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Silicon Valley Reads 2022

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. The 2022 theme is "Kindness, Resilience and Hope," where we will connect with meaningful stories and a combination of virtual and in-person events to motivate and inspire the community.

Sunnyvale Public Library will host Silicon Valley Reads events from February through the first week in April. Find more county-wide events through Silicon Valley Reads.

Programs for Children, Teens and All Ages:

Kindness Bingo
Ages 5 and up
Feb. 1 to 28
Pick up Bingo sheets from the Children's Desk

Complete Kindness Bingo challenges throughout the month and receive a participation prize and chance at the grand prize.

Messages of Kindness, Resilience and Hope
Feb. 13 – 19
All Ages
Library Lobby

This year's Silicon Valley Reads theme is "Kindness, Resilience and Hope." Visit the Library in person to write your own messages that inspire others in our community.

The Big Umbrella: Read-Aloud and Craft
Ages 3 and up
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 4 to 5 p.m.
Library Program Room

Listen to the story of The Big Umbrella and make an umbrella-themed craft.

Register for The Big Umbrella: Read-Aloud and Craft.

Virtual Farmyard Storytime with Animal Assisted Happiness
Thursday, Feb. 10, 11 to 11:30 a.m.
All Ages
Online via Zoom – you will receive the link after registering

Tune in for a farm-themed storytime streaming live from Smile Farm, featuring special animal guests from Animal Assisted Happiness.

Register for Virtual Farmyard Storytime with Animal Assisted Happiness.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

SHINE!: Book Group and Circuitry Craft
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 4 to 5 p.m.
Grades 3 to 5
Library Program Room

Read SHINE! by J.J. and Chris Grabenstein and talk about the book with other readers. After the discussion we'll make our own light-up constellations with a simple circuitry project.

The first ten registrants will receive a FREE copy of the book. Please pick up your free book ONLY if you know you can attend the program. You may check out additional copies of Shine from the Library.

Masks are required for this in-person program.

Register for SHINE: Book Group and Circuitry Craft.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

The Power of One: Every Act of Kindness Counts
Thursday, Feb. 17, 4 to 4:30 p.m.
Grades K to 5
Online via Zoom – you will receive the link after registering

Enjoy a virtual visit with The Power of One author Trudy Ludwig. Visit the Library before or after the program and make a leaf to add to the Library's Kindness Tree. First twenty registrants receive a FREE copy of the book.

Register for The Power of One: Virtual Author Visit and Craft.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

Musical Storytime with Nanny Nicki
Thursday, Mar. 10, 11 to 11:40 a.m.
All Ages
Facebook Live

Join us online for a live and interactive program of songs, music, and dancing with performer Nanny Nikki.

Register for Silicon Valley Reads – Storytime with Nanny Nikki.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

Darius the Great is Not Okay: Book Discussion and Craft
Thursday, March 24, 4 to 5 p.m.
Grades 6 to 12
Library Program Room

Discuss the book Darius the Great is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram, and make a craft to take home. The first ten registrants will receive a FREE copy of the book. Please pick up your free book ONLY if you know you can attend the program. You may check out additional copies of Darius the Great is Not Okay from the Library.

Register for Darius the Great is Not Okay: Book Discussion and Craft.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

This year's books for children and teens are:

The Big Umbrella, by Amy June Bates

The Girl in the Gold Dress, by Christine Paik

SHINE!, by J.J. and Chris Grabenstein

Darius the Great is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram

 

Programs for Adults:

Shared Values Among Faiths
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Adults
Online via Zoom – you will receive the link after registering

Religions and cultures differ, but all the major world religions share key values. In this panel discussion, representatives of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism will offer a brief overview of their beliefs and practices and discuss the human and ethical values they share with one another. Through this discussion they will demonstrate that, despite profound differences of belief and practice, all their traditions promote common values that are vitally important today. Presented by Islamic Networks Group (ING).

Register for Shared Values Among Faiths.

Sunnyvale Record Club
Monday, Feb. 24, 7 to 8 p.m.
Adults
Online via Zoom – you will receive the link after registering

Join us for a discussion of a musical album or topic! First, we pick the music ahead of the meeting. You can listen on your own or wait until the meeting to hear it for the first time. Then, we gather in Zoom and listen to the music together. We share our thoughts on the tracks, the artists and broader issues in music and the music industry. Sounds cool, right?

This month is Silicon Valley Reads, a community engagement program focused on the themes of kindness, resilience and hope. To coincide with this program, we will be discussing songs about the COVID-19 pandemic meant to inspire these emotions. How do these songs document a historical moment? Will you be able to listen to these songs in five years? In ten? Check back for a YouTube and Spotify playlist of songs we may play during the meeting.

Sunnyvale Record Club meets on the third Monday of each month.

Register for Sunnyvale Record Club.

Genre Book Group: Romance
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7 to 8 p.m.
Adults
Online via Zoom – you will receive the link after registering

January through April we are reading Romance for the Genre Book Group. Join your neighbors for a lively discussion as we go over characters and plot. Genre Book Group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month.

This month's selection is The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos. Place a hold through the library catalog or contact the library to request a reserve copy.

A young Jewish girl is abandoned at birth and grows up never knowing her real parents. As she comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life. A story of love and the resilience of life in war-torn 1941 Bucharest and life behind the Iron Curtain. This month's selection is part of Silicon Valley Reads' theme of the power of kindness, resilience and hope.

Register for Genre Book Group: Romance.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

Nature's Resilience and Spring Wildlife at Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge
Tuesday, March 8, 4 to 5 p.m.
All Ages
Online via Zoom – you will receive the link after registering

Take a virtual visit to Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge and learn about the animals that call the Baylands home, including spring babies and many endangered species.

Register for Nature's Resilience and Spring Wildlife at Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge.

Silicon Valley Reads – Monthly Book Group
Wednesday, March 16, 7 to 8 p.m.
Adults
Online via Zoom – you will receive the link after registering

Engage in stimulating conversation about books and exchange perspectives about characters and plot while getting to know your neighbors.

This month's selection from Silicon Valley Reads is A Dream Called Home: A Memoir by Reyna Grande. Call the Library at 408-730-7300, Chat with a librarian, or visit the library Information Desk to ask about borrowing a reserve copy of the book.

Here are the current Monthly Book Group selections.

Register for Silicon Valley Reads – Monthly Book Group.

Then, join us on Wednesday, April 13, 7 to 8 p.m. in person or online for a visit with author Reyna Grande.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

Silicon Valley Reads Author Visit – Reyna Grande
Wednesday, April 6, 7 to 8 p.m.
Adults
Library Fiction Room and Online via Zoom

Meet the author of the memoir, A Dream Called Home, a 2022 Silicon Valley Reads selection! Reyna Grande writes about her immigrant experience, the challenges of being a first-generation college student and her journey towards becoming a published writer. Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling author of Wild said that "Reyna Grande is a fierce, smart, shimmering light of a writer with an important story to tell." Book signing to follow.

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE PRESENTED IN PERSON AND ONLINE.

Register for the IN-PERSON Program.
Register for the ONLINE Program.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Sunnyvale Public Library.

This year's books for adults are:

See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, by Valarie Kaur

Enough About Me, the Unexpected Power of Selflessness, by Richard Lui

A Dream Called Home, by Reyna Grande

Keep an eye on your email for Silicon Valley Reads program updates from January through early April.


Program Disclaimer

Some of these programs may use a third-party website link. By attending this program, you may be using a website not operated by the Sunnyvale Public Library. For privacy concerns or questions review Zoom's privacy policies. View Facebook's privacy policies.

As a reminder, all Sunnyvale Public Library programs and events are FREE. The Library will never ask you for any form of payment, including credit cards, to attend events.

Accessibility

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Sunnyvale will make reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities. If you require special accommodation, please contact the library at 408-730-7300 at least three days in advance of this program.

December 3, 2021

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2017
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