UPDATE 10/5/15: The October meeting will be taking place in the Young Adult area of the Library. The YA area is on the first floor of the Library, across from the CDs/Music collection. This is a one time change to accommodate other programs in the Creekside and Conference Rooms.
Do you have a story to tell? This fall, the Library is taking storytelling to the next level with our new MyCast program.
Over four classes, you will write, edit, record your story, and share it with the world.
Whether you choose to express yourself through fiction, non-fiction (such as an opinion piece or an interview), or poetry, MyCast gives you the opportunity to voice what matters to you.
In the MyCast program, you’ll learn essential writing, editing, and technology skills. Your story, as well as the stories of the other students who participate, will be available for download as a podcast on iTunes and on the Library’s website.
Space in this exciting new (FREE) program is limited and is open to high school students only. Please make sure you can attend both writing and editing sessions and at least two of the four podcasting sessions (dates listed below).
Writing and Editing: 10/18, 10/25: 1-3 PM
Intro to Podcasting & Recording: 11/1; 11/8 12:30-3:30 PM
Podcasting & Recording make-up/additional classes: 11/22, 11/29 at 1-3 PM
Read the Mill Valley Patch’s article on the program here.
Additional cycles scheduled for winter and spring. Details to come.
The Mill Valley Library is located at 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Contact the Young Adult Librarian at 415-389-4292 x 4727
by Pat Schmatz
Published 2015 by Candlewick Press (MA)
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780763676353
In a futuristic society run by an all-powerful Gov, a bender teen on the cusp of adulthood has choices to make that will change her life and maybe the world.
Fifteen-year-old bender Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture. Abandoned as a baby and raised by Sheila, an ardent nonconformist, Kivali has always been surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? Is it true what Sheila says, that she was deposited on Earth by the mysterious saurians? “What are you? “people ask, and Kivali isn t sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she s in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she s ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the “knowings” inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her? A coming-of-age story rich in friendships and the shattering emotions of first love, this deeply felt novel will resonate with teens just emerging as adults in a sometimes hostile world.”
I Crawl Through It
by A S King
Published 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780316334099
Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. The anxieties they face at every turn have nearly pushed them to the point of surrender: senseless high-stakes testing, the lingering damage of past trauma, the buried grief and guilt of tragic loss. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening.
So they will lie. They will split in two. They will turn inside out. They will even build an invisible helicopter to fly themselves far away…but nothing releases the pressure. Because, as they discover, the only way to truly escape their world is to fly right into it.
The genius of acclaimed author A.S. King reaches new heights in this groundbreaking work of surrealist fiction; it will mesmerize readers with its deeply affecting exploration of how we crawl through traumatic experience-and find the way out.
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine
by Stephanie Tromly
Published 2015 by Kathy Dawson Books
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780525428404
“Sherlock “meets “Veronica Mars” meets “Ferris Bueller s Day Off” in this story of a wisecracking girl who meets a weird but brilliant boy and their roller-coaster of a semester that s one part awkward, three parts thrilling, and five parts awesome
When Philip Digby first shows up on her doorstep, Zoe Webster is not impressed. He’s rude and he treats her like a book he’s already read and knows the ending to. But before she knows it, Digby–annoying, brilliant and somehow attractive?–has dragged her into a series of hilarious and dangerous situations all related to an investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. A kidnapping that may be connected to the tragic disappearance of his own sister eight years ago.
When it comes to Digby, Zoe just can’t say no. Digby “gets” her, even though she barely gets herself. But is Digby a hero, or is his manic quest an indication of a desperate attempt to repair his broken family and exercise his own obsessive compulsive tendencies?
A romance where the leading man is decidedly unromantic, a crime novel where catching the crook isn’t the only hook, a friendship story where they aren’t even sure they like each other–this is a contemporary debut with razor-sharp dialogue, ridiculously funny action, and the most charismatic dynamic duo you’ve ever met.”
by Smith Andrew
Published 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9781481418294
Ryan Dean West is back to his boarding school antics in this bitingly funny sequel to “Winger,” which “Publishers Weekly “called “alternately hilarious and painful, awkward and enlightening” (“Publishers Weekly,” starred review).
It’s his last year at Pine Mountain, and Ryan Dean should be focused on his future, but instead, he’s haunted by his past. His rugby coach expects him to fill the roles once played by his lost friend, Joey, as the rugby team’s stand-off and new captain. And somehow he’s stuck rooming with twelve-year-old freshman Sam Abernathy, a cooking whiz with extreme claustrophobia and a serious crush on Annie Altman–aka Ryan Dean’s girlfriend, for now, anyway.
Equally distressing, Ryan Dean’s doodles and drawings don’t offer the relief they used to. He’s convinced N.A.T.E. (the Next Accidental Terrible Experience) is lurking around every corner–and then he runs into Joey’s younger brother Nico, who makes Ryan Dean feel paranoid that he’s avoiding him. Will Ryan Dean ever regain his sanity?
From the author of the National Book Award-nominated “100 Sideways Miles,” which “Kirkus Reviews “called “a wickedly witty and offbeat novel,” “Stand-Off “is filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and delivers the same spot-on teen voice and relatable narrative that legions of readers connected with in “Winger.”
Show and Prove
by Sofia Quintero
Published 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780375847073
“A must-read for fans of Walter Dean Myer’s “All the Right Stuff” and other lovers of proud urban realism.” “Kirkus Reviews”
The summer of 1983 was the summer hip-hop proved its staying power. The South Bronx is steeped in Reaganomics, war in the Middle East, and the twin epidemics of crack and AIDS, but Raymond Smiles King and Guillermo Nike Vega have more immediate concerns.
Smiles was supposed to be the assistant crew chief at his summer camp, but the director chose Cookie Camacho instead, kicking off a summer-long rivalry. Meanwhile, the aspiring b-boy Nike has set his wandering eye on Sara, the sweet yet sassy new camp counselor, as well as top prize at a breakdancing competition downtown. The two friends have been drifting apart ever since Smiles got a scholarship to a fancy private school, and this summer the air is heavy with postponed decisions that will finally be made.
Raw and poignant, this is a story of music, urban plight, and racial tension that s as relevant today as it was in 1983.
What You Left Behind
by Jessica Verdi
Published 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9781492608745
Jessica Verdi, the author of My Life After Now and The Summer I Wasn’t Me, returns with a heartbreaking and poignant novel of grief and guilt that reads like Nicholas Sparks for teens.
It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.
The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic-and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions. Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?
“Ryden’s story is a moving illustration of how sometimes you have to let go of the life you planned to embrace the life you’ve been given. A strong, character-driven story that teen readers will love.”-Carrie Arcos, National Book Award Finalist for Out of Reach
Notorious Pagan Jones
(First book in the Pagan Jones series)
by Nina Berry
Published 2015 by Harlequin Teen
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780373211432
Pagan Jones went from America’s sweetheart to fallen angel in one fateful night in 1960: the night a car accident killed her whole family. Pagan was behind the wheel and driving drunk. Nine months later, she’s stuck in the Lighthouse Reformatory for Wayward Girls and tortured by her guilt–not to mention the sadistic Miss Edwards, who takes special delight in humiliating the once-great Pagan Jones.
But all of that is about to change. Pagan’s old agent shows up with a mysterious studio executive, Devin Black, and an offer. Pagan will be released from juvenile detention if she accepts a juicy role in a comedy directed by award-winning director Bennie Wexler. The shoot starts in West Berlin in just three days. If Pagan’s going to do it, she has to decide fast–and she has to agree to a court-appointed “guardian,” the handsome yet infuriating Devin, who’s too young, too smooth and too sophisticated to be some studio flack.
The offer’s too good to be true, Berlin’s in turmoil and Devin Black knows way too much about her–there’s definitely something fishy going on. But if anyone can take on a divided city, a scheming guardian and the criticism of a world that once adored her, it’s the notorious Pagan Jones. What could go wrong?
by Nicola Yoon
Published 2015 by Delacorte Press
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780553496642
If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I m allergic to the world. I don t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”
by David Levithan
Published 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, English. ISBN: 9780385756204
The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan s”New York Times” bestseller”Every Day”
In this enthralling companion to his “New York Times” bestseller “Every Day,” David Levithan (co-author of”Will Grayson, Will Grayson”with John Green)tells Rhiannon s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.
Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.
Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to “see” her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.”
Down by Law
by Ni-Ni Simone
Published 2015 by Dafina Books
Paperback, English. ISBN: 9780758287748
Lesson #1: You come for me, I come back even harder for you. Fair exchange. No robberies.
Isis Carter got schooled early on in surviving the streets. When some girls put a beatdown on her, she took back what was hers. When her brother was killed and her mom, Queenie, bailed, Isis fought to stay strong. And when her dad abandoned her for his new family, sixteen-year-old Isis buried the hurt by looking out for herself and hookin up with bad boy Fresh until a run-in with the law shatters Isis s world and threatens to destroy her future.
Now the only person Isis can rely on is herself until her secret crush K-Rock steps in. But when Isis lets her guard down, will she be given a second chance to get her life straight or will it cost her everything? “
Forget about essays and homework and discover means to truly write creatively at these weekly workshops. In these drop-in, informal, supportive 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, fun 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.
Student writing can be found here.
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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, including rising freshmen and recent high school graduates only
Got a look at innocence on the
Road today, when a baby
Coyote stopped our car, and no
One felt “missing” like those
Neighborhood cats. People were
Learning to make cheese down at
The creamery while we bought
Sandwiches and drove to the
Beach. It was a colorful
Tundra; hills you might see
Under the feet of Teletubbies,
Cow paddies tinting the air.
The reeds became chorus girls,
The dragonflies hummed “Little
Mermaid” covers, and the wind
Conducted angrily. To a point
Where the footsteps on the dunes
Re-scattered every few minutes,
The lagoon rippled, as always:
Passing clouds betraying their
Positions, the possibility of a rogue
Cow writing the tide. She was a
Black and white creature from
One of the pastures: must
Have yielded the poison oak,
Jumped the fence…I bet her
Mother worries. It was sur-
Prising to make out egrets
Instead of sheep through my
Binoculars. To find the
Geese silent and the gulls
Screeching “bloody murder”.
For Hitchcock was wise
When he specified which
Bird he wanted, and which
Auditioner would go off-screen.
Today, I said the waves
Were “course”, and they over-
Lapped like insufficient data.
The snowy plover was not
Found, the finch was hidden,
And the people were just
Plain unnecessary. Someone
Smoked, someone brought their
Five-year-old boy, not much
Variation. There were empty
Boats and photographers
And farm houses that looked
Futuristic. Population signs
Remained under 3 digits, and
The sand indeed sunk under
My shoes. I could see ten
Miles in all directions.
The baby ice plant carpeted
My understanding in deep
Red. The crab shells gave me
A sense of distance, because
They were, in all perspective,
Graves above ground. And the
Sea bubbles shaped the sand as if
Logic had finally materialized,
And the un-gas stationed
World was free from harm.
I was thinking, my mother driving
Us home, and I noticed the fields
Were not green. What I failed
To realize was this: though the
Fields were not green, they were
Still in conversation.
Sure, you know how to study, but do you know how to learn?
Evert Villaseñor, a Program Specialist for UnCollege––a social movement challenging the notion that college is the only path to success–– will be visiting the library to talk to high school students about self-directed learning. This presentation will teach important skills for both students who want to go to college and those who want to forge an independent path of education.
For high school students only. Register here.
If you are truly lucky, you will one day have the great Jonah Steinhart as a teacher. I, sadly, have not been so fortunate, because I am old. If you do not get a chance to be in his class, do not despair–you can read some of the great books he recommends.
Some of Steinhart’s Favorite Books
(*denotes taught in some Tam High English courses)
|Sports:King of the World, David RemnickGame of Shadows, Fainaru-Wada and Williams
Summer of ’49, David Halberstam
Moneyball, Michael Lewis
Boys of Summer, Roger Kahn
Paper Lion, George Plimpton
Pitching in the Promised Land, Aaron Pribble
The Prince, Machiavelli
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail,
Hunter S. Thompson
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley
War in a TIme of Peace, David Halberstam
Assassin’s Gate, George Packer
The Forever War, Dexter Filkins
Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau
(see also: All the King’s Men and The Fountainhead,
Walden, Henry David Thoreau*
Devil’s Teeth, Susan Casey
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Mark Twain
On Writing, Stephen King
If You Want to Write, Brenda Ueland
Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury
Jazz: America’s Classical Music, Grover Sales
Miles: The Autobiography, Miles Davis
Italian Cinema: Neorealism to Present,
|Business/Finance:Liar’s Poker, Michael LewisThe New New Thing, Michael Lewis
The Big Short, Michael Lewis
Griftopia, Matt Taibbi
The Richest Man in Babylon, George Clason
(see also The Fountainhead under fiction)
The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe
Dreams Die Hard, David Harris
Dispatches, Michael Herr
The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,
Hunter S. Thompson
Roughing It, Mark Twain
The Stones of Florence, Mary McCarthy
Generally Awesome Essays:
The Essays of E.B. White
A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again,
David Foster Wallace
Naked, David Sedaris
Almost anything by Malcolm Gladwell
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote*
Among the Thugs, Bill Buford
The Price of Privilege, Madeline Levine
|The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton JusterTreasure Island, Robert Lewis StevensonKidnapped, Robert Lewis Stevenson
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Lewis Stevenson
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Kilkenny, Louis L’Amour
The Sackett Series, Louis L’Amour
Northwest Passage, Kenneth Roberts
|The Hobbit, J.R.R. TolkienThe Island of Dr. Moreau, H.G. WellsThe Call of the Wild, Jack London
The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway*
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
Ann of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
Early High School+
|The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. TolkienThe Sea Wolf, Jack LondonThe Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck*
The Chosen, Chaim Potok*
The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger*
The Beach, Alex Garland
The Godfather, Mario Puzo
|Once a Runner, John ParkerAnd Then There Were None, Agatha ChristieThe Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,
Casino Royale, Ian Fleming
(and all subsequent James Bond novels)
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
The Stand, Stephen King
The Pelican Brief, John Grisham
Jaws, Peter Benchley
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
Middle High School+
|The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler (and anything else by Raymond Chandler)East of Eden, John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck*
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens*
1984, George Orwell*
The Good Earth, Pearl Buck
Native Son, Richard Wright
Black Boy, Richard Wright
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut*
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
(and anything else by Kurt Vonnegut)
The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka*
Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller*
The Crucible, Arthur Miller*
The Kite Runner, Kahled Hosseini*
The Magus, John Fowles
The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac
On the Road, Jack Kerouac*
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
|For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest HemingwayA River Runs Through It, Norman MacLeanThe Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Abbey
Sula, Toni Morrison*
The Complete Sherlock Holmes,
Arthur Conan Doyle
Watchmen, Alan Moore (graphic novel)
Maus, Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Collected Short Stories, Anton Chekhov
High Fidelity, Nick Hornby
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley*
Selected Tales, Edgar Allen Poe
Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,
A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
Late High School+
|Infinite Jest, David Foster WallaceBeloved, Toni MorrisonRabbit, Run, John Updike
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad*
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison*
The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay,
Telegraph Ave, Michael Chabon
Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts
|Cloud Atlas, David MitchellAbsurdistan; The Russian Debutante’s Handbook; and Super Sad True Love Story, (all three by) Gary ShteyngartCrime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
No Country For Old Men, Cormac McCarthy
All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
Angle of Repose, Wallace Stegner
(and anything else by Stegner)
The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald*
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
Portnoy’s Complaint, Phillip Roth
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
Thanks to everyone who came out for our amazing End of Summer Party, and extra special thanks to Sol Food and Black Troll for providing excellent food and music!
Enjoy one last hurrah before school starts! This end of summer party for high school students (including rising freshmen and recent grads) in the Outdoor Amphitheater will have free Sol Food, live entertainment by the Black Trolls (a bluegrass band with a blues influence), and the raffle drawing for the teen summer reading program. You do not have to have participated in the summer reading program to attend; we will have door prizes in addition to the summer reading prizes. Registration strongly suggested. Register at http://conta.cc/1D6pXoB
Check out pictures from last year’s end of summer party here.
There is no difference between compassion and rejection. I learn strategically, crossing the street with the rest of them, when the red hand goes up. I was on 17th and Mission, where the bagels smell like shades of memories—warm, uninterrupted—and the people smell, well, like people. We had to wait for a right turn because a one legged man wouldn’t smile and say, “Go ahead”. We had to cover our heads when we walked under a scaffolded building because we were afraid the nails might rain down. Then again, I guess it was just me that was afraid.
We were parked 3 blocks from the studio, and I was confused when the homeless man yelled “pity” at my shoes. My mother passed a drunken man, when she was alone. He was smiling, the euphoric kind, where the lips are too damn high just to say they’re “happy”. I wondered, if I was there: would I feel drunk too?…would 21 greet me at a green light and I’d feel too young to be a child?…would I be drunk if my shopping cart were my suitcase?…if Japanese tourists were my neighbors 25 hours of the day?
My mother said the Mission was never on the city’s restoration list. “Bernal Heights had been checked off,” she told me, “Noe Valley; that was another lucky one.” I nodded, pressing my lips together.
Drained noise, from the insides of the passenger window. The graffiti was ashen, even the murals in the schoolyards. The million dollar apartments, stained with the profanity of strangers (all over garage doors and fire escapes).
We drove down Divisidero. “No traffic,” I said. Despite the construction and the minute hand pointing to rush hour. “The locals keep to the indoors on Wednesdays,” I suggested. Maybe the bachelor didn’t shave his beard. Maybe the hooker didn’t shave her legs. Maybe for once in everyone’s lives, the fog was telling them where to go. I must have been unfamiliar with where it was they were going.
I am astonished at a Golden Gate that would be so much as red if its towers weren’t rusted with the stop and go of foreclosure signs, empty storefronts, and singles protesting social injustice. He stopped us, a white man who brought up starving children and racism all in the same sentence. We were out to lunch, and we said we would come back. “Keep up the good work,” my mom whistled back from an adjoining block. We didn’t come back.
I had a twenty in my pocket—it wouldn’t take much to toss it in a guitar case or a plastic bucket. It wouldn’t take much, I said to myself, to read a cardboard sign that had “God Bless” scribbled in Sharpie. Give a hollow man my takeout. Anything.
But I didn’t. I walked those 3 blocks to the studio. I took class like I was back in Marin County, and I had clothes, and I had an identity that had more or less manifested itself into a journal for 4 or so years. So yes, I am capable of patting an untalented child on the back. I am capable of biting my brother’s arm if he’s watching too much TV. I learned strategically, however, that I cannot ride the MUNI without washing my hands 7 times over after I get off. I cannot stare at a pedestrian without saying that I’ve had a life-changing experience. I cannot observe that green-glass sea without imagining the bodies breathing un-hopefully at the bottom. I cannot live here. I can only look here.
Many thanks to Craig Sloan for a super informative and fun evening!
Summertime means long hikes around beautiful Mt. Tam, camping trips in the Sierras, and generally relishing in the great outdoors. But nature can be just as dangerous as it is beautiful and it’s important to be prepared for whatever might come your way–be a it mosquito or a mountain lion.
Craig Sloan, a Mill Valley Fire Department firefighter, Marine, and all-around awesome human being is going to teach high school students* the essentials of wilderness survival at this free, hands-on workshop. Learn how to create a shelter, trap and forage for food, and how to avoid getting eaten by a bear. If you don’t like being mauled by large animals, this is the class for you!
*Open to rising freshmen and recent high school graduates, as well as current high school students. For high school students only. Registration strongly recommended and greatly appreciated. Register here.
Craig started his fire service career with the Mill Valley Fire Department after graduating from Tamalpais High School in 2002. Shortly after graduating, Craig enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served with honor and distinction for 5 years. Craig was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant and rejoined our department in 2010 as a Firefighter-Trainee. Craig started his new assignment as a Firefighter on November, 11th, 2011 – Veteran’s Day.