Monday, February 13, 2006


LG loves books and ideas

Silicon Valley Reads came to Los Gatos on Friday. This is the program [which I coordinate in my other non-mayor life as a public relations consultant] that asks everyone in Santa Clara County to read the same book, at the same time, and talk about its themes with family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. The Friends of the Los Gatos Library hosted Louise Steinman, author of The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War. VIRGINIA O'REILLY is program chair of the Friends group and she did a great job in organizing the event and introducing the speaker. About 50 people opted to come to the Town Council Chamber rather than watch the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics -- a tribute to this community's interest in literacy and the exchange of ideas. People sometimes think that books and the library are on their way out because of the Internet. Not true!! The number of registered borrowers at the Los Gatos Public Library has tripled in the past 10 years and circulation is up 43%. What would you expect from the community where John Steinbeck got his start? [He wrote Grapes of Wrath while living here in 1938].

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