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Songs, Scouts, and Essays: New Books for Older Readers

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata Newbery Award winner (Kira-Kira) Kadohata has created another sweet and gentle story about Japanese Americans living in unusual situations. Twelve-year-old Summer is convinced that her family has nothing but bad luck. She nearly died from malaria and harbors a fear of (and fascination for) mosquitoes, which are everywhere. […]

August 28th, 2013

Celebrate Reading and the End-of-Summer at Your Library!

Things are winding down in the Children’s Room – the clamoring crowds of kids waiting to get their reading logs stamped have thinned out, books are returning to the library by the dozen, and the phrase “back to school” is wafting on the breeze. But it’s not over yet… Now that “real” summer weather has […]

August 21st, 2013

Rain, Fog and Snow: New Books for Younger Readers

Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan Octopus hides in her dark cave. Her tentacles curve and twist around her bulbous body as she shyly watches the busy reef outside. When several small seahorses try to play, Octopus flees. In her attempts to avoid the curious creatures, she finds herself away from the reef, her familiar cave, […]

August 15th, 2013

Getting Ready to Read

As we approach the end of summer, families are getting ready to send their little ones off to school. If it’ll be your child’s first day of Kindergarten, check out our post about some great Kindergarten books. But if your child is younger, there are plenty of things you can do right now to get […]

August 7th, 2013

Ebooks and Libraries: Why You Still Can’t Have It All

Libraries across the country offer a variety of ebook and e-audobook content. Here at the Mill Valley Public Library, we offer ebooks through 2 different databases: Overdrive’s MARINet Digital Downloads and 3M Cloud Library. You can check out e-audiobooks through Overdrive and One Click Digital. So far, so good, right? But perhaps several of you […]

August 6th, 2013