Civic Center Library will be closed for upgrades Apr 16-30. Reopening tentatively set for May 1. More details.

Football and American flag
Go  49ers!  Want to get in the football mood to prepare for the SuperBowl this Sunday?  Check out the 10  featured DVDs on our Movies page and you’ll be gridiron-ready!...
Six of the nine movies nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award of 2012 are based on books.  Read the book, see the movie, and be the judge: which is better?Argo is based on the book by the...
The web and print media are rife with “best book of 2012” lists right now.    I’m curious about what our local Marin County “Best Reads of 2012” list...
This installment: three novels-- a complex story exploring cyber-bullying, adoption trials, and a lost daughter; Asian-American college students politicized and confused two decades later; and the...
In the past, I have blogged the first sentences of popular books--how an author immediately sets the tone and introduces the plot or character.  Lately, I started paying attention to final...
This installment: Wacky linked stories, a beach read to warm you up, and more short stories full of jaunty courage.       The Kissing List by Stephanie Reents

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 This installment: another cozy island novel, an exhilarating Wild West extravaganza, and a scary psychological thriller.    Island Apart by Steven Raichlen

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eReaders as gifts
One of the most requested and antiticipated holiday gifts this year is eReaders (and tablets and smart phones; which can double as eReaders).As a result, we've been hard at work developing two...
This installment: cozy domestic island novel, a dystopian world through a teenager’s eyes, and a novel in which literature and journalism go head to head.  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan...
This installment: three novels--Virginia in the ‘40s, the internet as a marriage counselor, and Vienna in 1913 (with a dose of psychotherapy).   Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert...