2015 Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads
Enter the Essay Contest!
for Cupertino Adults and Teens (students in grades 9-12)
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The Cupertino Library Foundation is sponsoring the 2015 Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads essay contest featuring three books. These books have been selected for Silicon Valley Reads 2015, the regional program that asks everyone in Santa Clara County to read the same books, at the same time, and talk about them.
Our goals include encouraging the love of reading and learning and to provide an engaging experience where our diverse community can come together to share different perspectives. The Cupertino Library Foundation is proud to sponsor the 2015 Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads essay contest to encourage different perspectives on the theme “Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience.”
2015 Book Selections
Theme: “Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience”
We Need New Names
by NoViolet Bulawayo
The Book of Unknown Americans
by Cristina Henríquez
Stealing Buddha’s Dinner: A Memoir
by Bich Minh Nguyen
Click to learn more about “We Need New Names”…
Click to learn more about “The Book of Unknown Americans”…
Click to learn more about “Stealing Buddha’s Dinner”…
The Silicon Valley Reads 2015 book selections can be borrowed from the Cupertino library or they are available for purchase from local or online booksellers.
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Essay Contest Question
In 500 words, address the 2015 Silicon Valley Reads book(s) you read and answer the questions:
Immigrants leave the home and culture they know to follow a dream of a better life.
Have you ever experienced moving into an entirely new situation where you didn’t know anyone or what to do?
When is it worth the disruption of life as you know it to make a bold move to follow a dream?
How to Enter the Essay Contest
- Read one of the selected books
- Download the 2015 Essay Contest Rules and an Official Entry Form (PDF)
- Write a 500-word essay answering the 2015 essay contest question
- Submit your entry online no later than midnight March 16, 2015
- And you could win a cash prize!
2015 Essay Contest Rules
The Cupertino Library Foundation’s “Cupertino 2015 Silicon Valley Reads Essay Contest” is open to all adults living or working in the City of Cupertino, students attending or staff and teachers working in the area high schools of Monta Vista, Homestead, Cupertino, Fremont or Lynbrook High Schools (grades 9-12) and students who are 15 years old through 18 years old, live in Cupertino but attend other schools than the five area high schools listed, all collectively hereafter defined as “Teens.”
Participants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of The Cupertino Library Foundation, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the contest. Participants under the age of 18 must obtain the consent of a parent or legal guardian (see entry form) to enter the contest.
Click here to download the complete 2015 Essay Contest Rules and an Official Entry Form (PDF) for all eligibility, essay requirements, submissions, judging criteria, awards, notification, conditions and other important information.
Contest Winners Announced on March 28, 2015
Save the Date!
Author Event and Awards Announcement
Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Cupertino Community Hall
During the event, the three featured authors will be participating in a panel moderated by President of De Anza college Brian Murphy.
Silicon Valley Reads Events
“Homeland & Home: The Immigrant Experience” Featured Films
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Details to be announced soon!
Please see Silicon Valley Reads 2015 for links to a full listing of the numerous programs throughout Santa Clara County scheduled in early 2015.
For Children: Companion Books
More information on companion books appropriate for children is available at the Silicon Valley Reads 2015 website. Companion books for children that relate to the theme “Books & Technology: Friends or Foes?” have also been selected for Silicon Valley Reads 2015. They are:
My Name Is Yoon
Written by Helen Recorvits
For ages 4-8
Written by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel Zubizaretta
For ages 8-12
Something About America
Written by Maria Testa
For ages 12 and up
Support from The Cupertino Library Foundation
The Cupertino Library Foundation for many years has been the co-sponsor of the Silicon Valley Reads program in Cupertino featuring talks by the authors of the selected books as well as other activities relating to the featured program.
Over the past 6 years, the Foundation has successfully sponsored Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads Essay Contest. This is an exciting opportunity for Cupertino residents and students to participate in Silicon Valley Reads and potentially win some cash prizes!
2015 Event Sponsors
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2015 Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads Essay Contest activities please contact the Cupertino Library Foundation.