Category Archives: Events

The Storybook Ball Needs You!

storybook ball Looking for a fun and rewarding way to be part of the Mill Valley community and support your local library? Join this year’s Storybook Ball organizing committee!

The Storybook Ball, which raises critical funds for children and teen library programming, brings to life a children’s book through performances, activities and other entertainment. This year’s event will be held in May and is a special day for families and children ages 4 to 10.

Storybooks is seeking volunteers to make this event a success. Whether you want to help lead a committee or just volunteer a few hours of your time, your support is welcome! Volunteers with an array of talents (creative types to folks who love numbers) are needed to help with the following:

  • Co-chairs (to help lead the planning and logistics)
  • Decor (help create the look and feel of the event)
  • Marketing and PR (help us get the word out!)
  • Sponsorship (help raise the money!)
  • Community outreach
  • Food and beverage
  • Raffles
  • Accounting
  • Favors
  • Teen volunteer coordinator

Please contact Stacey Silver at if you are interested or have more questions. Storybooks is a subcommittee of the Mill Valley Library Foundation.

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: color, plants, water, and more! After the stories, kids will break into groups and do hands-on science experiments. Parents can stay or drop-off depending on their child’s comfort level. Creekside Room.

Advance registration is required. Registration opens September 21. Program dates are October 8, 15, 22, and 29. Please plan to come to all four sessions.

Read to a Dog

SHARE-A-Book Dogs
Saturday, September 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

reading dog 2Kids 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.

The dogs will also be here on October 10 and November 14.

Call (415) 389-4292 x4 or email to register for a 15-minute appointment.

Author Visit

tuesday Former US Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog, Tuesday, will show how they help each other daily.  Luis will read his award-winning picture book Tuesday Tucks Me In, and brush Tuesday’s teeth (his favorite activity) and his coat.  Tuesday will demonstrate the many important things he does for Luis.  Books available for purchase an signing.

51-kugDuBBL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_September 25, 2015 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Creekside Room

All ages. Registration recommended.  Click here to register.

Coming Soon: Annual Bookmark Contest

2014_BookmarksThis September, it’s time again for the library’s annual Bookmark Contest! Design a bookmark celebrating books, reading, or the Mill Valley Library. Kids age 2 to 12 and under can make as many as they want, and all entries are due by Wednesday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m. It’s so hard to choose, but we’ll pick the top 25 designs and hang them on the display wall the first week of October. Then, you can come in and vote for your top five favorites, and we’ll pick the winners from those votes and post them the first week of November. Look for an entry form in your public school child’s backpack, or click here to download an entry form. Don’t forget to fill out the back side!

In September, we also celebrate New Library Card Sign-up Month. If your child can write her own name, she can get her own card. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to the library to get a new library card – we’ll take her picture and give her a free book! Check out our website to find out how your Library Card Saves You Cash in September.

Toddler Music Program: Jump and Dance

DSCN2087Jaime Lee Currier of Your Song My Song rocks classic kids’ songs and funky originals on her ukulele. With felt board puppetry and imagination adventures she leads the kids in a magical, interactive exploration.

The class will meet on the first four Mondays in October. Please plan to attend all four sessions.

Mondays, October 5, 12, 19 and 26.
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Creekside Room

Advanced sign-up required. Ages 2-5. Click here to sign up.

End of Summer Film Fest

end of summer schedule

Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Free popcorn! Call 415-389-4292 x4 for more information.

Monday, August 17 at 2:30pm: Home (PG) 94 minutes
Oh, an alien on the run from his own people, lands on Earth and makes friends with the adventurous Tip, who is on a quest of her own.

Tuesday, August 18 at 2:30pm: Paddington (PG) 95 minutes
A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

Wednesday, August 19 at 2:30pm: Game Day!
Roll the dice, spin the spinner, or work a giant floor puzzle. Fun for the whole family!

Thursday, August 20 at 2:30pm: My Neighbor Totoro (G) 86 minutes
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Friday, August 21 at 2:30pm: Lego Play Day
Did you know that the skills used to build with Legos support problem solving, reading, and creativity? Join us for Lego Play Day. Thanks to the many families whose generous donations of used Legos makes this program possible.




Stuffed Animal Sleepover Pictures!

On Monday, some very happy children and their stuffed animal friends attended a special story time at the library. The children wore their pajamas, listened to books about bedtime and stuffed animals, snacked on “walking ‘smores,” and then tucked their stuffies in to spend the night at the library. It was a stuffie sleepover! The dear creatures — bunny Mabel, puppy Ruffy, a teddy who goes by Teddy, and a tiger known simply as Tiger — had quite a fun adventure!

Display case Having a snack J Ref desk Mabel reading Making new friends 1 Making new friends 2 Playing in the book case Playing table top science Ruffy reading Sleeping under blanket 1 Tiger readingPajama 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.