Category Archives: Past First Thursdays

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.

Sweet Reads Book Club: Eleanor and Park

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 Review Bono 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 16What 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

First Thursday: Legos and Games to Relax Your Brain

Thursday, June 5th from 7-8:30 PM in the Creekside Room

legosheaderEither 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.

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. 



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? 


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. 


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. 


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


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.

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

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

After Hours Triwizard Tournament Pictures


We gathered in the Creekside Room, where there were plenty of delicious snacks…

those who were brave enough to dry the drink were pleasantly surprised...

 And participants submitted their names to the Goblet of Fire…

Goblet of Fire

striking a pose when necessary…

Kate is always so camera shy...

Kate is always so camera shy…

First Challenge: Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans…


Second Challenge: “Quidditch”Quidditch1

Third Challenge: Name that Muggle…


Fourth Challenge: Get the Key Out of the Frozen Ice Cube…

this is mostly me looking astonished that the teams thought of BREAKING the ice. the teams were waaaay smarter than any of the librarians planning the event

this is mostly me looking astonished that the teams thought of BREAKING the ice. the teams were waaaay smarter than any of the librarians planning the event

Fifth Challenge: Unlock the box and find the book written on the piece of paper in the box…


 Sixth Challenge: As a team, complete the Harry Potter Crossword Puzzle located inside the book…


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In the end, the Durmstrang Team won, but everyone had a great night. Thanks to everyone who spent the evening Triwizarding with us!

First Thursday: Triwizard Tournament

December 5th, 2013 from 8:30-10:30 pm

On Thursday, December 5th, after the library closes, step inside and be transported to Hogwarts to participate in the dangerous and thrilling After Hours Triwizard Tournament! The Goblet of Fire will determine the school you will represent and you must use your intellect and strength to overcome the obstacles in your path towards fame, glory and prizes! Goblet

Although this tournament is not for the faint of heart, you can expect some delicious refreshments to reward your efforts, brought to you by Hogsmeade’s own Honeydukes Sweetshop.

Registration is mandatory for this event, as only thirty lucky witches and wizards will be able to compete for the glory of winning the Triwizard Tournament, bringing fame and adoration to self and school. Costumes are encouraged, so don’t miss out on your chance to test your skills and register here.

Only high school students are eligible to participate in the Tournament and we’re not afraid to use Dumbledore’s aging spell to ridicule those who try to circumvent the rules.