Silicon Valley Reads

Silicon Valley Reads 2016 - Chance of RAIN: The impact of climate change on our lives

Too little rain . . . too much rain.  Either case of extreme weather can dramatically impact everyday life.  Silicon Valley Reads 2016 will explore the effects of climate change with its theme “Chance of Rain” and two featured books from an emerging literary genre, eco-fiction (also called climate fiction). 


Memory of Water
by Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water takes place far in the future where the world has changed after prolonged periods of extreme weather conditions and wars over scarce resources.  In Noria’s village, water is strictly rationed by the military and her knowledge of a secret spring puts her and her friends in danger.  It’s an overwhelming responsibility for a 17-year-old who just wants to perfect her skills as a tea master.  

Bookcover: Memory of Water


Sherwood Nation
by Benjamin Parzybok

Residents of Portland, Oregon are limited to one gallon of water a day in Sherwood Nation but, as is often the case, the privileged are somehow able to get more.  Frustrated and angry, one neighborhood fights against the establishment to create its own more equitable government under the leadership of a barista rebel, nicknamed Maid Marian by the media.  This contemporary story pits young idealism against the harsh brutality of what it takes to survive when there’s not enough water to go around.  

Bookcover: Sherwood Nation


Silicon Valley Reads is presented by the Santa Clara County Library District, the San Jose Public Library Foundation and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Each year, the program collaborates with community organizations to promote reading and literacy and to engage the community in dialogue about themes in a selected book or books that are relevant to Silicon Valley.   An extensive schedule of events is offered throughout Santa Clara County with activities for all age groups.  For more information on Silicon Valley Reads, visit the website