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Dauntless After Dark: After Hours Scavenger Hunt

First Thursday: Dauntless After Dark: After Hours Scavenger Hunt

Capture-the-Flag1December 4th, 8:30-10:00 PM 

Join us for an evening of after-hours mischief. Inspired by the Divergent trilogy, we’ve created an evening of excitement, beginning with a game of glow in the dark capture the flag throughout the library and ending with some Dauntless inspired prizes.

A combination intelligence, physical prowess, teamwork and, most importantly, bravery will be necessary to complete the challenges set before you during this after-hours scavenger hunt. Knowledge of the Divergent Trilogy is NOT necessary.

The first group of thrill-seekers to complete the hunt will be handsomely rewarded. Space is limited and registration is required.  Register at http://conta.cc/1pF0beA

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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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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Get a Personalized Ready List (PeRL)

Not sure what to read next?

Why waste your time reading book description after book description when you could have a librarian (me!) create a reading list for you, based on your personal preferences? Just contact me and we will set up an interview, either in person or through email. Open to high school students. 

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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.

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What, exactly, do you get with Shmoop’s premium content? Oh, just this:

COMPLETE COURSE CATALOG

Health, Physical Education, and Counseling
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New Books for November!

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Minecraft: Construction Handbook: An Official Mojang Book
(Fourth book in the Minecraft series)
by Inc. Scholastic
Published 2014 by Scholastic Inc.

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780545685177

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Jacket Notes:
If you can dream it, you can build it in Minecraft! This OFFICIAL guide will give you tips and tricks on how to be a creative genius!

You can make theme parks with incredible waterslide rides, or entire pirate coves complete with galleons! Is there nothing that can’t be achieved in Minecraft? Here the experts talk you through amazing constructs which range from awe-inspiring cathedrals to wacky inventions–like the hilarious animal cannon that catapults cows out to sea! Find out which are Notch’s personal favorites and get step-by-step instructions to fuel your own creative genius. Be ORE-some!

Egg & Spoon
by Gregory Maguire
Published 2014 by Candlewick Press (MA)

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780763672201

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Jacket Notes:
In this tour de force, master storyteller Gregory Maguire offers a dazzling novel for fantasy lovers of all ages.

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside. Her father has been dead for years. One of her brothers has been conscripted into the Tsar’s army, the other taken as a servant in the house of the local landowner. Her mother is dying, slowly, in their tiny cabin. And there is no food. But then a train arrives in the village, a train carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family destined to visit the Tsar in Saint Petersburg — a family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and — in a starring role only Gregory Maguire could have conjured — Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
by Stephanie Perkins
Published 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781250059307

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Jacket Notes:
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with “My True Love Gave to Me” Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers (Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de La Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Tayler and Kiersten White), edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, there’s something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
by A S King
Published 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316222723

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In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last–a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities–but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions–and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying: A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do anything to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

On a Clear Day
by Walter Dean Myers
Published 2014 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385387538

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Jacket Notes:

Young heroes decide that they are not too young or too powerless to change their world in this gripping, futuristic young adult novel by the “New York Times” bestselling author of the Printz Award-winning “Monster.”

It is 2035. Teens, armed only with their ideals, must wage war on the power elite.

Dahlia is a Low Gater: a sheep in a storm, struggling to survive completely on her own. The Gaters live in closed safe communities, protected from the Sturmers, mercenary thugs. And the C-8, a consortium of giant companies, control global access to finance, media, food, water, and energy resources–and they are only getting bigger and even more cutthroat. Dahlia, a computer whiz, joins forces with an ex-rocker, an ex-con, a chess prodigy, an ex-athlete, and a soldier wannabe. Their goal: to sabotage the C-8. But how will Sayeed, warlord and terrorist, fit into the equation?

Walter Dean Myers was a prolific author for young people, writing over one hundred books and receiving every major award in the field of children’s literature during his lifetime. He was the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature during 2012 and 2013.

Pen & Ink: Tattoos & the Stories Behind Them

by Isaac Fitzgerald

Published 2014 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781620404904

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Jacket Notes:

Every tattoo tells a story, whether the ink is meaningful or the result of a misguided decision made at the age of fourteen, representative of the wearer’s true self or the accidental consequence of a bender. These most permanent and intimate of body adornments are hidden by pants legs and shirttails, emblazoned on knuckles, or tucked inside mouths. They are battle scars and beauty marks, totems and mementos. “Pen & Ink” grants us access to the tattoos-and the stories behind them-of writers Cheryl Strayed and Roxane Gay; rockers in the bands Korn, Otep, and Five Finger Death Punch; and even a porn star. But it also illuminates the tattoos of the ordinary people living in our midst-from professors to thrift store salespeople, cafe owners to librarians, union organizers to administrators-and their extraordinary lives.Curated and edited by Isaac Fitzgerald, who sports twelve tattoos himself, each story “is like being let in on . . . secrets by . . . strangers who passed you on the street or sat across from you on the train” (Strayed) and features Wendy MacNaughton’s gorgeously rendered full-color illustrations of the tattoos on black-and-white drawings of the bearer’s body. At its heart, beneath its colorful skin, “Pen & Ink” is an exploration of the decision to scar one’s self with a symbol and a story.

Get Even
by Gretchen McNeil
Published 2014 by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780062260857

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Jacket Notes:

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common–at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought–and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.
Of Scars and Stardust
by Andrea Hannah
Published 2014 by Flux

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780738740829

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Jacket Notes:

After the attack that leaves her little sister, Ella, close to death in a snowy cornfield, Claire Graham is sent to live with her aunt in Manhattan to cope. But the guilt of letting Ella walk home alone that night still torments Claire, and she senses the violence that preyed on her sister hiding around every corner. Her shrink calls it a phobia. Claire calls it the truth.

When Ella vanishes two years later, Claire has no choice but to return to Amble, Ohio, and face her shattered family. Her one comfort is Ella’s diary, left in a place where only Claire could find it. Drawing on a series of cryptic entries, Claire tries to uncover the truth behind Ella’s attack and disappearance. But she soon realizes that not all lost things are meant to be found.
At All Costs
(Fourth book in the Red Zone series)
by Patrick Jones
Published 2014 by Lerner Classroom

Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781467744751

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Jacket Notes:
Kyle and Mike dream of playing college football. But Mike has taken some serious hits in their high school games. To keep Mike playing, Kyle helps him cheat the school’s concussion tests. But at what risk?
Blood of My Blood
by Barry Lyga
Published 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316198707

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Jacket Notes:
Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son?” Who is the true monster?

The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.

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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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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Warning: Contains spoilers about the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series

Published October, 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

502 Pages

Disclaimer: I am writing this at the beginning of what will no doubt be a very long mourning period. The Lightning Thief stole my heart in fourth grade, and I have loyally followed the series, through its many ups and downs, since then until this very last book. There is very little I can say about this book, because if you have made it this far, you are obviously a devoted fan who will read it anyway and form your own opinion. index

Here is what I will say: This book was in many ways a good ending to a marathon of myths, humor, couples, and cliffhangers. The characters stayed true to themselves and maintained their unique voices. The plot was intense and and only semi-predictable (I don’t typically find these books to be predictable at all, but since it’s the last one, there was only so many ways it could go). It was just as funny as ever, and especially in this book I could see Riordan catering a second level of humor to his older readership, with references to Doctor Who and The Hunger Games. My biggest complaint, one I know many readers will share, is that Percy and Annabeth don’t narrate any piece of this book. They are obviously highly involved in the action, and it is also fun to see other characters observing them. But since it’s the last book in the series, I am disappointed that I didn’t get one last chance to be inside their heads, especially Percy, since he narrated the entire first series.

While this book is clearly written for a younger audience than myself (I saw several websites that recommended it to readers ages 9-12), I still found it laugh out loud funny and heartfelt. Old jokes are remembered and new ones are told. At this point, I write more about who said what and Buford the Wonder Table, but I think it’s time to say goodbye. I love these characters, and after over 3,000 pages, this era is finally over. Goodbye, my friends.

Genre: Greek Myths

Keywords: Final chapter, Greek mythology, Percy Jackson, my childhood

Best Quote: “‘What if we promoted, like, Adidas shoes?’ Percy wondered. ‘Would that make Nike mad enough to show up?’ Leo smiled nervously. Maybe he and Percy did share something else – a stupid sense of humour. ‘Yeah, I bet that would totally be against her sponsorship deal. THOSE ARE NOT THE OFFICIAL SHOES OF THE OLYMPICS! YOU WILL DIE NOW!’”

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Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Spoiler Alert! Contains information about the Shiver trilogy! 

Published July 2014 by Scholastic Press

357 pages

Like many other fans of Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver trilogy I was surprised and overjoyed to discover that Stiefvater published an unexpected fourth installment of the series in the form of a companion novel three years after the last book, Forever, was released. This book takes place several years later as well, in Los Angeles, and features two of the main characters from the original story: rock star druggie turned werewolf Cole St. Clair, and emotionally damaged beauty queen Isabel Culpeper.index

The book starts with Cole flying to L.A. to get Isabel back after their possible romance was snuffed out years earlier when her parents moved her back to California. He has also decided to come out of hiding and face his fans, while keeping his lupine secret, of course. Stiefvater easily revives the character’s voices and, after all these years, kindles a romance that readers will root for until the very end.

This book possesses a lot of the stylistic qualities as Shiver, Linger, and Forever. Stiefvater brings back her humor in full force, poking fun at fame, Hollywood, and reality TV. Isabel’s stunningly witty and emotionally detached inner monologue when it comes to the state of her ruined family is as shocking as ever.

Sinner is best suited to people who loved the original series because although the plot is entertaining, Cole and Isabel slip right back into their emotional incompetence. For readers who aren’t already invested in the characters, I would imagine their antics to be frustrating and tiresome, rather than endurable. For those like me, who adored the first three books, this novel was like a gift–an opportunity to visit a world once thought to be closed forever and get some much needed closure.

Genre: YA Romance/Fantasy

Keywords: fame, love, family trauma, commitment, loss

Best Quote: “My father looked up sharply. He hadn’t heard what I’d said because he had been busy cutting the throat of my good mood on the center island. Luckily the granite had been chosen to provide a wipe clean surface for blood, orange juice, and disappointment.”

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Creative Writing Links and Wisdom

Thanks to the weekly Creative Writing Workshop for high school students, I do a lot of reading about writing. It seems selfish to keep such a plethora of knowledge to myself. If I find an article/post/cat gif that I, in my totally subjective way, find pertinent to the craft of writing, I will share it here. Generally speaking, I will only post the title and/or first few lines of something, with a link to the full text. If nothing else, this will be a useful repository for me to collect the interesting writing articles I find and usually promptly forget about. There may only be a few pieces to start, but I promise to continue to add more. If you come across something you think should be here, email me or post it to the Facebook page (which pretty much only I read) and I will repost here.  Read/Write on!

~Katie

  • All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.– ERNEST HEMINGWAY

  • I don’t follow Quora much but this showed up in my inbox and if Lois Lowery is talking about the process of writing a novel, I want to read what she has to say.
  • This illustrated version of Charles Bukowski’s “air and light and time and space” is awesome. 
  • I am living by this excerpt from Anne Lamott’s great book on writing, Bird By Bird.
  • I mean, you can be sure I am going to include lots of quotes from my boy Hemingway on this page: 

“When I am working on a book or story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day next you hit it again.” - ERNEST HEMINGWAY

  • Although this does not bode well for me, as I am actually the least athletic/exercise-y person alive, I am sure what Rebecca Makkai says is true:

“My cures for writer’s block are alarmingly pragmatic and physical. So pragmatic that they arrange themselves in list form! To wit: 1. Get up and walk around. A few years ago, I realized that the solutions to most of my writing problems would come to me in the bathroom. It wasn’t the bathroom itself, of course, that was magic, but the act of getting up from my desk and walking there, getting the blood flowing, and tearing my eyes away from the computer screen. So now, when I’m staring down a huge plot problem, I take a long walk—without a notepad. It’s nearly always solved by the time I get back. 2. Vitamin B. It’s better than caffeine. It makes you both calmer and smarter. I keep a bottle on my desk. 3. If you can, sleep late. That last cycle of sleep is when the weird dreams come, the ones you’ll actually remember. (And how great is it to say, “I have to sleep late for work?”) 4. Yoga. My point with all of these being: Writing isn’t entirely mental. You’re a physical being, and sometimes when your writing is broken, it’s your body that needs attention, not your mind.”
—Rebecca Makkai via The Millions

  • Finished a draft of something? Here are six questions to ask your reader to ensure they give helpful feedback.
  • Failure is Our Muse by Stephen Marche (good, because one of my stories keeps getting rejected and it’s giving me a sad!)
  • “You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.” JOSEPH CAMPBELL

  • What Writers Can Learn from “Goodnight Moon” by Aimee Bender
  • Fiction Writer's Cheat Sheet by RipleyNox

    Fiction Writer’s Cheat Sheet by RipleyNox

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