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November Novel Writing

November is National Novel Writing Month! Affectionately known as NaNoWriMo, writers are encouraged to sign up and track their progress, effectively joining a social network of other writers.The NaNoWriMo organization describes the program as: “a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 [...]

November 8th, 2013
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2013 Man Booker and National Book Award Nominees

It’s award season, and now that the Emmys are over, we can safely turn off our tvs and get back to what really matters…the written word!  Several big-name literary awards have just announced their long and short lists of nominees, and with only 1 repeated title (The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri), this year’s lists provide [...]

September 23rd, 2013
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Ebooks and Libraries: Why You Still Can’t Have It All

Libraries across the country offer a variety of ebook and e-audobook content. Here at the Mill Valley Public Library, we offer ebooks through 2 different databases: Overdrive’s MARINet Digital Downloads and 3M Cloud Library. You can check out e-audiobooks through Overdrive and One Click Digital. So far, so good, right? But perhaps several of you [...]

August 6th, 2013
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A Reading List on the Subject of War

 As our  Adult Reading Challenge: Books & Bingo program continues over the next 6 months, I’ll be sharing several different reading lists  based on our Bingo card categories. All of the lists were compiled by Mill Valley Public Library staff. So let’s get to it! Below, I present to you, a reading list on war.  [Feel [...]

July 18th, 2013
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2013 Adult Reading Challenge: Books & Bingo!

From July 1st to December 31st, play our version of Bingo with a new literary twist.  Win a Bingo by reading books in categories such as Man Booker Award Winners, Food Writing, or Something That Scares You. Each Bingo earns you an entry into our fantastic raffle for prizes including a $100 gift certificate to [...]

June 28th, 2013

Great Lines of Poetry

April is National Poetry Month! With 2 days left to go, what better time to start celebrating? Rather than share one specific poem, I thought I’d present you with a few lovely sentences from various poems that have stuck with me over the years. “I wish I had a heart like yours, Walt Whitman” -Jude [...]

April 29th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing for Mars–Fin

“Getting humans on Mars is super easy… getting them here alive and not all dead and gross and squished – that’s harder.” – the Mars Sarcastic Rover Thus, we come to the end of our delightfully entertaining and occasionally too-scatological trip through space via Ms. Roach’s Packing for Mars. Final thoughts, anyone? Roach brings up [...]

April 18th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing for Mars through Ch. 12

Well folks, we’re quickly approaching the end, and in short, I’m not sure what more Ms. Roach could cover. Our last two titillating chapters covered two popular pastimes: sleep and sex. Take note, all of you bed-lovers–spending too much time horizontally without exercise or weight-bearing motions will lead to a significant decrease in bone density.  [...]

April 12th, 2013