Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 19, 2014

Books for Read-arrrrghs

Talk Like a Pirate Day graphic by Joe Throckmorton via Flickr

Today, September 19th, is the zany and inspired Talk Like a Pirate Day. In past years we’ve featured pirate books for kids and young adults, so it’s time to give adults their due.

Here are seven swashbuckling tales of adventure at sea, one novel about modern-day pirates, and a movie:

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – In this classic, the mistress of an inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate’s fortune.

Pirate Talk, or, Mermalade by Terese Svoboda – The story, told entirely in dialogue, of two brothers who fall into piracy, meet a mermaid, and end up in the Arctic.

Birds of Prey by Wilbur Smith – In 1667, Sir Francis Courtney and his son Hal lie in wait off the Agulhas Cape of South Africa for one of the treasure-laden galleons of the Dutch East India Company returning from the Orient.

Pirate King: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R. King – Mary Russell investigates a series of crimes targeting the production of a silent film version of “The Pirates of Penzance,” and confronts a high-stakes situation when actual pirates orchestrate a hostage situation.

Cinnamon & Gunpowder by Eli Brown – In 1819, kidnapped chef Owen Wedgwood transforms meager shipboard supplies into sumptuous meals at the behest of his kidnapper, pirate queen Mad Hannah Mabbot, while she pushes her exhausted crew to track down a deadly privateer. (not at Montclair)

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton – In the Caribbean of 1665, pirate captain Charles Hunter, with backing from a powerful ally, assembles a crew of ruffians to take a Spanish galleon. (not at Montclair)

The Pirates! In An Adventure with Communists by Gideon Defoe – “From the gloomy streets of Soho to the leafy boulevards of Paris, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Communists is a story of intellectual giants, enormous beards, volcanoes and valkyries, doubloons and dancing girls, and a quest to discover whether ham might really be the opium of the people.” (GoodReads) (not at Montclair)

Djibouti by Elmore Leonard – In a modern-day pirate story, ambitious documentary filmmaker Dara Barr and her right-hand man, Xavier LeBo, a seventy-two-year-old African American seafarer, get more than they bargained for on the Horn of Africa.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (DVD F PIRATES) – Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal and make their final alliances for one last decisive battle.

Image: Joe Throckmorton via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 15, 2014

On the dot

In case you hadn’t heard, today is International Dot Day – an annual celebration of creativity created by Peter H. Reynolds, author of The Dot (J PICBK REYNOLDS), a picture book about a girl named Vashti who believes she can’t draw, until her art teacher’s encouragement changes her mind.

Here’s a baker’s dozen of children’s books about all things spotty and dotty:

Books about Dots - a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Press Here by HervĂ© Tullet (J PICBK TULLET) – Instructs the reader on how to interact with the dots in the illustrations.

Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire (J READER LOPSHIRE) – About an animal who can do amazing things with his spots.

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews (J PICBK CREWS) – A counting book, a book of simple rhymes, and a book of everyday objects. Also available in Spanish.

A Million Dots by Andrew Clements (J 513.211 CLEMENTS) – Learn facts about numbers, and see one million dots!

Dot by Patricia Intriago (J PICBK INTRIAGO) – Pairs of circular shapes convey opposite relationships in the arc of a day.

Dots, Spots, Speckles, and Stripes by Tana Hoban (J PICBK HOBAN) – Photographs show dots, spots, speckles, and stripes as found on clothing, flowers, faces, animals and other places. (not at Montclair)

One Red Dot: A Pop-Up Book for Children of All Ages by David A. Carter (J 513.211 CARTER) – Each page contains an original piece of artwork that challenges the reader to find the one red dot. (not at Montclair)

Aquiles el Puntito by Guia Risari (J SPA PICBK RISARI) – A formation story about a small dot, who is born on a white sheet and begins to grow and explore the world. (in Spanish – not at Montclair)

Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier – Circular shapes are spotted in familiar objects and everyday situations. (not at Montclair)

Spots and Dots! by Beth Harwood and Emma Dodd – This book for babies features visually-stimulating patterns like spots, dots, stars and hearts. (not in OPL)

Dots! Dots! Dots! At The Museum by Francie Alexander – Beginning reader identifying dots on various types of art. (not in OPL)

Seurat and La Grande Jatte: Connecting the Dots by Robert Burleigh – Introduces children to “the post-impressionist art technique Seurat invented, pointillism, in which a picture is constructed from dots of pure color that blend at a distance into recognizable shapes and various color tones.” (not in OPL)

And a bonus Dot activity: Fall Pointillism Painting. Draw a tree and create leaves with dots of fall colors.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 15, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: September 15-21, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:00pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog and just have fun.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Songs, active rhymes and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years, followed by Playtime! Make new friends and play with toys.

Baby Bounce – 11:30am
Play, sing, and rhyme one on one with your baby from birth to 18 months, followed by Playtime! Make new friends and play with toys.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Personal Trainer for any Computer Questions – 3:00pm
A computer docent will be available to help people with various computer issues – such as using Microsoft Office, craigslist, Facebook and the Internet…Bring your device or laptop if you have one, and we will have one public computer reserved here to use.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Workshop on using eBooks (and other library apps ~ including eMagazines and eMusic) – 3:00pm
Learn how to download a variety of digital content (like ebooks, audiobooks, music and magazines) to a computer or mobile device like iPad, iPod, iPhone, other smartphones, Kindles, and more. Please bring your fully charged device if you can, and your current library card. This will be one-on-one help. 8 attendees maximum, plus 2 on a waitlist. (This workshop will be offered monthly.) Advance sign-up is required, so please RSVP at 482-7810.

FOML Fall Book Sale – 10:30am-3:00pm
Stock up on your fall reading and even holiday gifts with great deals all day and fill-a-bag discounts from 2-3pm!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 12, 2014

Get out the vote

Photo by Erik (HASH) Hersman via Flickr
With future library funding still up in the air, the upcoming Oakland city elections (mayor and city council districts 2, 4 and 6) in November are important for library users.

Candidate forums provide an opportunity to hear from candidates and make an informed voting decision. The Oakland Library Advisory Commission suggests that you attend forums and fill out question cards and/or raise your hand to ask each candidate: “The OPL faces a $2.5-$3.5 million deficit in each year of the 2015-17 budget cycle due to a reduction in General Fund support. This lack of funding will lead to the closure of 6-8 branches. How will you address this shortfall and ensure stable funding for the OPL in the future?”

The District 4 Candidate Forum coming up in Montclair is a great time to meet the three District 4 City Council Candidates, Annie Campbell-Washington, Jill Broadhurst and Paul Lim, as well as the four candidates running to represent our area on the OUSD board. The forum will be Tuesday, September 23 6:30-8:30pm in the Montera Middle School auditorium (5555 Ascot Dr.).

For a list of other upcoming opportunities to hear the candidates, including mayoral candidates, see the Library Advisory Commission’s newsletter or follow them on Facebook.

If you have questions about voting or need to get registered to vote, see the Voting Resources page from OPL for information about election results, voter registration, campaign contributions and more.

And the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website tells you where and how to register to vote, including online. The voter registration deadline is 15 days before an election – don’t delay!

Photo: Erik Hersman via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 8, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: September 8-14, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
CLOSED (Admission Day) (no Lawyers in the Library this month)

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Songs, active rhymes and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years, followed by Playtime! Make new friends and play with toys.

Baby Bounce – 11:30am
Play, sing, and rhyme one on one with your baby from birth to 18 months, followed by Playtime! Make new friends and play with toys.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Personal Trainer for any Computer Questions – 3:00pm
A computer docent will be available to help people with various computer issues – such as using Microsoft Office, craigslist, Facebook and the Internet…Bring your device or laptop if you have one, and we will have one public computer reserved here to use.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 1, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: September 1-7, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
CLOSED (Labor Day)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Pop Up Teen Zone – 1:30pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch for a Pop Up TeenZone to craft, hang out and share suggestions for serving you better!

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Songs, active rhymes and stories especially for ages 18 months to 3 years, followed by Playtime! Make new friends and play with toys.

Baby Bounce – 11:30am
Play, sing, and rhyme one on one with your baby from birth to 18 months, followed by Playtime! Make new friends and play with toys.

Back to School Button Making – 3:00pm
Make a button (or 2 or 3 or more) for your school backpack!

Friday, September 5, 2014
Personal Trainer for any Computer Questions – 3:00pm
A computer docent will be available to help people with various computer issues – such as using Microsoft Office, craigslist, Facebook and the Internet…Bring your device or laptop if you have one, and we will have one public computer reserved here to use.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 31, 2014

Fall Book Sale

Fall leaf photo by Anne Hornyak via Flickr

Okay, we said we weren’t going to do it this year, but we just couldn’t stay away: The Fall Book Sale returns Saturday, September 20th from 10:30am-3:00pm. Stock up on back-to-school reading, holiday gifts, classroom books – we have an especially good selection of children’s books this year. And we hope to have a section of antiquarian books, too – stay tuned for details.

We could always use more donations, especially recent adult fiction – if your bookshelves are stuffed, why not bring a box or bag of gently-used books down to the library during business hours? Your books will go to others in our community, and the proceeds directly benefit programs and facilities at the Montclair branch. Win-win. Plus you’ll have more space for all the books you’re going to buy on the 20th…

Fall leaf photo by Anne Hornyak via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 30, 2014

New and improved

New Montclair Library tote bags

Our latest batch of Montclair Library tote bags is in, and they’re better than ever! Based on your feedback, they have longer handles (so they fit over your shoulder) and are a tad roomier to fit all your books (or farmer’s market purchases, groceries, gym gear, or whatever you need to carry in style). And they’re still made of 100% cotton canvas and screen-printed with eco-friendly water-based inks right here in Oakland. Get yours at the library, still just $10 each, with all profits going directly to the Montclair branch.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 29, 2014

It’s dry out there

Drought photo by Kevin Cortopassi via Flickr

Photo: Sacramento Capitol During The Drought (7/10/14) by Kevin Cortopassi via Flickr

With our state in the midst of a severe drought, Californians have been asked to voluntarily cut back on water use 10%. The library might not be the first resource you think of when it comes to saving water, but here are 4 Ways the Public Library Can Help You Deal with the Drought:

1. Learn about water-efficient landscaping in the 635 section of the library…or even how to set up a home greywater system.

2. Use the library’s free public computers with internet access to look up some of these helpful websites:

3. If you need to fix a leak or install a new low-flow toilet or other water-efficient plumbing fixture, borrow the tools you need from the Tool Lending Library.

4. Use the library’s Encore tool to search for and access articles and even podcasts about different perspectives on the drought from NPR to Hay & Forage Grower magazine.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 24, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: August 25-31, 2014

Reading to dogs photo by Fairfax Library Foundation via Flickr

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:00pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, earn a sticker in our Summer Reading Challenge and have fun.

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Toddler Storytime (ages 18 months-3 years) – 10:15am
Baby Bounce (ages birth-18 months) – 11:30am

Photo: Fairfax Library Foundation via Flickr

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