Technology Changing the Way You Read? Win Cash for Your Thoughts

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Silicon Valley Reads 2014 Essay and Poetry ContestHas technology changed the way you read for better? Worse? You, or someone you know from middle school to adult, can win cash by sharing your insights in an essay or poem in the 2014 Silicon Valley Reads essay and poetry contest, co-sponsored by the Cupertino Library and the Cupertino Library Foundation (CLF). The deadline is just four weeks away, on March 17.

The annual essay contest is open to Cupertino adults and teens in grades 9-12, and focuses on responses to a question springing forth from the two featured books from the 2014 Silicon Valley Reads program. This year’s book selections are: The Shallows: What is the Internet Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, and Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.

This year’s essay contest question is: “Is technology changing the way you read and access information? Is this bad or good?” [Read more…]

New Cupertino Poet Laureate Seeks to Inspire

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jennifer-swanton-brown-cupertino-poet-laureate-cupertino-libraryThe Cupertino City Council unanimously approved the recommendation of the Cupertino Library Commission naming Jennifer Swanton Brown as the second Poet Laureate of Cupertino. Her two-year term will be from October 1st, 2013 to September 30th, 2015. David Denny, the City’s first Poet Laureate fulfilled a “very successful” first term, engaging all ages of the community in poetry.

Brown “has many ideas about increasing poetry knowledge, enjoyment and participation in Cupertino.” The experience of writing and publishing poems as a school girl “was transformative, and something I believe I can offer the children of our community.” She will also focus on international styles of poetry. “A community as diverse as Cupertino should celebrate the ancient and varied poetic traditions of its citizens’ literature and cultures,” notes Brown. [Read more…]

Students Win For Super Science Searches

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Winners in the S3-Super Science Searches summer contest (Left to Right) Alexander Ivanov and Rajiv Nelakanti (First Place); Bev Lenihan, S3 project manager and Cupertino Library Foundation board member; Kiyati Sriram (Second Place); and Shiyalika Chayan (Third Place).

Plenty of middle school students spent big chunks of time this summer searching the Internet for entertainment and meeting new friends, but in the Cupertino area more than 200 students focused their searches on science using library online databases for the chance to win cash and prizes.

The Cupertino Library Foundation announced the winners of their second annual S3-Super Science Searches Summer Contest for Cupertino Union School District middle school students on Aug. 16, just before the launch of the new school year. First Place winners Alexander Ivanov and Rajiv Nelakanti, 8th graders at Cupertino Middle School, won iPad minis for their team entry. Niyati Sriram, an out-going 8th grader from Cupertino Middle School won $100 for her second place entry. Shivalika Chavan, an out-going 8th grader from Kennedy Middle School, was awarded $50 in third place. There were 206 registrants, and 63 official entrants. [Read more…]

Five Ways to be a Good Neighbor in February

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Courtesy of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Ready to show some loving kindness this month? February is the month for both love and kindness. We show our love for those near and dear to us on Valentine’s Day. That same week is Random Acts of Kindness Week, when we’re encouraged to engage in acts of kindness to others in the community.

Here are five ways you can show some kindness to others in the San Francisco Bay Area, or get to know your neighbors a little better by expanding your cultural awareness. Have any more suggestions to add? Share them in the comments section!

1) Celebrate Lunar New Year: The Lunar New Year is Sunday, Feb. 10, ushering in the Year of the Snake. Cultural events are taking place all over the San Francisco Bay Area from Feb. 2 to Feb. 24, with the popular Chinese New Year Parade rolling through downtown San Francisco on Saturday, Feb. 23. A complete calendar for the Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is available online. The Stanford-Pan Asian Music Festival is welcoming the new year Feb. 8-10, at the university’s new Bing Concert Hall. Look for other events, including many family-friendly happenings, at local libraries, community centers, and cultural centers. Los Altos Patch has a great list.

2) Check Out a Festival That’s for the Birds: The 17th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival is happening Feb. 8-10 at Mare Island, a former Naval base on a peninsula located near Vallejo. More than 60 walks and guided tours are available to see all the birds and wildlife found there; an art exhibit, silent auction, and other events are also scheduled. This is a unique opportunity to see this important nature preserve up close. See the festival website for more information. [Read more…]