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Kick off Silicon Valley Reads 2018 on February 1 and be a part of the South Bay's largest book festival! The program runs February 1 through March 31, with many events held at Santa Clara County Library locations. Discover them in our Events Calendar!

My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward coverGoodbye, Vitamin coverThe two adult books chosen this year are My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach and Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong. There are also three companion books for young readers: Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina and The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones by Wendelin van Draanen for children, and Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom for teens. Everyone is encouraged to read as many of these titles as they want!

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With five books and more than 100 events all over the County there's plenty of fun for for all ages. For a complete list of County-wide events, go to

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Full Slate of Books for Silicon Valley Reads 2018 Officially Announced


Silicon Valley Reads 2018, Santa Clara County’s premiere communal reading event has selected the three books for children and teens that in different ways talk about caring for others. All three titles relate to the theme “No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion” and are companions to the two already announced books for adult readers – My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward by Mark Lukach and Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong.
Each year, Silicon Valley Reads identifies books for young people that will encourage families to read together and discuss how the chosen theme is relevant to their lives. The goal is to promote reading and appreciation of literature while sparking conversations within the family about values and important regional or societal issues.


mango, abuela, and me Mango, Abuela, and Me
by Meg Medina

Pre-K to Grade 3. When Mia's Abuela comes to live with Mia and her family, she helps her learn English while Mia learns Spanish, both with the help of a parrot named Mango. 

secret life of lincoln jones The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones
by Wendelin Van Draanen

Grades 4-7. An imaginative middle school boy who takes refuge in the fantastical stories he writes maneuvers past a nosy girl at his school who follows him around, trying to figure out what he is writing and why he prefers being alone. By the author of the Sammy Keyes mysteries. 

not if I see you first Not If I See You First
by Eric Lindstrom

Teens. Demanding to be treated the same as everyone else in spite of her blindness, Parker doles out tough-love advice to her peers, refuses to cry after losing her father and stubbornly shuns a boy who broke her heart years earlier.  

Mango, Abuela, and Me will be featured in story times at public libraries throughout Santa Clara County in February and March. “When a community reads together, it becomes a place where more understanding and empathy are possible. It becomes a kinder place for people to live,” said author Meg Medina.
Authors Wendelin Van Draanen and Eric Lindstrom will each visit several public schools in Santa Clara County during February and March for educational presentations about their books and writing careers, and appear at public libraries.

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual event sponsored by the Santa Clara County Library District, Santa Clara County Office of Education and San José Public Library. The 2018 program kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. at De Anza College with authors Mark Lukach and Rachel Khong interviewed live on stage by Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro. 

Altogether, more than 100 free public activities will be offered, including author talks, panel discussions, an art exhibit, films, and children’s activities.
Silicon Valley Reads 2018 Theme and Books Announced

Annual program will focus on caregiving 
and need for community support

The stories of two families that found renewed love and commitment to one another after being thrust into caregiving roles will be the centerpiece of Silicon Valley Reads 2018 and its theme “No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion.” Goodbye, Vitamin book coverGoodbye, Vitamin is the critically-acclaimed debut novel of Rachel Khong. Through funny and poignant journal postings, a young woman chronicles the year she returned home to help take care of her father after his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward is a powerful memoir by Mark Lukach about a young couple whose marriage is tested by the sudden onset of mental illness. Both spotlight the challenges of caregiving and the importance of community support during tough times.  
My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward
The annual community engagement program that asks everyone in Silicon Valley to read, think, discuss and share diverse perspectives will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at De Anza College in Cupertino where Mercury News columnist Sal Pizarro will interview both authors.  Admission is free with open seating on a first come basis. It is co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley and De Anza College.
The community is also invited to arrive early on Feb. 1 for the opening of the “Serving One Another” exhibit at the Euphrat Museum of Art, located adjacent to the theater starting at 6:30 p.m. The museum will remain open for 30 minutes after the kick-off. The exhibit runs through March 22.
Both Khong and Lukach are Bay Area residents and will make multiple appearances in Silicon Valley during February and March. Schedule information about these talks and other Silicon Valley Reads events for all ages will be posted on the website in early January.
“Last year, an estimated 43.5 million Americans provided unpaid caregiving (help with daily living activities and/or medical tasks) for a family member or friend,” said Nancy Howe, Santa Clara County Librarian and Co-chair of Silicon Valley Reads. “Caregiving is a role that many will experience, often with little warning. We hope that Silicon Valley Reads 2018 will bring caregiving out of the shadows and encourage the community as a whole to help provide an extra set of hands and heart for those who are in crisis and those who are taking care of them.”
Silicon Valley Reads 2018 is presented by the Santa Clara County Library District, the San José Public Library 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.   Events will be scheduled throughout Santa Clara County with activities for all age groups.  For more information, visit the website

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