SVR 2014 Books

Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 by MeganLibrarian

Mr. Penumbra book jacket








The Shallows book jacket

Reflections on Silicon Valley Reads

The Power of Information

Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by pirizarry

In Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore, the main character is an unlikable anti-hero; a whiny, entitled, misogynistic brat. The more I read about this prototypical Millennial trying to connive his way through a dystopian San Francisco, I soon realized I was meant to engage in the contemporary practice of hate-reading in order to consume this novel. Much like one of my favorite books, The Confederacy of . . . more »

Books Take Flight @SCCLD

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Morgan_Hill_Kids

Fantastic Flying Books Books will fly when Joe Bluhm, the illustrator of the William Joyce's beautiful picture book The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore visits the library! Come find out how the book, the apps, and the Academy Award winning short film were created. Los Altos Library, Thursday, March 20th at 7:00 p.m. Gilroy Library, Friday, March 21st at 10:45 a.m. Morgan Hill Library, Saturday, March 22nd . . . more »

Is Privacy Dead?

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 by coffeecritic

Delete cookies? "There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment... It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug into your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live - did live, from habit that became instinct - in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, . . . more »

Technology and the Impact on Reading Habits

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 by LisaD_Librarian

Kindle Fire and Paperwhite Are you a strictly print only reader, an eBook only reader or do you enjoy a mix of both? According to the Pew Research Center, the number of people who read eBooks is growing, but few people have completely replaced print books for electronic versions. Their January 2014 report states that 76% of adults 18 and over in the United States have read a book . . . more »

Art + Book: Art In the Pages

Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Arts_and_Crafts

altered book - pulp novel theme Santa Clara County Library District will be having altered books programs at the following libraries in celebration of the SIlicon Valley Reads 2014 selections. Morgan Hill Library, Saturday March 1, 12 noon Campbell Library, Saturday March 1, 3pm Milpitas Library, Tuesday March 18, 7pm Supplies will be provided, but if you wish to bring your own supplies or little scrap of something special, you are . . . more »

Libraries and the Internet: a Love Story

Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 by shoshanalibrarian

When remembering the libraries of my youth, I get a warm, fuzzy feeling of happy nostalgia thinking about the card catalog, the satisfying clunk of the date stamp, the shelves of slightly dusty reference books on sometimes bizarre and esoteric subjects. I still geek out when I see an old card catalog, or find a yellowed checkout card still inside of an older library book. . . . more »

The Emergence of Digital Natives - How Will They Reshape Our World?

Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by LoraLibrarian

Back in 2004 I was shopping for a new cell phone plan and remember signing up for my very first unlimited data plan. In those days, before mobile friendly websites and apps were invented, there wasn’t a lot that one could do with their data plan but browse the internet and send text messages. I kept asking the sales clerk what else I could do . . . more »

Digital Natives & How They'll Change the World

Posted on Monday, February 10, 2014 by klarakim

In a world where self-driving cars are a reality and Facebook is so out of style it might as well be MySpace, children born now are growing up as digital natives. What's a digital native? Originally the term was created to describe people born after 1980. People born before 1980 are called "digital immigrants." Personally I'm a little wary of the term "digital natives" because . . . more »

Information Overload ca. 1628

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 by CynthiaSays

Information Overload ca. 1628 “What a glut of books! Who can read them? As already, we shall have a vast Chaos and confusion of Books, we are oppressed with them, our eyes ache with reading, our fingers with turning.” Substitute the word “books” with “information,” “data,” “web sites,” “blogs,” etc. and you might be forgiven for thinking the above a contemporary quote. It is actually . . . more »

Alone Together?

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by LibraryAdministration

Girl Look at Reflection The Internet is an amazing tool. With it, we’re able to enjoy a global society, communicate more effectively, maintain and strengthen relationships with our friends and families. But even as it can bring us closer together, it can push us further apart. Some technological advances cause people to be distracted, overly stressed, and increasingly isolated. While people can be involved in numerous relationships through social . . . more »