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Get your library card and design a bookmark in September!

  Fall is a great time to start something new – like joining the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and librarians everywhere urge everyone, especially kids, to get library cards. Our staff will be visiting classrooms to spread the word, so don’t be surprised if your elementary-school child expresses an urgent desire to [...]

September 4th, 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
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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
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You Go Girl! Books with Strong Girls

Now that Women’s History Month is nearly history, I would like to add my two cents to March’s month-long celebration of women and girls. It’s my contention that protagonists in fiction are no less influential than the real people in biographies. While growing up during the 1960s, my heroes were Louisa May Alcott’s Meg, Lewis [...]

March 27th, 2013
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Library Cards and Designer Bookmarks

September and October are great months to celebrate the legacy of the past and the promise of our library’s future. Bring your youngster in to get a library card (or get one yourself), pick up some Bookmark Design Contest entry forms (or download them here), and remember how much there is to love about the [...]

September 12th, 2012
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It’s the end-of-summer party!!

As August makes its way past the halfway mark, things are winding down in the Children’s Room – no longer are there throngs of children waiting to get their reading logs stamped as soon as the library opens. The game concludes this Friday, roughly two weeks before public schools open on September 10th. Participants in [...]

August 22nd, 2012
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Earth Day and Metafiction in Picture Books

The Cloud Spinner (2012) by Michael Catchpool, illustrated by Alison Jay. A boy who spins exquisite yarn from clouds makes two magical scarves that he wears for hot and cold weather. His mantra, “Enough is enough and not once stitch more,” is the refrain of a song taught to him by his mother. When a [...]

April 18th, 2012
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Lions, Bunnies, and Nerds – New Book for Older Readers

The Lions of Little Rock (2012) by Kristin Levine It’s 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas and twelve-year old Marlee won’t say a word – she is literally struck dumb in front of her classmates, too shy to speak in anything but one word sentences. When Liz, a pretty, self-confident new girl befriends and draws her [...]

March 21st, 2012