News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 01/12/2009
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Joins Silicon Valley Reads 2009
Contact : Cornelia van Aken, Assistant Library Director    650-329-2668

Palo Alto, CA – Once again, Palo Alto City Library will participate in Silicon Valley Reads, a program developed to promote reading and literacy while building a sense of community. Readers throughout Santa Clara County will read the same book, at the same time, and discuss it.

The 2009 book selection is Brian Copeland’s Not a Genuine Black Man. The memoir is based on Copeland’s challenging childhood as an African-American boy growing up in an all-Caucasian neighborhood in San Leandro, California. The Library encourages the community to read the book before the program starts and has many copies to loan. The Library also plans to present four FREE programs based upon the book:

Not a Genuine Black Man: an Evening with Brian Copeland - Come listen to Brian Copeland LIVE in Palo Alto!

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
  • Palo Alto High School Haymarket Theater, 50 Embarcadero Road

The Black History Show - African-American dance, singing and spoken word. Fun for the entire family!

  • Saturday, February 7, 2009, 7 p.m.
  • Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road

A Place to Call Home - Conversations and personal stories about life in East Palo Alto following World War II.

  • Friday, February 13, 7 p.m.
  • Main Library, 1213 Newell Road

Entwined Heritage: University AME Zion Church & Palo Alto – Learn about the history of the University AME Zion Church and the early days of Palo Alto.

  • Sunday, February 22, 2009, 3 p.m.
  • Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road

This is the seventh year of the Silicon Valley Reads program, co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Santa Clara County Library and San Jose Public Library Foundation, with additional funding from community groups, corporate and individual donors. Please visit and for more information about Silicon Valley Reads programs. The Friends of the Palo Alto Library has generously provided funding for the programs.