Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Silicon Valley Reads is a program that encourages everyone in northern California's Santa Clara County "to read the same book, at the same time, and talk about it." If you think this sounds like a program ripe for abuse by progressives in our educational system promoting groupthink about a social agenda, go to the head of the class.
The program is presented by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Santa Clara County Library and the San Jose Public Library Foundation, with funding from foundations, nonprofits, corporations, and private donors. Each year it offers several dozen free public events at libraries, schools, and other community locations. Speakers and panels, a film festival, book discussion groups, essay contests, teen book groups and children's story times are all part of a concerted effort to focus the community on a given theme. According to their website,
between 4,000-5,000 individuals attend these events and thousands more read the featured books on their own, for high school and college assignments, and with their book clubs…