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January 7, 2019
Welcome to 2019!

My mother's holiday card this year said, Love, Justice, and Joy, and those are the ideas I'm embracing for 2019.

Our library is a joyful place.

It is clearest in the little kids careening down the hall, crying out "LIBRARY!"  Older kids are more subtle, but I think voluntarily coming to a library program is essentially a joyful squeal for middle schoolers.

And, of course, the stacks and stacks of books being checked out: 5,144 children's books were checked out between October 1 and December 31, and YA circulation was up almost 18% compared to last year. 

I'm appreciating these daily joys a lot, even as I think about the difficult lives of so many children and families here in California and around the world.

Library programs build community and reading books builds empathy, so let's keep doing both of those things together in 2019.

DIY Magnets
Building Club
Afternoon Movie: Christopher Robin
Stuffed Animal Tea Party
Art Studio: Paper Mosaic
Valentine's Day Cards

Story Time with Molly
Story Time with Eliya
Stay and Play

Middle School Book Club: The Sun Is Also a Star

J Fiction Set in the Bay Area
Picture Books About Going to the Library

DIY Magnets
Wednesday, January 9, Edgewater Room 
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Come make magnets to decorate your fridge, your room, your bulletin board and more! We’ll provide the supplies. Perfect for kids 4+, but all children and their caregivers are welcome.

BUILDING CLUB: Winter City, Legos, & Magna-Tiles
Wednesday, January 16, Edgewater Room
Between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

We’ll have the supplies to make a winter paper city. We also have a huge collection of LEGOs and Magna-Tiles. There are Duplos in the Children’s Room for kids under 3. Children and their caretakers are welcome.

Afternoon Movie: Christopher Robin (2018, PG, 120min)
Wednesday, January 23, Edgewater Room
3:00 p.m.

Winnie the Pooh ventures into London to turn a middle-aged Christopher Robin's life around with the help of Piglet, Eeyore, and Tigger. Christopher Robin©Walt Disney Pictures.

Children and their caretakers are invited to join us for this movie screening. We'll have plenty of popcorn to share!

Stuffed Animal Tea Party
Wednesday, January 30, Edgewater Room
Between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.

All stuffed animals, dolls, and children (and their caretakers) are invited to a special tea party. We’ll have snacks and crafts. For children and their caretakers.
Art Studio: Paper Mosaic
Wednesday, February 6, Edgewater Room
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Mosaics are images made with small pieces of stone, glass, paper, or other materials.

For this project, we'll be using small pieces of paper. We'll have plenty of pre-cut paper but also paper that can be cut. Similarly, we'll have designs to be filled in but--as always--I encourage wild imagination.

For children and their caretakers.
Valentine's Day Cards and Envelopes
Wednesday, February 13, Edgewater Room
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Come make Valentine's Day cards and matching envelopes. We'll have plenty of supplies. For children and their caretakers.
Story Time with Molly
Mondays, Edgewater Room
10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Join us for Molly's special blend of stories, finger plays, and songs. For children 3 and under and their caregivers.
Story Time with Eliya
Wednesdays, Edgewater Room
9:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Join us for stories, finger plays, and songs! For children 3 and under and their caregivers.
Stay and Play
Wednesdays, Edgewater Room
10:00 - 10:40 a.m.
Toddler and their caregivers are invited to 'stay and play' after the Sausalito Library's 9:40 a.m. story time. Preschool teacher Eliya will be there with blocks, stuffed animals, shaky eggs and more. Join us!
Middle School Book Club: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Monday, January 14, Edgewater Room
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

** The Middle School Book Club is currently full except for kids who are already members.**
J Fiction Set in the Bay Area

The Bay Area is a popular place to set books. This list includes some well-known titles, like Al Capone Does My Shirts which is set at Alcatraz, and The Titan's Curse which is part of the outrageously popular Lightning Thief series and set in the Marin. The list also includes The Wild Girls by Pat Murphy and One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, two of my all-time favorite J Fiction novels.
J Fiction Set in the Bay Area
Picture Books About Going to the Library

Libraries can be places of joy, refuge, stress, anxiety, and enthusiasm--not to mention places to read, play, and learn. This collection of books runs the gamut, with a lot of silliness.

I'm especially fond of The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora. It's about a five headed monster who thinks the library is an all-you-can-eat buffet. I like Ohora's illustrations, the fact that the librarian entranced the monster with story time, and that donuts have an important roll in the plot (they're my favorite). 
Picture Books About Going to the Library
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