"...and Justice for All" is Theme of Silicon Valley Reads 2017
"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. Our 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 2017, our 15th anniversary, Silicon Valley Reads focuses on" ... and justice for all;' a conversation about the unconscious biases we all have, and how these assumptions, perceptions and prejudices can lead to people being treated unfairly, especially in the legal system. Everyone has, at one time or another, been unfairly judged because of some type of bias and our goal is to raise awareness and spark new ideas on how we can reduce bias in our legal system and our daily lives:'
This year's two featured books are Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice, by legal scholar Adam Benforado, and Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison, Shaka Senghor's memoir about his 19-year incarceration... Following his release, he has become an activist for prison reform and a celebrated TED Talk speaker."
You are invited to the Silicon Valley Reads 2017 Kick-Off Event on February 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m, featuring legal scholar and author Adam Benforado. This free event will take place at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at De Anza College at 21250 Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino .
Thank you to the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries for their ongoing support and sponsorship of Silicon Valley Reads!
Chef Martin Yan Cooking Demonstration at Saratoga Library
Saturday, February 4 at 10:30 a.m. - Saratoga Library Community Room
Chef Martin Yan demonstrates the Fun and Joy of cooking at home for family and friend s. His presentation will include preparation and cooking techniques, common ingredients and seasonings, sharing valuable hints along the way. Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Chef Yan as he shows you how to prepare some festive dishes for this special occasion.
Attend Live Concerts Around the World - For Free!
Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, New York's Carnegie Hall and the Opera National de Paris are just a few of the internationally renowned concert halls now available to visit online through Santa Clara County Library District's newest addition of medici.tv to its Virtual Library.
Created in 2008, medici.tv is an online platform for streaming classical music videos, offering over a hundred live broadcasts each year including international concerts, operas and ballets. With the addition of medici.tv to SCCLD's Virtual Library collection, SCCLD members now have free admission to thousands of broadcasts normally available only through subscription. All that is needed is a library card and access to the internet.
Attending internationally recognized concerts and listening to some of the greatest artists in the world used to be out of reach to the mass majority. Free access to SCCLD's medici.tv opens enormous possibilities to music lovers everywhere. Available through SCCLD's main websit e: www.sccl.org, virtual concert goers can gain access to both international and national events by visiting: www.sccl.org/brow se/music to link directly into medici.tv. Logging into medici.tv can be done at the library or at home with a library card.
Take A Child To A Bookstore Day
Saturday, December 3rd was a special day for the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries as we celebrated national Take A Child To A Bookstore Day for the very first time. Take A Child To A Bookstore Day is a day devoted to getting the kids out and among the books. Founded seven years ago by writer Jenny Milchman, Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day continues to pick up speed. The first Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day was celebrated by 80 bookstores. This year's number has grown to over 700 bookstores with both the Book-Go-Round and the Friends' Cafe joining in the fun.
The Friends of the Saratoga Libraries wish to thank the Saratoga Library's staff and all of the community participants for making our first annual Take A Child to a Bookstore Day so much fun and a success!
Renovated Friends Café Bookstore is Open For Business!
On October 18th, the Friends, in conjunction with the Saratoga Library, began installation of a new and expanded Friends Café Bookstore located in the Saratoga Library. With the addition of 15 new full bookshelf units, the Friends are able to more than quadruple book-for-sale inventory in the Café! Expect to find the same great gently-used books and low prices as are offered at our main book store, the Book-Go-Round, in downtown Saratoga. With a wider selection and larger quantity of books available, the Friends are envisioning this will be a "go-to" book store for our library patrons and community. Stop in and take a look!
Free and easy way to support the Friends
When you shop on Amazon why not have .5% of your purchase price donated to the Friends? From your Amazon account search for Amazon Smiles, select Friends Of The Saratoga Libraries as your charity, shop through Amazon Smiles, www.smile.amazon.com, and the Friends will receive a check!
The Friends does not sell, or make available externally, its membership list. Friends is a 501 (c)(3) organization EIN 94-2831256. Your membership and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Donations made after July 1 are included in the following membership year.