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

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 17, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: August 18-24, 2014

Puppeteer Steven Engelfried

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Writers panel on writing and publishing – 6:00-7:30pm
Join us for a panel of three local writers who will discuss the process of writing and publishing, including various publishing options beyond mainstream publishing. This program is part of the Adult Summer Reading program. The authors are:

Jill Vialet, founder and CEO of the national non-profit Playworks. Jill published her first novel, Recess Rules, in 2013.

Bruce Fessenden is a skier and climber, and co-owner of Fessenden Firewood. Crimson Coat is his first book.

Laurie Doyle is a writing teacher and a fiction writer who likes to mix it up occasionally with a little poetry and nonfiction.

There will be time for audience questions, and materials on publishing will be available, as well as books for sale.

Wednesday, August 20, 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.

Henna Tattoos for Teens – 2:00-3:30pm
Learn about the ancient art of Henna (or Mehndi) this summer! Tattoos are temporary, but can last up to 8-10 days. A permission form signed by your parent/guardian is required for this workshop.

Permission forms are available at your local library, or e-mail Lana Adlawan, Teen Services Coordinator, at to request one.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Toddler Storytime (ages 18 months-3 years) – 10:15am
Baby Bounce (ages birth-18 months) – 11:30am

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Puppet Stories: Funny Folktales – 11:00am
Oregon puppeteer Steven Engelfried & his puppets will perform folktales to tickle your funnybone, including The Dancing Gator, The Wide Mouthed Frog, and The Three Little Pigs (with one pig and hardly any words).

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 14, 2014

Where do we go from here?

Save Oakland Libraries is hosting a brainstorming meeting for all library lovers about the budget shortfall.

Starting in July 2015, the Oakland Public Library’s budget will be short by $2.5-$3.5 million per year. Unless the City steps up, Oakland Public Library will have to either:

* Close 6-8 branches, OR
* Stop buying books/movies and close 3 branches.

The City Council placed $500,000 in the OPL’s Reserve Fund as a start toward filling the gap. So where do we go from here? All library lovers are invited to a workshop to review our short- and long-term sustainability options; find out what WE can do, and brainstorm ways to draw public and media attention to this impending funding crisis.

WHEN: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24
WHERE: Main Library, 125 14th St., Brad Walters Community Room (downstairs)
WHO: YOU, and every library lover you know!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 10, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: August 11-17, 2014

Ebook photo by Marla Elena via Flickr

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Lawyers in the Library – 6:00pm
Free legal information and referral presented with the Alameda County Bar Association. Register by phone starting one week in advance (510-482-7810). Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more people are present.

Wednesday, August 13, 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 14, 2014
Toddler Storytime (ages 18 months-3 years) – 10:15am
Baby Bounce (ages birth-18 months) – 11:30am

Saturday, August 16, 2014
Workshop on using e-books (and other library apps) – 3:00-5:00pm
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of eBooks & eAudiobooks for various devices, including iPad, iPod, iPhone, other smartphones, Kindles, and more. Learn how to download a variety of digital content any time, to a computer or mobile device.

Please bring your fully charged device if you can, and your current library card. This will be one-on-one help. 10 attendees maximum. (This workshop will be offered monthly.) Advance sign-up is required, so please RSVP at 482-7810.

Photo: Marla Elena via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 9, 2014


Outlander photo from Starz

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser. Photo courtesy of Starz.

With the eighth book in the series just out (and in its eighth straight week on the NY Times Hardover Fiction Best Sellers list) and Starz launching a TV series based on the books this weekend, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series is a hot topic right now.

If you haven’t read the books yet, Gavin McNett nailed the description while writing for Salon in 1999 when he called it “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph. D. with a background in scripting ‘Scrooge McDuck’ comics.” Well put.

Only the latest 2 books from the series are available on paper at the Montclair branch, but all the books, plus some extra novellas, are available as e-books from OPL. E-books are a great option for summer travel (or summer staying at home), especially with books like these that often clock in at over 800 pages each.

And if you’d like some help using e-books from the library, don’t forget there’s an e-book workshop coming up next Saturday August 16th from 3-5pm at the Montclair branch!

Here’s the series in order:

1. Outlander | CD | E-book
2. Dragonfly in Amber | E-book
3. Voyager | CD | E-book
4. Drums of Autumn | E-book
5. The Fiery Cross | E-book
6. A Breath of Snow and Ashes | E-book
7. An Echo in the Bone | E-book
8. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood | E-book

And if you need a little background help to sort it all out (or you just can’t get enough Claire and Jamie), there’s The Outlandish Companion: In Which Much is Revealed Regarding Claire and Jamie Fraser, Their Lives and Times, Antecedents, Adventures, Companions, and Progeny, with Learned Commentary (and Many Footnotes) by Their Humble Creator (813.54 GABALDON).

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 7, 2014


NYPL lion photo by Robert Hiscock via Flickr

This Sunday, August 10th, is World Lion Day, a day dedicated to celebrating and preserving the aptly-named but endangered King of Beasts.

In honor of lions and Leos everywhere, here are our favorite picture books about lions at the Montclair Library:

Picture Books About Lions - a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Chloe & the Lion by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex
Typically Barnettian hilarity ensues when Mac, the author, fires Adam, the illustrator, over their artistic differences about Chloe, the main character of their book.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble when he tries both to obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

The Lion and the Little Red Bird by Elisa Kleven
A little bird discovers why the lion’s tail changes color each day.

If I Were a Lion by Sarah Weeks
A little girl pleads her innocence from her time-out chair by contrasting her behavior with that of wild and ferocious animals.

Enchanted Lions by David T. Greenberg
One evening, Rose climbs on the back of an enchanted lion who takes her on a tour of outer space.

How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens
Iris understands that grown-ups are afraid of lions, but when she finds one in her playhouse she knows he is kind so she keeps him hidden from her parents for as long as possible.

Deep in the Jungle by Dan Yaccarino
After being tricked into joining the circus, an arrogant lion escapes and returns to the jungle where he lives peacefully with the animals he used to terrorize.

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (J 398.2 PINKNEY)
In this beautifully illustrated, wordless retelling of Aesop’s fable, a mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.

Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones by Claire Freedman
As night falls in the jungle, all sorts of animals settle down to sleep.

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio
When the door to his house at the zoo is left open a lion decides to visit his friends, but he quickly learns that people are not nearly as polite or friendly in town as when they visit him at the zoo. (See also The Happy Lion Roars.)

Willoughby & the Lion by Greg Foley
When Willoughby moves to a new house far away from his friends, he meets an enchanted lion who shows him what is truly important in life.

Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
In this retelling of Androcles and the Lion, Andy meets a lion on the way to school and wins his friendship for life by removing a thorn from his paw.

Photo: New York Public Library lion by Robert Hiscock via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 3, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: August 4-10, 2014

Ice cream photo by Jessica Merz via Flickr

Wednesday, August 6, 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.

Pop Up Teen Zone – 1:30pm
Come visit the Pop Up Teen Zone to do crafts, hang out and share suggestions for serving you better!

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Toddler Storytime (ages 18 months-3 years) – 10:15am
Baby Bounce (ages birth-18 months) – 11:30am

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ice Cream Social – 2:00pm
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with ice cream and a scavenger hunt!

Photo: Jessica Merz via Flickr

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