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Silicon Valley Reads 2020

Silicon Valley Reads is our Library's and our region's "One Community, One Book" program. Each year we read books on a different theme. This year's theme, Women Making It Happen, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in the United States and the achievements of the women and girls in the 21st century who are breaking gender barriers to excel in all areas of life. Keep an eye out for Adult, Teen, and Children's programs on these themes starting this month.

Sunnyvale Public Library will host Silicon Valley Reads events through the end of April.

For Children:

Women in Black History Scavenger Hunt
Monday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, Feb. 29, all day
Children's Room
Ages 6 and up

Celebrate Black History Month and Women Making It Happen with a Scavenger Hunt at the Library. Pick up a clue sheet at the Children's desk to find and learn about prominent women in Black History. Participants who complete the Scavenger Hunt will receive a prize. Limited to one prize per person and while supplies last.

Leading Ladies Mini Writing Contest
Sunday, March 1 through Tuesday, March 31, all day

Children in grades 1 through 5 are invited to enter our Leading Ladies Mini Writing Contest! Write 2-4 sentences on a woman from history or present day who you admire. What is something important they did? Why do you look up to them? How do they inspire you? Winning entries will be displayed in our children’s biography section. One grand prize winner will receive copies of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, by Kate Schatz.

Entries should be clearly written or typed on a piece of paper including your name, grade, email address and phone number. Please submit your entry to the Children’s Information Desk by the end of the day on Tuesday, March 31. Winners will be notified the week of April 13.

This year's books for children are:

The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires

Almost Astronauts: Thirteen Women Who Dared to Dream, by Tanya Lee Stone

Who Says Women Can't be Computer Programmers: The Story of Ada Lovelace, by Tanya Lee Stone

For Adults:

Monthly Book Group
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7 to 8 p.m.
Library Program Room

The Tenth Muse, by Catherine Chung

As Katherine matures from a girl of rare intelligence into an exceptional mathematician, traveling to Europe to further her studies, she must face the most human of problems: who is she? A gorgeous, sweeping tale about legacy, identity, and the beautiful ways the mind can make us free. Drop-in, no registration required.

Author Talk: Catherine Chung
Monday, March 2, 7 to 8 p.m.
Library Program Room

Join us for talk by Catherine Chung, Silicon Valley Reads the author of The Tenth Muse and Forgotten Country. She has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a Granta New Voice, a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize in poetry. She has a degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an MFA from Cornell University.

Pick up a Silicon Valley Reads program booklet at the library and keep an eye on your email for additional events in March and April.

Documentary Film Screening: Young Lakota
(Running time is 84 minutes)
Monday, March 23, 6:30pm
Library Program Room

In this award-winning PBS documentary, Cecilia Fire Thunder, the first female President of the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, responds to the state’s proposed abortion ban with a plan to build a women’s clinic on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In the ensuing political turmoil, three of her young supporters must decide what they value and what kind of people they want to be.

This year's books for adults are:

The Tenth Muse, by Catherine Chung

Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime, by Julian Guthrie

For Teens in Grades 6-12

Feminist Icon Tote Bags
Saturday, March 21, 3-4:30pm
Library Program Room

Create a free tote bag featuring some of history's biggest and baddest leading ladies, from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Frida Kahlo. All materials will be provided while supplies last.

Check out the Silicon Valley Reads/Women's History Month display in the library lobby, pick up a Silicon Valley Reads program booklet, and keep an eye on your email for additional events in April.

February 14, 2020

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2017