211. Mill Valley Public Library

Libraries have a certain smell – it must have something to do with aging books – the paper, bindings and dust maybe? They say smell is a powerful memory trigger, and wandering through the Mill Valley Public Library I get a waft of that air every once in a while, and a wave of happiness washes over me. I’ve spent countless hours in libraries, and somehow the ones I remember are not those spent hunched over a desk studying and writing, but rather those spent browsing the fiction shelves, deep in the stacks.

The Mill Valley Public Library, completed in 1968, was designed by the famous California architectural firm Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons, with landscape architecture by the renowned Lawrence Halperin. It has soaring wood ceilings with natural light flooding in from large dormer windows and floor to ceiling windows facing Old Mill Park and the many redwoods in it.

This highly contemplative environment is absolutely ideal for a stretch of browsing, enjoying a book in a reading chair, or sitting and reading to a child. But this library offers so much more than just books. Each week there are several different programs offered, from magic shows (tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.) to kids story time to lecture series. They’ve got a great on-line events calendar to plan with.

One really neat feature is the “Friends’ Booksale” which are a couple of bookcases filled with used books that the library is selling dirt cheap. These are great books in good condition too, for example Eat Pray Love, for $2.00, and Color Farm, for $0.50.

Special thanks to Beth Taska for this post!

Where: 375 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941 (map)
Phone: (415) 389-4292
Open at: Closed at:
Monday – Thursday
10:00 am
12:00 noon
10:00 am
1:00 pm
9:00 pm
6:00 pm
5:00 pm
5:00 pm
About Anne Mosnier Kennedy (374 Articles)
Real Estate Broker / Cal-Haas MBA / Architect / Real Estate Investment Instructor

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