Living in Silicon Valley, Mountain View residents often recognize the power of creativity. This fall, they will have a chance to explore the mechanisms behind innovation with the Mountain View Public Library's next book selection for the yearly community book club, Mountain View Reads Together.
A committee including librarians and other volunteers has chosen "The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How" by Daniel Coyle, a book exploring the brain mechanisms behind learning and inspiration. The book is replacing the committee's previous selection of Jonah Lehrer's "Imagine: How Creativity Works" after a recent article exposed fraudulent Bob Dylan quotes in the book that were made up by the author.
Candace Bowers, a librarian for the public library who served on the book-choosing committee, says the committee was very interested in the neurological themes of talent and motivation when choosing this year's book.
"We were really interested in this theme of creativity and talent, and what defines people who are successful with their natural talents," Bowers says. "Especially in Silicon Valley, because we're a talent hotbed ourselves."
Those interested in reading Coyle's book have approximately one month before the library begins a series of events in October geared toward discussing the book's themes and messages. Apart from a book discussion, the library will also host speakers and organize tours pertaining to the theme of creativity.
Bowers says the committee always gears the book choice towards readers of all ages and interests. More information on this year's Mountain View Reads Together events is at www.mountainview.gov/library or www.mvreads.org.