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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 is Coming to a Library Near You!

Silicon Valley Reads 2014 has posted their online schedule for the seasons’ hottest author tickets in the South Bay – including events at the San Jose Public Library. The good news is all the events are free and don’t really require tickets!


The event series, beginning with the official kickoff on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 is entitled: "Books & Technology: Friends or Foes". Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the actual event commencing at 7:30 p.m. There are no reservations required – first come, first seated at the historic Campbell Heritage Theatre.


Mr. Penumbra's 24 hr Bookstore Book Cover

The Shallows book cover

Here are the two headlining authors:


Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, will be joined on stage by Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy – a man experienced in the art of the interview.




Many more events are scheduled throughout February and March. Many of the events are perfect for the youngsters in your life and go well with these selected companion books for children:

All of the authors above will be at various libraries around town. Please check our events calendar for upcoming events. Each year Silicon Valley Reads encourages everyone in Santa Clara County to read and discuss the same book during the months of February and March. Take advantage of this opportunity. Be part of the community discussion. Make Sunday dinner an "all ages can participate" forum for fun. It’s bound to be lively and can include the whole family with the age appropriate selections.

When you have finished reading the featured books for Silicon Valley Reads 2014 you might want to try these books! Also, just for fun, why not try an ebook? Happy reading everyone!

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:

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