The Los Altos Library has scheduled two presentations as part of its 2013 “Beneath the Surface” summer reading program.
• 7 p.m. July 3 in the Program Room of the main library: “Twins from Brazil: Joseph Mengele, ‘Angel of Death.’” Evergreen College biology instructor Mark Okuda will explore how Adolf Hitler hired Dr. Mengele for the sole purpose of studying the biology of twinning.
Hitler’s hope was that through human experimentation on twins, Mengele could create an Aryan race that would dominate the world.
When World War II ended, Mengele sought refuge in South America. Is it coincidence that a small town in Brazil has, to this day, an unusually high rate of twin births?
• 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Program Room of the main library: “Lost Santa Clara County.”
Photographer and writer Josh Marcotte will share his photos and discuss exploring the forgotten, documenting to preserve for the future, and how his experiences growing up in Silicon Valley inspire his ongoing photo project, “Lost San Jose.”
Admission is free and open to the public.
The Los Altos main library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road.
For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.