Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 14, 2014

Ladybugs!

Ladybugs by Sharon Mollerus

Ladybug Season photo by Sharon Mollerus via Flickr / Creative Commons.

Pretty much everybody loves ladybugs, with their jaunty polka dots and aphid-eating superpowers. Here are nine books about ladybugs available at the Montclair branch, perfect for spring reading.

Bonus for fans of the “Ladybug Girl” books: Bay Area Children’s Theatre is currently presenting “Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical” in Berkeley. BAC’s all ages shows, based on popular children’s books, are a great way to introduce kids to live theatre.

By the way, if you’re a ladybug fan in Oakland and haven’t yet checked out the ladybug swarms overwintering in Redwood Regional Park, put it on your calendar for next year. Between November and February, thousands of ladybugs converge on the intersection of the Prince and Stream trails, snuggling up in big clumps to keep warm. It’s a nice hike and an amazing sight. Photos and details: A Nature Mom | Frog Mom

Picture books:
What the Ladybug Heard by Julia Donaldson

The Very Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Ladybug Girl by David Soman & Jacky Davis

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

Little Buggy by Kevin O’Malley (“A young ladybug is determined to learn how to fly and, with the help of his father, he succeeds.”)

Caterpillar’s Wish by Mary Murphy (“Caterpillar wants to fly away with her friends Bee and Ladybug, and she can after she becomes a butterfly.”)

Non-Fiction
Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen (J 595.769 ALLEN)

Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons (J 595.769 GIBBONS)

Chapter Book
Violet Mackerel’s Natural Habitat by Anna Branford (J FIC BRANFORD, ages 6-10)
“As the youngest in her family, seven-year-old Violet identifies with small creatures in the natural world, but when she tries to help a special ladybug, she learns an important lesson about animal habitats.”

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 13, 2014

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Baby Bounce – 11:30am

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 6, 2014

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

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Lawyers in the Library - 6-8pm

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

Pop Up TeenZone – 3:30-4:30pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch for a Pop Up TeenZone with crafts; hang out and share suggestions for serving you better!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 31, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: March 31-April 6, 2014

Tuesday, April 1-Wednesday, April 30, 2014
UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Baby Bounce – 11:30am

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 26, 2014

Eyre apparent

Reading Jane Eyre.  Photo by Easa Shamih under Creative Commons.

Reading Jane Eyre. Photo by Easa Shamih under Creative Commons.

I just finished re-reading Jane Eyre for my book club, which got me thinking about all the clever ways Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 book has been repurposed and reimagined over the years.

Of course you can find the original book in the Montclair Classics section, as well as various other editions throughout the OPL system, and several movie versions.

But for a different take on the story, try Margot Livesey’s The Flight of Gemma Hardy, which moves the action to 1960s Scotland, or Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (not at Montclair), which imagines the backstory of the “madwoman in the attic.” (By the way, FOML currently has a donated copy of Wide Sargasso Sea for sale on Half.com, with all proceeds going to the library.)

For something completely different, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (also available as an audiobook) drops book-hopping literary detective Thursday Next into the pages of Jane Eyre to figure out who is kidnapping characters from works of literature.

In Jane, the Fox, and Me, a graphic novel by Fanny Britt (not at Montclair), a lonely girl identifies with Jane Eyre.

Brontë apparently drew much of the story of Jane Eyre from experiences in her own life or her siblings’. Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler (not at Montclair), biographical fiction about the Brontës, explores the connections.

And finally, in the vein (so to speak) of genre-bending books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies there’s Jane Slayre: The Literary Classic with a Blood-Sucking Twist by Sherri Browning Erwin (not at Montclair – also available as an audiobook), in which Jane is a vampire slayer and Rochester’s wife is a werewolf. Yikes!

What’s your favorite riff on a classic novel?

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 24, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: March 24-30, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Baby Bounce – 11:30am

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 17, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: March 17-23, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Montclair Branch History Event – 6:00pm
Learn more about your neighborhood branch and its rich history.  Come join us for a presentation by Oakland History Room librarian Kathleen DiGiovanni about the history of the Montclair Branch.  This should be a fun event – come join others who love the Montclair Library!

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Baby Bounce – 11:30am

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 10, 2014

Science Fair Time

14 Science Fair Project Books Available at the Montclair Library

‘Tis the season for school science fairs — if you’re still looking for project ideas, here are some books at the Montclair Library that can help:

Last-minute Science Fair Projects: When Your Bunsen’s Not Burning but the Clock’s Really Ticking by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (J 507.8 BARDHAN)

Prize-Winning Science Fair Projects for Curious Kids by Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb (J 507.8 RHATIGAN)

Everything You Need to Know for Simple Science Fair Projects: Grades 3-5 by Bob Friedhoffer (J 507.8 FRIEDHOFF)

Plant and Animal Science Fair Projects: Using Beetles, Weeds, Seeds, and More by Yael Calhoun (J 570.78 CALHOUN)

Cell and Microbe Science Fair Projects Using Microscopes, Mold, and More by Kenneth G. Rainis (J 571.60078 RAINIS)

Genetics and Evolution Science Fair Projects Using Skeletons, Cereal, Earthworms, and More by Robert Gardner (J 576.078 GARDNER)

100 Amazing Award-Winning Science Fair Projects by Glen Vecchione (J 507.8 VECCHIONE)

Scientific American Great Science Fair Projects by Scientific American and Marc Alan Rosner (J 507.8 SCIENTIFIC)

Yikes! Wow! Yuck!: Fun Experiments for Your First Science Fair by Elizabeth Snoke Harris (J 507.8 HARRIS)

Science Fair Projects Investigating Earthworms by Lloyd H. Barrow (J 592.64 BARROW)

Janice VanCleave’s Electricity: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave (J 537.078 VANCLEAVE)

Janice VanCleave’s Weather: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave (J 551.5078 VanCLEAVE)

Janice VanCleave’s Rocks and Minerals: Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects by Janice VanCleave (J 552.0078 VanCLEAVE)

The Geek Dad Book for Aspiring Mad Scientists by Ken Denmead (not available at OPL, but worth tracking down through LinkPlus)

And if you need some comic relief after all that science fair prep, check out one of the many juvenile fiction or picture book titles inspired by science fairs, like Mac Barnett’s Oh No!, or, How My Science Project Destroyed the World.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 10, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: March 10-16, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Toddler Storytime – 10:15am
Baby Bounce – 11:30am

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 5, 2014

Make a SKIP Kit

Grab-and-go kit contents. Photo by Emergency Management BC.

Photo by Emergency Management BC via Flickr.

Make a SKIP kit at the Montclair Library
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 3:00pm

What’s a SKIP kit? A SKIP (Safety Kept In Place) Kit is a small emergency kit, even smaller than a Grab-and-Go bag — just a few simple items in a ziptop bag, stashed wherever you spend time: under your desk (where you would Drop, Cover and Hold On); in a glove compartment; or in a purse/backpack, etc.

Any small item that that will help you stay safe, calm and comfortable in those first moments after something happens (for example, a whistle, flashlight, bandana, tissues, hand sanitizer, paper & pen) can go in your SKIP Kit.

Practice your creative thinking skills as you learn how to put together your own emergency kit with items you have around you, without spending a fortune.

This training is presented by CARD, Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters.

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