“Chance of Rain” is theme of Silicon Valley Reads 2016
Books explore the impact of climate change on our lives
"Extreme weather, whether it's drought or flooding, can dramatically impact both everyday life and the sustainable future of our region," said Diane McNutt, Silicon Valley Reads Coordinator. "Our selected books are novels that speculate about a future where climate change has made water a rare commodity. Our goal is to encourage people to read, think, talk and gain new perspectives about an important topic that affects us all."
This year’s two featured books are the novels Memory of Water by Author in Residence Emmi Itäranta, and Sherwood Nation by Visiting Author Benjamin Parzybok. Two companion books for children relating to the theme are Water is Water by Miranda Paul (ages 3-9) and The Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan (ages 10 and up).
Silicon Valley Reads offers more than 150 free public events throughout Santa Clara County in February and March, including films, panel discussions, workshops, book groups, an art exhibit and tours of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center. The complete schedule of events is listed on the website SiliconValleyReads.org .
This is the 14th year of Silicon Valley Reads, which is presented by the Santa Clara County Library District, the San Jose Public Library Foundation and the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Each year the program collaborates with community organizations to promote reading and literacy and to engage the community in dialogue about themes that are relevant to Silicon Valley.
February 6th, Saturday,10am-6pm
February 7th, Sunday, 1pm-4pm
Saratoga Library Community Room
25 cents each on Saturday, or $3 grocery bag full or your cloth bag equivalent on Sunday.
Authors’ Series - Betty Peck
Wednesday, February 3rd, 10 AM Saratoga Library Community Room
LOCATION CHANGE: The location for this talk has been changed to the Peck’s home at 14275 Saratoga Ave.
Betty Peck, local author, teacher and innovator will speak to the Friends of the Saratoga Library on Wednesday, February 3rd at 10 am.
In the years when nursery school was a place to drop your kids while you ran errands, Peck founded a school where parents had to show up, observe and learn about their little ones. Now known as the Los Gatos-Saratoga Observation Nursery School, it was, and still is, a place where kids could play, raise animals, grow vegetables and enjoy nature while their parents received a better understanding of their child’s development, all in a natural setting.
Betty then went on to teach Kindergarten at Foothill and then Oak Street schools, from which she retired in 1988. Her classes played in the garden, held ceremonies, learned about the seasons, and every Thursday they baked bread.
Betty has published two books, Kindergarten Education: Freeing Children’s Creative Potential and A Kindergarten Teacher Looks at the Word GOD: Reflections on Goodness, Oneness and Diversity. She has two additional books in manuscript form, “Changing All the No’s to Yes’s and All the Negatives to Positives” and “How to Set Up a Kindergarten Classroom.”
Library Spotlight - The Reading Program
The Reading Program is a one-on-one tutoring program for English-speaking adults who want to improve their basic reading, writing and life skills. Many of the students are English as a Second Language learners who also want to learn idioms, understand American culture, and navigate their communities with confidence. Tutors and students meet in libraries for two hours each week to read stories, identify new vocabulary, and discuss interesting topics like current events.
You can change the life of an adult in your community by becoming a Reading Program tutor. Expert training and ongoing support are provided. Tutors must be 18 years old but no previous teaching experience is required and tutors are matched with students at their preferred SCCLD library. If you are interested in attending an upcoming orientation, please email The Reading Program at email@example.com or call 408-262-1349 for more details.
Volunteer Thank You!
Thank you to all our past and present volunteers for helping the Library and Friends in so many different ways: donating used books, collecting, sorting and transporting books, managing the Book Go Round, working shifts at the Book Go Round, setting up, organizing and working at the Paperback Sales, and all other ways that you donate your time and money to make the Saratoga Library the best it can be. Hats off to all of you!
Healthier Vending Machine Snacks
Thanks to Kayla Nakamoto, an intern working in the City of Saratoga’s recreation department over the summer, there are now healthier options in the vending machines at the library. Kayla collaborated with staff at the Saratoga Library and the Friends of the Saratoga Libraries board of directors to implement healthier vending machine options at the library's café as part of the city’s ongoing efforts to establish itself as a Let’s Move! city. The city of Saratoga has recently been awarded its third gold medal as part of this federally sponsored program, initiated in 2009 by First Lady Michelle Obama, which promotes healthy eating and fitness habits for children.
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!
Your FRIENDS Membership at Work!
February 2016 Newsletter is here!
Our Friends of Saratoga Library February 2016 Newsletter is out.
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