Category Archives: Events

“Choose Your Own Adventure” Summer Reading Extravaganza

 Open to high school students (including rising freshmen and recent grads) only 

During the school year you are constantly being told what to read. Well, no more! Summer is here and it’s time for you to choose your own books. Instead of giving grades, however, we thought it would be more fun to give you prizes.

Here’s how it works:

1) Register online or at the Library (registration begins on June 9th and closes on August 18th)

2) Pick up a Passport at the Library Reference Desk

3) Choose whatever book(s) you want to read. You can get book suggestions here or make an appointment with Katie to get personalized reading suggestions.

4) When you finish a book, bring your passport to the Library for a stamp and a raffle ticket.

5) On August 18th, we will have a raffle drawing at our “Final Adventure” end-of-summer celebration* for a Kindle Fire, gift certificates and many more prizes. The more books you read, the more raffle tickets you get, the more chances you have to win!

*Attendance at the end of summer celebration not mandatory to win a prize. 

Creative Writing Workshops

Forget essays and homework; discover what it means to let creativity run wild and write for pleasure at these weekly creative writing workshops. We will read and discuss poetry, fiction, non-fiction, slam poetry, and any other type of writing that strikes our fancy. These workshops offer the opportunity to explore your writing skills in a relaxed, informal environment. Creative Writing Workshops aren’t about getting a good grade or writing a critical analysis, they are about trying new things and creating something exciting to put on a blank page.

If you don’t feel like writing, that’s fine too, you are always welcome to just hang out, eat candy, and listen to what others have to say. You can read past students’ writing here. Like our Facebook page here.

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All events are open to high school students only.

First Thursday: Tam High Honors Drawing and Painting Exhibition

May 1st, 2014

7 PM

Celebrate the talents of Tam High Honors Drawing and Painting class as we kick off their month-long art exhibit. The students used hand-cut stencils and watercolors to depict endangered animals.

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by Xander Weaver-Scull

A reception in the Creekside Room will include a discussion with the artists as well as West Marin artist Xander Weaver-Scull, whose visit to the classroom provided the inspiration for the students’ work. Food and beverages provided. Open to all ages, no registration required. Check out pictures from the last Tam High Exhibition at the Library here

First Thursday: Screen Printing Workshop Pictures

Huge thanks to Sam and James from Chromaculture Screen Printing and Design in Novato for teaching us the art of screen printing and helping us come up with our own designs!

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April 3rd, 2014 at 7 PM                          

imagesSee what it takes to make a concert poster come alive or a t-shirt stand out! In this hands-on workshop Sam Kraus, owner of Chromaculture Screen Printing and Design, will teach you the fundamentals of screen printing. You’ll learn everything from how to create the artwork to the process of printing. 

Everyone who registers will leave the workshop with their own screen-printed shirt. Registration required and space is VERY limited. Register here.

If registration is full, you can add your name to the wait-list here and we will notify you if space becomes available. 

 

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Slam Poetry Competition Pictures

Thank you to everyone who made the Slam Poetry Competition a rousing success! The 10 poets inspired, moved, and awed an audience of over 260 people. Below are a few photos from the event. If you have any photos you would like to share, please email them to me at kmacbride@cityofmillvalley.org. Poems from the evening can be found here (I will add more poems as I receive them). Video of the event will be posted when it becomes available.

Pre-slam prep with pizza and our amazing emcee, Chinaka Hodge…

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A few poets…

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photo credit: Matt Ross

photo credit: Matt Ross

 

photo credit: Matt Ross

photo credit: Matt Ross

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In front of a huge crowd…insta crowdshot

Photo credit: Matt Ross

Photo credit: Matt Ross

Impressing judges…

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photo credit: Matt Ross

 

 

 

photo credit: Matt Ross

photo credit: Matt Ross

A winner…

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And a well-deserved standing ovation for all…

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The applause and the accolades continued well after the competition was over….

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Slam Poetry Competition 2014

Thank you to everyone who made this night such a huge success! You can view pictures from the evening here and read poems from the evening here.

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First Thursday: The Art of Comedy (pictures)

First, Dhaya broke us up into groups and asked us to brainstorm about people/events/anything we found funny. Why was it funny? 

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Then, we watched clips from a variety of different comedians (Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Mitch Hedberg, Margaret Cho) and talked about what did…or didn’t make those comedians funny. 

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Next, Dhaya explained different comedic devices. She talked about a joke she is working on and we discussed ways she could improve/expand the joke for one of her sets. 

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Finally, everyone got a chance to stand up and perform a joke that they had workshopped in their respective groups.

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Look at how brave Austenne is! She did a fantastic job, too!

First Thursday: The Art of Comedy

The Art of Comedy with  Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Thursday, February 6th at 7:00 PM

dhayaarmsWhat is comedy? It’s stand-up, humorous story telling, making liquids come out of all the holes in your friends’ faces. In this interactive workshop comedic storyteller and stand up comic, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, (SF Bay Guardian’s Best Comedian, 2013; frequent storyteller on NPR’s Snap Judgement and Katie’s totally awesome friend) will help participants explore the various facets of comedy as well as share her (hilarious) challenges and triumphs in the world of professional comedy. Registration required. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER ASAP! Register here.

Check out this video of Dhaya telling a hilarious story at the library here.

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I had to include this picture just because it makes me laugh.

You can find more of  Dhaya’s stuff here

First Thursday: Movie & Pizza (Easy A)

January 2nd, 2014; 7 PM; Creekside Room

Start 2014 with good food, good friends, and Emma Stone learning lessons the hard way in the hilarious film, Easy A. Easy AStefano’s Pizza provided. Registration recommended (so we know how much pizza to get for your hungry faces). Register here