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Spooky Stories for Halloween and Other Traditions

The Ghost’s Dinner by Jacques Duquennoy What happens when ghosts dine together? Find out when Henry hosts a dinner party for friends. Ghosts enjoy what you and I like – drinks, appetizers, the main course, and dessert. But these ghosts turn into the colors and shapes of what they eat! Delight in this meal that [...]

October 23rd, 2013
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BANNED! Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Banning books. Challenging novels. Censorship. Sounds like something from a couple of generations ago, right? Unfortunately, these practices are alive and well in 2013 America, and it is children’s books that are most frequently under fire. Some books that are now considered classics, such as Catcher in the Rye, Bridge to Terabithia, and  Are You There God, It’s [...]

September 25th, 2013
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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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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
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Escaped Prisoners, Grave Robbers, and Detectives: New Books for Older Readers

Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gewirtz Eleven-year-old Annie and her younger brother, Rew, live with their grandma in a run-down house at the edge of the forest. Gran tells them that their mother didn’t want them, and their father died in a fight with an angry man. Annie and Rew get the most joy reading [...]

May 22nd, 2013
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Science, Dragons, and Revolutions: New Books for Older Readers

Rachel Carson and Her Book that Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor This beautiful new picture book tells the story of Rachel Carson’s life, from her nature-loving childhood through her 1962 publication of Silent Spring, the book that launched modern environmentalism. Carson was a biologist by training at a time when few women entered scientific [...]

April 17th, 2013