Storytime Hours, Fall 2011 and Homework Help

Print version – storytimefall2011 (pdf)

Every year when September rolls around, I find myself wishing to go back to unstructured summer days and yet I really look forward to the return of a regular schedule filled with school, playdates and after school activities. If you are looking for something fun to do as you and your family transition to the coming school year, be sure to make plans for storytimes at one of Marin’s fantastic libraries. Storytellers are rockstars to children and it’s FREE! Storytime in Marin is more then just sharing stories – they incorporate finger play, dancing, songs, puppetry, good old fashioned knee bouncing, socialization, bonding time and more.

Below, is all the storytime information for the Fall of 2011. I also asked the head children’s librarians in Marin, “If you were stranded on a deserted island with a group of 0-5 year olds, which three books would you bring?” Look for these recommendations and more on the shelf.

For school aged children, our libraries offer “Homework Help.” It is an invaluable resource so everyone with a library card can get online access to one-on-one expert tutors in math, science, English, social studies and a vast database to of videos and tutorials. Additionally, our librarians are an excellent resource for helping choose the right title for a particular child based on age and interests. When you don’t know the answer on your child’s homework or what they should read, head to your local library.

Library Branch Storytelling Hours Storyteller  Stranded on a deserted island Recommendations
Belvedere-Tiburon Library1501 Tiburon Blvd.789-2662 MondayBaby Bounce, ages 0-2 years at 10:30 am and 11 amTuesdayStorytime à la française with Le Petit Jardin, age 18 months – 4 years at 10:30 am, sign-up required.Preschool Storytime, age 2-3 years at 11 am

Preschool Storytime, ages 3-5 years at 4 pm


Book Club, ages 7-9, 4pm, sign-up required

Alicia Bell Knuffle Bunny” & “Knuffle Bunny Free” by Mo Willems“A Bad Case of Stripes” by David Shannon“Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” by William Steig
Civic Center3501 Civic Center Drive # 427


ThursdayMother Goose on the Loose, 0-3 years at 10:30 amPreschool Storytime, 3-5 years at 3:30 pm Ms. Kitty the Librarian Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney“The Incredible Bookeating Boy” by Oliver Jeffers

Knuffle Bunny” by Mo Willems

Corte Madera707 Meadowsweet Drive


TuesdayMother Goose on the Loose, ages 0-2 years at 10:00 am

Storytime, ages 5-8 years (in October, November, February, March, April) at 3:30 pm


Toddler Time, ages 0-2 years at 10:00 am

Preschool Storytime, ages 3-6 years at 11:00 am

Marilyn Simons reads Tuesday storytimesMarilyn Wronsky reads Wednesdays Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein“Adèle and Simon” by Barbara McClintock

Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary” by Beverly Donofrio

Fairfax Library2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.


ThursdayPreschool Storytime for ages 3 to 6 years at 3:30 pm


Mother Goose on the Loose, age 0-3 years at 11 am


Preschool Storytime for ages 3 to 6 years at 11:00 am

Carolyn Potter Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein“Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf” by Judy Sierra

My Very First Mother Goose” by Rosemary Wells

Larkspur Library400 Magnolia Avenue


TuesdayBaby Bounce, ages 0-30m at 9:30 am, (except 11/22)


Preschool Storytime for ages 2 ½ – 5 years at 9:30 am, (except 11/24, 12/22, 12/29)


Afternoon Storytime for ages 4 years and older at 3:30 pm, (except 12/23, 12/30)

Baby Bounce by Sarah SonnetPreschool Storytimes by Gail Spencer, Helyse Hollander and Teresa Capasso

Afternoon Storytimes by Terri Innes and Teresa Capasso

Shoe Baby” by Joyce & Polly Dunbar“The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson

The Great Gracie Chase” by Cynthia Rylant

Marin City Library164 Donahue Street


WednesdayMother Goose on the Loose, age 0-3 years at 9:30 am

Preschool Story time, age 3-6 years at 10:20 am

School Age, kindergarten and up at 1 pm

2nd Preschool Story time at 3:30 pm

Clara McFadden Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathman“Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes” by Mem Fox

Good Night Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown

Mill Valley Library375 Throckmorton Avenue


WednesdayPreschool Storytime, age 3-5 years at 10:30 am & 11:30 am


Toddler Storytime, ages 2-3 years at 10:15 am

Lapsit, ages under 2 years, 11:15 am


Family Storytime, all ages, 11 am

Phil Sheridan (Wed 10:30am and Sat 11 am)Yolanda Fletcher or Hayley Beale (Wed 11:30 am)

Sarah Kaminker (Thur)

Yummy” by Lucy Cousins“The Three Billy Goats Gruff” retold and illustrated by Paul Galdone

10 Minutes Til Bedtime” by Peggy Rathman

The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story” retold by Joseph Bruchac

A Chair for My Mother” by Vera B. Williams

Novato Library1720 Novato Blvd.


Second Monday of the monthPajama Storytime, ages 4 to 8 years at 7 pm

Tuesday and Wednesday

Lapsit Storytime, ages 18 to 36 months old at 10 am


Bilingual Storytime: Español & English, all ages, 5:30 pm

Wednesday and Saturday

Preschool Storytime, ages 3 to 6 years old at 11 am


Mother Goose on the Loose, ages 6 to 18 months, 10 am

TBD Mother Goose” illustrated by Sylvia Long, Scott Gustafson or Rosemary WellsMake Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey

Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White to read aloud to the bigger kids

San Anselmo Library110 Tunstead Avenue


MondayBook Babies, ages 0-3 years at 10am with Clara


Preschool Storytime in Council Chambers, ages 3-5y, followed by craft time at 10:30 am

April Hayley Mother Goose nursery rhyme collection”, by Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells“Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me” by Eric Carle

Frog Went A-Courtin” by John Langstaff

San Rafael Library1100 E Street


TuesdaysPreschool Storytime, ages 3 to 6, 3:30 pm

Mother Goose on the Loose storytime for babies 0-18 months, 10:30-11am (starts Sept 20)

Wednesdays Toddler, ages birth to 3 years old, 10:30 am


Toddler, ages birth to 3 years old, 10:15 am


Baby Time, ages birth to 18 months, 10:30 am

Hollie (Tues)Hollie and Margaret (Wed)

Hollie, Margaret and Jill (Thur)

Sarah Sonnet (Fri)

Jill’s Picks:”Pete the Cat” by Eric Litwin”I Aint Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont

The Squeaky Door” by Margaret Read MacDonaldMargaret’s Picks:

Mother Goose Rhymes

Ogden Nash Poems

The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss

Hollie’s Picks:

A Child’s Garden of Verses
by Robert Luis Stevenson

Once Upon a Bedtime Story” Jane Yolen, Classic tales from around the
world, beautifully illustrated

Frog and Toad are Friends” by Arnold Lobel

Sausalito Library420 Litho Street


WednesdayToddler Storytime, ages 3 years and under at 9:40 am with Molly


Storytime, all ages at 3:30 pm with Phil

Molly McCallPhil Sheridan Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathman“Mother Goose

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Other storytimes:

Barnes & Noble, Corte Madera, 927-9016, Wednesday and Saturday 11 am

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, 339-3900, 11:30 am every Tuesday – Sunday. * Please note, the museum is closed for annual maintenance September 19 – October 3.

Book Passage, Corte Madera, 927-0960, every Sunday at 11 a.m., featuring Christopher Smith, fabulous musician and world-class kindergarten teacher at Neil Cummins Elementary in Corte Madera. Susan Kunhardt, Children’s Book Buyer at Book Passage says,

My three favorite books of all time (today) ‘Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, ‘A Good Day‘ by Kevin Henkes, ‘The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. Ask me again tomorrow and I may have a different answer, except for ‘Blueberries for Sal’–that one has never been displaced in my heart!

Goodnite Moon, first and third Monday of the month with Leslie Lakes.

Henry’s Toyshop, Mill Valley, 380-8691, first Tuesday of the month at 11 am by Phil Sheridan who says,

My top three books are ‘Dawn‘ by Uri Shulevitz, ‘Good Night Moon‘ by Margaret Wise Brown and ‘Cinderella‘ by Barbara McClintock. I also love ‘Snow White‘ illustrated by Charles Santore and ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance‘ by Giles Andrede.

Pottery Barn Kids, Corte Madera, 927-3558, Tuesday, all ages, 11 am

The Poppy Store, Larkspur, 464-0222, Monday, all ages, 11:30 am

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