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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Until Next Year

The 122 people that came on a rainy day to hear author Bo Caldwell speak were treated to a delightful afternoon! This final event for Palo Alto's celebration of Silicon Valley Reads 2008 was the perfect ending to two months of programs, book talks and presentations. Thank you to all who turned out, and to all that read the book The Distant Land of My Father.

Here is a heartfelt letter to Ms. Caldwell from a gentleman who found parallels between his life and her story. The Distant Land of My Father has touched many in our community!


Again, thank you Palo Alto! Also, thank you Deborah Anthonyson and Abby Boyd, the two senior librarians who put together this wonderful series of events, and thank you to all the volunteers and other library staff who assisted them. You brightened our winter months!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What a Great Turn Out!

There were over 160 people of all ages that came to hear the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra last Sunday. The music was delightful! What a great afternoon!

Next up, In Conversation with Bo Caldwell.
When: Sunday, February 24
Where: Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd.
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE

This is the last event in this series - you won't want to miss it!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Free Musical Performance

Plan to spend this Sunday listening to the wonderful music of the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra. The event is free and is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

When: Sunday, February 17
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Where: Mitchell Park Community Center


This is part of Palo Alto's celebration of Silicon Valley Reads 2008, The Distant Land of My Father by Bo Caldwell. You can hear the author speak on Sunday, February 24. For more information, click here.

Events are sponsored by The Friends of the Palo Alto Library. We thank them for their generosity.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Busy Week Ahead

This week there are three book discussions of The Distant Land of My Father scattered through out the City of Palo Alto. Our hope is that there is one near you so you can join us!

  1. Monday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. Mitchell Park Library
  2. Tuesday, February 12, Noon Downtown Library
  3. Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. College Terrace Library

AND next weekend is the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra:

  • When: Sunday, February 17
  • Where: Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Rd.
  • Time: Begins at 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Let's Discuss ONLINE!

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Library Hosted Book Discussions

Did you enjoy the Red Panda Acrobats? There were people of all ages enjoying the incredible skill and strength of these acrobats from China.

What is up next? The Library is sponsoring three book discussions of The Distant Land of My Father at three locations beginning next week. The schedule is:
  1. Monday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.
    Mitchell Park Library
  2. Tuesday, February 12, Noon
    Downtown Library
  3. Wednesday, February 13, 7:00 p.m.
    College Terrace Library

Join any or all of these discussion, and enjoy free refreshments and good talk.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Red Panda Troupe Performs Friday Night


The Red Panda Acrobats are performing FREE at the Mitchell Park Community Center. A program for the whole family, come and see how amazing the human body can be!


  • When: Friday, February 1, 7:00pm


  • Where: Mitchell Park Community Center, 3800 Middlefield Rd

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library, and is part of Palo Alto City Library's participation in Silicon Valley Reads, 2008 "The Distant Land of My Father" by Bo Caldwell.