2014 Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads

Enter the Essay Contest!

Enter the new Poetry Contest!

for Cupertino Adults and Teens (students in grades 9-12)

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Enter Your Essay to Win!

2 Grand Prizes: $500 each 
(1 adult, 1 teen)

2 Second Prizes $300 each 
(1 adult, 1 teen)

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Enter Your Poetry to Win!

3 Grand Prizes: $350 each 

3 Second Prizes $200 each 

Prizes awarded in each of 3 categories: adult, high school, middle school

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The Cupertino Library Foundation is sponsoring the 2014 Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads essay contest featuring two books. These books have been selected for Silicon Valley Reads 2014, the regional program that asks everyone in Santa Clara County to read the same books, at the same time, and talk about them.

2014 Book Selections

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan

 

Please see Silicon Valley Reads 2014 for links to a full listing of the numerous programs throughout Santa Clara County scheduled in early 2013. The Silicon Valley Reads 2014 Book Selections The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains by Nicholas Carr and Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan can be borrowed from the Cupertino library or they are available for purchase from local or online booksellers.

 

For Children: Companion Books

More information on companion books appropriate for children is available at the Silicon Valley Reads 2014 website. Companion books for children that relate to the theme “Books & Technology: Friends or Foes?” have also been selected for Silicon Valley Reads 2014. They are:

LESSMOREThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, written by William Joyce and illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm, for ages 4-8. 

 

 

lemoncellos-library-pressEscape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, a New York Times bestseller, for ages 8 and up. 

 

 

 

 

Reading_Makes_Me_Feel_GoodReading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr for preschoolers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Essay Contest Question

In 500 words, address the 2014 Silicon Valley Reads book(s) you read and answer the questions:

Is technology changing the way you read and access information?  Is that good or bad?

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How to Enter the Essay Contest

 

2014 Essay Contest Rules

The Cupertino Library Foundation’s “Cupertino 2014 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.”

Click here to download the 2014 Essay Contest Rules and an Official Entry Form (PDF) for eligibility, essay requirements, submissions, judging criteria, awards, notification, conditions and other important information.

 

Poetry Contest Themes

(Choose One or More):

1. Write a poem about reading, writing, poetry, books and how one of these (or more) is made new by the use of technology or in the age of technology

2. Write a poem using technology as part of the process. Use hyperlinks, video, photos or music as part of the poem’s form

3. Write a poem from the point of view of a piece of technology: a phone, a computer, a game, a robot, a television, etc. What does technology think about human nature?

 

How to Enter the Poetry Contest

 

2014 Poetry Contest Rules

The Cupertino Library Foundation’s “Cupertino 2014 Silicon Valley Reads Poetry Contest” is open in three categories to all A) adults living or working in the City of Cupertino including staff and teachers working in the area high schools or middle schools listed in the next two categories, B) students attending the area high schools of Monta Vista, Homestead, Cupertino, Fremont or Lynbrook High Schools (grades 9-12), and C) students attending the area middle schools of Cupertino Middle School, John F. Kennedy, Sam H. Lawson, Joaquin Miller, Warren E. Hyde, or students who live in Cupertino but attend other high schools or middle schools than the five area public high schools and middle schools listed. 

Click here to download the 2014 Essay Contest Rules and an Official Entry Form (PDF) for eligibility, essay requirements, submissions, judging criteria, awards, notification, conditions and other important information.

 

Contest Winners Announced on March 30, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Please bookmark this page to keep up on other exciting announcements regarding Cupertino 2014 Silicon Valley Reads. 

 

 

Support from The Cupertino Library Foundation

Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads Essay Contest is sponsored by 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. For the fifth year, the Foundation is again sponsoring an essay contest open to the Cupertino community with two Grand Prize Winners of $500 each and two Second Place Winners of $300 each.

 

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