Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 31, 2014

Not-too-scary monster books

If You're a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley

In honor of Halloween, here are some picture books from the Montclair collection featuring (mostly) friendly monsters, for your little monsters to enjoy. Happy Halloween!

If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley (J 782.42 EMBERLEY). Colorful monsters sing their own version of this popular song.

Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems (J PICBK WILLEMS). Leonardo is a terrible monster — he can’t seem to frighten anyone. When he discovers the perfect nervous little boy, will he scare the lunch out of him? Or will he think of something better?

The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone (J PICBK STONE). Grover (of “Sesame Street” fame) worries page by page about meeting the monster at the end of this book.

Nighty Night Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley (J PICBK EMBERLEY). With the turn of every page, Little Green Monster’s face gradually appears.

Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund (J PICBK LUND). Construction crew monsters work together to build a haunted house.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (J PICBK SENDAK). A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things and becomes their king.

My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck (J PICBK LEUCK). A young monster describes all the things its mother does to show she loves it.

Monsters vs. Kittens by Dani Jones (J PICBK JONES). Text and pictures humorously compare the characteristics of kittens and monsters.

I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll (J PICBK NOLL). When Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note saying that Gabe has gone fishing and will be back in a week. He tries out several substitute monsters, but finds that none are as perfect as Gabe.

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex (J PICBK REX). A young monster says goodnight to all of the other monsters in his bedroom.

10 Picture Books about Not-Too-Scary Monsters, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 30, 2014

Your vote counts

Don’t forget to vote on or before November 4 – your vote counts and may ultimately affect library funding! Scroll down for a tool to help you find your polling place and get other election information through The Voting Information Project, a collaboration between The Pew Charitable Trusts, Google and the states.

After you vote, join us at the Montclair branch Tuesday, November 4 from 6:30-7:30pm to hear author Michael Goldstein talk about his book Return of the Light: A Political Fable in Which the American People Retake Their Country. In Return of the Light, it is the night of the Winter Solstice in 2120. At one of thousands of community gatherings across the United States, a storyteller does the annual retelling of how, back in 2023, a decade-long movement culminated in the people taking over their own government, making it a means for mobilizing their collective power to promote peace, social justice and a society hospitable to the needs of the human spirit.

Michael Goldstein blogs in the Huffington Post and Open Salon, focusing on the need to move beyond the teeter-totter of the two-party system and the means to do so.

For more event information, see the OPL website Events listing.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 27, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: October 27-November 2, 2014

Photo by Allen County (IN) Public Library via Flickr

Tuesday, October 28, 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 30, 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.

Photo by Allen County (IN) Public Library via Flickr. What’s the book? Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 24, 2014

Yay, us!

Friends of Montclair Library in action

This past week (October 19-25) has been National Friends of Libraries Week, which celebrates the contributions Friends groups make to libraries around the country.

The graphic above highlights some of the things the Friends of Montclair Library have been able to do with the funds raised from donations and book sales. We’re proud that all our efforts directly benefit the Montclair branch, its staff and its patrons.

Our Friends group is small but dedicated, and we are always looking for new members who can help with book sorting and sales, volunteer coordination, promotion, fundraising and other efforts — if you have a specialty, let us know! Whether you’re available for a weekly commitment or just want to help out occasionally, if you’re interested in volunteering with FOML please contact us at fomlibrary@gmail.com.

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

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