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Hillsboro Reads 2019 was a big success, thanks to everyone in our community who read the book, engaged in discussions, and attended the events held throughout October. See below for all the ways you can still participate in the program.

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self 
by Manoush Zomorodi

Bored and Brilliant inspires readers to develop a more mindful relationship with technology, especially smartphones, and challenges us to find out what happens when we let ourselves be “bored” rather than engaging in constant digital distractions. Based on a series of challenges on author Manoush Zomorodi’s podcast, Note to Self, the book guides readers through experiments designed to help us reassess our technology habits, find time to unplug, and stimulate our creative minds.

Book cover for Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi

"Bored and Brilliant is about living smarter and better within a digital world."


If you have not yet had a chance to read the book, you can find copies in many formats at the library.

Find Bored and Brilliant in the WCCLS Library Catalog


For the 2019 Hillsboro Reads keynote address, Hillsboro Public Library was pleased to host Amber Case, an internationally recognized design advocate, author, and now researcher at the Institute for the Future.

Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds.

Case spent two years as a fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Civic Media and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and her TED Talk “We Are All Cyborgs Now,” has received over 1.5 million views.

Please enjoy the video of Amber Case's Hillsboro Reads keynote address.


The October episode of the Hillsboro Public Library podcast, I Blame My Shelf, features staff members Jenny and Edgar discussing the questions and challenges posed by Manoush Zomorodi's Bored and Brilliant

Listen to I Blame My Shelf here or find it wherever you get your podcasts.

About Hillsboro Reads

The goal of Hillsboro Reads is to foster a sense of community, celebrate reading for pleasure, and promote intergenerational discussion and connection.