Category Archives: College Bound

First Thursday: UnCollege

First Thursday: Uncollege– Self-directed Learning for the Independently Curious Student

November 5th, 2015

Sure, you know how to study, but do you know how to learn?  


Dale Stephens, founder of the UnCollege movement. Image via

Evert Villaseñor, a Program Specialist for UnCollege––a social movement challenging the notion that college is the only path to success––  will be visiting the library to talk to high school students about  self-directed learning.  This presentation will teach important skills for both students who want to go to college and those who want to forge an independent path of education. 

For high school students only. Register here.

Want to know more about self-directed learning before the First Thursday? Check out one student’s experiment putting self-directed learning into practice here.

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How to Access’s Premium Content

You may be familiar with’s free study tools, which are endlessly helpful for shmoopeverything from algebra to statistics. With your Mill Valley Library card, though, you can access Shmoop’s Premium content–including test prep for any AP Exam you can think of as well as SAT, ACT, and all of those other fun times standardized tests (scroll to the bottom of the page to see their complete course catalog). There’s also business and career info, writing help and much, MUCH more.

To get started…

1) Just click here

2) You will see something that looks like this:






3) Click “Let’s Go” and you will be taken to a page that looks like this:




4) Where it asks you for a “Magic Word,” enter your Library Card Number (starts with 211110)

5) Create a Username and Password

6) Click “CREATE”

After creating your account, you can log into with your username and password and click on “My Passes” to see your test prep!

*Don’t have a Library Card? Maybe you lost it sometime in the 5th grade? No worries. Just fill out the online application below and stop by the Library to pick up your (free!) card.

Online Library Card Application

What, exactly, do you get with Shmoop’s premium content? Oh, just this:


Health, Physical Education, and Counseling
Technology and Computer Science
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First Thursday: Taking a Gap Year on a Budget (Pictures and Information)

Thank you to Sam and everyone who came out to the Gap Year Workshop! Pictures of the event below. You can download a PDF of Sam’s handout here: Sam Bull Gap Year Resources



A slide from Sam’s presentation…




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There are a million great reasons to take a gap year between high school and college…and one big, expensive reason not to: money. Is it possible to have an exciting, fulfilling gap year without needing an endless flow of dollars? YES! But don’t take our word for it, come to this workshop and find out for yourself.

One of our guests is Sam Bull, who has been a gap year consultant since 1994. He will be talking about how to set up your own, low cost gap year. Other guests will include students who have recently taken gap years and are excited to share their information and experiences with you. Additionally, we will have tons of resources and information for you to take home, so you can explore even more gap year on a budget options on your own.

Registration for this event is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Register here.

This event is open to high school students and recent graduates only.


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