Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 28, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: July 28-August 3, 2014

Magic Dan photo by Skokie Public Library

Magic Dan photo by Skokie Public Library via Flickr.

Wednesday, July 30, 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 just have fun.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Baby Bounce – 11:30am

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Magic Dan – 1:00pm
Kids of all ages will love Dan’s fast-paced magic show.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 27, 2014

Comic-Con is On

Lichtenstein cosplayer at Comic-Con - photo by Tony Aceves via Flickr

Comic-Con, the giant entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, wraps up today.

Comic books may not be the first thing you think of when you think of the library, but over the years the genre has gained popularity and branched out to include everything from traditional comics to manga to comic-driven kids’ fiction to modern graphic novels. Today the genre encompasses an eclectic mix of entertainment, memoir and even non-fiction.

There are even graphic novels inspired by and adapted from other books, like Jane Austen’s books and Diana Gabaldon’s trending Outlander series.

The Montclair branch has a pretty sizable collection of comics and graphic novels, mostly in the Young Adult section. Whether you’d like to read graphic novels and comics or learn to make them yourself, you’ll find lots of options in the 741.5 sections for each age group. We’ve highlighted just a few selections from each category below (in addition to the books linked in the text above).

Psst! Your library card can get you a Family Pass (free admission for 2 adults and 3 children) to the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco through the Discover & Go program.

How to books:
Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost (J 741.5 STURM)

Heroes! Draw Your Own Superheroes, Gadget Geeks & Other Do-gooders by Jay Stephens (J 741.51 STEPHENS)

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud (YA 741.51 McCLOUD)

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: Making Comics, Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden (oversize 741.5 ABEL)

The Art of Making Comic Books by Michael Morgan Pellowski (J 741.5 PELLOWSKI)

Lila & Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club by Willow Dawson (J 741.5 DAWSON)

Graphic Novels & Comics:
Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists, edited by Chris Duffy (J 741.5 NURSERY)

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (J 741.5 YANG)

City of Spies by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan (J 741.5 KIM)

Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley (YA 741.5 O’MALLEY)

The Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman (741.5 GAIMAN v.3)

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast 741.5 CHAST

Photo: Lichtenstein-style girl at Comic-Con 2011 by Tony Aceves via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 21, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: July 21-27, 2014

Bug magnet craft by The Country Chic Cottage

Bug magnet craft example from The Country Chic Cottage.

Wednesday, July 23, 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 just have fun.

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Toddler Storytime - 10:15am
Toddler Yoga – 10:50-11:20am
Baby Bounce – 11:30am

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Make a Bug Magnet – 2:00pm
Make a bug to stick on your refrigerator.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 20, 2014

To the moon

Apollo 11 Astronaut Footprint on the Moon photo by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center via Flickr

Today is the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, on July 20, 1969. The next day, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the lunar surface, followed by Buzz Aldrin. A third member of the mission, Michael Collins, piloted the command spacecraft in lunar orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned to it for the trip back to Earth.

If you’d like to know more about the Apollo missions and life in space, check out these selections from the Montclair library.

And don’t forget that your library card can get you a free Family Pass to the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda through the Discover & Go program. On July 24, 1969, the Hornet recovered astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins and their spacecraft Columbia when they returned to Earth after the first moon walk.

For adults:
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen (BIO ARMSTRONG)

One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong’s Stellar American Journey by Leon Wagener (LT BIO ARMSTRONG)

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach (571.0919 ROACH)

In the Shadow of the Moon [videorecording] (DVD 629.454 IN)
In this documentary about the United States’ manned missions to the Moon, the surviving crew members from NASA’s Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

For kids:
Neil Armstrong: A Space Biography by Carmen Bredeson (J BIO ARMSTRONG)

Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin (BIO ALDRIN)

Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy (J 629.45 McCARTHY)
Discusses the requirements for becoming an astronaut.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca (J 629.454 FLOCA)
The story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon during the summer of 1969.

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh (J 629.454 THIMMESH)
Culled from direct quotes from the people behind the scenes, NASA transcripts, national archives and NASA photos, the whole story of Apollo 11 and the first moon landing emerges.

Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon by Andrew Chaikin, with Victoria Kohl (J 629.454 CHAIKIN)

Mission to the Moon by Alan Dyer (J 629.45 DYER)

Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds (J 629.454 McREYNOLD)
Depicts the 1969 Apollo 11 mission when man first walked on the moon.

Moon Over Star by Dianna Hutts Aston (J PICBK ASTON)
On her family’s farm in the town of Star, eight-year-old Mae eagerly follows the progress of the 1969 Apollo 11 flight and moon landing and dreams that she might one day be an astronaut, too.

Photo: Apollo 11 Astronaut Footprint by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 18, 2014

Under the big top

Children's books about the circus, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 19th, Circus of Smiles will bring its “non-stop clowning and family-friendly theatrics” to Montclair Library at noon.

If you’re in the mood for circus books, step right up to the shelves of Montclair Library! There are mysteries and adventures for young chapter book readers, and magic and elephants for adult readers.

Not surprisingly, colorful, animal- and action-filled circuses are a popular topic for picture books. Here are 10 options in the Montclair children’s collection:

If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss (J PICBK SEUSS)
In Seuss’s classic story, a young boy imagines the fantastic animals and incredible acts he will have for his greatest of all circuses.

Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer (J PICBK FALCONER)
At school, Olivia tells about her summer vacation and how, when she went to the circus and all the performers were out sick, she saved the day.

Tree-Ring Circus by Adam Rex (J PICBK REX)
In this cumulative tale, a tree becomes a hiding place for various animals, a runaway circus clown, and even an elephant.

Circus by Lois Ehlert (J PICBK EHLERT)
Leaping lizards, marching snakes, a bear on the high wire, and others perform in a somewhat unusual circus.

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen (J PICBK VAN DUSEN)
When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the animals win over the local townspeople, who help the animals when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them.

The Finger Circus Game by Hervé Tullet (J BOARD TULLET)
Another interactive book by the author of Press Here, where your own fingers become a lion tamer, acrobats and more.

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum by Candace Fleming (J BIO BARNUM)
A biography of P.T. Barnum, showman and founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Clifford at the Circus by Norman Bridwell (J PICBK BRIDWELL)
When the circus owner laments that everything is going wrong and he will not be able to put on a show, Clifford the giant dog thinks of ways to save the day.

Roarr: Calder’s Circus by Maira Kalman (J PICBK KALMAN)
Brings to life the miniature circus that artist Alexander Calder built from scraps.

Spot Goes to the Circus by Eric Hill (J PICBK HILL)
Spot goes behind the scenes at a circus to find his ball and learns a clever trick.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 14, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: July 14-20, 2014

Circus of Smiles

Circus of Smiles

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Author Reading: Yiyun Li – 6:30pm
Yiyun Li will read from her latest novel, Kinder than Solitude. Her previous titles have won numerous awards and her new novel has been hailed by critics and author Salman Rushdie, who has said “This is an exceptional novel and Yiyun Li has grown into one of our major novelists.” Copies will be available for sale and signing courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books. FREE.

Wednesday, July 16, 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 just have fun.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Toddler Yoga – 10:50-11:20am
Baby Bounce – 11:30am

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Circus of Smiles – 12:00pm
These acrobatic circus performers will make us all laugh, from toddlers to grown ups.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 12, 2014

Learning about Japan

Every summer since 1989, the Oakland-Fukuoka Sister City Association has sent four fifth-grade students to the Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka, Japan.

In honor of the Oakland kids who are currently in Japan, here are 15 children’s books (14 of them in the Montclair collection and one worth requesting) to help you learn more about Japanese culture and history. You can also find non-fiction books about Japan in the 952 section of the library, and plenty of manga in the 741.5′s.

Older kids can also find chapter books set in Japan at the library, from the story of the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States to the 2011 tsunami.

15 Children's Books About Japan, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein (J PICBK REIBSTEIN)
Wabi Sabi, a cat living in the city of Kyoto, learns about the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity. This book is also a good introduction to haiku.

If Not for the Calico Cat by Mary Blount Christian (J PICBK CHRISTIAN)
In Japan, a ship takes a calico cat aboard for good luck, but the crew still runs into all kinds of trouble.

I Live in Tokyo by Mari Takabayashi (J 915.2135 TAKABAYAS)
Explore the social life and customs of Japan as you follow a girl through a year’s worth of food and festivals, month by month.

Basho and the Fox by Tim Myers (J PICBK MYERS)
A famous Japanese poet is challenged by a fox to create his best haiku.

The Boy from the Dragon Palace by Margaret Read MacDonald (J 398.2 MacDONALD)
A magical boy grants a poor flower-seller’s every wish until the greedy and ungrateful man grows tired of the boy’s unpleasant behavior and sends him away.

Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns and Stars! by Betty Reynolds (J 394.26952 REYNOLDS)
In the order in which they are celebrated during the year, presents traditional Japanese holidays and festivals, introducing the foods, dress, gifts, decorations and activities associated with each.

Jiro’s Pearl by Daniel Powers (J PICBK POWERS)
When he sets off to get medicine for his sick grandmother, a poor country boy in long-ago Japan begins an adventure that teaches him the value of duty, trust and generosity.

The Sea of Gold, and Other Tales from Japan by Yoshiko Uchida (J 398 UCHIDA)
Twelve stories representing a variety of Japanese folklore.

Three Samurai Cats: A Story from Japan by Eric Kimmel (J 398.2 KIMMEL)
An adaptation of a Japanese folktale in which a feudal lord seeks a samurai cat to rid his castle of a savage rat, but soon discovers that violence is not always the best way to accomplish things.

Under the Cherry Blossom Tree by Allen Say (J 398.2 SAY)
A cherry tree growing from the top of the wicked landlord’s head is the beginning of his misfortunes and a better life for the poor villagers. (Look up Allen Say’s many other books about Japan and Japanese Americans, too.)

Tasty Baby Belly Buttons: A Japanese Folktale by Judy Sierra (J 398.2 SIERRA)
Urikohime, a girl born from a melon, battles the monstrous oni, who steal babies to eat their tasty belly buttons.

Where are You Going? To See My Friend! by Eric Carle & Kazuo Iwamura
This book tells a story of friendship in English and Japanese.

The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by a Woodcut by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot (J PICBK MASSENOT)
A Japanese couple adopts a boy found in a giant wave who does not grow, in a story inspired by Hokusai’s “The Great Wave Off Kanegawa” and featuring information on the artist and his work on the back lining papers.

Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain by Deborah Kogan Ray (J BIO HOKUSAI)
A biography of the man who painted “The Great Wave” and “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.”

The Beckoning Cat by Koko Nishizuka (J 398.2 NISHIZUKA)
A retelling of the traditional Japanese tale describing the origins of the beckoning cat and how it came to be a symbol of good luck.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 8, 2014

Toddler Yoga

Toddler Yoga photo by Jessica Lucia via Flickr

New for the month of July: Toddler Yoga at the library!  Stick around after Toddler Storytime on Thursday mornings for playful, gentle, kid-friendly yoga from 10:50-11:20am as we stretch our bodies as well as our brains. Thursdays July 3, 10, 17 and 24.

If you’re inspired to learn more, here are some kids’ yoga resources at the Montclair Library:
My Daddy is a Pretzel by Baron Baptiste
My Daddy is a Pretzel: Yoga for Parents and Kids by Baron Baptiste (J PICBK BAPTISTE)

Walk Like a Bear, Stand Like a Tree, Run Like the Wind: Cool Yoga, Stretching and Aerobic Activities for Cool Kids Ages 6-12 by Carol Bassett (J 613.9 BASSETT)

YogaKids (DVD)

Photo: Jessica Lucia via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 7, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: July 7-13, 2014

Hedgehog photo by Steve Sarkisian via Flickr

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Lawyers in the Library – 6:00pm
Free legal advice and referrals. Second Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 8 pm. Register by phone at 510-482-7810 starting one week in advance. Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more people are present.

Wednesday, July 9, 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 just have fun.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Toddler Yoga – 10:50-11:20am – NEW! Stay for some fun kid-friendly yoga after storytime!
Baby Bounce – 11:30am

Saturday, July 12, 2014
ZooMobile – 1:00pm
Come meet animal ambassadors as the always-popular Oakland ZooMobile returns to the library. Animals may include things like hedgehogs, chinchillas, lizards, snakes and cool big bugs.

Photo: Steve Sarkisian via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 1, 2014

Author Yiyun Li at the Montclair Branch

Author Yiyun Li
On Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30pm, award-winning writer Yiyun Li will read from and discuss her latest novel, Kinder than Solitude, at the Montclair Branch Library. A Great Good Place for Books will provide copies of Kinder than Solitude for sale and signing afterwards.

Ms. Li’s newest work moves back and forth in time between America today and China in the 1990s. It features the story of three people whose lives become forever haunted by a murder that one of them may have committed in the past. Booklist writes: “Li’s fourth work of fiction gives the trappings of a murder mystery with none of the dull formula. Instead, she burrows deeply into the minds of her characters. Her prose, by turns sumptuous and austere, is utterly precise…A brilliant, sorrowful, and unpredictable novel.”

The author of such previously acclaimed titles as A Thousand Years of Good Prayers and The Vagrants, Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and immigrated to the United States in 1996. She has received a number of awards, including a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Whiting Award and Lannan Foundation Residency Fellow, among others. She was named by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. She currently resides in Oakland and teaches at the University of California, Davis.

This free community event is being co-sponsored by the Friends of the Montclair Branch Library and the Oakland Public Library.

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