All posts tagged "Silicon Valley Reads"

  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Normal

Current Size: 100%

  text size

Fantastic Flying Books!


The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore - book coverSilicon Valley Reads 2014, a program designed to get the whole community reading together in the months of January through March, has selected a few children's books at different reading levels as companions to the adult program. For 2014, the book recommended for ages 4-8 is The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce and illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm. The San Jose Public Library also has the Spanish version, Los fantásticos libros voladores del Sr. Morris Lessmore.

 

The story of Mr. Morris Lessmore and his flying books started life as a short animated film that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short of 2011. Since then, both the book and an iPad app have been adapted from the film.

SJPL's event calendar features a variety of events centered around the book and its theme at the King Library and several different branches. Check out what we've got on for the rest of February and March.  

 

Here's a couple of events that look especially fun to me:

 

Flying Book Story and Craft
After listening to the story, kids 4 and up will get to make their own books!
See when a branch near you is having the story and craft event.
 

Meet the Illustrator
The book's illustrator, Joe Bluhm, will be at the King Library on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm and the Evergreen branch on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm to talk about the book, the film and the iPad app with the whole family.  



Silicon Valley Reads 2014: Author Nicholas Carr Will Visit SJPL


Author Nicholas Carr2014 is going to be here before we know it, and that means Silicon Valley Reads 2014 will be too! This year’s theme is close to the heart of any library worker or patron: Books and Technology: Friends or Foes? (my personal feeling is that books and computers should and do have a happy friendship, but there’s much more to say on the topic).

 

The two books selected for 2014’s program are the non-fiction work The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr and the novel Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

The Shallows asks the question "As we enjoy the Internet's bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?"

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is the story of a laid-off San Francisco Web designer who gets hired for the night shift at the title bookstore, and discovers there is a lot more to the bookstore and its customers than meets the eye.


Many different Silicon Valley Reads 2014 events are scheduled throughout January, February, and March. There will book discussions on both books at various San Jose Public Library branches so be sure to check the event calendar for one near you. The big kick-off event will be on Wednesday, January 22 at the Heritage Theater in Campbell. Both authors will be interviewed on stage by San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy. 
 

Nicholas Carr will be making numerous appearances at San Jose Public Library branches.  Discussion with the Shallows author will include a Q&A session. He will be at:



Online Book Club - Minefields of the Heart, Question #6


For March and April 2013, our Online Book Club is discussion the Silicon Valley Reads 2013 selection, Minefields of the Heart by Sue Diaz.  If you've read the book, please participate by leaving your response to the discussion question in the comments below!

 

Question #6:

Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why? Did any sections of this book lead to a new understanding or awareness of war and its aftermath?

 

Let us know what you think!



Online Book Club - Minefields of the Heart, Question #5


For March and April 2013, our Online Book Club is discussion the Silicon Valley Reads 2013 selection, Minefields of the Heart by Sue Diaz.  If you've read the book, please participate by leaving your response to the discussion question in the comments below!

 

Question #5:

During the most difficult stretch in his second deployment, Roman communicates very little with his family. In one Instant Message, Roman quickly answers "No," to his all of his father's offers to send things he might need. Diaz concludes, "the gist of it all seemed to me to be, 'Mom, Dad. For your sake and mine right now, don't love me so much." Do you think her interpretation is accurate? What are some circumstances that might prompt a message like that from a soldier?

 

Let us know what you think!



Online Book Club - Minefields of the Heart, Question #4


For March and April 2013, our Online Book Club is discussion the Silicon Valley Reads 2013 selection, Minefields of the Heart by Sue Diaz.  If you've read the book, please participate by leaving your response to the discussion question in the comments below!

 

Question #4:

Though the topic of Minefields of the Heart is a serious one, the book is not without humor. What in the book that made you smile?

 

Let us know what you think!



Online Book Club - Minefields of the Heart, Question #3


For March and April 2013, our Online Book Club is discussion the Silicon Valley Reads 2013 selection, Minefields of the Heart by Sue Diaz.  If you've read the book, please participate by leaving your response to the discussion question in the comments below!

 

Question #3:

What impact has today's electronic communication - e-mail, Instant Messaging - had on the relationship between soldiers in combat and their loved ones at home? In your opinion, what are pluses and the drawbacks of real-time communication during a war?

 

Let us know what you think!




email  Facebook  Twitter  Flickr  instagram  Pinterest  You Tube  mobile  tickets

Did you see the preview of the new sjpl.org? Thanks for looking, please leave your feedback.