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First Friday: Cinema Cabaret, March 4

The library’s First Friday series continues on March 4 with Cinema Cabaret—a unique performance group that blends theatre, film and the written word. In Cinema Cabaret, movies are silenced and re-narrated with alternate scripts performed live by writer-performers. This Friday we’ll watch individual scenes from the iconic films Blade Runner and Rosemary’s Baby re-told and re-purposed […]

February 28th, 2011
Kristys Great Idea

Kristy’s Great Idea: The Babysitter’s Club (1988)

Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann Martin On the first day of my Creative Writing Workshop at Oberlin College, the professor asked us to share what literary work most influenced out desire to become writers. The scraggly, but intellectual group clicked their pen caps and gum wrappers as they recited titles: On the Road, The Unbearable […]

February 28th, 2011

Book Review: A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong

Though it was nothing like I was expecting, I very much enjoyed Karen Armstrong‘s book. I came to this slim book expecting it to be a recounting of various world myths throughout time. Armstrong does cover a great deal of time (starting with the Paleolithic period in 20,000 BCE and ending with the Great Western […]

February 24th, 2011

Art Lecture: Kerry James Marshall, Monday February 28

Art Lecture: Kerry James Marshall’s Mural at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Monday February 28, 7pm Artist Kerry James Marshall’s work has been called pictorially rich, intellectually spiky, and altogether masterful.  But he says he simply tries “to show things that are rarely shown, to reveal things that are hidden, to see the […]

February 24th, 2011
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A Summer to Die (1977)

A Summer to Die (1977) by Lois Lowry When I was a kid, it took a lot for me to stick with a book.  Luckily, I was from a family who loved to read and we frequented the public library.   I remember pulling A Summer to Die off the shelf when I was a fifth […]

February 23rd, 2011
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (1958)

As any moviegoer can tell you, a sequel is hardly ever as good as the original and the same often goes for books. So why did I choose to write about The Cat in the Hat Comes Back over the much more popular The Cat in the Hat? Well, quite simply, because the cat came […]

February 21st, 2011
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Searching Novelist for Book Recommendations

Our library subscribes to Novelist, an extensive book review and recommendation database. It’s accessible to any resident of 94941 who has a Marin County public library card.* Give this database a few sessions and you’ll be hooked! In this blog post, we’re going to learn how to access the Novelist database from home and performing […]

February 17th, 2011

From the Reference Desk: Finding poetry, Mary Oliver and Unleashed Dogs

A patron came to the desk and asked: “I’m trying to find a poem by Mary Oliver called ‘In Memory of Lisa,’ can you help me?” This type of question—I read a poem in college about eating a cold plum, I’m looking for a short story about angels by Michael Cunningham—is one of the most […]

February 16th, 2011