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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 01/19/2010
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Joins Silicon Valley Reads 2010
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 2010 book selection is Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto. Pollan’s examination of what is wrong with the American diet won a James Beard Foundation Book Award and was number one on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks when published in 2008.

Pollan will appear at the Silicon Valley Reads 2010 kick-off event on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at the Heritage Theatre, 1 West Campbell Avenue, Campbell. His on-stage interview by San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free -- first come, first seated.

The Palo Alto City Library also plans to present three FREE programs:

  • The Botany of Desire, this PBS documentary, produced by Kikim Media, features Michael Pollan and takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world.

Saturday, February 13, 2010, 3 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road

  • P and T Puppet Theatre presents "Goldielocks and the Three Teddybears." This twist on the classic tale finds the three bears expounding on good food and making good food choices.

Saturday, February 20, 2010, 3 p.m.
Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Road

  • John Jeavons, known internationally as the leading researcher and method developer, teacher and consultant for the small-scale, sustainable agricultural method known as GROW BIOINTENSIVE mini-farming, will speak on effective gardening.

Friday, March 12, 2010, 7 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road

The Palo Alto City Library encourages the community to read the book and has many copies to loan.

This is the eighth 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.