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First Fridays & After Hours Events

Eclectic and compelling after-hours events in the Library's Main Reading Room

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What are First Fridays and After-Hours Events?

The Program

Debuting in January 2011 in celebration of the Library's centennial year, the ongoing "First Fridays" series presents different narratives, ideas and presentations that an audience might otherwise not consider or experience. First Fridays are for adults and high school students.

The Venue

The Library's Main Reading Room is transformed into a beautiful venue for First Friday events. Built in 1966, the Library is nestled among the redwoods in an award-winning building and reflects the diverse intellectual interests of the community.

The Experience

Programs typically last 90 minutes (including Q&A) and feature a free wine reception before the event. Patrons enjoy the intimate atmosphere and ability to meet our presenters. Attendance ranges between 250 and 300 people.

Complete List of Previous Events

  • 2011
  • January - Daniel Ellsberg
  • February - Liss Fain Dance
  • March - The Cinema Cabaret
  • April - Combat Photography: Kim Komenich
  • May - A Laugh Gone Viral: Good Neighbor
  • June - Naked Truth: What Went Wrong?

  • July - Murder Mystery
  • August - To the Edge and Back
  • September - Naked Truth: Going Too Far
  • October - An Evening with Jay Adelson
  • November - 1966 Night
  • December - Philosophy Talk: What is Love?
  • 2012
  • January - The True Cost of Oil : Lisa Marganelli
  • February - Naked Truth: Missed Connections
  • March - Poetry Slam Competition
  • April - Spectrum of Cinema: John Korty
  • May - Sustainable Future: Peter Calthorpe
  • June - Naked Truth: Stranger in a Strange Land

  • July - The Story of Stuff
  • August - Crises in the American Economy: Jeff Taylor
  • September - From Warden to Advocate: Jeanne Woodford
  • October - Naked Truth: In Partnership with LitQuake
  • November - Miss Representation
  • December - Zen Mind Meets Wildfire
  • 2013
  • January - Born to Be Good: Dacher Keltner
  • February - Naked Truth: Love Hurts
  • March - 2nd Annual Poetry Slam Competition
  • April - 100 Years of the Mountain Play
  • May - San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
  • June - Naked Truth: Stranger in a Strange Land

  • August - A Classic Experience: Kevin Smokler
  • September - Karl Cronin and the Z Quartet
  • October - Naked Truth: Masquerade
  • November - Why We Make with Dale Dougherty
  • December - Antwi Akom - Eco-Buddhism and Mindfulness
  • 2014
  • January - An Evening of Chamber Music
    (Mill Valley Chamber Music Society)
  • February - Naked Truth: Wild Card
  • March - 3rd Annual Teen Poetry Slam Competition
  • April - Planting Ideas
  • May - Sex on the Coral Reef with Erika Woolsey
  • June - Naked Truth: Come Hell or High Water

  • June - Staged Reading: Norman Rockwell the Musical
  • September - Lincoln's Gamble with Todd Brewster
  • October - Naked Truth: The Phoenix
  • November - The Philosophical Baby with Alison Gopnik
  • December - Trio Garufa: Argentinian Music
    and Tango Dance Performance
  • 2015
  • January - The Language of Food with Dan Jurafsky
  • February - Naked Truth: Love is a Battlefield
  • March - 4th Annual Teen Poetry Slam Competition
  • March - Let's Get the Rhythm
  • April - The Drunken Botanist with Amy Stewart
  • May - San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
  • June - Naked Truth: Road Trip

  • August - Faster, Higher, Stronger with Mark McClusky

Made possible by generous support of the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends.