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Storybook Ball 2016 – Charlotte’s County Fair!

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

The Mill Valley Library Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2016 Storybook Ball will be held Sunday, May 22, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Mill Valley Community Center. A special sponsors-only reception begins at 2:30 pm. Sponsorships are still available and include complimentary ticket(s).

The theme for this year’s event is based on Charlotte’s Web, the classic children’s book by E. B. White. Children up to age 10 and their parents will spend a fun-filled afternoon at the Mill Valley Community Center, which will be transformed into an old-fashioned county fair, complete with games, music, dance and craft activities. Attendees will also be treated to delicious local food from O Baby Bar with beer and wine for the adults.

The 2016 Storybook Ball will also feature a silent auction and every child will go home with a special treat. Tickets are $50 each. Children under the age of three can join the fun for free.

Sold out every year, this family-friendly event has raised more than $200,000 to support Mill Valley Library’s free public programs for children and teens. In 2015, the library offered more than 700 of these programs, drawing more than 26,500 youth to what Library Journal named as a finalist in the annual best small libraries in the nation award program.

City librarian Anji Brenner calls this event one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the library.

“Funding from the Storybook Ball allows the library to offer more diverse and interesting programming than would otherwise be possible,” she says. “It enables us to reach more kids and families, instilling a love of reading and learning and contributing to a better community.”

Beyond the Book Bash Raises $100,000 for the Mill Valley Library Foundation

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Beyond The Book Bash Raises $100K for the Mill Valley Library Foundation 

Stars of literary arts and music; celebrated local food, wine and spirits purveyors; and more than 200 library benefactors raised $100,000 at the annual Beyond the Book Bash to support Mill Valley Library programs, services and an endowment that will fund them in perpetuity.

Beyond the Book Bash 2015 continued the tradition of readings, performances, and film clips, woven together by way of a literary theme.  Nationally acclaimed authors, poets and musicians – all from the Bay Area – performed on one stage for the first and likely only time at the Throckmorton Theatre.

Produced by Tom Corwin and hosted by award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist Josh Healey, the show included contributors such as  musician Frances England, filmmakers Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, author Adam Mansbach, and poet Dean Rader.  NPR digital culture correspondent Laura Sydell led brief on-stage conversations about library memories with each artist.

Showcasing Bay Area talent was not limited to those onstage.  Food, wine and spirits were provided by Jennifer Carvaly Catering, CC Made, Garnet and Picket Fence Vineyards, Hall Wines, Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka, Harvey Cohen Doughnuts, Mill Valley Market, Piazza D’Angelo, Lagunitas Brewing Co., and Signal Ridge Sparkling Wines.

Sponsors mingled with performers before the show at Seager Gray Gallery and enjoyed an exhibition by sculptor Andrew Hayes, whose work is made of steel with perfectly aligned sections of book pages.

The Mill Valley Library Foundation has raised more than $1.5M for an endowment and financial support of programs such as First Fridays and After Hours events, children and teen programming, and digital entertainment, all free to the public.  “Programs like these make the library more relevant than ever,” said Anji Brenner, city librarian.  Mill Valley Library ranks near the top in program attendance amongst libraries serving similar-sized populations.

“Anticipation for Beyond the Book Bash begins to build once the school year starts; it’s become a Fall favorite in Mill Valley,” said Vera Meislin Mill Valley Library Foundation Board Chair.  “It’s success, in large measure, is thanks to a team who contribute their time and talents each year including:  Just Jayne Events, Ken Friedman Photography, the Throckmorton Theatre.”

With deep gratitude, we thank this year’s sponsors and all those who have generously contributed time, talent and treasure in-kind.

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MVLF Board Members and Beyond the Book co-chairs, Lynn Britton and Jenn Flegel, with Suzanne Gray

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Sponsors

$10,000 +

Ken and Jackie Broad

$5,000 — $10,000

Lynn Brinton and Dan Cohn
Tracy and Mark Ferron
Bruce and Dasa Katz
Vera and Ken Meislin

$2,000 – $5,000

James and Joan Dox
Jennifer and Jason Flegel
John Rosekrans

$1,000

Patti and Kent Anderson
Ken and Suzanne Austin
Beverly Butler
Jerry Cahill and Kathy King
Lisa and Urban Carmel
Cari and Bill Dauphinais
Laura and Chris Deam
Tom Dicker, Jaclyn Donovan
Michael Dyett and Heidi Richardson
Seth and Alison Ferguson
Dennis and Pam Fisco
Maggie and Josh Floum
Wendy and Alexander Fraser
Tony and Marti Grimminck
Eileen Hansen and Jay Graham
Vanessa and Bill Higgins
Thayer and Martin Hoe
Heather and Ray Keane
Teke and Liz Kelley
Mark and Shawn Klender
Sonia Lee and Al Grummet
Warren Leiden and Tiana Wimmer
Marc and Jamie Lunder
Matt and Jan Mathews
Cindy and John McCauley
Stephanie Moulton-Peters
Caren and Nick Orum
Kathy and Michael Potter
Paula Reynolds
Beth and Jonathan Rutchik
O.J. and Marcy Schneider
Andrew and Audrey Shapiro
Ray and Houda Silcock
Tom and Jane Singer
Charles Smith
Barbara Solomon and Richard Barr Hibbs
David and Diane Thelander
Mary Washburn and Mark Chavez

In-Kind Contributors

Bloomingayles — Flowers
CC Made — Artisanal Caramels
Ken Friedman — Photographer
Garnet and Picket Fence Vineyards
Jayne Greenberg — Just Jayne Events
Hall Wines
Eileen Hansen — Writer
Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka
Harvey Cohen Doughnuts
Illumigarden
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Mill Valley Market
Piazza D’Angelo
Michael Rylander — Design
Seager Gray Gallery
Signal Ridge Sparkling Wines
Tamalpie
Mary Washburn, Promotions

Special Thanks To:

California Film Institute
Mill Valley Film Festival
Friends of the Mill Valley Library

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Tom Dicker (MVLF Board), Ken Broad (Sponsor), and Urban Carmel (MVLF Board)

 

Beyond the Book Bash 2015 Now Sold Out!

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This year’s Beyond the Book Bash is now sold out; thank you for your support!  If you are interested in being added to a wait list for tickets, please contact Lynn Brinton, lynnmbrinton@gmail.com.

Final Lineup for Beyond the Book Bash Announced and General Ticket Sales Begin

On a magical evening in September, the Mill Valley Library Foundation brings together stars of spoken and written word, musicians and filmmakers on one stage to celebrate, venerate and raise funds for our treasured library.

2015 Beyond the Book Bash – A Novel Approach
Friday, September 25, 8 p.m. at 142 Throckmorton
Doors open at 7 p.m.

The event always sells out. Click HERE to reserve your spot now.

An eclectic, nationally acclaimed group of artists will perform this year, with local favorite, Josh Healey hosting the festivities and guiding the reverie. Performers include:

Josh Healey: Master of Ceremonies for the event, Josh is a hugely popular writer,             performer, activist and storyteller. He is a frequent performer on NPR’s Snap       Judgment        

Frances England: Award-winning indie folk musician, her first CD was intended
only as a preschool fundraiser, but word of mouth brought it to a wider audience and
critical accolades.

Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine: Emmy-winning producers of critically
acclaimed documentaries including The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden.

Wendy MacNaughton: Celebrated illustrator and graphic journalist based in San
Francisco beloved for Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation and GPS Technology and Meanwhile In San Francisco.

Adam Mansbach: Author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep
and NPR Book of the Year Rage is Back.

Dean Rader: Widely published in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies and
popular culture, his debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T.
S.Eliot Poetry Prize. He is a professor of English at the University of San Francisco

Laura Sydell: The digital culture correspondent for NPR’s All Things Considered,  
Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and NPR.org. Over her career she has covered
politics, arts, media, religion and entrepreneurship.

Cocktails, dim sum and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the show. After the program, guests will mingle with some of the performers and enjoy Harvey Cohen’s gourmet mini donuts and the open bar.

Proceeds from the event will provide critical funds for our library’s award-winning programs and, through an endowment, to ensure the library continues to offer the highest-quality events, technology, and services.

With deep gratitude, we thank this year’s sponsors and those who have generously contributed time, talent and treasure in-kind.

Sponsors

$10,000 +
Ken and Jackie Broad

$5,000 — $10,000
Lynn Brinton and Dan Cohn, Tracy and Mark Ferron, Bruce and Dasa Katz, Vera and Ken Meislin

$2,000 – $5,000
James and Joan Dox, Jennifer and Jason Flegel, John Rosekrans

$1,000
Patti and Kent Anderson, Ken and Suzanne Austin, Beverly Butler, Jerry Cahill and Kathy King, Lisa and Urban Carmel, Cari and Bill Dauphinais, Laura and Chris Deam, Tom Dicker, Jaclyn Donovan, Michael Dyett and Heidi Richardson, Seth and Alison Ferguson, Dennis and Pam Fisco, Maggie and Josh Floum, Wendy and Alexander Fraser, Tony and Marti Grimminck, Eileen Hansen and Jay Graham, Vanessa and Bill Higgins, Thayer and Martin Hoe, Heather and Ray Keane, Teke and Liz Kelley, Mark and Shawn Klender, Sonia Lee and Al Grumet, Warren Leiden and Tiana Wimmer, Marc and Jamie Lunder, Matt and Jan Mathews, Cindy and John McCauley, Stephanie Moulton-Peters, Caren and Nick Orum, Kathy and Michael Potter, Paula Reynolds, Beth and Jonathan Rutchik, O.J. and Marcy Schneider, Andrew and Audrey Shapiro, Ray and Houda Silcock, Tom and Jane Singer, Charles Smith, Barbara Solomon and Richard Barr Hibbs, David and Diane Thelander, Mary Washburn and Mark Chavez

In-Kind Contributors

Bloomingayles — Flowers
CC Made — Artisanal Caramels
Ken Friedman — Photographer
Garnet and Picket Fence Vineyards
Jayne Greenberg — Just Jayne Events
Hall Wines
Eileen Hansen — Writer
Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka
Harvey Cohen Doughnuts
Illumigarden
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Mill Valley Market
Piazza D’Angelo
Michael Rylander — Design
Seager Gray Gallery
Signal Ridge Sparkling Wines
Tamalpie
Mary Washburn, Promotions

Special Thanks To:

California Film Institute
Mill Valley Film Festival
Friends of the Mill Valley Library