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The Importance of Pleasure Reading

One of the main goals of my job as a librarian is to help children become lifelong readers. I believe that a love of reading enhances life, opens new worlds, and expands minds. It can help children become happier, more well-rounded, more empathetic, more educated, and generally better citizens of this country and of the […]

October 30th, 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

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

2013 Adult Reading Challenge: Books & Bingo!

From July 1st to December 31st, play our version of Bingo with a new literary twist.  Win a Bingo by reading books in categories such as Man Booker Award Winners, Food Writing, or Something That Scares You. Each Bingo earns you an entry into our fantastic raffle for prizes including a $100 gift certificate to […]

June 28th, 2013

Reading is Delicious

Summer’s around the corner and we’re making plans to keep young Mill Valley readers engaged in the tasty art of reading. Studies have consistently shown that kids who read and visit the library during the summer actually minimize the reading lag that naturally occurs when returning to school in the fall. Besides, what’s not to […]

June 5th, 2013

PeRLs are Worth More than Gold

As April showers give way to May flowers, we’ll be making visits to 4th and 5th grade classes to talk up our amazing Personalized Reading List (PeRL) program. I know I am biased, but there probably isn’t another public library out there that offers such an outstanding service for readers of any age. (Sorry adults, […]

April 24th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing for Mars through Ch. 12

Well folks, we’re quickly approaching the end, and in short, I’m not sure what more Ms. Roach could cover. Our last two titillating chapters covered two popular pastimes: sleep and sex. Take note, all of you bed-lovers–spending too much time horizontally without exercise or weight-bearing motions will lead to a significant decrease in bone density.  […]

April 12th, 2013

One Book One Marin: Packing For Mars, Chapters 10 and beyond

  Houston, we have a problem…It appears that yours truly has slightly miscalculated the flight speed at which we should be reading. As a result, we’re behind schedule! I apologize for the error–next week’s blog entry will attempt to briefly summarize the book, and psych everyone up for attending the final event, where Mary Roach […]

April 5th, 2013