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Four to Read More: AI and Technology

Four to Read More: AI and Technology

Did you love this year’s Global Week topic? If you want to explore more about AI, technology, and the human imagination, try one of these books!


The cover of the book Soonish. It depicts a cartoon illustration of a person in a space suit on the surface of the moon. The moon is tethered by a long metal cable to the earth in the distance. The person is watching a spaceship holding scissors about to cut the cable.

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith

Noted scientist Kelly and her cartoonist husband Zach explore ten up and coming technologies in this engaging illustrated book.

 The cover of the book Scythe. It shows a minimalist illustration of a figure in a red cloak holding a black scythe.

The Arc of a Scythe series by Neal Schusterman

In a world where death is conquered, you only die if you’re chosen. Who chooses? An AI called Thunderhead.


The cover of a book titled Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful. It depicts the face of a young, Caucasian woman with light brown eyes and brown hair. Her face is being held by white robotic hands, one on the top of her head and one on her chin.

Faster, Stronger, and More Beautiful by Arwen Elys Dayton

Six interconnected stories spanning from the near to distant future explore the potential of human advancement in medicine and technology.

The cover of the book The Scorpion Rules. It shows a red and black throne covered in a pattern of scorpions against a grey background.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

The children of royals in this world are hostages for peace in a prison ruled by an amoral and sadistic AI.



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January Bay Area Literary and Author Events

January Bay Area Literary and Author Events

NYMBC presents Kiersten White, author of Slayer (book one in her brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) in conversation with Adrienne Young, author of Sky in the Deep
Thursday, January 10, 7:00pm
Books Inc. 74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto
More information here


Celebrate the launch of Firestarter, the epic conclusion to the Timekeeper trilogy, with author Tara Sim and E.K. Johnston, author of Exit, Pursued by a Bear
Friday, January 18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here


Evelyn Skye and Dana Elmendorf introduce Skye’s new book, Circle of Shadows
Sunday, January 20, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park
RSVP here


A flyer for YANovCon 2019. Small pictures of authors over a yellow background. The text reads: Your Local Libraries Present YANovCon. Young Adult Novelist Convention. Panel discussions, breakout sessions, book signings, author hangouts, and more!

YANovCon at the Millbrae Library: your exclusive connection to some of today’s top authors of books for middle and high school youth
Guests include: Nina LaCour; Erin Entrada Kelly; Mitali Perkins; Mark Oshiro; Dashka Slater; Akemi Dawn Bowman; Meg Medina, and so many more!
Saturday, January 26, 12:00pm
Millbrae Library, 1 Library Avenue
More information here


NYMBC Presents the Bloomsbury YA Fantasy Panel at Opera Plaza with authors Brigid Kemmerer, A.C. Gaughen, and Mimi Yu
Thursday, January 31, 7:00pm
Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco
More information here

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New Sequels and Favorites!

New Sequels and Favorites!

A photo of several books



 New Sequels New from Favorite Authors
 Arch-Enemies by Marissa Meyer, the sequel to Renegades

Crown of Thunder by Tochi Onyebuchi, sequel to Beasts Made of Night

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao, sequel to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

West by Edith Pattou, sequel to East

Spill Zone, Vol. 2 by Scott Westerfeld






And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Pulp by Robin Talley, author of What We Left Behind

Dry by Neal Shusterman

G’Morning, G’Night by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonny Sun

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of The Naturals series

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Adam Silvera





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December Bay Area Literary and Author Events

December Bay Area Literary and Author Events

Congresswoman Jackie Speier: This is Now with Angie Coiro
Sunday, December 2, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Tickets and more information here


Books Inc’s First Looks Book Club at the Burlingame Library
Tuesday, December 4, 6:00pm
Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Rd, Burlingame
More information here


Youth Poetry Slam @ Milpitas Library
Wednesday, December 12, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
160 North Main Street, Milpitas
More information here


Michelle Obama at the SAP Center
Friday, December 14, 8:00pm
SAP Center, 525 W Santa Clara St, San Jose
Tickets and more information here


The JCCSF Presents Ta-Nehisi Coates
Monday, December 17, 7:00pm
3200 California Street, San Francisco
Tickets and more information here


Header picture: “Raindrops” by Benjamin Watson, under CC BY 2.0

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Speakeasy Murder Mystery Party in the Library!

Speakeasy Murder Mystery Party in the Library!

Our first murder mystery party was such a success we’re doing it again! Step back in time with us to investigate the death of a flapper…

The Roaring 20’s are in full swing, and The Half Moon Club is one of just two speakeasies in town. Business is booming until a flapper is found dead outside the club. Management and loyal patrons of The Half Moon Club scramble to identify the killer before the police catch wind of the crime and shut down the club for good!

Join us on November 30th from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the library to solve this crime! Costumes are encouraged, and refreshments will be provided.

Please be aware that this event runs until 5:30. We request that all participants commit to staying for the whole time.

Middle Schoolers RSVP here.
Upper Schoolers RSVP here.

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Books on Break!

Books on Break!

Thanksgiving break is fast approaching! Don’t forget to stop by the library this week to load up on fun reading for your vacation!

Here’s a few sequels and new books from favorite authors that you may be interested in:

  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas, the seventh Throne of Glass book.
  • Supernova by Kazu Kibuishi, volume 8 in the Amulet series
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green of Vlog Brothers fame
  • Crush by Svetlana Chmakova, the latest in the Berrybrook Middle School graphic novel series
  • The Hidden Witch by Molly Ostertag, the sequel to The Witch Boy

  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee, the sequel to the hilarious The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  • The Map of Days by Ransom Riggs, the fourth Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children book
  • The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall, the final Penderwicks book
  • Swing by Kwame Alexander, author of Booked and The Crossover, and Mary Rand Hess
  • The Third Mushroom by Jennifer Holm, sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish
  • Wildcard by Marie Lu, the sequel to Warcross
  • Imposters by Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series.

If none of these appeal, stop by for personalized reading recommendations from your librarians. Also, don’t forget that we have ebooks and audiobooks on Overdrive!

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