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Late Night Study Halls: Tuesday December 16th-Thursday December 18th

Every finals week, the Library stays open an extra two hours, just for high school students who are studying for finals. 

Upcoming Late Night Study Halls:  12/16-12/18, 9-11 PM

coffeeIt’s finals week and all you want is some place where you can study (either in groups or alone) after school closes, refuel (with sweets and coffee), and take a break every now and then to catch up with your friends. Well, you’re in luck! The Mill Valley Library will be staying open, just for high school students, an extra two hours: from 9-11 PM. Grab a friend and a cup of coffee and get your finals-acing self down to the Library. Contact Katie with any questions.

 

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Pictures from Dauntless After Dark: After Hours Scavenger Hunt and Capture the Flag

We began the evening with a game of glow in the dark Capture the Flag…on both floors of the Library…

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The “flag” had two keys attached to it. Each team broke up into two smaller groups and went in search of the locked boxes that would lead to their next task

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Inside were Soduku puzzles that even the brightest Erudites would have trouble cracking…

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Correctly answering the Sodoku led each team to a different Dewey Decimal Number…

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Inside the correct book was an envelope full of paper images…

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The final challenge was a test of balance and speed….

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Creative Writing Workshops; Wednesday nights from 7-8:30 PM

creativewritinginstagramForget 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.

313393_283129255049078_100000560186552_1070834_1377457794_nIf 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. 

Student writing can be found here.

Like our Facebook page here.

Creative Writing links of interest can be found here.

Contact Katie (workshop facilitator and Young Adult Librarian) here. 

Workshops are open to high school students only

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Pictures from First Thursday: The Art of Screen Printing Workshop

Huge thanks to Sam, Nina, and James from Chromaculture Screen Printing and Design for spending their Thursday evening showing us how to make our own screens, press, and design and print our own clothes!

Sam, Nina, and James explain the wonderful world of screen printing

Sam, Nina, and James explain the wonderful world of screen printing

James demonstrates a very easy, DIY way to make a screen

James demonstrates a very easy, DIY way to make a screen…and how to look uber hip whilst doing it…

We check out what fancier screens look like...

We check out what fancier screens look like…

James reads from "Damn Good Advice"

James reads from “Damn Good Advice”

Pay attention!

Pay attention!

Picking out shirts...

Picking out shirts…

Sam demonstrates the process...

Sam demonstrates the process…

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And now it's our turn

And now it’s our turn

Hey, they match!

Hey, they match!

Having three printing stations allowed us to have twice the printing experience!

Having three printing stations allowed us to have twice the printing experience!

 

Out of all the designs, how could this not be my favorite?

Out of all the designs, how could this not be my favorite?

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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

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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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Pictures from “Take Your Rage to the Page” Zine Workshop

Well, that definitely goes down in history as one of my favorite events! Thank you so much to Elly Blue and Joe Biel, Ruby the second most awesome dog ever, and everyone else who attended!

First, Elly and Joe helped us make a list of everything that makes us angry (it was long…)

Hi Elly and Joe! You guys are the best!

Hi Elly and Joe! You guys are the best!

 

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making our big list of angers (2)

making our big list of angers (2)

Then we talked about what zines are and how they can help us express that anger…

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We looked at some examples of zines…before we made our own!

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this was my pick

Zines!

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Brazine!

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the creative process...

the creative process…

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Ilyana smiling makes me smile, always.

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collaborative zine-ing

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Thanks again for a wonderful night! Elly, Joe, and Ruby, come back soon!

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Open to high school students and recent grads only. Registration required, register here. 

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Joe Biel, one of Microcosm Publishing’s coolest dudes and one of our esteemed workshop leaders.

What pisses you off? What do you want to say about it? Zines give voice to the silenced and publicize stories that the mainstream media refuses to cover. By taking their rage to the page, zinesters not only find a way to articulate their perspective but also share their vision with the world. 

On Tuesday, September 2nd, the Zine aficionados from Microcosm Publishing in Portland will teach you how to turn the issues you care about into a powerful tool for social change. Or, you can  just learn how to use zines to tell a really good story. Take a look at the awesome time we had with Microcosm Publishing last year.

All participants who register will leave with a blank book to start their zine-making endeavors as well as the Microcosm Zine of their choice.

Don’t know what a zine is? Check out this lovely little film by Jacob Carroll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vExSlbOjiv4

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Pictures and Videos from the End-of-Summer Party

UPDATED 8/29: Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the fantastic summer evening with Sol Food, poetry, and prizes! Enjoy the pictures and some delightful videos of Billy and Chase killing it on stage (thanks, Clara!). 

I dare you to look at this picture and not get hungry

I dare you to look at this picture and not get hungry

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PRIZES

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“Surprise” guest, Sally!

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I don’t really know what’s happening in this picture, but I love it all.

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Our talented performers...

Our talented performers…

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Factions Before Blood: A Discussion of the Divergent Trilogy

August 4th, 2014; Conference Room; 7 PM

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

If you have read Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, you probably have a lot…feelings. Join us as we discuss our thoughts about the trilogy, from how the movie compared to the book to the controversial ending of the final installment. Favorite characters? Most shocking moments? We’ll be talking about it all. Refreshments will be provided. Registration required. Register here. Veronica Roth’s books can be found here.divergent-trilogy

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Famous Last Words: A Looking for Alaska Book Club

July 21, 2014

7pm; Conference Room

71T37YkJzFL._SL1500_You have heard all about The Fault in Our Stars, but have you read John Green’s first book? Looking for Alaska tells the story of “brilliant, insightful, suffering but enduring” Pudge’s first year of boarding school where he meets two people who will change his life forever. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time reading it or your 71st time reading it, join us for a discussion of what makes this book a classic. Refreshments provided. Registration required. Register here. Find a copy of Looking for Alaska here.

 

 

About Looking for Alaska:

Winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist
New York Times bestseller

First drink
First prank
First friend
First girl
Last words

Miles “Pudge” Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.”
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.
John Green’s stunning debut marks the arrival of a stand-out new voice in young adult fiction.

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