Monthly Archives: February 2014

Pajama Story Time

pajama_story_time_imageMonday, March 10, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wear your PJs and bring your best stuffed friend to the library for a rousing yet relaxing evening reading of favorite picture books new and old, on the second Monday of every month. (All ages, Children’s Room.)

Middle School Book Club: Trash by Andy Mulligan

trashPizza & Pages Book Club

Grades 6-8 – Advance registration required

April 22, 2014 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library

Middle schoolers: read Trash by Andy Mulligan and get ready to discuss it with your fellow readers and eaters over pizza and dessert.

Click here to register!


Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping on it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, the world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s a bag of hope. It’s a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends are running for their lives. Hounded by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man’s mission to put right a terrible wrong. And it’s three street-boys against the world…

Animals Aplenty: New Books for Younger Readers

superwormSuperworm by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Picture book masters Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are back. With this new story, they present the tale of the super-long, super-strong, and ever-ready Superworm. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! All the insects and small creatures of the woods know they can depend on the fantastic strength, astounding length, and generous heart of Superworm to save them when they’re in trouble. But when the dastardly Wizard Lizard hatches a plan to kidnap Superworm and use him for his own nefarious deeds, who will come to Superworm’s aid? (ages 4-8)

The-Long,-Long-Journey-JacketThe Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Mia Posada
This is a beautifully illustrated, simply told story of the godwits, long-billed birds who make an astounding annual migration from Alaska to New Zealand — more than 7,000 miles — without stopping. As the story begins, a baby godwit chick cracks free from her egg. She grows from a fluffy down ball to a hopping, flapping bird. And then, “for the first time, she does what godwits do best. She flies.” Follow along as she joins the migration through the sky; Posada’s illustrations of the birds in flight are stirring and wondrous to behold. As the birds swoop down to the sandy beach of their final destination, it’s almost impossible not to feel a shiver of thrills. (ages 6-9)

Memoirs_of_a_HamsterMemoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers
Seymour the hamster has it made. He’s got a bowl full of seeds, a pile of wood shavings, and room to run. Life is good, even if the little girl in the house gives him sloppy, wet kisses on the nose. Yuck! (She makes it up with yogurt drops.) However, Pearl the cat keeps coming by. Pearl keeps saying things about how much better it is outside Seymour’s glass cage. Soon, Pearl convinces Seymour to make a wild escape to this promised world. However, things don’t go as planned — and Pearl is suddenly showing a very different kind of interest in our little hamster hero. Follow along with Seymour’s memoirs as he recounts his amusing and heart-thumping adventure. And then check out Scillian’s equally hilarious Memoirs of a Goldfish. (ages 5-8)

water in the park coverWater in the Park: A Book About Water & the Times of the Day by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Good morning, park! As the sun rises, the first visitors of the day wander into the park. Dogs bound toward the pond, followed by their humans, cradling to-go coffee cups. Soon, the babies arrive with their caregivers, who lift them to sip from the water fountains. As the day passes, all kinds of people use the park and its water. With sensitive and realistic drawings, Water in the Park traces one day in the life of a well-loved playground. This is a lovely read for any child who adores the playground, as well as a preschool class learning about water or the passage of time.


Sequels, Winners, and Scary Fun: New Books for Older Readers

paperboyPaperboy by Vince Vawter
During the summer of 1959, a young baseball player takes over his friend’s paper route for a month. He loves biking through the neighborhoods and pitching the papers right on to the porches, but dreads the end of the week when he’ll have to collect the subscription charges — he has a debilitating stutter. He has surprising and touching interactions with people on his route, including an abusive junk man, a drunk housewife, and a kind and patient retiree of the merchant marines. Author Vawter, a stutterer himself, won a Newbery Honor for Paperboy, his debut novel. (ages 11-15)

jinxmagicJinx’s Magic by Sage Blackwood
In this sequel to last year’s terrific Jinx, our hero is a wizard’s apprentice who can see people’s emotions and hear the thoughts of the trees in the Urwald — the forest source of all magic. But the Urwald is being cut down, the evil Bonemaster is attacking villages, and Jinx has been sent to a desert land to learn the ancient magic it may take to save everything. Jinx’s Magic is a strong follow-up to the first book, and will leave you eagerly awaiting the final work in the trilogy. (ages 9-12)

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinksbogle
Birdie McAdam is a ten-year-old orphan who has found a home with Alfred the Bogler, and a calling, as monster bait. Bogles eat children, and with a magic circle and Birdie’s singing voice, the team can catch these mysterious creatures. When a Victorian lady takes an interest in the beasts, Birdie has to convince her that yes, there are fates worse than luring bogles out of their lairs. A wonderful and scary fantasy that also shows just how bad things could be for those on the streets of Victorian London, and how kids find happiness in unlikely situations. (ages 9-12)

nateFive, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle
In this sequel to one of my favorite books of 2013, Nate moves to New York City to be the understudy to the understudy in his first ever play – the Broadway production of E.T. The Musical. Sure, he’s left his terrible middle school behind, but what he’s gotten himself into when everyone else around him is a seasoned professional. Last year’s Better Nate Than Ever was an absolute delight, and Federle follows up with a strong second act here. (ages 10-14)


Musician Randy Kaplan

DWDLos Angeles musician Randy Kaplan blends American Roots, Country Blues, and comedic storytelling in his songs for children and families. People magazine listed Randy’s new album, “Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie,” in their 8 Cool Kids Albums for 2013.

Great fun for all ages! No sign-up needed.

March 2, 2014 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library


Our Many March Programs

The Children’s Room has some exciting programs and fun activities planned for March! A few of these programs are brand-new to the library, designed to follow STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics — programming/education. Our music programs and the Picture Books & More series emphasize art and creativity education while the Stories & Science program highlights everyday science and the power of experimentation. A common theme of our March programs are stories and setting aside time to read to young children to foster good reading habits and brain development. Take a look at our March programs below and feel free to contact us for more information about these entertaining and educational programs!

Sunday Special Randy Kaplan: March 2, 11:00-11:45 a.m.

Randy Kaplan will be the star of March’s Sunday Special! “Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie,” Kaplan’s newest album, is an award winning Country Blues and Ragtime CD for kids. This Sunday Special will take place in the library’s Main Reading Room, before it is open to the public. Randy will perform a wide variety of music and do some comedic storytelling for children and families. No advance sign-up is required and children and families of all ages can enjoy and groove to Kaplan’s fun music.

Groovin’ With Teacher Barb: March 3, 10, 17, and 24, 11:00-11:45 a.m.

Monday mornings in March are set aside for preschoolers who want to begin their music education! Teacher Barb’s performance here last summer was so great we had to invite her back for more great tunes. In Groovin’ With Teacher Barb, preschoolers will discover music, rhythms, and their voices. Advance registration is required. Click here to register.

Picture Books & More: Mystical Magical Mayhem: Tuesdays OR Wednesdays in March

The Children’s Room is hosting a new series of Picture Books and More in March, especially for first and second graders! The theme is Mystical Magical Mayhem where kids will listen to stories of myths, monsters, and trickery before creating magical works of art. Tasty snacks and treats will be provided. Advance sign-up is required for this serial program. Sign up for Tuesdays (March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 3:30-4:30 p.m.) or Wednesdays  (March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m.). Click here for more information and to register.

Stories & Science for Kindergarteners: March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 1:45-2:30 p.m.

Every Thursday afternoon in March, kindergarteners can become scientists and immerse themselves in how science effects our daily life. This new program will discuss the science of color, water, gravity, and more through stories and hands-on experiments! Advance registration is required for each Thursday session. Click here for more information and to register.

Creative Writing Circle With Karen Benke: March 25, 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Our third session in the Creative Writing Circle program will be held on the last Tuesday evening in March. Writers in sixth through eighth grades can experiment and let loose their creative side with help from popular author Karen Benke. Fun writing tips and tricks as well as chocolate will be provided. Advance registration is required. Click here to register.


Pajama Story Time

pajama_story_time_imageMonday, February 10, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Wear your PJs and bring your best stuffed friend to the library for a rousing yet relaxing evening reading of favorite picture books new and old, on the second Monday of every month. (All ages, Children’s Room.)

Lego Play Day


February 21, 2014, 2:30 PM – 4:00 p.m.

Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with Legos supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills — and it’s FUN and FREE!

Age 5 and up – No sign-up needed

Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library

375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, California 94941