Ronnie’s Awesome Summer Library List 2012

Marin’s public libraries are outdoing themselves once again this summer. Year after year, the line up of events are more impressive then ever. Enjoy crafts, magicians, music, yoga, trivia, teen programs and so much more nearly ever day of the summer. And all programs are FREE!

When you go, be sure to thank our AMAZING children’s librarians not only for organizing these events but for the great work they do year round. These programs are also brought to you by groups such as Storybooks (Mill Valley), Bookmarks (Belvedere-Tiburon), Friends of the Library (County Libraries), County FriendsLarkspur Library Foundation, and more, that raise funds for the children and teen programs at the library. Contact them directly or ask your librarian how you can get involved.

Below is a list of summer events for children and teen programs all organized by Marin’s fantastic public libraries. Please check library websites to confirm all information, appropriate ages and registration if required.

Ronnie’s Awesome June list coming soon.

Wishing you all a magical summer!
Ronnie

6/5

* TEEN End-of-the-School-Year Party Celebrate the end of the school year with games, prizes, food, and fun at the library! For 6th-12th grade. Fall 2012 incoming 6th graders are welcome! Belvedere Tiburon Library.

6/6

Pre-Engineering with LEGO®, 4 – 5:30pm, Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars! Open to 1st – 5th graders. Explore endless creative possibilities with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. Registration required as space is limited. Visit the Children’s Desk or call 415-897-1143 to reserve your spot now! Novato Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

6/9

Summer Reading Launch Party, Join us as we start another summer of reading fun! We’ll have crafts, refreshments and raffle prizes to celebrate the start of Summer Reading! Civic Center Library.

Summer Reading Kick-Off, 12 – 2pm, We’re having an old-fashion pizza party to kick off this summer’s kids and teen reading programs! Marin City Library present an afternoon of family fun, crafts, games, pizza, and prizes as we kick-off the library’s kids and teen summer reading programs.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party, 1 – 3pm, Crafts for children. Refreshments and raffle prizes for all ages. Corte Madera Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, Kindergarten and older – advance sign-up required, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Mill Valley Public Library.

Magician “Magic Mike”, 11:00 AM, Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages- prepare to be amazed! Local favorite Magician Michael Stroud (co-author of the The Klutz Book of Magic) will be here to help us kick off Larky’s Summer Reading Program! Please join us for a morning of dazzling magic tricks and fun. Please call 927-5005 or email us to reserve your spot.  Larkspur Library.

6/12

* TEEN Own Your Room, 4 – 5:50pm, Summary Have fun with interior designer Julie Rootes as you think of ways to make your room your own. Bring your ideas and creativity. Corte Madera Library.

6/13

Corny Crow Show with Ventriloquist Steve Chaney, 3:30pm, Steve and Corny’s performance will include songs, stories, jokes and lots of laughter; so join us for a great time! For children 3 and up. Please call the Children’s Librarian at 415-473-4048. Civic Center Library.

* TEEN Henna Art, A Workshop for Teens in grades 6-12, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. Fairfax Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

6/14

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

TRIVIA NIGHT for the whole family!, 7 – 8:30pm, Join Howard Rachelson, Marin’s Master of Trivia, for an evening of thought-provoking family fun. Bring your own team of up to eight players or we will help you join a team. Teams will compete to display their knowledge of a wide variety of topics: music, sports, current events, pop culture and more. Prizes and light refreshments! Novato Library.

6/16

Quilting with Victoria Gonzalez, 2 – 3pm, Come and help create a quilt square using an iron-on applique process. The completed quilt will be delivered to Children’s Hospital in Oakland after being displayed at the library. Point Reyes Library.

Ventriloquist Steve Chaney, 1:00 PM, and his sidekick Corny the Crow  have been delighting audiences at libraries with jokes, funny stories and wild antics for over 20 years.  You are guarantee to have a good time, and maybe learn a little something about ventriloquism to boot! Call 415-927-5005 or email us to reserve your spot. Larkspur Library

* TEEN TRIVIA NIGHT for the whole family!, 7 – 8:30pm, Do you like trivia? Then come to the Civic Center Library under the blue dome for an afternoon of mind stretching thought, competition and fun. Teams will compete with each other to win prizes and display their knowledge of geography, history, sports, entertainment, science, pop culture, current events and more. Bring your own team of up to eight players or come alone and we’ll help you join a team. Civic Center Library.

6/17

Bilingual Songs & Stories with Mariela Herrera, 11am, Mariela Herrera returns from Chile to share her energetic songs, stories, instruments, and play! Novato Library.

Bilingual Songs & Stories with Mariela Herrera, 2pm, Mariela Herrera returns from Chile to share her energetic songs, stories, instruments, and play! South Novato Library.

6/20

Daffy Dave,  11:00, ages 3 and up, Corte Madera Library.

Storyteller Michael Katz, 1-2pm, Expect to be drawn in to another world and another time with this wonderfully dramatic, funny storyteller. San Anselmo Library.

Michael Katz, 3:30pm, award-winning storyteller on the amphitheater stage. All ages, no sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Share A Book– Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills. Belvedere Tiburon Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

6/21

Children’s author Amy Novesky, 2:30 pm, will read her new picture book biography Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keeffe Painted What She Pleased and kids will create a Hawaiian themed project. Grade K+, registration required, Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library.

Magician Brian Scott, for ages 5 & up, 11am Founders Room, be intrigued by the bizarre and strange world of magic, come and see oddities from around the world as Brian Scott creates an experience that allows the audience to not only see but also partake in these strange occurrences first-hand. The show features baffling and comical magic, audience participation, and surprising mind-reading demonstrations that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

* TEEN Zombie Apocalypse Party for Teens, 7 – 8:30pm, Kick off summer by coming to the Novato Library dressed like a zombie or a survivor of the zombie apocalypse. Contest for the best costumes, games, food and prizes. Need some zombie wounds or rotting flesh? Come to a pre-party makeup session from 6:00 – 7:00 (in atrium).

6/22

Fold an Animal! 2:30 pm, Learn how to make all kinds of origami creatures. Grade K+, registration required, Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library.

6/23

Carnival of Chaos, 11am – 12pm, Music, comedy, juggling! What more could you ask for? Come see this duo perform at the Inverness Library.

Carnival of Chaos, 2pm – 3pm, Music, comedy, juggling! What more could you ask for? Come see this duo perform at the Stinson Beach Library.

Puppet Art Theater presents Hansel and Gretl, 2pm, Artful puppets and humorous storytelling make this an unforgettable performance. Civic Center Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 1:30 – 3pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer & entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. All materials included. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Marin City Library.

6/24

R.E.A.D. With Bumps! 2pm, Participants need to register for a fifteen minute appointment with Bumps in order to participate! San Rafael Library.

6/25

Phil’s Favorites! 2:30 pm, Join Phil Sheridan for an animated reading of his favorite stories. We’ll have a special snack, too. All ages, no sign-up needed, Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library.

To Bee or Not to Bee–the Buzz on Bees for Kids, 3:30-4:30pm, Ages 5 and up. Get the latest buzz on the world of honey bees and all their wacky relatives from San Anselmo Master Bee Keeper Mea McNeil. Stick around for a local honey tasting! San Anselmo Library.

Family Program with Victoria Gonzalez: Quilts, 2 – 3pm, Create a quilt square using an iron-on appliqué process at this free program! The completed quilt will be delivered to Oakland Children’s Hospital after being displayed at the library. Join Quilt Artist Victoria Gonzalez at this free family program and create your own colorful quilt square. We provide supplies, you provide creativity, everyone has fun! All ages welcome. Fairfax Library.

* TEEN Flight Club for Teens, 2:30 – 4pm, Have fun learning, building, and experimenting with paper airplanes. This class will assist you in becoming a master paper airplane mechanic. For teens in grades 6-12. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Civic Center Library.

6/26

Little Sprouts – Totally Tote Bag, 11:00 am, Make a fashion statement about books with a stylish canvas bag that you decorate yourself. Amphitheater. Advance sign-up required. Sign-ups start June 11. Age 5 and under, registration required, Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library.

Boswick’s Reading Circus, 3:30pm, He’s a clown, he juggles and he’s hilarious. A great way to start our CIRCUS summer! Sausalito Library.

Magic with Timothy James!, 2pm, Enjoy thrilling, silly magic performed by Timothy James and his exciting surprise in a…trash can? Entertaining for all ages. Novato Library.

6/27

Teatro Calamari Puppets – Hansel and Gretel, 1-2pm, Wild and crazy puppetry with San Francisco’s Teatro Calamari on the Amphitheater stage. All ages, no sign-up needed. San Anselmo Library.

Teatro Calamari Puppets – Hansel and Gretel, 3:30 pm, Wild and crazy puppetry with San Francisco’s Teatro Calamari on the Amphitheater stage. All ages, no sign-up needed. Mill Valley Library.

Storytelling and Drawing from Nature with Ane Carla Rovetta, ages 6+, 3pm, Dream big with naturalist and storyteller Ane Carla Rovetta as she weaves magical tales and leads a drawing activity! San Rafael Public Library.

Twilight Tales, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM, A monthly storytime for the whole family. Come relax and enjoy traditional story favorites, bedtime tales, songs and folktales from around the world. Pajamas and Teddy Bears optional! San Anselmo Public Library.

* TEEN Henna Art, A Workshop for Teens in grades 6-12, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. Novato Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Read It & Meet: Book Talking for Teens, Join Amy Stoll and other teens in reading The dark days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk . The first 10 who sign up will get a copy of the book to keep. Corte Madera Library.

6/28

Cherry Hoops Hands-on Hula Hoop Workshop, 2:30 pm, Twist and shout with an expert; practice your moves and learn some new tricks, too. Grade 1+, registration required. Mill Valley Library.

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

Animals of the Rainforest, 1 – 2pm, Bring the whole family to this special opportunity to meet and greet animals from the rainforests. These are always popular shows, so come early and often! This event will take place in the main hall at the Dance Palace, 503 B Street in Point Reyes Station.

Animals of the Rainforest, 3:30pm, Bring the whole family to this special opportunity to meet and greet animals from the rainforests. These are always popular shows, so come early and often! Bolinas Library.

* TEEN Between the Pages Book Club, A summer book club just for middle school aged youth! Join us for snacks and a fun book discussion. The first ten people to sign up get a free copy of the book to keep! The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld, 2:30-3:30pm, San Rafael Library.

6/29

Fold, Flip, Float, 2:30 pm, Make paper airplanes, kites, and giant bubbles in the Amphitheater. Grade 1+, pre-registration required. Mill Valley Library.

Tell us all about it: Make a Circus Poster, 3:30-4:30pm, Get into the spirit of the Circus by making a Circus poster. Bring your imagination and excitement, we’ll provide the supplies. Free, all ages, no registration required. Sausalito Library.

* TEEN Flight Club for Teens, 2 – 3:30pm, Have fun learning, building, and experimenting with paper airplanes. This class will assist you in becoming a master paper airplane mechanic. For teens in grades 6-12. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. South Novato Library.

6/30

Stargazing, 11am, Bing Quock, astronomer at the California Academy of Sciences, will discuss observing the summer night sky, with emphasis on the visible planets, constellations, and selected deep-sky objects such as star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. South Novato Library.

7/1

Sunday Special: Magic Mike, 11:00AM – 12:00PM, amazing sleight-of-hand magic tricks and his wild and crazy personality. Mill Valley Library.

7/2

Upside Down Fairy Tales, all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, free, Mill Valley Library.

7/3

Little Sprouts – Dinosaurs Roar! Age 5 and under, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, free, Make a cool dinosaur craft and listen to some great dino stories. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Piccolo Puppet Players, 3:30pm, Join us for a traditional Punch and Judy show. Sausalito Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment.
Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

7/5

Classic Cartoon Day! 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, free, Popcorn and pillows provided. Mill Valley Library.

Wildlife Associates, 11am, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

* TEEN First Thursday: Movie and Pizza Night, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, For High School Students Only, Easy A? Moneyball? Midnight in Paris? Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)? Which one of these page-to-film movies will be showing (alongside a pizza dinner). Stay tuned to find out! Mill Valley Library.

7/6

Game & Puzzle Day, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM, Roll the dice, spin the spinner, or pick a card. Mill Valley Library.

Join the Circus: Make a Circus Mask, 3:30pm, Join us to make circus masks! Sausalito Library.

7/9

Marvelous Magical Music! 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM,  Hear stories about music, musicians, and musical instrument. Mill Valley Library.

7/10

Little Sprouts – Treats for Tweets, Age 5 and under, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Make snacks for backyard birds with a pine cone feeder full of peanut butter and seeds. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment.
Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

Carnival of Chaos, 3:30pm, A fast-paced, action-packed show that’s hilarious, interactive and provides clever entertainment for the whole family. Sausalito Library.

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, 4:00PM – 4:45PM, Join us for an anything and everything Mac Barnett book group. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Henna Art with Rachel-Anne Palacios, 4 – 5:30pm, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. Corte Madera Library.

7/11

Carnival of Chaos, 1:00 pm, Carnival of Chaos presents their world-class variety act including insane juggling, dangerous stunts, and musical parody the whole family will love. San Anselmo Library.

Carnival of Chaos, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM, Mill Valley Library.

Express Yourself! Button Making, 3pm, ages 6+, Bring photos or other images to create original, personalized buttons. Ot her materials needed to create the buttons will be provided. Don’t forget to register! San Rafael Library.

Storyteller Michael Katz, 1pm, “Teller of a Thousand Tales” Michael Katz presents folktales from around the world…Asia, Africa, Europe and North America…in his uniquely active and expressive style. Fantastic for all ages, especially children ages 4 and up. South Novato Library.

Storyteller Michael Katz, 3pm, Novato Library.

Share A Book– Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills. Belvedere Tiburon Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

7/12

Cowgirl Tricks with Karen Quest, 11am, vaudeville western comedy complete with trick roping, music, and cowgirl shenanigans. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Musical Duo Colibri, 12pm, Lively Latin American music for the entire family! Using an exciting array of traditional folk instruments, Lichi Fuentes and Alisa Peres present a lively, interactive musical journey through Latin America. Civic Center Library.

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

Retro Recycled Time Machines, Grade 1+ – advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, What can you do with an extra-large cardboard box? With some recycled odds & ends and a touch of whimsy, you might just invent your own time machine. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Making for Beginners, 2:30-3:30pm, Become your own jewelry designer! Explore your creativity through interesting colors, textures, and techniques. The class will be taught by Dragonfly Designs. Don’t forget to register for these events! San Rafael Library.

* TEEN Henna Art with Rachel-Anne Palacios, 3:30 – 5pm, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. Civic Center Library.

7/13

Mad Science – Fire and Ice, Grade K+, 2:30PM – 3:30PM, Explore crazy chemical potions and the wonders of dry ice with a Mad Scientist. Mill Valley Library.

Pulling the strings: Decorate Giant Puppets, 3:30pm, Their feet are as big as a human heads, their fingers as big as human hands . . . they’re giant puppets and they’re coming to the Library. Bring your artistic skills, we’re providing the puppets. Sausalito Library.

7/14

Puppet Art Theater – Tommy’s Space Adventure, 1pm, A fun puppet show for the whole family. Space is limited. Larkspur Library.

Family Fun Crafts, 2 – 3pm, Design your own tote bag with Librarian Victoria Gonzales! Marin City Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, Kindergarten and older – advance sign-up required, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Mill Valley Public Library.

7/15

R.E.A.D. With Bumps! 2pm, Participants need to register for a fifteen minute appointment with Bumps in order to participate! San Rafael Library.

7/16

Penguin Parade, all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Chill out and listen to some awesome penguin stories, enjoy a frosty refreshment, and make a cool penguin craft. Mill Valley Library.

Wild Americas, 12 – 1pm, Come meet and greet some wildlife of the Americas! These shows are always popular, so please come early and often! Stinson Beach Library.

Wild Americas, 3-4pm, Inverness Library.

Stargazing with California Academy of Sciences, 7:30 – 9pm, astronomer Bing Quock will discuss how to observe the summer sky, with emphasis on the visible planets, constellations, and selected deep-sky objects. Inverness Library.

Pajama Storytime – Camping!, 7pm, Join us for an extraordinary evening in the library…we’ll sing campfire songs, read some stories, and maybe even roast some marshmallows! Bring the whole family and feel free to wear your camping clothes. Novato Library.

Pajama Storytime – Camping!, 7pm, South Novato Library.

7/17

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, 4:00PM – 4:45PM, Join us for an anything and everything Mac Barnett book group. Mill Valley Library.

The Trombonist, 3:30pm, Improvised stories using the rich and playful sounds of the trombone: The Trombonist has collected stories and sounds from around the world and brings them to us in a unique, super fun and family (encouraged!) friendly performance. Sausalito Library.

Family Program with Victoria Gonzalez: Repurposed Book Bags, 3 – 4pm, Pre-registration is required. Create a personalized book bag using fabric plus an iron-on appliqué process. Corte Madera Library.

Polar Bear Picnic, 11-11:45am, , 1:00AM – 11:45AM, sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment.
Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

* TEEN Flight Club for Teens, 2 – 3:30pm, Have fun learning, building, and experimenting with paper airplanes. This class will assist you in becoming a master paper airplane mechanic. For teens in grades 6-12. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Novato Library.

7/18

Hoopman Eddie Madril, 1pm, Experience the artistry of Native American hoop dancing with Eddie Madril, Pascua Yaqui tribe member. Discover the rich traditions of America’s indigenous peoples, past and present, through the beautiful expression of song and dance. San Anselmo Library.

Eddie Madril, Hoop Dancer, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

String Along With Ruth Stotter, July 18 @ 3pm, ages 6+, Enjoy string stories, and then learn how to make the figures! Ruth Stotter, former director of the Dominican University Storytelling Program, often uses origami, string, masks, and puppets in her performances. She is the author of numerous books, and has performed and taught workshops on five continents. Don’t forget to register! San Rafael Library.

* TEEN Duct Tape Wallets for Teens!, 3 – 4:30pm, Duct tape, you can use it for anything even to make a wallet! Assistance and materials provided. Open to 6th-12th Graders. Walk ups OK but signup is highly recommended as space is limited. South Novato Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 4 – 5:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer & entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. All materials included. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Fairfax Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

7/19

Carnival of Chaos, 11am, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Boswick the Clown’s Reading Circus, all ages, 2:30PM – 3:30PM, Learn about the art of clowning when you take a journey to Boswick’s Reading Circus. Mill Valley Library.

Family Program with Victoria Gonzalez: Repurposed Book Bags, 3–4pm, Pre-registration is required. Create a personalized book bag using fabric plus an iron-on appliqué process. Civic Center Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

* TEEN Sci-Fi Party for Teens, 7 – 8pm, Avoid termination by the Daleks by banding together with other Sci-Fi geeks at our Sci-Fi party for teens. Celebrate the Sci-Fi enthusiast within by dressing up as your favorite sci-fi character, creature or invent your own (villains, even Daleks welcome). Contest for the best costumes, games, food and prizes. Novato Library.

7/20

Ane Carla Rovetta – Guided Drawing Workshop, all ages – advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Join local treasure Ane Carla Rovetta for stories, drawings, and fascinating information about the natural world. Mill Valley Library.

If I was the Ringmaster: Make a Circus Book, 3:30pm, What would happen at your circus? Clowns, cowboys and elephants on a tightrope? Jugglers on a trapeze? Come make your own circus book! Sausalito Library.

7/21

* TEEN Henna Art with Rachel-Anne Palacios, 1 – 2:30pm, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. Marin City Library.

7/23

Pig Tales – Paper Bag Puppet Party, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Come to our annual paper bag puppet party! Bring the whole family to listen to some pig tales and make your very own pig puppet. Oink! Mill Valley Library.

Timothy James Magic, 1 – 2pm, Combining magic and humor, Timothy James creates a memorable occasion for the whole family. This event will take place in the main hall at the Dance Palace, 503 B Street in Point Reyes Station. Point Reyes Library.

Timothy James Magic, 4-5pm, Bolinas Library.

Stargazing with California Academy of Sciences, 7:30 – 9pm, astronomer Bing Quock will discuss how to observe the summer sky, with emphasis on the visible planets, constellations, and selected deep-sky objects. Corte Madera Library.

7/24

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, 4:00PM – 4:45PM, Join us for an anything and everything Mac Barnett book group. Mill Valley Library

Little Sprouts – I Wanna Be A Pirate! Or a Mermaid!, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45PM, Make a mask and set sail on the seven seas. Hear some great pirate and mermaid stories too. Advance sign-up required. Amphitheater – Mill Valley Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment.
Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

Ventriloquist Steve Chaney, 3:30pm, Corny Crow, the ‘dummy’ and ventriloquist Steve Chaney are hilarious. As one little boy said, “I laughed so hard I thought my brains fell out.” Sausalito Library.

7/25

Kalaikoil Dance & Arts of India, 1pm, Move along with dance troupe Kalaikoil as they perform the classical south Indian dance, Bharatanatyam. Stick around and learn a few dance steps of your own! Council Chambers, San Anselmo Library.

Kalaikoil Traditional Indian Dance, all ages, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

Express Yourself! Glow Bugs and Jars, 3pm, ages 6+, We will provide materials and instruction to make a super cool glow bug and a super pretty glow jar! Don’t forget to register! San Rafael Library.

Piccolo Puppet Players, 1pm, Bring the whole family to enjoy the slapstick humor and rollicking audience participation of a Punch & Judy puppet show. This performance is fantastic for kids as well as their parents! South Novato Library.

Piccolo Puppet Players, 3pm, Novato Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

7/26

Kenn Adams Adventure Theater “Myth Adventures of Melanie Moe”, 11am, create live theater based on Greek myths. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

Sean’s Shadow Puppet Show, 11am-12:00pm, Musician and puppet artist Sean Powers performs The Magic Measuring cup, a shadow puppet play adapted from folklore. San Anselmo Library.

Sean’s Shadows Shadow Puppet Show, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Shadow puppet fans can sign up for a hands-on post-performance workshop. No sign-up needed for the puppet show; advance sign-up required for workshop. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Henna Art with Rachel-Anne Palacios, 3 – 4:30pm, Learn the traditions of henna and create beautiful designs with henna artist, Rachel-Anne Palacios. Each teen will receive a design by Rachel-Anne and a henna kit to take home. Pre-registration and a signed parental permission slip are required. Henna art will last 7-10 days. South Novato Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Party for Teens, 3 – 4:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer and entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. Open to 6th – 12th Graders, All materials included. Novato Library.

* TEEN Read It & Meet: Book Talking for Teens, 3-4;30PM, Join your fellow teens to have refreshments and discuss The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean. Fourteen-year-old Symone shares her family’s passion for the Antarctic. When Victor, the family benefactor, proposes a trip to Paris that gets extended to Antarctica, she is both thrilled and apprehensive. As fellow travelers start getting mysteriously ill, her misgivings increase until her very survival is threatened. Join your fellow teens to have refreshments and discuss this prize-winning book of treachery, terror, adventure, and survival! Pre-registration is required. For grades 6-12., Civic Center Library.

* TEEN Read It & Meet: Book Talking for Teens, 3-4;30PM, A Midsummer Nights Dream retold in graphic novel format this Shakespeare comedy, set in the magical woods of Athens, is a story of love, fairies, and betrayal. Join Amy Stoll and other teens in reading this classic tale. The first 10 who sign up will get a copy of the book to keep. Also the book group will attend the Marin Shakespeare Company performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University of California. Sunday July 29th 4pm, Corte Madera Library.

* TEEN Between the Pages Book Club, A summer book club just for middle school aged youth! Join us for snacks and a fun book discussion. The first ten people to sign up get a free copy of the book to keep! The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, 2:30-3:30pm, San Rafael Library.

7/27

Creative Drama & Improv for Kids, Grades 3+, Advance registration required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Explore creative expression through acting, improvisation, movement, and voice. This fun workshop is led by popular theater teacher Sandra Davies. Mill Valley Library.

Circus Arts Workshop, Have you ever wanted to be an acrobat? Now’s your chance. Join us for a very special circus arts workshop with AcroSports, a Circus Training School. Limited to ages 7-10, registration required. Space is limited, so please call 415-289-4121 to hold your spot. Sausalito Library.

Annie Barrows Author Visit, Ages 7 and up, 2-3pm, Ivy & Bean, Advanced registration required. Author Annie Barrows will discuss how she came up with the idea to write her popular chapter book series Ivy & Bean. Annie will also read and answer questions about writing. San Anselmo Library.

7/28

Insect Discovery Lab, 11:00AM, Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more! San Francisco’s Insect Discovery Lab will visit the library with a hands-on demonstration that will introduce us to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods. Children ages 3 and older. Space is limited, Larkspur Library.

7/30

Monster Mashup, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Come hear Monster Stories and participate in a Monster Drawing Contest! Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Read It & Meet: Book Talking for Teens, 4-5:30PM, Discuss the award winning Ender’s Game with other teens. And yes, there will be food. Jump into Science Fiction this summer and read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card , winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. The story: In order to defend against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. Is Ender the one to save the world? Read it and meet in the library to share your thoughts. The first 12 teens to sign up get a free paperback copy. Pre-registration is required. For grades 6-12. Fairfax Library.

7/31

Laugh-Out-Loud Book Club, 4:00PM – 4:45PM, Join us for an anything and everything Mac Barnett book group. Mill Valley Library.

Little Sprouts – Bingo Schmingo Music, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45PM, Bingo Schmingo brings a morning of music and movement and preschool fun! When you join music and laughter with phonics-based learning, it’s a terrific time for the preschool set. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

Magician Timothy James, 3:30pm, Astonishing sleight of hand combined with humor and charm, Timothy James is a master Magician. You’ll be amazed! Sausalito Library.

Share a Book Program, designed to encourage children to practice their reading skills with a non-judgemental listener in a low pressure environment.
Children are invited to sign-up for an individual 15-minute appointment to read or share a book with a very well-trained dog. Larkspur Library.

Bingo Shmingo Music, 2pm, Novato Library.

Bingo Schmingo Music with Kathleen Rushing, For toddlers and preschoolers, 4-4:45pm, San Anselmo Library.

8/1

Brian Scott Magic, 1pm, Brian Scott will entertain you with surprising illusions, comic interludes, and magical, mystical fun! San Anselmo Library.

Brian Scott, Magician, all ages, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

Express Yourself! Origami, 3pm Learn the Japanese art of folding paper known as Origami. We will also make bookmark monsters! Don’t forget to register! San Rafael Library.

Michael Katz – Storyteller, 2 – 3pm, Bring the kids to see and hear this marvelous storyteller as he brings tales to glorious life. Inverness Library.

Michael Katz – Storyteller, 4:30-5:30pm, Bolinas Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 3:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer & entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. All materials included. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Corte Madera Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

8/2

Puppet Art Theater “Jack and the Beanstalk”, 11am, Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Ugly Sculpture Contest, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Try your hand at making the ugliest sculpture in the world! Drop in and put together some truly hideous recycled parts to create the homeliest art object imaginable. Library patrons will vote on their favorites. Mill Valley Library.

8/3

It’s Knot Just String, Grades 3+, Advance registration required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Learn to make friendship bracelets out of lanyard, hemp, or embroidery floss. Mill Valley Library.

Grand Finale! The Amazing Library CIRCUS Finale!, 3:30pm, Rollicking music, free-flowing popcorn, circus games, face painting and delightfully drippy ice cream! Sausalito Library.

* TEEN Library Lock-In for Teens, 7pm – Saturday, August 4, 2012, 9am, Party at the library after hours! Come to the library when we are closed for games, food, prizes and if you want…sleep over! Open to 6th – 12th graders. If you choose not to sleep over, event ends at 11:00 p.m. Signup and permission slip required, important specifics will be included on your permission slip. Novato Library.

8/5

Sunday Special: Orange Sherbet, all ages, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, This tasty musical trio serves up sweet music for families that will have you tapping your toes and clapping your hands to delicious songs about waffles, pasta, and rutabagas. Mill Valley Library.

R.E.A.D. With Bumps! 2pm, Participants need to register for a fifteen minute appointment with Bumps in order to participate! San Rafael Library.

8/6

Shirley Castro, Pelican Counting, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Jewelry Workshop with Chelsee Robinson, 2-3:30pm, In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, local designer & entrepreneur Chelsee Robinson will guide you in creating your very own jewelry! There will be an assortment of materials and styles to choose from. Work with chain, charms, beads and more to learn the newest techniques and leave with a lifelong skill. All materials included. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Civic Center Library.

8/7

Little Sprouts – Mad Hatter Tea Party, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Bring your best stuffed friend or doll to tea and make a crazy hat or crown. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

8/8

Andy Strain the Trombonist, 1pm, With a little help from the audience, trombonist Andy will perform improvised musical stories using the rich and playful sounds of the trombone. San Anselmo Library.

Andy Strain, The Trombonist, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

Inspired Silliness with Magician and Juggler, Owen Baker-Flynn, 3:30pm, Join us for a show that features juggling, magic and other goofy stuff! Civic Center Library.

Share A Book– Read to a Therapy Dog for Readers, 3pm, allows children to read to dogs as a way to improve their literacy skills. Belvedere Tiburon Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

8/9

Dream Big Summer Reading Party Featuring Crosspulse Duo, 11am, Step Dancing traditions, & Found Sound all presented with delightful humor and skill. Belvedere-Tiburon Library.

Miss Kitty Concert Series, 10:30am, for children aged birth to 8 years old, San Rafael Library.

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

8/10

Origami Fishing Game, Grade K+ – advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, First you fold some fishes. Then you fold a fish pond to keep them in and a bowl to catch them in. When you’re done folding, add a fishing pole and play a few rounds of your very own hand-made fishing game. Mill Valley Library.

Crosspulse Music and Percussion, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Bring the whole family to enjoy the energy and excitement of this music, dance and percussion group as we wrap up our wonderful summer events. Point Reyes Library.

Crosspulse Music and Percussion, 4:30pm, Stinson Beach Library.

8/11

Elizabeth Singer Hunt Author Visit, Ages 7 and up, 10:30-11:30am, Nine-year-old Secret Agent Jack Stalwart fights villains around the globe in this popular chapter book series. Find out how the author invented the character and learn how to write a spy novel of your own. San Anselmo Library.

SHARE-a-Book Dogs, Kindergarten and older – advance sign-up required, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Mill Valley Public Library.

8/13

Stuffed Animal Sleepover, No sign-up required – all ages, 2:30PM – 3:15PM, 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, along with a souvenir of its late-night library adventure. Mill Valley Library.

8/14

Little Sprouts – Yoga Sprouts, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Practice yoga with your preschooler. Play, dance, sing and breathe in a creative environment incorporating props, stories, and movement. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

8/15

Megumi Japanese Storytelling, 1pm, Experience Japanese culture through stories of greedy and generous spirits, goblins, animals and human beings. San Anselmo Library.

Megumi, Storyteller, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

8/16

Paper Making Madness, Grade 2+, advance sign-up required, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Make paper from junk mail, old letters, and colorful scraps. It’s fun, easy, and oh-so-messy! Add flower petals, bits of bark, and and dried leaves to make a one-of-a-kind recycled masterpiece. Wear old clothes. Mill Valley Library.

8/17

Giants World Series Replay Day, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Break out your orange and black and relive the Giants terrific win in the 2010 World Series. We’ll show highlights of that Game 5 win and serve popcorn and snacks for a real baseball treat. Go Giants! Mill Valley Library.

End-of-Summer Party, 2-4pm, Creek Park, Celebrate your reading achievements with our end-of-summer party at Creek Park. Buki the Clown will be on hand to entertain and paint faces! San Anselmo Library.

8/20

Noisy Nights, 6:30PM – 7:15PM, Shouldn’t bedtime be quiet and relaxing? Well, it isn’t in these raucous tales! Enjoy a noisy snack after the stories. Mill Valley Library.

8/21

Little Sprouts – Shake Your Sillies Out, Age 5 and under, advance sign-up required, 11:00AM – 11:45AM, Listen to a noisy book, make your own shaker instrument, and then jam out to some crazy tunes. Advance sign-up required. Mill Valley Library.

8/22

Steve Chaney and Cornelius, No sign-up required – all ages, 3:30PM – 4:30PM, Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

8/23

Read to a Dog, 1:00-2:00pm pm, Grades Kindergarten and up, Advanced sign-ups required. Want to have a “paws-itive” reading experience? Come share a book with the popular Marin Humane Society SHARE (Special Human Animal Relationships) A Book dogs. San Anselmo Library.

8/27, 28

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

8/29

Game & Puzzle Day! all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Work puzzles and play games in the Creekside Room. Mill Valley Library.

* TEEN Creative Writing Workshops 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, These sessions offer high school students the opportunity to workshop any creative writing projects they are working on or just relax and freewrite. There is no need to sign up in advance, just drop in. These workshops are for high school students only. Mill Valley Library.

8/30, 31

End-of-Summer Film Festival, all ages, 2:30PM – 4:00PM, Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen in the cool Creekside Room. Popcorn and pillows provided. Film titles TBA. Mill Valley Library.

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