SVR 2014 Events At A Glance

All listed events are open to the public.

Deep Reading Art Exhibit

Essay & Poetry Contest for Cupertino Residents

kids event = kids friendly

 

MARCH

Saturday, March 1
Altered Books Craft Workshop, 12 noon, Morgan Hill Library
Information: 408-779-3196
Calling all artists and crafters!  Come to this workshop to learn about Altered Books, a form of mixed media art that takes old books and transforms them into totally new books that are unique works of art and self-expression. Altered books an be rebound, painted, rubber stamped, collaged in, or otherwise adorned -- as simple or complex as you want. Some supplies will be available and participants are welcome to bring their own.  

Saturday, March 1
Truths and Trends: Self-Publishing, e-Books and Public Libraries, 2 p.m., Cupertino Library
Information: 408-446-1677
Mainstream publishers have been slow to embrace the meteoric rise of e-books and self-publishing – but the public and authors are eager to explore the new opportunities of the digital world.  This panel discussion will talk about the public's increased access to new publishing tools and the availability of independent consultants to help authors write, publish and distribute books that parallel the high-quality and socially relevant works championed by traditional publishers.  Panelists include:

  • Jerry Fan, founder of JukePop, a website that curates serials with addictive storylines, compelling characters and dramatic cliffhangers
  • Evette Davis, author of Woman King, the first installment of a thrilling supernatural trilogy that can be purchased as an e-book or paperback
  • Holly Brady, a publishing strategist who works with writers interested in using new media tools to self-publish their work and instructor of classes on self-publishing offered through Stanford University Continuing Studies
  • Megan Wong, Virtual Library Manager for the Santa Clara County Library District. 

Saturday, March 1
Silicon Valley Reads Film Festival: Out of Print, 2:30 p.m., Los Altos Library
Information: 650-948-7683
Out Of Print, narrated by Meryl Streep, draws us into the topsy-turvy world of the written word, illuminating the turbulent, exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution.  Writers, publishers, readers all in flux.  Booksellers closing shop. Librarians and teachers seeking new roles. Storytellers like Ray Bradbury, complemented by evocative visuals, weave a compelling tale.  Author Scott Turow and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon online bookstore, place us in the middle of their debate.  People tell us they read snippets all day long on the Internet, yet one of five Americans no longer reads a single book, in any format, in an entire year.  Personal stories of parents and students take us into their worlds, highlighting how this revolution is changing every aspect of the printed word -- and changing us. 

Saturday, March 1
Altered Books Craft Workshop, 3 p.m., Campbell Library
Information: 408-866-1991
Calling all artists and crafters!  Come to this workshop to learn about Altered Books, a form of mixed media art that takes old books and transforms them into totally new books that are unique works of art and self-expression. Altered books an be rebound, painted, rubber stamped, collaged in, or otherwise adorned -- as simple or complex as you want. Some supplies will be available and participants are welcome to bring their own.  

Saturday, March 1
Silicon Valley Reads Film Festival: Paperback Dreams, 3:30 p.m., Los Altos Library
Information: 650-948-7683
In a time of increasing competition from mega-chains and online retailers, many local booksellers are fighting for survival.  Through the tumultuous story of two beloved Bay Area booksellers, Cody's and Kepler's, this documentary captures the David and Goliath struggle faced by countless independent bookstores around the country.

Tuesday, March 4
Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, 4 p.m., Saratoga Library
Information: 408-867-6126
Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz and a love for books, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story.  Using a variety of film techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation), author William Joyce and co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and MGM Technicolor musicals.  The film won an Academy Award for Animated Short Film. 17 min.

Tuesday, March 4
Robin Sloan, 7 p.m., Morgan Hill Library
Information: 408-779-3196
Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, talks about his book. Co-sponsored by Friends of Morgan Hill Library, AAUW Morgan Hill, BookSmart and the Morgan Hill Times.

Thursday, March 6
Celebrity Storytime with Mike Wasserman, 11 a.m. Morgan Hill Library
Information: 408-779-3196
Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman will read The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Saturday, March 8
Todd Parr, 3:00 p.m., Campbell Library
Information: 408-866-1991
Todd Parr, author of Reading Makes You Feel Good, reads and draws for young children and families. Co-sponsored by FIRST 5 Santa Clara County.

Sunday, March 9
Todd Parr, 1:30 p.m., Saratoga Library
Information: 408-867-6126
Todd Parr, author of Reading Makes You Feel Good, reads and draws for young children and families. Co-sponsored by FIRST 5 Santa Clara County.

Tuesday, March 11
Chris Grabenstein, 7:30 p.m., Saratoga Library
Information: 408-867-6126
Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, talks about his book. 

Wednesday, March 12
Chris Grabenstein, 7:00 p.m., Cupertino Library
Information: 408-446-1677
Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, talks about his book. 

Thursday, March 13
Chris Grabenstein, 3 p.m., Morgan Hill Library
Information: 408-779-3196
Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, talks about his book. 

Friday, March 14
Chris Grabenstein, 4 p.m., Los Altos Library
Information: 650-948-7683
Chris Grabenstein, author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, talks about his book. 

Tuesday, March 18
Treasure In Your Bookshelf, 7 p.m. Gilroy Library
Information: 408-842-8307
As printed books move closer to becoming an endangered species, readers are giving more thought to what books they want to purchase and keep on their shelves.  Some books are precious because they are personally meaningful.  Other books have value because of a rarity factor that could some day make them worth big bucks. 

Widely-acclaimed antiques and collectibles authority Steven Yvaska, author of The Seasoned Collector column in the Mercury News, will talk about how to evaluate the treasure in your bookshelf, and how to take care of printed volumes so that they will last for generations to come.  You are invited to bring special books with you for an informal evaluation of their value and condition.
 
Tuesday, March 18
Altered Books Craft Workshop, 7 p.m., Milpitas Library
Information: 408-262-1171
Calling all artists and crafters!  Come to this workshop to learn about Altered Books, a form of mixed media art that takes old books and transforms them into totally new books that are unique works of art and self-expression. Altered books an be rebound, painted, rubber stamped, collaged in, or otherwise adorned -- as simple or complex as you want. Some supplies will be available and participants are welcome to bring their own.  

Tuesday, March 18
Celebrity Storytime with Joe Simitian, 7:15 p.m. Campbell Library
Information: 408-866-1991
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will read The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
 
 
Thursday, March 20
Bill Joyce & Joe Bluhm, 7 p.m. Los Altos Library
Information: 650-948-7683
William Joyce and Joe Bluhm, the author and illustrator of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore talk about the book, its iPad and iPhone app, and the Academy Award winning short film that inspired it.
 
Friday, March 21
Bill Joyce & Joe Bluhm, 10:45 a.m. Gilroy Library
Information: 408-842-8307
William Joyce and Joe Bluhm, the author and illustrator of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore talk about the book, its iPad and iPhone app, and the Academy Award winning short film that inspired it.
 
Saturday, March 22
Bill Joyce & Joe Bluhm, 3 p.m., Morgan Hill Library
Information: 408-779-3196
William Joyce and Joe Bluhm, the author and illustrator of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore talk about the book, its iPad and iPhone app, and the Academy Award winning short film that inspired it.

Saturday, March 22
Robin Sloan, 4 p.m., Campbell Library
Information: 408-866-1991
Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, talks about his book. Co-sponsored by Friends of Campbell Library.  

Thursday, March 27
Unintended Consequences: Is Too Much Information, Too Fast, Too Much of a Good Thing? 6:30 p.m., The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose
Information: SVReads@aol.com
Finding and reading a book takes time.  Leaping from one website to another can be done in seconds.  This panel will discuss the advantages and dangers of the digital information revolution.  Panelists are: 

  • Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To our Brains
  • Zack Lynch, Founder and Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization, author of The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science Is Changing Our World, and developer of Kidstar, a play time limit reward system app for iDevices
  • Marilyn Walker, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor of Computer Science and head of the Natural Language and Dialogue Systems Lab in the Baskin's School of Engineering at University of California, Santa Cruz, who is leading a large research project on dialogue in online forums and social media.
  • Moderated by Barbara Marshman, Editorial Pages Editor, San Jose Mercury News.
 
This is a free program open to the public.  You do not have to purchase admission to the museum to attend.

Co-sponsored by The Tech Museum and Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley.  
 
Sunday, March 30
Closing Event of Silicon Valley Reads 2014, 1:30 p.m., Cupertino Community Hall, 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino
Information: SVReads@aol.com, 408-446-1677
De Anza College President Brian Murphy talks with authors Nicholas Carr and Robin Sloan about their books and the Silicon Valley Reads experience.  Winners of the Cupertino Library Foundation Essay Contest will be announced.  Co-sponsored by the Cupertino Library Foundation.

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