Library hosts SV Reads program on mental health

Silicon Valley Reads featured author Mark Lukach is scheduled to appear in conversation with KCBS newscaster and author Jeff Bell 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Lukach is the author of “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward,” an inspirational memoir about a young couple dealing with the effects of mental illness on their marriage and lives.

The book – an international best-seller last year – was documented in a segment on NBC’s “Today,” “From Darkness into Light: One Family’s Journey through a Mental Health Crisis.”

Bell is the author of two books chronicling his struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The afternoon news co-anchor on KCBS radio, he is the founder and board president of The A2A Alliance, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the power of turning personal challenges into service to others.

The event is one of more than 100 free activities for all ages planned for February and March throughout Santa Clara County highlighting the 2018 Silicon Valley Reads theme, “No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion,” and its focus on the challenges of caregiving.

Other Silicon Valley Reads events scheduled for the Los Altos main library include:

• 7 p.m. Tuesday: “Cultivating Compassion” with author Lakiba Pittman

• 7 p.m. Feb. 21: “Creating Moments of Joy: The Untapped Potential of Caregiving” with gerontologist Esther Koch

• 7 p.m. March 6: “Self-Compassion for Teens” with author Amy Saltzman, M.D.

• 5:30 p.m. March 9: “Mindfulness: Learning To Be Happy, Healthy and Stress Free – No Matter What,” an introduction to guided meditation

• 7 p.m. March 12: “Self-Care for Caregivers” with mindfulness teacher Emily Hine

• 7 p.m. March 19: CareMapping Workshop, a two-hour interactive program where participants learn how to draw a diagram of their care ecosystem

• 5:30 p.m. March 23: “Mindfulness for Teens,” an interactive program designed to reduce stress

• 4 p.m. March 27: “Solidifying Your Mindfulness Practice through Bullet Journaling,” a workshop for teens with creativity coach Kanesha Baynard

Silicon Valley Reads, in its 16th year, is presented annually by the Santa Clara County Library District, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the San Jose Public Library. Los Altos programs are co-sponsored by the Los Altos Library Endowment.

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