TEDx Events Come to Local Libraries February 16-18

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2016


SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – February 2, 2016, Several free TEDx events will take place at Santa Clara County Library District libraries (SCCLD) during the month of February.  A popular way to bring communities together, TEDx events invite local residents to gather in a communal atmosphere to watch and discuss ideas and topics. These independently organized events, licensed by TED, will present a live-stream of the 2016 TED conference: TED2016: Dream.  All sessions presented will be aired live as they are broadcast from Vancouver, Canada, February 16-19, 2016.  Focusing on the greatest dreams one is capable of dreaming, TED2016: Dream takes a close look at some of humanity’s toughest challenges.

Local residents may attend one or more of the six free live-streaming events scheduled at five different SCCLD libraries.  Topics covered range from the power of dreaming to how one can use imagination, invention and ingenuity to create a better world. 

Milpitas Library  Deep Memory Tues. Feb. 16 @ 5-6:45 p.m.
Saratoga Library  Imagine There's No Countries Wed. Feb. 17 @ 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Gilroy Library  TED University
Wed. Feb. 17 @ 2:15-4 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 17 @ 5-6:45 p.m.
Los Altos Library    Nightmare   Wed. Feb. 17 @ 5-6:45 p.m.
Cupertino Library Outside the Box   Thurs. Feb. 18 @ 11 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Campbell Library Dreams Thurs. Feb. 18 @ 2:15-4 p.m.

“The library is an outstanding forum for sharing thoughts and fostering inspiration,” commented Nancy Howe, County Librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District. “We’re very pleased that we are able to bring these timely topics to local residents and look forward to not only sharing these talks with the community but providing an opportunity for further discussion,” continued Howe.

Videos that present a great idea in 18 minutes or less, TED Talks have grown in popularity since its first online broadcast in 2006.  With the goal to share ideas worth spreading, the talks center on a variety of fields including science, technology, business and culture around the world. TED Talks are available online for free and have garnered over one billion collective views.  Additional information for TED2016: Dream can be found at: https://conferences.ted.com/TED2016/program/guide.php.

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About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.

In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2014, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2014, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 225,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.4 million items, making it one of the most used resources in the region. Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at www.sccl.org.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

Nancy Howe/Chris Brown /Lili Smith
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3010/3014