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Bridge to Terabithia

Banned Books Week: Final Thoughts & Bridge to Terabithia

I didn’t read much as a child. I had difficultly comprehending what I read and would find myself reading the same passage over and over again. Most books that I started never got finished. In fourth grade, I remember a color-coded system in which you graduated from color to color as you completed a certain [...]

September 30th, 2011
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Banned Books Week: The Giver 1993

The Giver by Lois Lowry What is your favorite challenged book that you have a connection with personally (as a child or adult) or professionally? From the moment I first read The Giver by Lois Lowry it has remained on my list of all-time favorite books. What is your connection with this book and why [...]

September 29th, 2011
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Banned Books Week: In the Night Kitchen 1970

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak Daisy Whitney is the author of the young adult novel The Mockingbirds,  included in the 2011 ALA list of Best Fiction for Young Adults and a 2010 NPR Best Teen Read, and its upcoming sequel The Rivals. Mill Valley Public Library’s Young Adult Librarian Katie MacBride interviewed her [...]

September 28th, 2011
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Banned Books Week: Heather has Two Mommies 1989

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman; Illustrated by Diana Souza When asked to write something for Banned Books Week, I decided to read Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman. According to the author, the book didn’t cause much of a stir when it was written in 1989. It wasn’t until 1992, when an [...]

September 27th, 2011
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Banned Books Week

It’s true that we live in an open-minded community, but Banned Books Week is about the restrictions of who can read what and who makes those decisions. And, even here in Mill Valley, there are ways that access to books is restricted every day. Banned Books Week is an annual, national time to focus on [...]

September 26th, 2011

First Thursdays at the Mill Valley Public Library

First Thursday events are for high school students or individuals 15-18 years old. All events are from 7-9 PM.  Food and beverages provided. First Thursday: What Now? October 6th, 2011, 7p.m. After high school, you go to college, right? Well, maybe. Whether you want a break from school, are worried about tuition or you simply [...]

September 22nd, 2011
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The Enormous Egg 1956

The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth; illustrated by Louis Darling People like award winners. Whether it’s a gold medal bottle of wine, an Oscar-winning movie, or a book with a Newbery sticker on the front, these symbols make it easy for us to take a gamble, try something new, and potentially discover some of our [...]

September 21st, 2011
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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices 1988

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices is one of those books where the content is perfectly matched—and even amplified—by the format. It is a collection of poetry written to be read aloud by two people. The poems are arranged in two columns down the page, with [...]

September 19th, 2011