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Silicon Valley reads about World War II

Two books about the effects of World War II on California families will be what "Silicon Valley Reads" in February 2006.

Julie Otsuka's "When the Emperor Was Divine" and Louise Steinman's "The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War" were chosen by the Community Advisory Board from recommendations by a committee of librarians, teachers and readers.

This is the fourth year of Silicon Valley Reads, which is co-sponsored by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Santa Clara County Library and the San Jose Public Library Foundation. The program's goals are to promote reading and literacy while building community through open exchange of perspectives, life experiences and understanding among a diverse group of readers.

A variety of Silicon Valley Reads programs will be held throughout the county in February. For more information, call Diane McNutt at (408) 354-1242 or visit www.siliconvalleyreads.org.

Events today at main library

The Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, has scheduled separate events for children and adults today.

Children ages 5 and older are invited to make pirate hats, spy glasses and other pirate paraphernalia at 3:30 p.m. in the program room.

The Wednesday book group is scheduled to discuss Sue Monk Kidd's "The Secret Life of Bees" 7:30-9 p.m. in the small conference room.

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