Category Archives: Events

LOL Book Club for 3rd-5th grade

sasquatch escapeTuesdays starting July 5 at 4:00pm: LOL Book Club | Grades 3-5

The librarian will read aloud The Sasquatch Escape by Suzanne Selfors as you draw and snack. Meets four times, on July 5, 12, 19 and 26.

When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he’s certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather’s cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon?  Amazed, Ben enlists the help of Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure. They take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian’s office in town — Dr. Woo’s Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr. Woo’s isn’t a worm hospital at all — it’s actually a secret hospital for imaginary creatures. After Ben accidentally leaves the hospital’s front door unlocked, a rather large, rather stinky, and very hairy beast escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as an ordinary summer becomes the story of a lifetime. Suzanne Selfors delivers a wild journey filled with mythical creatures and zany adventures that are anything but imaginary.

Advance sign-up required. Click here to register.

Tuesday: Puppet Show

gardenia and greedy gus_smallTuesday, June 28 at 11am: Gardenia & Greedy Gus Puppet Show | Ages 2-5

Gardenia has magical gardening powers but her neighbor, Greedy Gus, tries to take it all away. Through some exciting transformations and the help of the audience, she discovers her courage to stand up to him.

Creekside Room. No registration required.

This Week at the Library: June 20-26

Summer reading starts this week! Come in to pick up your reading log, and get your first stamp and first prize!

Wednesday, June 22 at 3:30pm: Coventry & Kaluza | All ages
Witness extraordinary skills and thrills, including extreme acrobatics and high number hula-hooping! This clown duo has performed with the New Pickle Circus and twice won Best Comedy/ Clown Act in the American Circus Festival. No registration required.

Thursday, June 23 at 2:30pm: Space Explorations! | Grades K – 2
Using the solar system as a springboard for dramatic inspiration, the Marin Theatre Company will lead this workshop, which focuses on social and artistic development through creative dramatics, improvisation, and theater games. Registration required. Click here to sign up.

Friday, June 24 at 2:30pm: Draw Ocean Animals with Illustrator Ane Carla Rovetta | Grades 3 – 5
Come hear an exciting legend about our ocean animal friends, then learn to draw a sea creature with illustrator Ane Carla Rovetta. Ane has illustrated seven books and loves to share the secrets that have made her a success! Registration required. Click here to sign up.

Register Here for Summer Programs

Only those programs that require registration are listed here. Click here to download a flyer of all Children’s summer programs.

Click on the name of each program to register. To sign up for middle school programs, click here.

Tuesday Little Sprouts | Ages 2-5 | 11:00-11:45am

  • July 5: Yoga Sprouts. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.
  • July 19: Messy Play Date. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.
  • July 26: Dinosaurs Roar. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.
  • August 2: Shake Your Sillies Out. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.

Tuesdays, Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club | Grades 3 – 5 | 4:00 – 5:00pm starting July 5

Tuesdays, Garden Club | Grades K – 3 | 2:30pm – 3:15pm starting July 5

Thursday Events | Programs start at 2:30pm. Check minimum grade requirements

  • June 23: Space Explorations! | Grades K – 2. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.
  • June 30: MTC Comedy Lab | Grades 3 – 5
  • July 7: Fairy Tale Engineering | Grades K – 2. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.
  • July 14: Natural Dyeing | Grades 3 – 5
  • July 21: Think. Make. Try. | Grades K – 2. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.
  • July 28: Make Your Own Tortillas | Grades 3 – 5
  • August 4: Fold. Flip. Fly. | Grades K – 5. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.

Friday Events | Programs start at 2:30pm. Check minimum grade requirements.


RumpelstiltskinWho was Rumpelstiltskin? Could he really spin straw into gold?  Was the king a good king or a bad king? These seemingly complex questions will probably go unanswered but all attending — young and old alike — will have a marvelous time!

The Green Golly Project uses musical storytelling and comedy to tell the classic story of Rumpelstiltskin.

Sunday, July 31 from 11:00 to 11:45am
Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library

All Ages – No advance sign-up required.

Pajama Story Time

pajama-story-timeWednesday, June 8, 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 Wednesday of every month. (All ages, Children’s Room.)

Middle School Mash-Up Concert

Henry6Friday, June 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Kick off summer with a fantastic concert that may just feature your own friends as performers. Listen to great music from teens and tweens, enjoy refreshments, enter to win door prizes, and celebrate the start of summer!

Main Reading Room. Advance sign-up recommended. Click here to sign up.

Bring your friends. It’s going to be great!

Summer Reading Is Coming Soon

Summer Reading Game for Readers and Listeners

Pick up a reading log starting June 16

Let the fun begin! Whether you’re reading to yourself or listening to stories read aloud, you can pick up a summer reading log and start off with your first prize and stamp. Participants promise to read (or be read to) for three hours a week and keep track of books all summer long. Come back every week for a new stamp and a new prize.

Click this link to download a pdf of our summer events flyer: Program registrations start June 13.

You can see the library’s summer programs for middle schoolers here, or download a pdf of our flyer for middle school events.

Calling All 5th-8th Grade Musicians

guitar-classical-guitar-acoustic-guitar-electric-guitarSubmission deadline: Tuesday, May 31st

We’re doing it again this year because it was so much fun! To kick-off our Middle School Summer Reading Program – Explore, we’re hosting a Middle School Mash-Up Concert on Friday, June 17th at 7pm in the Main Reading of the Mill Valley Public Library. We’re looking for 12 musical acts to perform! If your child is interested in performing, please send Jessica Ryan a 3-5 minute video of him/her performing a musical piece. We’ll notify all participants by June 3rd. Questions? Email Jessica Ryan at