Wednesday, October 1, 2014

We all Steam for Ice Cream!

October is Science Month and the perfect time to investigate science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Join Miss Kitty for a delicious experiment making our own vanilla ice cream in a bag!  Be sure you sign up to reserve a space and bring a pair of gloves or oven mitts because our hands are definitely going to get cold and then we can eat our delicious results.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wait for the flash!

Everyone had a great time at our Family Games and Photo booth night. Take a look at all the goofy photos here.

I made all the paper props you see using my Cricut and Silhouette cutting machines. We rented the photobooth from Purple Monkey.

 We'll definitely have a Family Game Night again (without a photo booth), so stay tuned!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Strike a Pose! Photo Booth and Game Night at the Civic Center Library

Join us Tuesday, September 16th for a fun night of family games and a photo booth to snap your picture.

We'll have lots of games to play, some silly props, and even some milk and cookies.

Here are all the details. See you soon! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Don't let the pigeon loose in the library!

Don't let the pigeon loose in the library, okay? 

 Why not? I never get to do anything?!?! It should be very educational.....please? please? please?

The dust has finally settled from our library rennovation this spring and the hundreds of little paws in the library this summer playing our reading game. It's been quite a year for The Civic Center Branch. Behold our wayward pigeon that a colleague spotted behind the corner bookshelves in the Children's Room.

As the bus driver above was asleep, we called The Marin Humane Society  and they sent over their most talented pigeon-whisperer who skillfully captured and freed our pigeon.

So, with your nice new back-to-school shoes, hoof  (or wing) it over the Library. Get a nice new library card if you don't already posses one, and net yourself a few of the hilarious Pigeon books by Mo Willems.
All images from Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! Mo Willems. Click through for library catalog.


Saturday, June 21, 2014


Allow me to hit "pause" for a moment while I share with you something fun I tuned into this week during our "Paws to Read" Summer Reading Game.

The summer reading game is a bingo format this year and as you can read, one of the challenges is to tell a joke to a library staff member, and read a biography- we'll get to that one in a second.

To be honest, 90% of the jokes I've been told have been quite, uhmm, abstract shall we say. But I laugh even if I have no idea what the punchline means because the kids are laughing.

I had to pause a moment, signing up a nice young man, when I saw the name Philo Farnsworth. I was quite impressed and thought this was perhaps the most sophisticated joke I might witness this summer if not in my entire career; using the name of the scientist/inventor credited with inventing television!

But it was no joke! Allow me to introduce Philo, the great grandson of Philo T. Farnswoth!
It really was a red letter day for me (he's proudly wearing his run for reading T-shirt from school)
and my new buddy could not have been more sweet and charming.

So, of course for Philo's biography challenge, I know exactly what to hand him. I do believe I see a family resemblance as well!
click on image to go to library catalog

While we're all enjoying our summer vacation watching The World Cup on television, let us applaud Philo T. Farnsworth who's brilliant mind made that possible.

Keep reading all summer long and who knows what brilliant ideas you might come up with.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Play the Critter Quiz!

I bet you spy some of your favorite library book critters on the flyer above....all four of them are near and dear to my heart. 

Visit your local Marin County Free Library branch May 4-18 and play a fun game that challenges your knowledge of literary critters. 

You'll win a free pass to the 2014 Marin County Fair and if you read a book about animals in the library, you'll win a 2nd pass.  

As always, tickets are limited; when they're gone they're gone! Grab your favorite critter, real or not, your library card, and take a nice little walk over to the library. 

See you soon!  Miss Kitty

Friday, February 21, 2014

A little yarn

As you know dear reader, I am endlessly fascinated by what shows up on my desk. Here we have a certain Miss K's Kindergarten art class project from 2010. Now a third grader, I guess she had to really ponder the emotional investment of giving it to  me.

What I love about this art exercise is the possibility that there was some subversive art rebellion being born. Obviously a class about shapes and colors, I love it that Miss K elected to put red scraps in the green triangle shape and green scraps in the blue rectangle shape.

Which brings us to one of my very favorite "unauthorized" street art movements; yarn bombing!!
The MacMillon Dictionary defines it as "The activity of putting knitted coverings on statues, posts, seats and other public objects, especially secretly and without official permission."

Blogger Laurie Jess has a wonderful post about this with some great images. Check it out!

Are these trees in Seattle not fantastic!

I just love this chain link fence lace bombed by Demakersvan. There is wonderful post about this on
If It's Here It's Hip's blog.

Where does this yarn I'm spinning meander off to you ask? With this wonderful new picture book in our library.*eng

Winner of many awards, including a Caldecott Honor, Mac Barnett's Extra Yarn is clever and charming. Jon Klassen (A Caldecott winner himself) is the perfect illustrator for this fresh picture book. I want to keep this yarn a mystery, so I won't tell you the story. You'll have to place a hold on this or meander over the library and check it out along with a couple of books about knitting. And do check this earlier post on the subject of yarn and knitting as well....*eng

Just don't yarn bomb Miss Kitty {wink}