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Project Censored Presents Digging Deeper—Flex Your Media Literacy Muscles to Find and Report the Truth

Thursday, January 22nd at 7 PM; Creekside RoomPCdudes

There’s a war happening among news outlets, but the mainstream media is hoping you’ll ignore it. Corporate news and establishment journalism churn out the same narratives, assuming that you’ll be so mesmerized by click-baiting headlines that you won’t think to ask critical questions about where this “news” is coming from. Or who is paying for it.

Project Censored is on the front lines of the war against censorship and corporate media. This workshop with folks from PC will teach you how find, and report on, the news that didn’t make the news. This event is a must for any student interested in journalism or having an unbiased understanding of the world. For high school students only. Registration required. Register here.

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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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How to Access Shmoop.com’s Premium Content

You may be familiar with Shmoop.com’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:

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

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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 shmoop.com 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:

COMPLETE COURSE CATALOG

Health, Physical Education, and Counseling
Technology and Computer Science
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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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Stars by Clem Grace

We turn to the stars
for comfort
We think those bright little pin pricks
those holes in the atmosphere
can somehow steer us
in the right direction

Because stars surely know
up from down
stars must realize they’re
suspended, indefinitely,
light-years away from each
desperate pair
of searching eyes

They must realize how
superior they are
to us inferior beings
us creatures who succumb
to the force of gravity

Stars never touch ground
just float
effortlessly, tauntingly, above us,
above our heads

So at times
when our head space seems
too expansive
for the minuscule reality
which is our existence

We turn to the stars
because at least they know
their place in the universe

But the truth is
even stars know no directional boundaries

Because if Pythagoras was right,
if the world is truly round,
suspended in dark infinity,
suspended in a blanket of sky,
then what lives above our heads
must also live below our feet

The high and mighty stars, therefore, surround us
that glittering blackness
encompasses us
We search for meaning so high
above our realities
when perhaps we could just be
peering over the edge of the earth.

And I don’t know if the
surrounding constellations,
the sometimes supernovas,
are a comfort or a warning

A protective shield
from galaxies unknown
or a reminder
that our lives are ultimately insignificant

But I know that some stars
are 100 times more powerful
than the sun
the most powerful thing we know
in this not quite geocentric universe
So if the stars know their place
We must know our place as well,
a place within them
a place within the stars.

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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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actually so cute

this was my pick

this was my pick

Zines!

Brazine!

Brazine!

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the creative process...

the creative process…

Ilyana smiling makes me smile, always.

Ilyana smiling makes me smile, always.

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collaborative zine-ing

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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Help Us Plan Our Future: Library Survey

Without your help we can only guess what you want,  so please consider filling out this short survey.  We really do want to know what you think. It’s your Library. You can also contact the Young Adult Librarian, Katie, anytime if you want to provide additional feedback or have any questions about the Young Adult Department.

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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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