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

FourteenthGoldfish_CoverJoin us on the first Friday of every month for our Fourth and Fifth Grade Book Club! Read and come discuss The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm, do an activity related to the book, and enjoy tasty treats.

Friday May 6, 2016 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Conference Room, Mill Valley Public Library.

Grades 4 & 5 only. Advance registration required. Click here to register. Please register for each book club session separately.

You can also register for next month’s Books & Bites: The BFG by Roald Dahl, on July 3.

So what’s this book about?

Believe in the possible . . . with this “warm, witty, and wise” New York Times bestselling novel from three-time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer L. Holm

Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer. Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far?  Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.


Storybook Ball

charlotte_web_bannerThe Mill Valley Library Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2016 Storybook Ball will be held Sunday, May 22, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. A special sponsors-only reception begins at 2:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now.

The theme for this year’s event is based on Charlotte’s Web, the classic children’s book by E. B. White. Children up to age 10 and their parents will spend a fun-filled afternoon at the Mill Valley Community Center, which will be transformed into an old-fashioned county fair, complete with games, music, dance and craft activities. Attendees will also be treated to delicious local food with beer and wine for the adults.

The 2016 Storybook Ball will also feature a silent auction and every child will go home with a special treat. Tickets are $50 each. Children under the age of three can join the fun for free.

Sold out every year, this family-friendly event has raised more than $200,000 to support Mill Valley Library’s free public programs for children and teens. In 2015, the library offered more than 700 of these programs, drawing more than 26,500 youth to what Library Journal named as a finalist in the annual best small libraries in the nation award program.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Pajama Story Time

pajama-story-timeWednesday, April 6, 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.)

Spring Break Movies, Game Day, and Lego Play Day

Freshly popped popcorn provided!

2:30 pm daily in the Creekside Room

Peanuts_Movie_BMonday 4/11 – The Peanuts Movie (2015) PG, 93 min.
Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.

Tuesday 4/12 – The Good Dinosaur (2015) PG, 101 min.the-good-dinosaur-movie-poster
In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

board-game-day-competitionWednesday 4/13 – Game Day!
Roll the dice, spin the spinner, or pick a card! Play board games, cards, or work a puzzle in the cozy Creekside Room.

Thursday 4/14 – Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) PG, 89 min.hotel transylvania
Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania. Dracula’s rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing signs of being a vampire.

children-playing-legoFriday 4/15 – Lego Play Day!
Get in touch with your inner engineer and build with colorful Lego!

Spring Garden Club

gardener-59727Children in grades kindergarten through third can join The Garden Club this spring! We will meet four times starting Thursday April 28th in the SmartGarden. Every week we’ll do a hands-on activity with garden educator Kier Holmes.

The Garden Club meets four times: April 28, May 5, 12, & 19 from 3:30 to 4:15 pm in the SmartGarden.

Grades K-3 only. Advance sign up required. Click here to sign up.

Lego Robotics Workshop

Lego RobotsCome to the library for a chance to build a Lego Mindstorms EV-3 robot. You will work in teams of two to program a robot together. Teens from Reaching Out with Robotics, the outreach program of the Tamalpais High School Robotics Team, will help lead the program.reachingoutwithrobotics

Saturday, April 30 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Creekside Room. Advance registration is required. Grades 5-8 only. Click here to sign up or call (415) 389-4292 x4 for more information.

Additional Lego Robotics programs are scheduled for Saturday, May 21 at 10:30. Click here sign up for May 21.

Earth Day Celebrations

lab_interactiveCelebrate Earth day with the Library and the Insect Discovery Lab!

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, April 20, 2:30-4:00pm.

A fun-filled event learning about the SmartGarden with a scavenger hunt, nature crafts, and much more!

All ages. Families welcome. Registration recommended. Click here to register.

Insect Discovery Lab
Friday, April 22, 3:30-4:30pm.

Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more! Insect Discovery Lab will bring their hands-on Insect Discovery Lab. They will introduce you to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods and teach you about their key role in the web of life. Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library

Ages 4 to 13. Advance registration required. This program is currently full. Click here to be added to the wait list.


Reading Buddies – Spring Session

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 eight 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.

Spring 2016 Dates for Reading Buddies: Mondays, March 28 through May 23 (no meeting on April 11 during public schools’ spring break). 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 Little Buddy 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.

Pizza & Pages Middle School Book Club

the-martian-book-coverCome together to dine and discuss The Martian by Andy Weir, this year’s choice for One Book One Marin.

Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

In this book: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills–and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit–he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

For children in grades 6 through 8 only. Advance registration required. Click here to sign up.

Pajama Story Time

pajama-story-timeWednesday, March 9, 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.)