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Moving Up to Fiction Books

When kids first start to read, there’s a fairly straightforward progression through picture books, young readers (the red dot books in our collection) and then to chapter books (the green dots). But once your reader is ready to move into the fiction section of the library, it can be tough to find the right book [...]

July 31st, 2013
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New Nonfiction

A couple of times a year we like to highlight some of the recent nonfiction that we have added to the Library collection. With the new Common Core standards, many schools are placing new emphasis on nonfiction, and giving these types of terrific books some new attention. Here we have some examples of new narrative [...]

July 24th, 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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Dancing, Counting, and Busy-Busy Animals: New Books for Younger Children

  Boom! by Mary Lyn Ray Rosie is a small dog who is very brave. She’s not afraid of garbage collectors, fire fighters, sirens, vacuums, or taking a bath. Then, BOOM! As soon as a storm begins and the thunder sounds, Rosie heads for cover. Nothing soothes her, not even a dog biscuit. Rosie’s boy tries [...]

July 17th, 2013
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Dolls, Wishes, and Secrets: New Books for Older Readers

Doll Bones by Holly Black, with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler The co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles series has crafted a truly creepy tale of an old bone-china doll and the three friends that she may or may not be haunting. Zach’s dad threw away his action figures, so he can no longer play the game that [...]

July 10th, 2013
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Suumertime – and the reading is easy…

The long summer vacation is a great time for kids to catch up on some reading. Some like to keep it light and breezy, while others enjoy having enough leisure time to read something really challenging. But what about books about summer vacations? There are lots of these, because it’s a great way for an [...]

July 3rd, 2013