Branch Library

Join other Almaden Valley residents in discussing this year’s topic

Posted on February 02, 2013 by Joey.


Since 2002, the Silicon Valley Reads program has selected a contemporary theme and chosen books about that theme. The program encourages everyone in Santa Clara County to read the same books at the same time. Free events are offered throughout Santa Clara County. The main objective is to engage the public to think about and discuss the topic, and offer their own perspective on the subject. Silicon Valley Reads’ goal is to encourage a love of reading and a life filled with learning. The unique diversity of Silicon Valley encourages different viewpoints and ideas.

In recent years, Silicon Valley Reads has recommended companion books for children with themes similar to the books for adults. Their hope is that families will read together to discuss the themes, further encouraging a joy of reading.

The theme for 2013 is Invisible Wounds of War. The featured adult books are The Long Walk by Brian Castner, and Minefields of the Heart by Sue Diaz. The Long Walk is the author’s story of his three tours of duty in the Middle East, and the battle he faced upon his return home. Minefields of the Heart is one mother’s story about what families of servicemen and women go through, both when their family members are oversees and upon their return home.

The Almaden Branch library will host children’s author Brenda Ehrmantraut on February 8. Ms. Ehrmantraut will read her book Night Catch – the story of a soldier’s nightly game of catch with his son and the North Star. Children will be able to create their own constellations and night sky artworks to take home.

On February 27, Almaden’s Vineland Branch Library will have an open discussion of The Long Walk. And on March 2, the author, Brian Castner, will visit the Almaden Branch Library to talk about his book and about the difficulties he experienced both in combat and upon his return home. The Vineland Branch Library in Almaden will host Brian on April 11.

The Almaden Branch Library is located at 6445 Camden Ave. For more information about the Almaden Branch Library, click here.

The Vineland Branch Library is located at 1450 Blossom Hill Road in the Almaden Valley. For more information about the Vineland Branch, click here.

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