Library-in-Place

The coronavirus may be keeping the building closed to the public, but that doesn't mean the Library can't still serve you. Keep up to date on coronavirus information at the Marin Department of Health and Human Services.

No doubt you have questions. And we have some answers. Check our Closure Frequently Asked Questions.

Mill Valley Public Library Curbside and Phone Service Hours
Monday: 10am - 3pm
Tuesday: 2pm - 7pm
Wednesday: 10am - 3pm
Thursday: 2pm - 7pm
Friday: 11am - 4pm
Saturday: 11am - 4pm

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All Things Reading  |  COVID-19 Archive


Curbside Pickup

 

The Mill Valley Library is now open for curbside pickup. Any cardholder with holds ready for pickup is able to use the service. Click here to learn more.

 


Get in Touch

Wish you could just talk to a real, live person? Call us! Mill Valley Library staff are now available to take calls and answer questions. Call us at (415) 389-4292.

No Library Card? No Problem!

Click here to sign up for a new card and quickly get started. 

Already have a card but are having trouble accessing materials? If you can't remember your PIN, click here to reset it.

Otherwise, email us; we're working remotely too! Our reference librarians and circulation staff are available to answer your questions and help you access your account.

For help with a new or existing library card and other account questions, email circ@cityofmillvalley.org.

For help accessing online resources and other questions, email reference@cityofmillvalley.org.

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Digital Resources

Please note: If you live in unincorporated Mill Valley, your access to some digital resources will be provided through the Marin County Free Library system. You can double-check which is your "home library" here.

 

Libby: eBooks and eAudiobooks

Access thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks on your phone, tablet, or Kindle with Libby! This easy-to-use app is your one-stop shop for finding, checking out, reading, listening to, and returning your content.

If you have problems with app installation or connecting your account, contact us at reference@cityofmillvalley.org. Once you have Libby up and running, you can use Libby Academy if you need more help. Tap Libby's face icon in the top right in the app, then select Learn Libby under Help & Support.

Your eBooks and eAudio will return themselves at the end of your checkout period, but to earn some real karma and help more people read more books, if you finish early, please return your materials ("Manage Loan" from the "Shelf" screen).

Hoopla

Hoopla lets you borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows. One of its best features? There are no wait lists. Find a title you like, and boom -  download it, stream it, read it - there are tons of options for enjoying Hoopla content on different devices including your smartphone. 

To get started:

1. Hoopladigital.com
2. Create an account with an email and password.
3. Find and select your home library.
4. Enter your library card number and pin.
5. You're in!

Having trouble using Hoopla?  Contact us or try the Hoopla FAQs at: https://www.hoopladigital.com/help

Kanopy: Streaming Video

Get your stream on through Kanopy, an awesome resource for world cinema and documentaries, and also selections from the Criterion Collection and Great Courses. There is even a Kanopy Kids collection as well as a K-12 lessons series. The best part: you can stream Kanopy on any of your favorite devices!

How to get streaming:
1. Click Get Started at Kanopy.com.
2. Find and select your home library.
3. Enter your library card number and PIN/password.
4. Create a Kanopy account using your preferred email. The password you set up here will be just for Kanopy.
5. Begin streaming!

The New York Times Online

The New York Times website has dropped its paywall for coronavirus coverage, but you can also explore the rest of the site and read unlimited articles when you
1. Create a New York Times account
2. Follow this link to generate a 24-hour pass.

 

Lynda.com

Want to learn to code a website? Take better photographs? Wow 'em at your next meeting with Powerpoint presentations worthy of a TED talk? Or perhaps there's that course on time management you just keep putting off ... The Library is happy to announce the return of Lynda.com, an online video learning service.

Lynda's library of professionally-taught courses can help guide you on a new career path or get you established with a new hobby. You may remember that the Library previously discontinued our Lynda subscription when LinkedIn, owner of Lynda, began to enact policies that were incompatible with our commitment to your online privacy, but those policies have changed and we are glad to be able to offer this resource during our collective shelter-in-place as well as going forward.

Click here to take a look through Lynda's course offerings and dive in to learn something new.

 

Mango Languages

With Mango Languages, you can learn languages such as French, Greek, Russian, and Mandarin. Click here to start learning now. On the sign in page, click Use Mango as a Guest to give it a try, but you can also create a Mango account to keep track of your progress if you like what you see.

 

RBDigital Magazines

Immerse yourself in popular culture with Vanity Fair or Rolling Stone, read essays in the New Yorker, contemplate modern design in Dwell or try a new dessert from Bon Appetit with the Library's subscription to RBDigital Magazines. Choose from a variety of magazines like Wired, The Economist, and the New York Review of Books and read them cover to (virtual) cover. There are kids' magazines too, including Highlights and National Geographic Kids.

Available for iPads and iPhones, Android phones and tablets, Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets, and through your favorite web browser on Macs and PCs. Create an RBDigital account, link your library card, and start flipping through your favorite magazines. There are no queues and no returns necessary.

Ancestry.com

Your Family May Be Larger Than You Think...
Comb genealogical records and uncover your ancestors' stories through Ancestry.com, which is available for remote use during the shelter-in-place. Ordinarily it is only available to use at the Library. All you need is your library card number and PIN. Click here to start discovering!   

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Virtual Programming

Upcoming

Writing Workshop - Ponder-in-Place: A Personal Narrative Writing Workshop 
Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22, 29. August 5, 12.  |  6:00pm - 8:00pm  |  Virtual Class on Zoom 

In this creative writing course, we will use the immediate, daily experience of COVID-19 as a portal to writing. Students will be encouraged to create a journal, in the style of memoir or in an essay that captures their processing of the day-to-day. All participants will be encouraged to submit to the library's COVID-19 Archive. However, participation is not required for enrollment.
Registration required. Click here to register.

 

Poetry Reading - Partners in Confinement with Cornelius Eady and Sarah Micklem
Thursday, August 20th  |  7:00pm  |  Registrants will be sent a link to watch event.

This virtual poetry reading series features literary partners who are sheltering in place together. Couples will chat, read favorites from their own and each others' work, and tell us what this period has been like for them. Registration required. Click here to register.
In collaboration with the Marin Poetry Center.

 

Ongoing

Story Time at Home

Every Thursday, Children's Librarian Lauren reads favorite books, sings songs, and does fingerplays and flannel stories.  Click here to watch Story Time at Home and subscribe to the Library's YouTube Channel to see them all. 

Sing & Stomp

Bluegrass band musician Emily Bonn is known to many Mill Valley tots for her Sing & Stomp program at the Library. Missing her youngest fans, she created a special virtual Sing & Stomp to reconnect with them while away. Click here to catch her first installment and subscribe to see them all on the Library's Youtube channel.

 

Past

April 4, 2020 - Virtual Fermentation Nation: Spring Into Sourdough Class

According to Google Trends, "BREAD" has reached peak popularity. Franklin's Spring into Sourdough class can't be far behind. With his tips for everything from measuring and fermenting to proofing and baking, you'll have a sourdough starter and delicious bread in no time.


April 13, 2020 - Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City
Featuring author Steve Early and activist Andres Soto in discussion. Part of the Borrowed Time series.

April 29th, 2020 -The Art of Storytelling with Doug Cordell
Emmy-nominated writer and National Public Radio storyteller Doug Cordell teaches the art and craft of great storytelling. 

July 16th, 2020 - Poetry Reading - Partners in Confinement with Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman
This virtual poetry reading series features literary partners who are sheltering in place together.  In collaboration with the Marin Poetry Center.


For more past virtual events, visit the Library’s Youtube Channel.

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All Things Reading

Summer Reading: Wild About Books

Children in preschool through fifth grade can win Wild About Books stickers and more by making reading a daily habit. Plus we have fun activities like Grab & Go activity bags, Picture Book Packs to help you find great books, and virtual programs to look forward to all summer.

1. Click here to sign up.
2. Download a reading log or pick one up at the Library at our curbside service

Fourth through eighth graders can get a Personalized Reading List to kick start their summer reading.

For middle and high school students: 
Save yourself from boredom this summer and take our Library-At-Home challenge! Sign up here to get entered into a raffle for gift cards to local businesses, Audible, and Alibris ebooks. You will also get a weekly newsletter with exclusive interviews from authors. Read about the books they have coming out and get the chance to win free copies.

Track your challenges on your reading log (print it from our website or pick one up at our curbside service) and share your experiences on Instagram with #librarysummer for the chance to win more prizes.

Personalized Book Suggestions For Adults

We're firm believers that you should read what you love. Simply fill out our Book Rx form and we will send you a list of personalized book suggestions.

#AskALibrarian

Catch us in real time on twitter. #AskALibrarian for reading recommendations from 9:00-10:00am PST every Thursday. Tweet us what kind of book you want to read using that hashtag and we'll tweet back a fabulous read.

Virtual Book Clubs

Click here to find out more about all of our virtual book clubs. 

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COVID-19 Archive

We invite you to contribute your reflections on how you are experiencing the ongoing situation around COVID-19 to our Lucretia Little History Room permanent collection. In this challenging and unique time, we have witnessed incredible and creative examples of connection, hope, and unity. Share your story so that we may preserve them for the future!

Click here to find out how you can share your story.

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