Category Archives: Events

Stories & Science for Kindergartners

Stories&Sciencebodyp_s 007Does your kindergartner love science? Join us on four Thursdays in October from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. for stories about the science topic of the day. After the stories, kids will break into groups and do hands-on science experiments. Sign-up for all four or just come to one. Parents can stay or drop-off depending on their child’s comfort level. Registration required. Please sign-up for each session separately. Creekside Room.

Click here to sign up for the October 2 session.
Click here to sign up for the October 9 session.
Click here to sign up for the October 16 session.
Click here to sign up for the October 23 session.

Middle School Fall Programs

The library is hosting some great programs this fall, just for middle schoolers (grades 6-8 only). All programs take place in the Creekside Room and require advance registration.

Lego Mindstorms Robotics

131217_Lego_Mindstorms_robot_05-660x440In this five-week introductory series, middle schoolers will work in teams of two to build and program a Lego Mindstorms robot that performs various challenges.

The program meets on five Sundays: September 28 through October 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Participants must plan to attend all five meetings. Advance registration required. Click here to register.

Pizza & Pages, Middle School Book Club: Monster by Walter Dean Meyers

monsterA teenager’s life is turned around by one single event… Does this make him a monster? Read the award-winning book Monster by Walter Dean Meyers, then come for a lively discussion, plus pizza and dessert.

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.

Tuesday, October 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Advance registration required. Click here to register.

Playwriting Workshop

playCalling all middle school playwrights! Learn the nuts and bolts of playwriting with a Marin Theatre Company professional. Participants will collaborate on a project over five weeks. No experience necessary! Program meets on Thursday evenings between October 16 and November 13, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please plan on attending all five meetings. Advance registration required. Click here to register.

Read to a Dog

SHARE-a-Book Dogs
Saturday, September 13, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

SHARE-A-Book DogsKids in kindergarten and older can make 15-minute appointments to read aloud to friendly four-legged friends. It’s a great way to increase confidence and improve read-aloud skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Program takes place in the Children’s Room.

Call 389-4292 x4741 to register for a 15-minute appointment.

The dogs will also be here on October 11, November 8, and December 13.

Movie Fest and Party

Lego1It’s our End-of-Summer Movie and Game Fest! All programs start at 2:30 p.m. and are in the Creekside Room, except where noted. No sign-up necessary.

Friday, August 15: Lego Play Day
Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with our more than 10,000 Legos supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills — and it’s FUN! Grades K and up.

moviesMonday, August 18: Rio 2 It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law. All ages. (101 minutes. Rated G)

Tuesday, August 19: Muppets Most Wanted
While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. All ages. (107 minutes. Rated PG)

Wednesday, August 20: The Lego MovieAn ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis. All ages. (100 minutes. Rated PG)

Thursday, August 21: Game and Puzzle Day
Roll the dice, spin the spinner, or work a giant floor puzzle. Fun for the whole family! All ages.

Friday, August 22: End-of-Summer Party!
Fun for everyone! Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Hula hoops, crafts, bubbles, face painting, Mika Scott Drumming Circle, and free ice cream will be available for your enjoyment. All ages! Amphitheater. No sign-up needed. Located in the Peter Dreyfus Garden and the Outdoor Amphitheater.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

On Monday, 27 children brought their stuffed friends to the library for a Pajama Story Time and a bedtime snack. We chomped on Walking S’mores (teddy grahams, chocolate chips, and mini marshmallows – so good!), sang our stuffies a lullaby and tucked them into bed. Then the stuffies got to spend the night at the library. These wonderful creatures – including two Yodas, a horse named Thumpy, Ele the elephant and a race car named Robot Face – had quite a fun adventure!

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Pajama Story Time continues year-round, though the sleepover is a once-a-year special event. You can come at 6:30 on the second Wednesday of every month for an evening story time in the Children’s Room.

Full STEAM Ahead: August 11-17

Here is some of what’s happening at the library this week!

Monday, August 11 at 6:30: Stuffed Animal Library Sleepover – All Ages
Bring your favorite stuffed animal for an evening story time and bedtime snack; then your stuffie gets to spend the night! Pick up your stuffed friend the next day. Children’s Room. No advance sign-up needed.

Tuesday, August 12 at 11:00: Little Sprouts Bingo Schmingo - for kids entering kindergarten in the fall and younger
Bingo Schmingo (aka Kathleen Rushing) brings a morning of music, movement and preschool fun! When you join music and laughter with phonics-based learning, it’s a terrific time for all. Creekside Room. No advance sign-up required.

Wednesday, August 13 at 3:30: Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums – All Ages
Steve Lucky & the Rhumba Bums featuring Miss Carmen Getit are a high-energy jump-blues, vintage jazz band with a little boogie woogie thrown in. The San Francisco Bay Guardian describes Lucky and Miss Getit as a “perfect union of skilled and fueled merrymaking” that endears them to audiences of all ages. Amphitheater. No advance sign-up needed.

Friday, August 15 at 2:30: Lego Play Day – Grades K and up
Get in touch with your inner engineer! Free play with our more than 10,000 Legos supports creativity, problem solving, and reading skills — and it’s FUN! Creekside Room

Lizard Lady program cancelled

rangoUnfortunately we had to cancel Thursday’s Lizard Lady program due to circumstances out of our control. Instead we will show Rango (PG, 107 mins). Join us for a fun movie and popcorn aplenty!

Rango, a kooky pet chameleon, accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt, a lawless outpost populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt, until he starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be.

Thursday, August 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Creekside Room
Mill Valley Public Library

Full STEAM Ahead: August 4-10

Here is some of what is happening at the library this week!

Monday, August 4 at 2:30: Stories & More with Author Amy Novesky – All Ages
Award-winning author Amy Novesky will read from her newest picture book, Mister and Lady Day, about Billie Holiday and the dog who loved her. Music and an art activity will follow. Creekside Room. No sign-up needed.

Tuesday, August 5 at 11:00: Little Sprouts Ladybug Picnic – for kids entering kindergarten and younger
At our polka-dotted picnic, we’ll read stories, make crafts, eat treats, and more! Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Click here to visit the registration page.

Wednesday, August 6 at 3:30: Kenn Adams Adventure Theater – All Ages
Join Melanie Moe as she leaps through time to the age of the monsters, gods and heroes of ancient Greek mythology! Melanie must battle the Cyclops, escape the Furies, rescue a man from the jaws of a sea-monster, outwit the Sphinx, appease the gods, and survive a raging storm at sea…or else…all of the mortals will be destroyed, and Melanie Moe will never get home! Audience participation guaranteed! Amphitheater. No advance sign-up needed.

Thursday, August 7 at 2:30: Lizard Lady Reptiles – Grades K-5
Meet Teressa Killeen and her cold-blooded friends: Rajah the boa constrictor, Sheba the baby Savannah Monitor, and Scooter the skink and her baby, Zeina.  Hear their stories and learn about problems facing endangered reptiles in today’s world.  Creekside Room. No sign-up required.

Friday, August 8 at 2:30: Playground Adventure! Grades 2-5
Learn about simple machines such as incline planes, levers, wedges, and pullies. Build your own playground  with everyday materials.  Creekside Room. Advance sign-up required. Click here to visit the registration page.

Saturday, August 9 at 1:00: SHARE-A-Book Dogs – Grades K-5
The popular SHARE-A-Book dogs are back! They’ll be stopping by the library on the second Saturday of every month to share their love of reading. Kids in kindergarten and older may sign up for a 15-minute appointment. Appointments will also be available for second Saturdays in October, November, and December. Advance sign-up required. Call for an appointment.

Sunday, August 10 at 11:00: Fratello Marionettes – All Ages
Fratello Marionettes performs the classic fairy tale The Frog Prince. Main reading room. No advance sign-up necessary.