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What We’re Reading, part 1, November 30, 2011

After Erin’s Manifesto, we started to wonder about our co-workers. What are they reading? Would they be willing to share their tastes? It’s been liberating for us to see the range of books our co-workers are reading, and thought it might be liberating for other people too. Ali Echo Park by Michael Connelly (on CD) […]

November 30th, 2011
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Miss Rumphius 1982

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney In order to keep library collections from growing out of control, librarians remove — or “weed” — books that are worn, torn, out of date, and underused  Although people freak out when I tell them that libraries throw books away, regular weeding is the only way to keep a collection […]

November 30th, 2011

December First Friday: Love, Philosophy and Radio: It’s Friday Night in Mill Valley

For our final First Friday, of the year (don’t worry, the series will continue in 2012, kicking off on January 6, 2012), we’re bringing a radio show to the Library. Philosophy Talk, a philosophy talk show on the public radio station KALW 91.7 FM, will be at the library taping an episode exploring the question “What is […]

November 30th, 2011
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Okay for Now 2011

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt Mock Newberys abound at this time of year. Libraries, schools and bloggers all over the country are discussing books, trying to understand the Newbery criteria and, ultimately, picking a winner. The actual Newbery award will be announced on January 10, and then everyone can cheer or boo or […]

November 28th, 2011
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Titanic 2004 (DK Eyewitness series)

Titanic (DK Eyewitness series) by Simon Adams Next year is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. No doubt, there will be a plethora of books published to commemorate that date. However, kids interested in learning about it now, could certainly do worse than look at the DK Eyewitness account. The DK Eyewitness […]

November 23rd, 2011
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Little Red Cap (1983)

Little Red Cap by the Brothers Grimm Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger I love fairy tales. In recent years I’ve been studying the Grimm tales as literature–reading some great books about the tales, like Maria Tatar‘s scholarly (but very readable) The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales—and revisting the tales themselves. Here in Mill Valley […]

November 21st, 2011

Erin’s Five-Point Reading Manifesto

When Ali and I were talking about the Man Booker Prize controversy (see her great post about it here), I realized that I’ve been slowly crafting my own reading manifesto. I’m sort of surprised I haven’t thought to do this before since reading, writing, and talking about reading are the main activities in my life. […]

November 18th, 2011
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Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World 2010

Celebritrees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World by Margi Preus, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon Step aside, George Clooney. In this delightful new picture book, Margi Preus and Rebecca Gibbon present fourteen celebrities who stand above — way, way above — any Hollywood heartthrob. Celebritees: Historic and Famous Trees of the World introduces fourteen leafy […]

November 16th, 2011