Category Archives: Events

Fall Garden Club

gardener-59727Children in grades kindergarten through third can join The Garden Club this fall! Each week we’ll do a hands-on activity with garden educator Kier Holmes in the SmartGarden.

Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29 from 3:30 to 4:15pm
Held in the SmartGarden at the Mill Valley Public Library

Kindergarten – 3rd grade only. Advance sign up required. Click here to sign up.

The Not-Its: Kindie Rockers

NotIts_AreYouListening_CD8PAN1T-CR.inddThe Not-Its! are a Seattle-based band that plays original rock/pop music for young children. The band is recognized as part of the kindie rock family music movement nationally. The Not-Its! say their sound is “defined by crunchy, rockin’ guitars combined with smooth, four-part harmonies, all nestled within perfectly crafted pop gems that just happen to be about every-day kid stuff (the first day of school, taking a bath).”

All ages – No sign-up needed

Sunday, September 11,2016 from 11:00 to 11:45 AM
Cost: FREE
Location: Main Reading Room, Mill Valley Public Library

Books & Bites: 4th and 5th Grade Book Club

Crenshaw_FinalJoin us every month for our Fourth and Fifth Grade Book Club! Read and come discuss Crenshaw by Newbery Award winner and local author Katherine Applegate, do an activity related to the book, and enjoy tasty treats.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Conference Room, Mill Valley Public Library.

Grades 4 & 5 only. Advance registration required. Click here to register.

So what’s this book about?

Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save his family from losing everything?

End of Summer Movies, Games and Party

Come to the library during for Movies, Game Day, and the End of Summer Party!

Movies and Game Day are in the Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library
All events start at 2:30 pm.

Monday, August 15: Zootopia (PG) 108 minutes

zootopia Zootopia is a city like no other that is comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wild.

Tuesday, August 16: Kung Fu Panda 3 (PG) 95 minutes

kung-fu-panda-3-poster-fullWhen Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Panda.

Wednesday August 17: Game Day

board-game-day-competitionRoll the dice, spin the spinner, or work a giant floor puzzle. Fun for the whole family!



Thursday August 18: Shaun the Sheep Movie (PG) 85 minutes

shaunmovieposterWhen Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.


Friday August 19: End of Summer Party!

Celebrate the end of summer with your friends and library staff under the redwood trees. Crafts, bubbles, face painting, music and more Amphitheater. No registration required.

Reading Buddies

reading_buddies_web_square_artApplications are now available for our continuing Reading Buddies program, connecting teen volunteers with children to bolster a lifelong love of reading.

How it works: The Reading Buddies program is for children in grades 1 through 4 to practice reading. They will spend six weekly 25-minute sessions with a trained Teen Buddy to read together, play word games, and enhance literacy and the love of reading in a relaxed environment.

Fall 2016 dates for Reading Buddies: Mondays, September 12 – October 17. You’ll be assigned a 25-minute time slot (3:30, 4:00 or 4:30). We’ll meet in the Creekside Room at the Library.

To participate, click here to download a Reading Buddies kid application. Space is limited. Buddies will be assigned on a first come-first served basis and are subject to teen buddy availability. Submit application at the Children’s Reference Desk.

Any questions? Please call us at (415) 389-4292 x4 or email

Teens: Click to download a volunteer Reading Buddies teen application.

This Week at the Library: August 8-14

Monday, August 8 at 6:30pm: 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 registration required. Note special time: 6:30pm

Tuesday, August 9 at 11am: Preschool Dance Party with The Singing Lizard | Ages 2-5
Electro-kindie dance party! Liz DeRoche will get everyone moving with her unique version of original and traditional children’s music mixed with electronic, pop, and dance. No registration required.

Wednesday, August 10 at 3:30pm: Circus of Smiles | All ages
These clowns know how to make your whole family grin using juggling, acrobatics, and comedy. Audience participation guaranteed as they delight you with songs, dances, and zany antics. No registration required.

Friday, August 12 at 2:30pm: Lego Play Day | All Ages
We love Lego Play Days so much we’re doing it again! We bring out our collection of over 10,000 bricks, and kids can build whatever they imagine. No registration necessary.

Wednesday on Stage: Circus of Smiles

CircusOfSmiles_Web_SquareThe circus is coming to the Library! These clowns from Circus of Smiles know how to make your whole family smile using juggling, acrobatics, and comedy. Audience participation guaranteed as they engage you through songs, dance and zany antics.

Wednesday, August 10 at 3:30pm

All Ages – No sign-up needed
Cost: FREE
Location: Outdoor Amphitheater, Mill Valley Public Library

Preschool Dance Party

birthday-partyPreschool Dance Party with The Singing Lizard

It’s an electro-kindie dance party! Liz DeRoche will get everyone moving with her unique version of original and traditional children’s music mixed with electronic, pop and dance. Get ready to boogie!

Tuesday, August 9 at 11:00am. Ages 2-5, with caregiver participation. No advance registration required.

This Week at the Library: August 1-7

Monday, August 1 at 3:30pm: Children’s Author Emma Smith | All ages
Join us for Emma’s first public reading of her picture book, Journey: Based on the True Story
of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West. It describes the amazing voyage of an Oregon-born
gray wolf, known as OR7, on a 2,000-mile, three-year trek. When OR7 enters California,
he becomes the first wild wolf in California in almost 100 years. No registration required.

Tuesday, August 2 at 11am: Shake Your Sillies Out | Ages 2-5
Listen to a noisy book, make your own shaker instrument, and jam out to some crazy tunes! Registration required. Click here to sign up.

Wednesday, August 3 at 3:30pm: Charity and the JAMband | All ages
Come with your dancing shoes on! Charity and her band will take your family on a fun-filled,
magical, and mindful journey through music, dance, and play. No registration required.

Thursday, August 4 at 2:30pm: Fold. Flip Fly. | Grades K-5
Construct and decorate paper kites or gliding airplanes and test them out in the redwood
grove. Don’t want to fly? Fold some origami animals – fun for everyone! Amphitheater. Registration required. Click here to sign up.

Friday, August 5 at 2:30pm: Sean’s Shadow Puppet Show and
Workshop | All Ages

Musician and shadow artist Sean Powers performs “Turtle is Hungry,” the story of a turtle who will do ANYTHING to get something to eat. Shadow puppet fans can sign up for a hands-on post-performance workshop. Creekside Room. Registration required for workshop. Click here to sign up.