Silicon Valley Reads 2019: Finding Identity in Family History

Silicon Valley Reads 2017 - "Finding Identity in Family History"

Join our community conversation on "Finding Identity in Family History"

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events throughout Santa Clara County to engage the public in reading, thinking and discussing the topic. The goals are to encourage the love of reading and learning and to have a welcoming forum where our diverse community can come together to share different perspectives.

In 2019, Silicon Valley Reads focuses on “Finding Identity in Family History.” Everyone has a family history – some they know and some they have yet to discover. The surging popularity of genealogy research is encouraging more people than ever to find out more about their ancestors and how their actions and decisions affect who we are today.

Silicon Valley Reads is proud to engage our community in a discussion of this fascinating topic and to introduce readers to three outstanding books that tell the personal stories of individuals whose lives were changed as a result of learning new and unexpected things about their families.

Silicon Valley Reads is presented by San José Public Library, Santa Clara County Library District, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

2019 Featured Books

The selected titles are It's All Relative by A.J. Jacobs, Finding Samuel Lowe by Paula Williams Madison, and The Stranger in My Genes by Bill Griffeth. All three authors will be making appearances throughout Silicon Valley in late January, February and March, including stops at various San José Public Library locations.

There are also companion books for younger readers: Kelly Loy Gilbert’s Picture Us in the Light for grades 8 and up, Brenda Woods’ The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond for grades 4 – 7, and Juana Martinez-Neal’s Alma and How She Got Her Name for grades pre-K – 3.

It's All Relative, coverFinding Samuel Lowe, coverThe Stranger in My Genes, coverPicture Us in the Light, coverThe Blossoming of Violet Diamond, coverAlma and How She Got Her Name, cover

Library and Community Events

The Silicon Valley Reads 2019 Premiere Weekend is Friday – Sunday January 25-27, when New York-based author A.J. Jacobs comes to town. His local appearances will includes Saturday stops at the Cambrian and Santa Teresa branch libraries, and a Sunday stop at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

Over 100 events throughout the county will follow throughout February and March.

San Jose Public libraries are also hosting a number of film screenings, children’s activities and crafts, genealogy workshops, and more. Catch any of the following events and more at a San José Public Library location:

Upcoming Events Email Alerts for Events

Book title with a girl wearing a pink stripe dress.

"Alma and How She Got Her Name" Story...

  Mar 19 2019 - 11:00am
  Calabazas Branch Library
Animated Tree

Family Roots: Unlock Your History!

  Mar 19 2019 - 11:30am
  Evergreen Branch Library
Animated Tree

Family Roots: Unlock Your History!

  Mar 20 2019 - 4:30pm
  East San José Carnegie Branch Library
Animated Tree

Family Roots: Unlock Your History!

  Mar 20 2019 - 5:30pm
  West Valley Branch Library
 Title of film with individual photos of main character and her family.

Silicon Valley Reads: Film Screening: Finding...

  Mar 23 2019 - 1:30pm
  Educational Park Branch Library
Title of film with individual photos of main character and her family.

Silicon Valley Reads: Film Screening: Finding...

  Mar 23 2019 - 3:30pm
  Dr. Roberto Cruz Alum Rock Branch Library
DNA Trail: A Staged Reading Masthead

DNA Trail: A Staged Reading

  Mar 27 2019 - 7:30pm
  Rose Garden Branch Library
Book Cover for The Stranger In My Genes

Pearl Avenue Book Club

  Apr 10 2019 - 5:30pm
  Pearl Avenue Branch Library
Book Cover for The Stranger In My Genes

Pearl Avenue Book Club

  May 8 2019 - 5:30pm
  Pearl Avenue Branch Library
Book Cover for The Stranger In My Genes

Pearl Avenue Book Club

  Jun 12 2019 - 5:30pm
  Pearl Avenue Branch Library
Book Cover for The Stranger In My Genes

Pearl Avenue Book Club

  Jul 10 2019 - 5:30pm
  Pearl Avenue Branch Library
Book Cover for The Stranger In My Genes

Pearl Avenue Book Club

  Aug 14 2019 - 5:30pm
  Pearl Avenue Branch Library

Comments

Picture Us in the Light was a good teen book and I loved that it had a bay area connection. I look forward to reading Finding Samuel Lowe.

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