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PRESS RELEASE 02/07/2011
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Joins Silicon Valley Reads 2011
Contact : Ouida Charles, Library Services Manager    650-329-2620

Palo Alto, CA – For the fourth consecutive year, 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 2011 book selection is Michelle Richmond’s The Year of Fog. The acclaimed novel which first appeared in 2007, is set in San Francisco and recounts the thoughts and actions of a woman, Abby, who takes the child of her fiancé for a stroll on Ocean Beach where the child goes missing. We follow Abby from the first frantic moments, learning about her struggles to identify the details of memory which she believes are the key to solving the mystery or reaching closure on a tragedy. The Year of Fog explores universal themes of perseverance, familial love, memory, and hope. Michelle Richmond will appear at an event in Palo Alto on Thursday, February 17.

The second program offered by the Library for Silicon Valley Reads is a showing of the film Changeling, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie.  This movie is also about child abduction, and is based on an actual event in Los Angeles, circa 1920s.  The film is rated R, and children under 17 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The Palo Alto City Library plans to present two FREE programs:

  • An evening with the author, Michelle Richmond

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 7 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road

  • Movie showing of Changeling

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 7 p.m.
Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road

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

This is the ninth 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.