Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 20, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: October 20-26, 2014

Sugar Skulls photo by Flickr user Alex Barth

Tuesday, October 21, 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, October 23, 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.

Make Sugar Skulls to Celebrate Día de los Muertos – 3:30pm
Sugar skulls are usually made with cane sugar and used to decorate altars to honor ancestors during Días de los Muertos. We’re making them with modeling clay and decorating them with color, glitter, and feathers!

Photo by Alex Barth via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 13, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: October 13-19, 2014

Photo by CMRLS Photos via Flickr

Tuesday, October 14, 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.

Lawyers in the Library – 6:00pm
Free legal advice and referrals.  Register by phone starting one week in advance (510-482-7810).  Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more people are present.

Thursday, October 16, 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.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
The 3 Top Secrets to Manage Stress & Negativity and Experience More Peace & Prosperity – 2:00pm
Transformational Coach Catherine Walters will help you discover a system to overcome being overwhelmed and negative and learn simple ways to de-stress your life.

Photo by CMRLS Photos via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 6, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: October 6-12, 2014

Photo by DaDaAce via Flickr

Tuesday, October 7, 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, October 9, 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.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Kids’ Halloween Costume Swap – 1:00-4:00pm
Bring in your gently-used Halloween costumes and dress-up clothes from now until October 11, anytime the Montclair Branch is open. Then come back on the 11th to pick out a new-to-you costume to wear this year!

Photo by DaDaAce via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 2, 2014

Costume swap!

Trick or treating photo by Flickr user Steven Depolo

Has your child outgrown his or her Halloween costume? Bring in your gently-used costumes and accessories from now until October 11, anytime the library is open. Then come back Saturday, October 11 from 1-4pm to pick out a new-to-you costume at the swap!

It’s fun, it’s green, and it saves money – win-win-win.

Here’s a flyer you can use to promote the swap at your preschool, mom’s group, etc.

Photo: Steven Depolo via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 1, 2014

Open Libraries/Open Doors program

The City of Oakland’s Library Advisory Commission invites you to attend a public hearing entitled, “Open Libraries/Open Doors: A Panel Discussion of Oakland’s Diverse Library Services and Current Funding Challenges,” from 6-8pm on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Cesar Chavez Branch (3301 E. 12th St.).

The hearing is intended to educate the public about library services as a vital Oakland resource. It also will highlight the $2.5-$3.5 million annual budget gap the library faces starting in July 2015. If not filled, the gap will force cuts to the library’s budget – which could mean the equivalent of 6-8 branch closures.

As part of this hearing, a small number of city leaders will participate in a panel to discuss the role the library plays in various sectors of Oakland. Panelists include: Margaret Jerene, Early Care and Education Specialist, First 5 Alameda County; Ann Gallagher, District Librarian, Oakland Unified School District; Representative, Oakland Public Library Youth Leadership Council; Joyce Guy, Program Specialist,
West Oakland Jobs Resource Center; Paul Figueroa, Assistant Chief, Oakland Police Department.

The panel will be moderated by Alan Smith of California Public Library Advocates (CPLA), the state’s public-library advocacy organization.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 30, 2014

Legos at the Library

Lego Photo by EgnaroorangE via Flickr

Dream it. Built it. Wreck it. Repeat!

Lego experts from PlayWell TEKnologies will be visiting the Montclair branch Wednesday, October 1st at 1:30pm to give us some tips on how to dream bigger and build better. Come on by after school and build with Lego bricks!

Photo: EgnaroorangE via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 29, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: September 29-October 5, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 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.

Wednesday, October 1, 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!

Dream it. Build it. Wreck it. Repeat. – 1:30pm
Lego experts from Play Well TEKnologies will be visiting to give us some tips on how to dream bigger and build better.

Thursday, October 2, 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.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 26, 2014

Walking the walk

Photo by Brian J. Matis via Flickr

From the movie adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s hiking-heavy Wild coming out this fall to Adam Gopnik’s recent piece in the New Yorker (“Heaven’s Gaits: What We Do When We Walk,” September 1, 2014), people are talking about walking.

(Gopnik also has a free podcast available, “Adam Gopnik And Sasha Weiss Go For A Walk And Talk About Walking.”)

As Hanna Kozlowska wrote in the New York Times (“Oh, Go Take a Walk,” September 21, 2014), “philosophers and scientists agree – the simple act of walking can do wonders for the mind.”

Here are some books about the philosophy and practicalities of perambulation to get you started on your own journey:

Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit (796.5109 SOLNIT) (Also available as an ebook if you, say, want to listen to it while walking.)

Civil Disobedience, and Other Essays by Henry David Thoreau (includes his 1862 essay, “Walking”) (814.3 THOREAU 1993)

A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros (128.4 GROS) (not at Montclair)

The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Pedestrianism by Geoff Nicholson (796.51 NICHOLSON) (not at Montclair)

Slow Journeys: The Pleasures of Travelling By Foot by Gillian Souter (ebook)

Blues City: A Walk in Oakland by Ishmael Reed (979.466 REED) (not at Montclair)

Walking San Francisco: 33 Savvy Tours Exploring Steep Streets, Grand Hotels, Dive Bars, and Waterfront Parks by Tom Downs (coming soon to Montclair)

Secret Stairs: East Bay: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Berkeley and Oakland by Charles Fleming (917.9467 FLEMING) (and the ebook)

Hidden Walks in the East Bay & Marin: Pathways, Essays, & Yesterdays by Stephen Altschuler (917.946 ALTSCHULE) (not at Montclair)

The Flâneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris by Edmund White (944.36 WHITE)

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris by John Baxter (914.4361 BAXTER) (and the ebook)

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot by Robert Macfarlane (914.2 MACFARLAN)

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (917.404 BRYSON) (and the ebook)

Walking Meditation by Nguyen Anh-Huong (ebook)

Kathy Smith’s Walkfit for a Better Body by Kathy Smith (613.7176 SMITH)

Photo: Brian J. Matis via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 24, 2014

Banned Books Week

Banned Book Week 2014

It’s Banned Books Week, the ALA’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Visit the BBW website for lists of Frequently Challenged Books and more.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 23, 2014

National Book Award nominees

The National Book Award nominees for the 2014 fiction and nonfiction prizes were announced last week. Five finalists will be announced October 15th, and the winners presented on November 19th. And for a local angle, four of the fiction nominees live in the Bay Area.

To see what all the fuss is about, check out these books (or get your name on the waiting list, in some cases) at the library:

Non-Fiction
“The 10 nominated works include two books about World War II, a coming book from Walter Isaacson about technological innovation and, for the first time in the nonfiction category, a graphic memoir, from the New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.” – New York Times 9/17/14

Fiction
The list “is an eclectic collection that includes two debut volumes of short stories, a first novel from the lead singer and songwriter for the indie folk rock band the Mountain Goats and a dystopian novel, as well as works from literary heavyweights including Jane Smiley, Marilynne Robinson and Richard Powers.” — New York Times 9/17/14

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