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The Final Adventure: Summer Reading Party, Raffle, and Prize Collection

August 18, 2014

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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.

(Pictures from the 2013 end of summer party.)

Kindle Fire Winning!

Thanks for the beautiful shot, Sarah!

Thanks for the beautiful shot, Sarah!

Choose Your Own Adventure/Summer Reading Extravaganza (Instructions)

CYOAThis 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 online or at the library*. 
  • Pick up your Reading Passport at the Library Reference Desk. 

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

Slam Poetry with Billy Butler, Wednesdays 7/9-7/30

billybutler2For 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.

Wednesday, July 9, 7:00-8:30. Creekside Room. Register here.

Wednesday, July 16, 7:00-8:30. Creekside Room. Register here.

Wednesday, July 23, 7:00-8:30. Creekside Room. Register here.

Wednesday, July 30, 7:00-8:30. Creekside Room. Register here.

Check out Billy doing his thing on his YouTube channel here.

Slam Poetry Competition 2014

Update: Watch the video of the Slam Poetry Competition here!

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: 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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An Ode to High School Boys by Kate Luebkeman

Oh, how I love thee.

When I walk onto the school campus and see you scratching your crotches while talking about sports played entirely on the internet, it makes me just want to kiss you on the spot.

Everyday when I wake up, I look at my calendar and write down my excited daily bet on what underwear you are going to wear. Because, lets face it- you wear your pants low enough for everyone to see them. Oh, and those “I Love Beer” boxers really show the mature side of you.

At several points throughout the day, I have to remind myself of how outstandingly creative your vocabulary is. You are so right- “Gay” really does describe everything.

You have opened my eyes to the world of real, meaningful music- like 2chainz and Kanye. And I hope I don’t sound creepy, but I made a playlist of your favorite songs on my iPod after I heard them playing from across the hall, from the earbuds hanging over your ears.

You must be really popular and party a lot, because beer pong shirts are only worn by the most popular and charismatic people at school.

Thanks for putting those pictures of you mooning the camera on Facebook; now, I need no longer Google search “Channing Tatum” to find pictures of some quality ass.

I know you must have giant genetalia; your beautiful penis art drawn all over your desk is clearly just representing your reality. I believe you are very experienced with women; you must have fathered over twenty kids with the amount of  times I hear you yell “my boy” across school.

Damn, I wish I could just stay in High School forever just to be with you. Soon I’ll have to confront a whole other specimen… College Boys. I’m a little scared to be honest. What if they try to have intelligent, meaningful conversations with me, while respecting my rights as a young women?! I won’t know what to do.

Love forever and always,

Kate xoxo