Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community program that selects books focused on a contemporary theme and offers free events to Santa Clara County residents 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 2021, Silicon Valley Reads focuses on "Connecting." Covid-19 upended the world at the beginning of 2020, and life as we know it was forever altered. As we adjust to the changes, we are valuing, more than ever, our relationships. Our connections with each other and with things that provide comfort give us a sense of security in a world that sometimes feels out of control. For 2021 we have chosen a variety of books centered on the theme “Connecting” – the universal human ability to build resilience by looking for people, places and things that provide comfort and joy during tough times. Each book approaches the concept of connecting from a different vantage point such as nature, music, food, animals, books and human contact. We hope that through these selections, everyone can find a connection and enhance their sense of wellbeing.
Silicon Valley Reads is presented by San José Public Library, Santa Clara County Library District, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
2021 Featured Books
The adult books include Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, Always Home by Fanny Singer, Mutual Rescue by Carol Novello, The Home Place by J. Drew Lanham, The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes, and The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce.
The children's companion books include the picture books Parker Looks Up by Parker Curry and Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy, as well as a novel for middle grade readers, Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes, and the young adult novel The Sun is Also a Star.