Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 15, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: December 15-21, 2014

Snow globe photo by Amy Gizienski via Flickr

Wednesday, December 17, 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.

Make a Snow Globe at the Library! – 2:00pm
It may not be snowing in Oakland, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the wonders of a snow globe. We will provide all the necessary ingredients. *If you have one at home, please bring a recycled jam, spaghetti sauce, or other jar with its lid for this craft.*

Thursday, December 18, 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: Amy Gizienski via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 8, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: December 8-14, 2014

Graham cracker house photo by Jessica Lucia via Flickr

Tuesday, December 9, 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 starting one week in advance at 510-482-7810. Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more people are present.

Wednesday, December 10, 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.

Thursday, December 11, 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.

Graham Cracker House! – 3:30pm
Want to build something that is good enough to eat? Come to the library and build a graham cracker house and then top it off with festive and tasty decorations.

Photo: Jessica Lucia via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 5, 2014

Winter Bingo!

Winter Bingo card from Oakland Public Library Ask for a Winter Bingo card at any Oakland Public Library, full of simple activities for you to do. Once you have done five activities in a row, come to any Oakland Public Library between December 18th and January 31st to choose a free book to keep.

Bingo cards are available for children in grades K-5; there’s also a version for adults to do with younger children.

Children can “Listen to a story” or “Read about your favorite thing,” “Make someone laugh,” or “Bring a friend to the library,” “Dance” or “Play outside.” Activities for you to do with your baby or preschooler include “Use a recipe to make a snack,” and “Ask your child to turn the page.”

More info here and here.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 4, 2014

More magazines

E-nagazines available through the Oakland Public Library via Zinio

The electronic editions of The New Yorker, Glamour, Wired and other Condé Nast magazines are now available, free, through the OPL website via its partnership with Zinio.

These titles and lots of other digital magazines can be accessed via the OPL website and here.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 3, 2014

Rain, rain

12 Picture Books About Rain, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Now that we’re finally getting some much-needed rain, here are some books to celebrate precipitation in all its puddle-jumping, leaf-dripping glory, from the city to the African savanna, indoors and out (and don’t forget that the library is a great indoor place to explore when it’s wet outside!):

Rain! by Linda Ashman (J PICBK ASHMAN)
As an old man grumbles his way through a rainy morning, spreading gloom, his neighbor, a young child, spreads cheer while hopping through puddles in frog-themed rainwear.

Rain by Manya Stojic (J PICBK STOJIC)
The animals of the African savanna use their senses to predict and then enjoy the rain.

The Rain Came Down by David Shannon (J PICBK SHANNON)
An unexpected rain shower causes quarreling among the members of a small community.

Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison (J PICBK LEWISON) (not at Montclair)
A young girl and her dog find many things to count on a rainy day, both as they play outside and after they come home to a warm, dry house.

Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray (J PICBK RAY) (not at Montclair)
A child describes all the things there are to do on a rainy day.

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle (J PICBK BLUEMLE) (not at Montclair)
An rainstorm sends everyone running to the subway, where strangers share smiles and umbrellas and take delight in the experience of a city thunderstorm.

Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee (J PICBK YEE)
As a young girl splashes in the rain, she plays a guessing game with the reader about other living things that enjoy a cloudburst.

The Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell (J PICBK BOSWELL) (not at Montclair)
When it begins to rain and storm on the day of her big parade, Jazmin stomps, shouts, and does all she can think of to drive the rain away in what the Eric Carle Museum calls “a delightful read-aloud of onomatopoeia.”

Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman (J PICBK LEHMAN)
In this wordless picture book, a boy finds a mysterious key which leads him on an adventure one rainy day.

Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley (J 551.57 BRANLEY)
Explains how the water cycle leads to different types of weather patterns.

The Puddle by David McPhail (J PICBK McPHAIL)
A boy sets out to sail his boat in a puddle and is joined by a frog, a turtle, an alligator, a pig, and an elephant

Umbrella by Taro Yashima (J PICBK YASHIMA)
Momo can’t wait to use her new rainboots and umbrella — but every day is either too sunny or too windy and Momo has a hard time waiting for rain.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 1, 2014

This week at Montclair Library: December 1-7, 2014

Winter lights photo by Anke L. via Flickr

Wednesday, December 3, 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.

Pop Up Teen Zone – 1:30-3:00pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch for a Pop Up Teen Zone – do crafts, hang out and share suggestions for serving you better!

Thursday, December 4, 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, December 6, 2014
Peace, Light, and Chocolate – Holiday Singalong – 2:00pm
Share the pleasures of the winter holiday season with sing-along songs from many cultures. Local artist Bonnie Lockhart will lead us in holiday songs from around the world.

Photo: Anke L. via Flickr

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 25, 2014

Being thankful

Thanksgiving has us thinking about things we’re thankful for, like libraries and their ardent supporters! Here are a dozen children’s books about gratitude and giving thanks, for Thanksgiving and every day, along with a handful of recommendations for adults, too.

Don’t forget the Montclair branch will be closed Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Children's books about gratitude - a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim (J FIC MILGRIM)
While on a Thanksgiving Day errand for her mother, a girl says thank you to all the things around her.

Round the Turkey: A Grateful Thanksgiving by Leslie Kimmelman (J FIC KIMMELMAN)
As they gather to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, members of an extended family take turns describing, in rhyme, the things that make them feel grateful.

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr (J PICBK PARR)
Easy-to-read text encourages the reader to find something every day for which to be thankful, from underwear that is just the right size to birthday cakes and the wishes they bring.

Gracias/Thanks by Pat Mora (J SPA PICBK MORA)
A boy celebrates family, friendship and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful, with parallel text in English and Spanish.

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes (J PICBK MARKES)
At Thanksgiving time, children express their gratitude for the people and things in their lives.

Thanks a Million by Nikki Grimes (J 811.54 GRIMES) (not at Montclair)
“This collection of sixteen poems reminds children that there are so many things for which to be thankful and shows how important the words ‘thank you’ are.” — Scholastic

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson (J PICBK WILSON)
Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp (J 299.74 SWAMP)
“Based on the Thanksgiving Address of the Iroquois people, the words in this read-aloud book reflect the Native American tradition of greeting the world each morning by giving thanks to all living things.” — Scholastic

Splat Says Thank You by Rob Scotton (J PICBK SCOTTON)
Splat the Cat figures out how to let Seymour know that he’s thankful for their friendship.

The Circle of Thanks by Joseph Bruchac (J 811.54 BRUCHAC)
Fourteen poems with themes of thanksgiving and appreciation of nature, based in part on traditional Native American songs and prayers.

Feeling Thankful by Shelley Rotner and Sheila Kelly (J 179.9 ROTNER)
This simple photo-essay encourages young children (ages 4-7) to think about the many things they have to be thankful for.

Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson (J PICBK BRISSON) (not at Montclair)
As a family sits down to enjoy a meal, thoughts of those who provide the food, from farmers who plant and tend seeds to store clerks who sell groceries, fill each one with gratitude.

Gratitude books for adults:
Living Life as a Thank You: The Transformative Power of Daily Gratitude by Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons (179.9 LESOWITZ)
Explores themes like practicing gratitude in everyday life, staying thankful in difficult times and tools for putting gratitude into action.

On Gratitude: Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Alicia Keys, Daryl Hall, Ray Bradbury, Anna Kendrick, B. B. King, Elmore Leonard, Deepak Chopra, and 42 More Celebrities Share What They’re Most Thankful For by Todd Aaron Jensen (179.9 ON) (not at Montclair)
Everyone’s got something to be thankful for. These stories entertain, but also overflow with quirkiness, sentimentality–and most of all, appreciation. Looking beyond the famous faces, you’ll find unexpected insights from esteemed characters that will wake you up to the most valuable things in your own life.

Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert A. Emmons (179.9 EMMONS) (not at Montclair)
“The first major study of gratitude that shows how ‘wanting what we have’ can measurably change people’s lives.” – Amazon

A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life by John Kralik (179.9 KRALIK) (not at Montclair)
Kralik’s inspiring memoir about how the seemingly ordinary act of writing thank you notes led him out of hopelessness and into fulfillment of lifelong dreams.

What are you most thankful for about the library?

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 24, 2014

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:00-2:00pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog, and just have fun.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
LIBRARY CLOSED
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 28, 2014
LIBRARY CLOSED

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 17, 2014

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:00-2:00pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog, and just have fun.

Thursday, November 20, 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 | November 10, 2014

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
LIBRARY CLOSED
(no Lawyers in the Library program this month)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:00-2:00pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog, and just have fun.

Thursday, November 13, 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.

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