2014 Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads

Enter the Poetry Contest!

for Cupertino Adults, High School Students (Grades 9-12)
and Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)

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Enter to Win!

3 Grand Prizes: $350 each 

3 Second Prizes $200 each 

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



The Cupertino Library Foundation  in collaboration with the Cupertino Poet Laureate, Jennifer Brown,  is sponsoring the 2014 Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads poetry contest featuring three 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


Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris GrabensteinEscape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein


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


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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, poetry contest entry requirements, submissions, judging criteria, awards, notification, conditions and other important information.


Contest Winners Announced on March 30, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

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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.

Over the past 5 years, the Foundation has successfully sponsored Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads Essay Contest.  2014 is the inaugural year for the Cupertino Library Foundation to sponsor the Cupertino Silicon Valley Reads Poetry Contest. This is an exciting opportunity for Cupertino residents and students to participate in Silicon Valley Reads and potentially win some cash prizes!


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