2014 Essay and Poetry Contests
Cupertino Library Foundation
Awards Essay & Poetry Winners
at Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads “Books & Technology: Friends or Foes?” Meet the Authors Event
March 30, 2014 in Cupertino marked the culmination of months of discussions on this year’s topic of Silicon Valley Reads: “Books & Technology: Friends or Foes?” More than 120 people attended a panel discussion in Cupertino’s Community Hall by this years featured authors, Nicholas Carr and Robin Sloan moderated by Brian Murphy, President of De Anza College.
Discussions and programs like these are helping to shape how technology can better help the book reading public. The featured authors talked about cultural code shifting and transitions underway favoring new ways of absorbing information. The authors noted that with all of the technology available to us we have to work harder at being attentive and contemplative.
Essay and Poetry Contest Winners Announced
The winners of the 2014 Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads essay and poetry contests were announced as part of the event. “Congratulations to our Essay Contest winners! The Cupertino Library Foundation is making a difference in the Cupertino community and through the Cupertino Library with its support of literary and literacy programs and events like Silicon Valley Reads,” said Chi Yeh, Cupertino Library Foundation Board Member.
Congratulations to the Essay Contest Winners!
For the sixth year, the Cupertino Library Foundation sponsored an essay contest open to the Cupertino community with Grand Prize winners receiving $500 each and Second Prize winners receiving $300 each. Entrants were asked to read at least one of the featured books and answer this question in 500 words or less: Is technology changing the way you read and access information? Is that good or bad?
First Prize Winner: Kelsey Kim
Second Place: Shozo Shimazaki
First Prize Winner: Regita Soetandar
Second Place: Naga Raghav Sreeram
In its inaugural year, the Cupertino Library Foundation sponsored a poetry contest open to the Cupertino community with Grand Prize winners receiving $350 each and Second Place winners receiving $200 each. Entrants were asked to read at least one of the featured books and address one or more of the 2014 poetry contest themes:
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?
Please click on the prize recipient’s name to read their winning poetry entry:
First Prize Winner: Kim Johnson
First Prize Winner: Annabelle Tseng
Second Place: Angela Wang
Middle School Category
First Prize Winner: Hope Nguyen
Second Place: Jacqueline He
Support from The Cupertino Library Foundation
The Cupertino Library Foundation has been a long-time 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.
Adults living or working in the City of Cupertino including staff and teachers working in the area high schools or middle schools were eligible to participate. In addition, 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, were also eligible.
2014 Silicon Valley Reads Essay Contest Book Selections
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
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:
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, written by William Joyce and illustrated by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm, for ages 4-8.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, a New York Times bestseller, for ages 8 and up.
Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr for preschoolers.