The Views and Voices programs are part of the Mill Valley Public Library’s Finding Common Ground effort to connect the community through conversation. Each month the Views and Voices programs spotlight a singular national social issue in depth through documentary film screening, book club & additional featured events.

The Views and Voices documentary screenings are followed by topical discussion, often featuring guest speakers associated with the film or experts on the topic. Everyone is welcome to arrive thirty minutes prior to the screening time for informal social discussion (Get to Know Your Neighbor!).

The Views and Voices book club will discuss books corresponding to the subject of the documentary screened the same month.

Feel free to attend each monthly event or just the one that appeals to you. Although the films, books and events align by theme, there is no requirement to attend all to appreciate one.

Please also view the Know Your Neighbor programs. Whereas the Views and Voices programs highlight national issues, the Know Your Neighbor programs offer engagement opportunities at the local level.

Our 2019 Reading Challenge is underway, and ties in with Views and Voices themes. Learn more here.


JANUARY: Campaign Finance and Dark Money
Weds., Jan. 9th Dark Money
Featuring Q&A with former SEC Commissioner Ann M. Ravel and attorney Gene Jarussi.
Mon., Jan. 28th
  • Nation on the Take by Wendell Potter
  • All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • The Fixer by Jennifer Barnes
 Book Club

 FEBRUARY: Gender (Identity and Social Structure)
Mon., Feb. 4th Call Her Ganda
Featuring Q&A with director PJ Raval.
Mon., Feb. 11th The Gender of Things
Open mic personal stories.
Featured Event
Tues., Feb. 26th
  • Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity by Arlene Stein
  • How to Be Both by Ali Smith
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Book Club

MARCH: Consent, Assault & #MeToo
 Mon., March 4th Audrie and Daisy
Featuring Q&A with guest from the film.
Mon., March 11th Open Mic: #MeToo
Featured Event
Mon., March 18th I Learn America Pop Up Photo Exhibition
Featured Event
 Fri., March 22nd After Hours - Brendan Kiely: Consent and #Metoo Featured Event
 Mon., March 25th
  • Not That Bad by Roxane Gay
  • The Break by Katherena Vermette 
  • Tradition by Brendan Kiely
Register here.
Book Club

APRIL: Immigration - Documented and Undocumented
 Mon., April 1st I Learn America
Featuring stories from local students.
Register here.
Mon., April 22nd Author Talk with Lauren Markham
Register here.
Featured Event
 Mon., April 29th
  • The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham
  • Exit West by Moshin Hamid
  • The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Register here.
Book Club
Tues., April 30th I Learn Mill Valley: Tam High Student Presentations with Jean Michel Dissard
Register here.
Featured Event