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BANNED! Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banning books. Challenging novels. Censorship. Sounds like something from a couple of generations ago, right? Unfortunately, these practices are alive and well in 2013 America, and it is children’s books that are most frequently under fire. Some books that are now considered classics, such as Catcher in the Rye, Bridge to Terabithia, and  Are You There God, It’s […]

September 25th, 2013

Songs, Scouts, and Essays: New Books for Older Readers

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Newbery Award winner (Kira-Kira) Kadohata has created another sweet and gentle story about Japanese Americans living in unusual situations. Twelve-year-old Summer is convinced that her family has nothing but bad luck. She nearly died from malaria and harbors a fear of (and fascination for) mosquitoes, which are everywhere. […]

August 28th, 2013
The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate

Audiobooks: Great Family Entertainment

I am a big fan of audiobooks. I love to listen to books in the car, and will occasionally move them into the house because I can’t bear to stop listening, even though the car trip is done. Summer trips are a perfect time to listen to books on CD in the car. In the […]

June 26th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing For Mars, Chapters 10 and beyond

  Houston, we have a problem…It appears that yours truly has slightly miscalculated the flight speed at which we should be reading. As a result, we’re behind schedule! I apologize for the error–next week’s blog entry will attempt to briefly summarize the book, and psych everyone up for attending the final event, where Mary Roach […]

April 5th, 2013

First Thursday: From Streets to the Screen

From the dancehalls of Jamaica and the South Bronx to the nightclubs of London and the streets of Manchester, filmmaker Dan Bruun will discuss how he uses the camera to expose lesser-known cultures of cities around the world. Bruun will show clips from his films, talk about the challenges and rewards of immersing himself in […]

January 23rd, 2013

Book Riot’s Best Books of 2012

Book Riot is a stylishly hip website dedicated to reviewing and discussing books and all things connected to books. Their tagline, “always books. Never boring” sums up the general tone of the website–a mixture of humor, a bit of boisterous swagger, and a love for all things literary. Each week, they feature an article aptly […]

December 13th, 2012
audio book dog ears

Audio Books: Listen Up!

We’re huge fans of Audio Books here in the Children’s Room (and we’ve got a great collection of them). One thing I really like about Audio Books is that they take time. You can expect an Audio Book taking anywhere from 6 to 19 hours! Which, in this era of high-speed living, is a real […]

June 28th, 2012
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One Book One Marin 2011

One Book One Marin 2011 Lovely readers, it’s time for the fifth annual One Book One Marin Event, a county-wide book club where residents throughout Marin read the same book (as chosen by the One Book One Marin committee) and come together for library-sponsored events throughout a three-month period to discuss the novel. This year’s […]

February 8th, 2011