Silicon Valley Reads is underway at the Gilroy Library. Visit the library to get your copy of the SVR books or join us for one of the events happening at the library.
Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m.
Brian Castner, author of The Long Walk, talks about his being in combat and the difficulties he experienced when he returned home. Brian will be accompanied by his wife, Jessica, who will share his combat experience from her perspective. Q&A follows. Co-sponsored by Friends of Gilroy Library.
Thursday, February 7, 7 p.m.
Silicon Valley Reads Film: Striking a Chord,
Boredom and loneliness – the side effects of repeated and long-term deployments – can plague soldiers, as can depression, anxiety, and insomnia. This documentary explores what happens when exhausted and often traumatized soldiers on the frontline of America’s war in Iraq encounter a band from back home. Putting politics aside, this film travels to a series of remote American military bases, and through a string of deeply personal conversations and experiences builds an understanding of the needs of troops deployed overseas.
Tuesday, March 12
Operation Freedom Paws, 6:30 p.m.
Mary Cortani is founder of Operation Freedom Paws. Her Gilroy nonprofit organization helps veterans train their own service dogs, a step in healing their invisible wounds of war. Mary has been nominated as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes of 2012. Mary will be joined by some of her clients and their 4-legged friends.
Saturday, March 23
Wartime Memories: Stories in Times of War, 2 p.m.
Did you serve on the front lines as a medic? a soldier? a cook? Did you wait at home for a member of the family to return from war? The Gilroy Library is interested in the story of your experiences in times of war. Veterans of any war and their families are invited to tell their story at the Wartime Memories event on Saturday, March 23, 2013, 2-4pm at the Gilroy Library Community Room. For more information, please contact Lani Yoshimura, Memories@sccl.org or 408-842-8207 x3400 or visit http://www.sccl.org for details.