Each summer, Silicon Valley Reads brings together a group of librarians and avid readers to identify books and talk about current topics appropriate for a theme of the event, which takes place from January to March of the following year. This group sifts through hundreds of books and dozens of theme ideas, trying to anticipate the right choice for the community at the right time.

In 2021, the theme for Silicon Valley Reads was “Getting Connected”, addressing the uncertainty of an ongoing pandemic and the need for people to get connected.

As topics and books were explored for the 2022 season, there was a common sense that the community is still yearning for connection. After months of reading, discussion, and work with the Advisory Board and Co-Chairs, the theme was born: The Power of Kindness, Resilience, and Hope. This theme became even more appropriate as the holidays progressed and Omicron presented even more challenges at already difficult times.

It is clear that people need more kindness and compassion. As a community, we are extremely resilient, especially when we work together. And hope sustains us and will carry us through.

Three memoirs embodying the theme have been selected. Each author offers a unique perspective and offers hope for our collective future.

Valarie Kaur’s “See No Stranger” is part memoir, part how-to guide to changing the world. Kaur, renowned Sikh activist, filmmaker and civil rights lawyer, shares her story and declares revolutionary love as the call of our times: a radical and joyful practice that extends to others, to ourselves and to our adversaries. . This selection contains themes for adults.

In “Enough for Me,” Richard Lui recounts his decision to quit his dream job as an NBC News/MSNBC anchor to help care for his ailing father in San Francisco. He realized that this selfless act had an overall positive impact on his well-being. He decided to dig deep into exploring acts of compassion from a journalist’s perspective.

Reyna Grande’s “A Dream Called Home” is a gripping story about an immigrant’s border crossing at the age of 9 and how she got to UC Santa Cruz. Grande’s story enlightens readers about the challenges so many face in settling in America.

The virtual launch event on Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. will feature the three star authors in a conversation hosted by Sal Pizarro of Mercury News and moderated by the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley.

For young readers, Silicon Valley Reads has selected four books in keeping with the theme: The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates (pre-KK), The Girl in the Gold Dress by Christine Paik (grades 1-3), SHINE! by JJ and Chris Grabenstein (grades 4-8), and Darius the Great disagrees by Adib Khorrum (high school). Schools and libraries will host virtual tours of three of these authors.

All Silicon Valley Reads events are free and open to the entire community. Events for 2022 will be a combination of in-person and virtual events. Previous events include a March 30 screening of Lui’s film, “Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation,” at the 3Below Theaters in downtown San Jose. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Lui, who directed the film.

On February 23, from 6 to 7 p.m., the Cambrian Branch Library is hosting a discussion on “The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley. The novel is recommended fiction for adults.

The Willow Glen Branch Library is hosting two talks for teens to learn how to get involved in the community, do community service, and make the world a better place. The first is March 16, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.; the second is on March 25, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents are invited to the Willow Glen Library on February 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to pick up materials to make a Tree of Kindness. Creators can watch a YouTube video and learn how to add acts of kindness leaves to their trees.

Readers in grades 4-8 can create a creativity board on March 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Rose Garden Branch Library. The craft activity is linked to “SHINE!”, the selection for this age group.

Online events include author tours, book talks, mental and physical health classes, museum tours, tools for parents to read with their children, workshops on compassion and resilience , conversations about faith and numerous programs for children and teenagers.

Community members can register for these events and more at siliconvalleyreads.org/events.

Silicon Valley Reads is presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library District, and San Jose Library.