SV Reads at LA Library celebrates women LA Library celebrates women


Author Julian Guthrie and entrepreneur Abe Kleinfeld are scheduled to discuss women and men working together at a Silicon Valley Reads program set for 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The 2020 theme of Silicon Valley Reads is “Women Making It Happen,” and Guthrie’s book “Alpha Girls” is among the featured selections in a year that celebrates 100-plus years of women’s achievements. More than 150 free public events for all ages will be offered throughout Santa Clara County during February and March, including several in Los Altos.

In “Alpha Girls,” Guthrie profiles four local women who bucked the system in the high-stakes, male-dominated venture capital community and found ways to survive and thrive. Kleinfeld, president and CEO of GridGain, has worked with and supported women in companies throughout his 40-year career in technology.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Altos Library Endowment.


Other SV Reads events

• Two other authors of books about the achievements of women are scheduled to appear at the Los Altos main library in coming weeks.

Elaine Elinson, author of “Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California,” is set to speak 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

Steve Swatt and Susie Swatt, authors of “Paving the Way: Women’s Struggles for Political Equity in California,” are slated to lead a discussion 7 p.m. March 11.

• Two films will be screened at the library in March.

A program featuring the documentary “Girl Rising” – which showcases nine young women who overcome nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams – and award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone, who wrote a young-adult book inspired by the film, is set for 2 p.m. March 8.

The documentary “RBG,” about the personal and professional journey of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is slated 7 p.m. March 9.

• Activities for children include storytime readings of the Silicon Valley Reads 2020 picture book selection “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires and showings of an animated short film based on the book, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. Check the Los Altos Library website at for dates and times.

• The workshop “Learning from the Lemonade Stand,” scheduled 2-4 p.m. March 14, is designed for children in grades 3 and up. Speaker Brian Weisfeld, author of “The Startup Squad” book series, will discuss how early business experience can help kids develop an entrepreneurial mindset and life skills that will enable them to achieve their full potential.

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

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