First Friday & After Hours

What are First Fridays and After-Hours Events?

THE PROGRAM

Debuting in January 2011 in celebration of the Library's centennial year, the ongoing "First Fridays" series presents different narratives, ideas and presentations that an audience might otherwise not consider or experience. First Fridays are for adults and high school students.

THE VENUE

The Library's Main Reading Room is transformed into a beautiful venue for First Friday events. Built in 1966, the Library is nestled among the redwoods in an award-winning building and reflects the perse intellectual interests of the community.

THE EXPERIENCE

Programs typically last 90 minutes (including Q&A) and feature a free wine reception before the event. Patrons enjoy the intimate atmosphere and ability to meet our presenters. Attendance ranges between 250 and 300 people.

Complete List of Previous Events

2016
  • January - Earth to Mars with Dr. Pascal Lee
  • February - Naked Truth: Love, Hope, and Courage
  • February - The Winter's Tale Staged Reading
  • March - Teen Poetry Slam
  • April - Del Sol Quartet
  • April - Liss Fain Dance
  • May - 5th Annual Poetry World Series
  • June - Naked Truth
  • July - Season of the Witch with David Talbot
  • August - Curiosity Comes First: Dr. Ramsey Musallam
  • September - The Science of Wealth, Compassion, and Greed
  • October - Naked Truth: Kismit
  • November - What to Expect on Election Day
  • December - Conventional Wisdom
  • December - Coyote: The Long and Winding Road of an American Original
2015
  • January - The Language of Food with Dan Jurafsky
  • February - Naked Truth: Love is a Battlefield
  • March - 4th Annual Teen Poetry Slam Competition
  • March - Let's Get the Rhythm
  • April - The Drunken Botanist with Amy Stewart
  • May - San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
  • June - Naked Truth: Road Trip
  • August - Faster, Higher, Stronger with Mark McClusky
  • September - The Pataphysical Slot Machine
  • October - Naked Truth: Spellbound
  • November - Why We Sleep with Matthew Walker
  • December - ADD: Myth vs. Reality with Stephen Hinshaw
2014
  • January - An Evening of Chamber Music 
    (Mill Valley Chamber Music Society)
  • February - Naked Truth: Wild Card
  • March - 3rd Annual Teen Poetry Slam Competition
  • April - Planting Ideas
  • May - Sex on the Coral Reef with Erika Woolsey
  • June - Naked Truth: Come Hell or High Water
  • June - Staged Reading: Norman Rockwell the Musical
  • September - Lincoln's Gamble with Todd Brewster
  • October - Naked Truth: The Phoenix
  • November - The Philosophical Baby with Alison Gopnik
  • December - Trio Garufa: Argentinian Music 
    and Tango Dance Performance
2013
  • January - Born to Be Good: Dacher Keltner
  • February - Naked Truth: Love Hurts
  • March - 2nd Annual Poetry Slam Competition
  • April - 100 Years of the Mountain Play
  • May - San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
  • June - Naked Truth: Stranger in a Strange Land
  • August - A Classic Experience: Kevin Smokler
  • September - Karl Cronin and the Z Quartet
  • October - Naked Truth: Masquerade
  • November - Why We Make with Dale Dougherty
  • December - Antwi Akom - Eco-Buddhism and Mindfulness
2012
  • January - The True Cost of Oil : Lisa Marganelli
  • February - Naked Truth: Missed Connections
  • March - Poetry Slam Competition
  • April - Spectrum of Cinema: John Korty
  • May - Sustainable Future: Peter Calthorpe
  • June - Naked Truth: Stranger in a Strange Land
  • July - The Story of Stuff
  • August - Crises in the American Economy: Jeff Taylor
  • September - From Warden to Advocate: Jeanne Woodford
  • October - Naked Truth: In Partnership with LitQuake
  • November - Miss Representation
  • December - Zen Mind Meets Wildfire
2011
  • January - Daniel Ellsberg
  • February - Liss Fain Dance
  • March - The Cinema Cabaret
  • April - Combat Photography: Kim Komenich
  • May - A Laugh Gone Viral: Good Neighbor
  • June - Naked Truth: What Went Wrong?
  • July - Murder Mystery
  • August - To the Edge and Back
  • September - Naked Truth: Going Too Far
  • October - An Evening with Jay Adelson
  • November - 1966 Night
  • December - Philosophy Talk: What is Love?

Made possible by generous support of the Mill Valley Library Foundation and the Friends.

Friday, February 3, 2017

7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
First Friday: Naked Truth

Friday, February 17, 2017

7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
After Hours: Poetry and the Natural World

Friday, March 10, 2017

7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
After Hours: Slam Poetry Competition

Friday, April 21, 2017

7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM
After Hours: Sixth Annual Poetry World Series