What’s Happening This Fall?

The 12th Annual Bookmark Contest is underway. Design a bookmark celebrating books, reading, and the Mill Valley Library. Kids age 12 and under can make as many as they want, and all entries are due by Tuesday, September 30 at 9:00 p.m. It’s so hard to choose, but we’ll pick the top 30 designs and hang them on the display wall the first week of October. Then, we want the community to come in and vote for their top five, 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.

Lego Mindstorms Robotics Lab for Grades 6 to 8

131217_Lego_Mindstorms_robot_05-660x440We’re very excited to offer a Lego Robotics Lab using Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots beginning on Sunday, September 28 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and running through October 26. This course will teach introductory level robotics. Participants will pair up to build and program the robots to do various challenges. Registration required. Participants must attend all five weeks. Click here to sign up.

Boogie with Emily Bonn for Ages 2 to 5

emilyWe know your preschoolers love music so we’re offering a music series just for them on Mondays, October 6 through October 27 from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. Teacher Emily will bring her favorite old-timey, folk and classic children’s songs to create a playful learning environment for children. This four-week course nurtures creativity, self-expression, and confidence while developing singing and rhythm musicality, body awareness and social skills. Registration and caregiver participation required. Please plan to attend all four sessions. Click here to sign up.

Stories and Science for Kindergartners

DSCN1823Does 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.

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.

Jeepers Creepers: Picture Books & More for First- and Second-Graders

monster-books-for-kidsOur wildly popular four-week series begins on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, October 7 and 8, and runs through October 28 and 29. First- and second-graders can come hear stories, create a creepy craft and have a spooky snack. Advance registration required. Children should plan to attend all four sessions.

To register for Tuesdays at 3:30, click here.
To register for Wednesdays at 2:30, click here.

Playwriting Workshop for Grades 6 to 8

playBack again this year, Marin Theatre Company will teach this five-week course for aspiring middle school playwrights. Explore your voice in this writing class designed for first-time writers who are interested in crafting plays. This collaborative course will explore conflict, character development, dialogue and more! Workshop runs October 16 through November 13 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Registration required. Click here to register.