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Dealing With Dragons 1990

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede “Linderwall was a large kingdom, just east of the Mountains of Morning, where philosophers were highly respected and the number five was fashionable. The climate was unremarkable. The knights kept their armor brightly polished mainly for show—it had been centuries since a dragon had come east. There were […]

July 27th, 2011
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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 2003

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 2003 by Mo Willems For a long time, my family has had pet parrots.  We’ve had as many as six living with us.  The largest, Plumpy, a big green parrot with a bright orange beak, behaves just like a cheeky toddler. When I first saw Mo Willems’ book […]

July 25th, 2011
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The Story About Ping 1933

The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack; illustrated by Kurt Wiese When I was a kid one of my favorite family activities was heading to the library on a weekend afternoon to find the next great book. One of my earliest library memories involves the book The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt […]

July 20th, 2011
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Dinosaurs Before Dark 1992

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca A year ago, when my son was getting ready for 2nd grade, he was in the library looking for a book to read. He dismissed the picture books as ‘for babies’; he’d mastered easy readers like the Henry and Mudge series and he was […]

July 18th, 2011

YA: Extreme Environmentalism, First Thursday, 8/4

Extreme Environmentalism: First Thursday, August 4th, 7p.m. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I won’t even begin to describe this 44 second video: What I can tell you is that the man you see in the video does more than just exhibit extreme kayaking skills—his name is Trip Jennings and he sets out […]

July 15th, 2011

100 Years of the Mill Valley Library Exhibit

100 Years of the Mill Valley Library Exhibit “100 Years of the Mill Valley Library,” latest historical exhibit by the Lucretia Hanson Little History Room, opened on July 1. The exhibit celebrates the centennial anniversary of the Library with 44 rare photographs, documents, and flyers from both the old Carnegie library on Lovell Avenue and […]

July 15th, 2011
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Ira Sleeps Over 1972

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber Last summer I did a PeRL (Personalized Reading List) with a fourth-grade girl, and when I asked her what she liked to do outside school she said, “Play and make up imaginary games with my best friend.” I know this girl, so I know she also does soccer and […]

July 13th, 2011

Short Story Collection: Cheating at Canasta by William Trevor

For those who are drawn to haunting and gorgeously quiet collections of short stories, you cannot go wrong with Irish author William Trevor’s book Cheating at Canasta. It’s a beautifully written and slowly-paced collection. From guilt surrounding a hit and run accident to sadness as a husband (whose wife is sinking into senility) watches a […]

July 12th, 2011