Silicon Valley Reads 2019: 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.
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: