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Many thanks to our community partners and sponsors for their support and contributions. All events and programs are free and open to the public.

A wide variety of programs and events related to the book will take place throughout the County during Feb, March and April 2014.

Don't Miss! Culminating Celebration:

Author Novella Carpenter will join KQED host and author Michael Krasny in a discussion of her book at this special culminating event. Presented in conjunction with the Dominican University of California Institute for Leadership Studies/Book Passage Spring Leadership Lecture Series.

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 - 7:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California
(Corner of Acacia & Olive, San Rafael)

Directions to Dominican
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ONGOING: Reading Forum Open to the Marin Community
Mill Valley Public Library Blog

Sustainable Landscape Practices: CONTRIBUTING TO A HEALTHY COMMUNITY IN YOUR GARDEN with Marin Master Gardener Betsy McGee
The choices we make in designing and maintaining our landscape may impact native habitats, energy use, the air we breathe, and our Bay Area watershed. In our gardens we want to create a diverse and healthy ecosystem where all living organisms are dependent upon each other and exist in harmony. Learn how to minimize your impact on our natural surroundings while enhancing your own native backyard ecosystem with sustainable gardening practices.

Saturday, February 8th, 11 am San Anselmo Town Council Chamber

Valentine for the Birds: Pine Cone Birdfeeder Craft
School-aged children. Registration required. Show the birds some love this winter! Make a feeder filled with bird-pleasing goodies.

Saturday, February 8th, 2 pm San Rafael Library

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping
Debra and Bill Tomaszewski, owners of the Marin Bee Company and creators of Planet Bee Foundation, are dedicated to making beekeeping accessible to all. They offer many educational programs throughout the Bay Area, and Bill is the official beekeeper for Google. Debra and Bill will educate and inspire you to set up your own successful hives.

Wednesday, February 12th, 7 pm San Rafael Library
Saturday, February 15th, 11 am Inverness Library
Wednesday, February 19th, 7 pm Fairfax Library
Thursday, February 20th, 7:30 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library
Tuesday, February 25th, 7 pm Bolinas Library
Saturday, March 22th, 1 pm South Novato Library

Candy Sushi
Grades 6-8. Registration required. Come make sushi out of crisp rice cereal treats, fruit roll ups, Swedish fish, and other candies. We’ll also have a candy trivia contest with prizes.

Saturday, February 15th, 2:30 pm San Rafael Library

Never Too Late To Go Vegan
Patti Breitman will share information and demonstrate a few recipes from her new book, Never Too Late To Go Vegan: The Over 50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving On a Plant Based Diet. Written with Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina, RD, MPh, the book explains the social, emotional, and nutritional changes that come with a plant based diet. Come taste some of the easy, delicious plant based foods that can make a huge difference in how we age.

Tuesday, February 25th, 7:30 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library

Get Started Raising Backyard Chickens
Leslie Citroen, owner of Mill Valley Chickens, covers everything you need to know: the best chickens for a backyard flock, disease control, feeding requirements, raising baby chicks, coop recommendations, zoning requirements, and more!

Wednesday, February 26th, 7 pm Fairfax Library
Thursday, February 27th, 7 pm Novato Library
Saturday, March 8th, 11 am Stinson Beach Library
Monday, March 24th, 7 pm Inverness Library
Tuesday, April 29th, 12 noon Civic Center, Room 410 B

Urban Pastoral: Farming & Food Justice in San Francisco
Join Jason Mark, co-founder of San Francisco’s Alemany Farm and editor of Earth Island Journal, for a discussion about the promise and pitfalls of urban farming. In addition to co-managing San Francisco’s largest food production site, Mark writes frequently about agriculture and the environment. His writings have appeared in The Nation, The American Prospect, Gastronomica, and Salon, among other publications and websites.

Saturday, March 1st, 3 pm Marin City Library

The Art and Practice of Seed Saving
Astrid and Matthew Hoffman, owners of the Marin based Living Seed Company, will give a slide presentation on the values, history and current practice of saving seeds. They will also describe how to plant a garden to maximize seed saving.

Tuesday, March 4th, 7 pm Bolinas Library
Thursday, March 13th, 7 pm Corte Madera Library
Thursday, April 3rd, 7 pm Pt. Reyes Library
Wednesday April 16th, 12 noon Civic Center Library

City Chickens, Urban Goats, Backyard Bunnies
Explore the benefits of urban livestock and learn how to integrate animals into a thriving garden for food, soil fertility and fun in this lively, colorful slide presentation by K. Ruby Blume, founder of The Institute of Urban Homesteading in Oakland, and co-author of Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living.

Wednesday, March 5th, 7 pm Corte Madera Library

Backyard Chickens
Are you curious about the backyard chicken trend sweeping Marin County? Catherine Wolfers will share the joys of farm fresh eggs and bonding with feathered friends as well as the trials and tribulations of coop cleaning and safekeeping hens from local predators. You'll learn regulations and poultry ordinances for Marin county townships; how to feed, care for and safely range your birds; and much more. All are invited to this hen party!

Thursday, March 6th, 7 pm Larkspur Library
Wednesday, March 12th, 7 pm San Rafael Library

Wild West Ferments Presents: Fermentation Techniques
Luke Regalbuto and Maggie Levinger discuss how human culture, civilization, evolution and optimum health are linked to fermentation. They will explain how to safely create your own probiotic, "live-culture" vegetables at home.

Thursday, March 6th, 7 pm Novato Library
Wednesday, March 19th, 7 pm Fairfax Library

*NOT To Be Missed: Author Novella Carpenter Comes to West Marin
Novella will share recent photos of the farm and read from her memoir in the inviting, intimate atmosphere of the Pt. Reyes Library.

Saturday, March 8th, 3 pm Pt. Reyes Library

Home Brewing with Gilbert Guerrero, Founder of Temescal Homebrewing
Where can you get the best beer in the world? In your kitchen! Learn about the history and chemistry of beer and how to brew from start to finish.

Tuesday, March 18th, 7 pm Marin City Library
Saturday, April 12th, 3 pm Stinson Beach Library

The Secret Life of Bees
Beekeeper and Master Gardener James Campbell will share how to turn your garden into a pollinator paradise to maximize flower, fruit, and vegetable reproduction. James mentors new beekeepers in Marin and Sonoma.

Wednesday March 19th, 12 noon Civic Center, Room 410 B

Making Beer with Sarah Houghton, Director of the San Rafael Public Library
Beer Brewing Maven Sarah Houghton will describe the beer making process from hops to bottle. Examine the raw ingredients, learn what wort is—maybe even taste a bit!

Thursday, March 20th, 6:30 pm South Novato Library
Wednesday, April 9th, 7 pm San Rafael Library
Thursday, April 24th, 7 pm Novato Library

Learn the Secrets of Growing Delicious Tomatoes with Marin Master Gardener, Joe Jennings
Saturday, March 22nd, 11 am Novato Library

Expert Organic Farming Techniques For Gardens of All Sizes
Peter Martinelli of Fresh Run Farms, farms 22.5 acres of certified organic crop land on the Bolinas Peninsula. He was a founding member of Marin Organic and has been instrumental in creating the country's first apprenticeship program for organic farming and gardening. Peter will discuss the fundamentals of organic farming, how his systems integrate with the surrounding natural environment, and how his techniques can be adapted to gardens of all sizes.

Wednesday, March 26th, 7 pm Corte Madera Library

Make Fresh Cheese At Home: a Presentation by Tomales Farmstead Creamery
Join owner Tamar Hicks and Assistant Cheesemaker Jennifer Kirkham, creators of aged creamy goat cheeses, for a presentation on how you too can make delicious fresh cheese.

Friday, March 28th, 1:30 pm Pt. Reyes Library
Wednesday, April 23rd, 7 pm Novato Library

Meet Me in the Garden!
Meet at the corner of Tunstead and San Anselmo Avenues for a discussion about community gardens, help with growing food from your own garden, and ideas about sharing your bounty. David and Annie Fox and Sheila Mutter, founders and coordinators of San Anselmo’s Garden-Bounty exchange, the largest garden exchange in Marin, will lead the discussion. They will also hand out seedlings to start in your own gardens.

Saturday, March 29th, 11 am San Anselmo Town Council Chambers

History and Future of the Human-Plant Relationship
In concert with the launch of the Library's Seed Bank, the Mill Valley Library presents a lively, multifaceted conversation with a poet, a forager, and a scientist. Register at:

Friday, April 4th, 7 pm Mill Valley Library

From Pigs to Salumi: A Presentation by Guido Frosini of True Grass Farms
Discover how urban farmers can raise and prepare meat in a manner that fosters bioregional flavor.

Wednesday, April 9th, 7 pm Novato Library

Wild West Ferments Presents: Low-tech Food Preservation
This lecture will present principles of preservation that rely on drying, salting, vinegar, sugars, and alcohol. These methods often yield more nutritional, flavorful preserves while relying less on fossil fuels. Accompanying the talk will be images from “The Pantry Project: A Year of Preservation”, which was on display in Toby’s Feed Barn in 2013.

Thursday, April 10th, 7 pm Corte Madera Library
Saturday, April 26th, 3 pm South Novato Library

Container Farming and Other Ideas with Suzi Maggiora
Suzi will talk about how to grow edibles in pots both for beauty and practical reasons. She will discuss container farming from the basics of how to choose the containers, plants, and soil, to design and placement and all subjects in between.

Suzi describes herself, “I grew up in Tiburon and currently live in Mill Valley with my husband. I have two grown sons. My mother instilled in me the love of gardening and taught me. I spent 20 years as a RN and then transitioned to horticulture and design, I started working at Bayside Garden Center in 2000. I retired in 2010 and now spend my time playing in the dirt and traveling.”

Tuesday, April 17th, 7:30 pm Belvedere-Tiburon Library

Book Discussions
Monday, February 10th, 7 pm Point Reyes Library
Thursday, February 13th, 10 am Corte Madera Library
Tuesday, February 18th, 1 pm Novato Library
Wednesday, February 19th, 10:30 am Fairfax Library (Senior Book Club)
Wednesday, February 26th, 7 pm San Rafael Library
Thursday, February 27th, 7 pm Bolinas Library
Monday, March 10th, 7 pm Mill Valley Library
Thursday, March 13th, 7 pm Fairfax Library
Monday, March 17th, 6 pm Marin City Library
Tuesday, March 18th, 7 pm Stinson Beach Library
Wednesday, March 26th, 12 noon Civic Center Library
Wednesday, March 26th, 7 pm Novato Library
Tuesday, April 8th, 6 pm South Novato Library
Tuesday, April 8th, 7:30 pm San Anselmo Library
Wednesday, May 7th, 7 pm Margaret Todd Senior Center

Culminating Celebration: Novella Carpenter and Michael Krasny In Conversation

Author Novella Carpenter will join KQED host Michael Krasny in a discussion of her memoir at this special culminating event.

Wednesday, April 30th, 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California

Locations and Contact Info

Belvedere-Tiburon Library
1501 Tiburon Blvd.
Bolinas Library
14 Wharf Road
Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera
Civic Center Library
3501 Civic Center Drive, 4th Floor
San Rafael
Corte Madera Library
707 Meadowsweet Drive
Corte Madera
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael
Fairfax Library
2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness Library
15 Park Avenue
Larkspur Library
400 Magnolia Avenue
Marin City Library
164 Donahue Street
Marin City
Mill Valley Public Library
375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley
Novato Library
1720 Novato Blvd.
Pickleweed Library
50 Canal Street
San Rafael
Point Reyes Station Library
11431 State Route One
Point Reyes Station
San Anselmo Library
110 Tunstead Ave
San Anselmo

San Rafael Library
1100 E Street
San Rafael
South Novato Library
6 Hamilton Landing, Suite 140A
Stinson Beach Library
3521 Shoreline Highway
Stinson Beach