For the month of July, slam poet extraordinaire Billy Butler will be teaching four Slam Poetry Workshops. Billy has performed his spoken word poetry everywhere from the Mill Valley Library to Carnegie Hall in New York! Register for one or all of these special classes.
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. Registerhere. Veronica Roth’s books can be foundhere.
This summer we want you to Choose Your Own Adventure! Unlike during the school year, this is your chance to read whatever interests you and earn the chance to win prizes while doing it. To participate, follow the instructions below.
Sign up for the Choose Your Own Adventure program onlineor at the library*.
Pick up your Reading Passport at the Library Reference Desk.
Choose whatever book(s) you want to read (see below for reading suggestions/resources).
Write the title of each book you read in your Passport to document your summer reading journey.
When you finish a book, bring your passport to the Library for a stamp and a raffle ticket.
Win prizes at our “Final Adventure” party on August 18th in the Outdoor Amphitheater. Awesome prizes include, but are not limited to, gift certificates to Sol Food, Grilly’s, and Book Passage, and a brand new iPad Mini!The more books you read, the more raffle tickets you get, the more chances you have to win! You do not have to be present to win (but there will be Sol Food, a slam poetry performance, and more, so you should probably come).
Need recommendations for good books? We’ve got you covered!
Check out our reading lists, specially created by Katie and other library staff.
Find inspiration on our Reading Resources page, which includes links to websites and databases with great book suggestions.
Want something more personalized? Make an appointment with Katie, and she’ll craft a reading list just for you, based on your interests. You can find her email, phone number, and hours here.
*Open to high school students (including rising freshmen and recent grads) only.
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 Alaskahere.
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.
MONDAY July 7th, 2014 (Note: This is not taking place on a Thursday, it’s on a MONDAY). See you there!
Creekside Room, 7 PM
“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”
Nothing is quite as sweet as your first romance. Join us as we read Rainbow Rowell’s award-winning novel, Eleanor and Park, which follows the blossoming relationship between two misfits who are smart enough to know that first love rarely lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. Refreshments will be provided. Registration required. Register here. Find a copy of the book here.
About Eleanor and Park:
“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”-John Green, The New York Times Book ReviewBono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be, she says; we’re 16. What about Romeo and Juliet?Shallow, confused, then dead.I love you; Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book.A Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2013. A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of 2013. A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. An NPR Best Book of 2013
Thursday, June 5th from 7-8:30 PM in the Creekside Room
Either you have finals approaching and need to blow off some steam or you are basically done with school and ready to start summer. Whatever your situation, you could use an hour or two of nostalgic fun. We’ll have all the best board games (and feel free to bring your own) as well as Twister and giant tubs of Legos with which you can create a masterpiece. So leave your textbooks behind (temporarily or for good!) and come down to the Library for non-study times! Registration isn’t required, but if you are planning on dropping by, it would be great if you could sign-up, so we know how many sweet treats to provide. Register here.
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.
It’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-aceing self down to the Library. Contact Katie with any questions.
Sad to see the summer end? Don’t worry, the summer isn’t over yet! Meet us in the Outdoor Amphitheater to enjoy one last warm summer evening with free Sol Food, a raffle for summer reading prizes, a slam poetry performance by students in Billy Butler’s summer workshop, and more! Registration recommended (and appreciated) so we know how much food to provide. Register here.