Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 3, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: August 3-9, 2015

Ice cream photo by George Thomas via Flickr

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Teen Henna Workshop – 2:00-3:00pm
Learn about the ancient art of Henna (or Mehndi) at the library this summer! Henna tattoos are temporary, but can last up to 8-10 days. A permission form signed by your parent/guardian is required for this workshop.

Thursday, August 6, 2015
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, August 8, 2015
Summer Reading Wrap-Up – 2:00pm
Celebrate summer with an ice cream social and library scavenger hunt. Today is also the last day to claim your Summer Reading Challenge prizes.

Photo: George Thomas via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 29, 2015

New toy-lending program

Toy dinosaurs photo by m01229 via Flickr

Libraries aren’t just for books – you can now borrow toys from OPL! Oakland is the first library in the Bay Area to offer this program, and the pilot toy lending collection includes durable, classic toys for ages 0-6 like instruments, multi-ethnic baby dolls and toy animals and vehicles.

You can place holds on toys, request them and pick them up at any branch, just like books. You can borrow up to two toys at a time.

Toys are cleaned with Benefect Botanical Decon 30 on return to help keep the cruddies at bay.

The Contra Costa Times did an article about the toy lending program last week.

To browse available toys, see pictures of the choices here, or search the library catalog (without photos) for “Toy Lending Collection.”

Photo: m01229 via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 27, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: July 27-August 2, 2015

Circus of Smiles

Thursday, July 30, 2015
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, August 1, 2015
Circus of Smiles – 11:00am
These acrobatic circus performers will make us all laugh, from toddlers to grown-ups.

Photo: Circus of Smiles

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 20, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: July 20-26, 2015

DRUMMM in action

Thursday, July 23, 2015
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, July 25, 2015
DRUMMM – 11:00am
Join in on this fantastic LOUD drumming. (Who says you have to be quiet in the library all the time?)

Photo: DRUMMM

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 17, 2015

Read & Go: Part 3 of 4

Discover and Go with your Oakland Library card

This week we tackle the M-R section of the Discover & Go venues list, featuring everything from sea creatures to pinball. We’ve paired each venue with a children’s book from the Montclair collection, to enrich your summer adventures. Don’t forget to check out parts 1 and 2 of this series if you missed them.

The Marine Mammal Center | marinemammalcenter.org
What: Nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center in the Marin Headlands dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals and California sea lions.
Pair it with: Humphrey the Lost Whale: A True Story by Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall (J 599.51 TOKUDA) – Read the true story of a migrating humpback whale who strayed into San Francisco Bay in 1985 and 1990, resulting in rescues by the Marine Mammal Center.

Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment | themade.org
What: Video game museum in downtown Oakland with free programming classes for kids on Saturdays, and playable exhibitions.
Pair it with: Celebrate space invaders with Jon Scieszka’s wacky Robot Zot! (J PICBK SCIESZKA) – On a mission to conquer planet Earth, tiny but fearless Robot Zot and his mechanical sidekick leave a path of destruction as they battle kitchen appliances.

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) | moadsf.org
What: This museum in downtown San Francisco showcases the history, art and cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world.
Pair it with: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson (J 973.0496 NELSON) – Featuring Nelson’s beautiful paintings, this book is a simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama. For younger kids, This is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration by Jacqueline Woodson (J PICBK WOODSON) uses a rope passed down through the generations to frame an African American family’s story as they journey north during the time of the Great Migration.

Museum of the American Indian | marinindian.com
What: This Novato museum is located on the site of a Coast Miwok village site and includes a hands-on room with replicated artifacts.
Pair it with: Two Bear Cubs: A Miwok Legend from California’s Yosemite Valley by Robert D. San Souci (J 398.2 SAN SOUCI) – Retells the Miwok Indian legend in which a little measuring worm saves two bear cubs stranded at the top of the rock known as El Capitan.

Napa Valley Museum | napavalleymuseum.org
What: This Yountville museum hosts exhibits about the art, environment and history of the Napa Valley.
Pair it with: The museum is currently hosting the exhibit “Forms of Fragmentation: Collages by Thomas Morphis” (through August 16, 2015). Enjoy a book with collaged illustrations like the bright, layered work of Melissa Sweet in A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin (J BIO PIPPIN) or A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams (J BIO WILLIAMS), both by by Jen Bryant.

P.S. The do it & do it exhibit (through August 30) looks like a lot of fun, too!

Oakland Museum of California | museumca.org
What: Exhibits about the cultural and environmental heritage of California, in downtown Oakland.
Pair it with: One of the museum’s current exhibits is “Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact,” which looks at the “diverse and intricate world” of bees with hands-on activities and family-friendly exhibits. In The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi (J PICBK NARGI), a beekeeper whose hives are on the roof of his Brooklyn apartment building tends his bees and distributes their honey to his neighbors. Includes facts about bees and beekeepers.

Pacific Coast Air Museum | pacificcoastairmuseum.org
What: Santa Rosa museum with an outdoor display of 35 static aircraft.
Pair it with: Planes Fly! by George Ella Lyon (J PICBK LYON) – Illustrations and easy-to-read rhyming text celebrate different kinds of planes, their instruments, what they carry and what it is like to go for a flight.

Pacific Pinball Museum | pacificpinball.org
What: At this facility in Alameda, guests play pinball machines dating from the 1930s through 2010, all set on free play.
Pair it with: Learn a fascinating tale from the era of the oldest machines in the collection with Aliens are Coming!: The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast by Meghan McCarthy (J 791.4472 McCARTHY). Geared to grades 1-3, this book is an account of the practical joke that fooled American radio listeners and made Orson Welles famous.

P.S. Older kids (grades 4-6) might enjoy Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions by Don Wulffson (J 688.7209 WULFFSON), which profiles inventions from seesaws to Legos, including pinball and video games.

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park | peraltahacienda.org
What: See, hear, touch and smell CA history at the Oakland headquarters of the Peralta cattle ranch which once covered the East Bay.
Pair it with: Señor Pancho had a Rancho by René Colato Laínez (J PICBK COLATO) – As Old MacDonald sings of farm animals that moo and woof, Señor Pancho sings of those that jii and guau, until the animals realize they understand each other and get together for a fiesta.

Playland Not-at-the-Beach | playland-not-at-the-beach.org
What: Vintage pinball machines, arcade games, videogames, carnival games, antique amusement devices and exhibits with artifacts from the Sutro Baths and Whitney’s Playland. In El Cerrito.
Pair it with: This weekend (July 17-19, 2015) Playland meets Neverland with a special Peter Pan-themed treasure hunt and other activities. Pick up Walt Disney’s Peter Pan retold by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson (J PICBK BARRY), a picture book retelling of the J.M. Barrie classic featuring illustrations by Mary Blair, who created the
concept art for many Disney productions, from “Alice in Wonderland” to the It’s a Small World ride.

The Presidential Yacht, USS Potomac | usspotomac.org
What: A docent-led tour of the ship that served as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht, at Jack London Square in Oakland.
Pair it with: Eleanor by Barbara Cooney (J BIO ROOSEVELT) presents the childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt, who married FDR and became known as a great humanitarian.

Richmond Museum of History | richmondmuseum.org
What: Exhibits detailing the history of Richmond from the Native American period through World War II.
Pair it with: The museum’s current special exhibit (through September 2015) focuses on musical history in Richmond. In Richmond’s musical heyday, greats like Duke Ellington performed at the Richmond Civic Auditorium. Learn more about Ellington in Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney (J BIO ELLINGTON), a brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer.

Photos: Honeybee by Martin LaBar | Plane by Ian Abbott, both via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 13, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: July 13-19, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Lawyers in the Library – 6:00-8:00pm
Free legal advice and referrals. Second Tuesday of each month. Register by phone starting one week in advance at 510-482-7810. Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more people are present.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Musical Jewelry – 2:00pm
Make music for your ears and arms with musical jewelry.

Thursday, July 16, 2015
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, July 18, 2015
Workshop on using e-books (and other library apps – including e-magazines and music) – 3:00pm
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of e-books and audiobooks for various devices, including iPads, iPods, iPhones, 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. 4 attendees maximum per hour, plus 2 on a wait list. (This workshop will be offered monthly.) Advance sign-up is required; please RSVP at 482-7810 (choose from 3 to 4 pm or from 4 to 5 pm).

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 6, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: July 6-12, 2015

Charged Particles jazz band

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Pop Up Teen Zone – 1:30pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch for a Pop Up TeenZone to make crafts, hang out and share suggestions for serving you better!

Thursday, July 9, 2015
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.

Friday, July 10, 2015
Charged Particles – 2:00pm
This jazzy trio will delight the entire family.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 2, 2015

Read & Go: Part 2 of 4

Discover and Go with your Oakland Public Library card

Ready to continue your summer adventures with the Discover & Go program? This week we tackle the second batch of a dozen attractions (plus one I missed last week), pairing each with a children’s book from the Montclair collection to enrich your experience. Feel free to share your suggestions and recommendations in the comments!

California Shakespeare Theater | calshakes.org
What: A 545-seat outdoor amphitheater with adjacent picnic grounds, located near Orinda. As of today, the only passes available are to “King Lear,” which is not exactly kid-friendly (the body count is like a Tarantino movie), but it’s something to keep in mind for the future.
Pair it with: William Shakespeare & the Globe by Aliki (J 792.09421 ALIKI). This book tells the story of Shakespeare and of the famous Globe Theatre in which many of his works were performed.

CuriOdyssey | curiodyssey.org
What: Science and wildlife center at Coyote Point in San Mateo. Curiodyssey is home to nearly 100 native non-releasable animals, from bobcats to a ringtail cacomistle (look it up).
Pair it with: Pick up a book of tales from Northern California’s native peoples to get a new perspective on some of the animals you meet at the museum. Lord of the Animals: A Miwok Indian Creation Myth by Fione French (Fairy Tale Picture Books J 398.2 FRENCH) and The People with Five Fingers: A Native Californian Creation Tale by John Bierhorst (Fairy Tale Picture Books J 398.2 BIERHORST) both retell the story of how Coyote and other animals created the world and the people who came to live in it.

di Rosa | dirosaart.org
What: Napa art preserve and gallery with indoor and outdoor exhibits of work by Northern California artists, in a stunning natural setting.
Pair it with: Since the di Rosa collection skews toward the unique and strange, read about a rule-breaking artist in Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey by Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker (J BIO PRISBEY), an introduction to the world of California folk artist Grandma Prisbrey.

El Campanil Theatre | elcampaniltheatre.com
What: Iconic theater with Moorish architecture in downtown Antioch. Originally built in 1928 as a vaudeville theatre, El Campanil was renovated in 2004 and hosts concerts, community events and films. The International Film Showcase available through Discover & Go isn’t for kids, but the theater does host live children’s performances at other times starring the kids from their in-house drama program.
Pair it with: It turns out children’s books about movie theaters are few and far between. But with a nod to El Campanil’s vaudeville past, there’s The Piano Man by Debbi Chocolate (J PICBK CHOCOLATE), in which a young African American girl recalls the life story of her grandfather, who performed in vaudeville and played piano for the silent movies.

Exploratorium | exploratorium.edu
What: Hands-on exhibits that let you explore science, art and human perception, on the San Francisco Embarcadero.
Pair it with: Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall (J PICBK GALL). All his life, Dawson has been inventing things, repairing toys in unusual ways, and helping clean up his neighborhood by reusing discarded objects, but when his Vacu-Maniac malfunctions it is his friend Mooey whose brainpower saves the day.

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse | thefreight.org
What: Non-profit music institution offering traditional music from around the world. All performances are all-age, and they also host a variety of kid-focused shows & summer camps.
Pair it with: Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson (J PICBK JOHNSON) is a lively, lyrical story of a girl looking for friends to share her love of music. For a more folk-music slant, try Passing the Music Down by Sarah Sullivan (J PICBK SULLIVAN – not at Montclair), in which a boy and his family befriend a country fiddler, who teaches the boy all about playing the old tunes.

Gibson House, Yolo County Historical Museum | gibsonhouse.org
What: Historic home in Woodland representing a typical rural home and ranch setting from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries.
Pair it with: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (J PICBK BROWN). Rhymed text and illustrations introduce the many different animals that live in the big red barn. (Also available in Spanish.)

GLBT History Museum | glbthistory.org/museum
What: Located in San Francisco’s Castro District, the GLBT History Museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming.
Pair it with: King & King by Linda de Haan & Stern Nijland (J PICBK HAAN) is a twist on traditional fairy tales, in which the prince’s search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.

Golden State Model Railroad Museum | gsmrm.org
What: 10,000 square foot of operating model trains, located in Richmond
Pair it with: Bet you didn’t know the Montclair Library has 114 kids’ books about trains! (Unless you have a young train fanatic in your house – then you knew.) Chugga-chugga Choo-choo by Kevin Lewis (J PICBK LEWIS) is a rhyming story about a toy freight train’s day, from loading freight in the morning to retiring to the roundhouse after the day’s work is done.

Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House | gracehudsonmuseum.org
What: Art, history and anthropology museum in Ukiah with changing exhibitions about Western American art, California Indian cultures, histories of California’s diverse North Coast region and the work of contemporary regional artists.
Pair it with: The museum’s current exhibit, Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art (May 30–August 30, 2015) ties into the museum’s Pomo basket collection. Check out Weaving a California Tradition: A Native American Basketmaker by Linda Yamane (J 746.412 YAMANE) to follow along as an eleven-year-old Western Mono Indian and her relatives prepare materials needed for basketweaving, make the baskets, and attend the California Indian Basketweavers Association’s annual gathering.

Habitot Children’s Museum | habitot.org
What: Hands-on play and exhibits for preschool-age kids, including art, water play and pretend play, in downtown Berkeley. NOTE: Participation limited to certain zip codes – check their website to see if you qualify.
Pair it with: Celebrate messy art and creative rule-breaking with Karen Beaumont’s I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! (J PICBK BEAUMONT), featuring paint-splashed illustrations by David Catrow.

Lawrence Hall of Science | lawrencehallofscience.org
What: Public science center in the Berkeley hills with exhibits on topics from earthquakes to dinosaurs.
Pair it with: Get a behind-the-scenes peek at museum displays with How the Meteorite Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland (J 523.51 HARTLAND), which details one space rock’s journey from outer space, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York and finally to the American Museum of Natural History.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum | lindsaywildlife.org
What: Live, native California animals and changing natural history and wildlife art exhibits, in Walnut Creek.
Pair it with: Meet one of the museum’s raptor ambassadors, then follow it up with a reading of Owl Babies by Martin Waddell (J PICBK WADDELL). Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone.

Tune in next week to learn about options from the Marine Mammal Center to the Richmond Museum of History.

Photos: Exploratorium by David Lytle via Flickr / Creative Commons | Freight & Salvage by Sha Sha Chu via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 1, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: June 29-July 5, 2015

Grass Pets example from Team Johnson blog

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Grass Pets – 2:00pm
Design your own “grass pet” creation and watch its “hair” grow.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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, July 4, 2015
CLOSED – Independence Day

Photo: Team Johnson blog

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 23, 2015

Read & Go: Part 1 of 4

The Discover & Go program from the Oakland Public Library lets patrons check out free or discounted passes to local museums.

Oakland Public Schools are officially a week into summer break now, and if your household is like mine, you’re in the market for some inexpensive, kid-friendly entertainment. You probably already know about the library’s Discover & Go program, which lets you “check out” free or discounted passes to local museums and attractions with your library card. But I hadn’t really realized until I started this post just how many great options there are.

In this series of posts, we’ll highlight the participating institutions alphabetically, 12 at a time, and pair them up with a picture book from the Montclair collection to get the kids inspired for your visit or extend what you learned at the museum.

Today we tackle the first dozen, from the Asian Art Museum to the Contemporary Jewish Museum:

Asian Art Museum | www.asianart.org
What: 6000 years of Asian art and culture in downtown San Francisco.
Pair it with: The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by a Woodcut by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot (J PICBK MASSENOT). In this story, 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.

Bay Area Discovery Museum | www.baykidsmuseum.org
What: Hands-on exhibits designed for kids from infants up to age 8, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. The museum is celebrating a “Summer of Curiosity,” with special programs, extended hours and appearances by Curious George – see their website for details.
Pair it with: Curious George by H.A. Rey (J PICBK REY) (or one of his many sequels)

The Beat Museum | www.kerouac.com
What: Memorabilia, manuscripts and other materials related to the writers, artists and thinkers who congregated in 1950s San Francisco.
Pair it with: The group who gave us Naked Lunch and Howl might not be a natural fit for a children’s outing, but you could explore the jazz and poetry of North Beach with a book like Cats’ Night Out by Caroline Stutson (J PICBK STUTSON), which swings with the rhythm of the city as cats go out dancing, or Hip Cat by Jonathan London (J PICBK LONDON) (not at Montclair), in which Hip Cat travels to San Francisco to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz musician.

Believe it or not, there actually is a book for kids inspired by Kerouac’s On the Road: Hit the Road, Jack by Robert Burleigh, which features a scat-singing, bebopping jackrabbit traveling across the United States and is “written in the rhythm and spirit of Beat poetry,” according to the publisher. It’s not available in OPL, but you can request it free from a nearby library through Link+.

Bedford Gallery | bedfordgallery.org
What: Eclectic exhibits of historic, modern and contemporary artists in Walnut Creek.
Pair it with: The gallery’s next exhibit is Botanica: All Things Plant Life, July 12–September 6, 2015. Try reading a book with bold flower illustrations, like Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert (J PICBK EHLERT), or learning about one of the most famous painters of flowers in Through Georgia’s Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez (J BIO O’KEEFFE).

California Academy of Sciences | calacademy.org
What: Aquarium, rain forest and other earth and life sciences exhibits in Golden Gate Park.
Pair it with: The Academy’s current exhibit, Color of Life, explores the wonders of colors in nature. Read Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff (J PICBK WOLFF), in which a bear cub discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies and other colorful things in nature.

California Historical Society | www.californiahistoricalsociety.org
What: Exhibits of California history and art near Yerba Buena Center.
Pair it with: Our California by Pam Muñoz Ryan (J 979.4 RYAN), which features poems and information about 14 important California locations, as well as background on the state flag, state bird and more, paired with Rafael Lopez’s vibrant illustrations.

Cartoon Art Museum | cartoonart.org
What: Exhibits celebrating cartoon and animation art, near Yerba Buena Center.
Pair it with: If you’re inspired to try your own cartooning, check out Heroes!: Draw Your Own Superheroes, Gadget Geeks & Other Do-Gooders by Jay Stephens (J 741.51 STEPHENS).

Or for older kids and teens, check out some of the Montclair Library’s extensive graphic novel collection, in the Young Adult section.

Charles M. Schulz Museum | schulzmuseum.org
What: This Santa Rosa museum houses the world’s largest collection of original Peanuts artwork.
Pair it with: Peanuts Treasury by Charles M. Schulz (J 741.5 SCHULZ)

Children’s Creativity Museum | creativity.org
What: An interactive art and technology museum for kids featuring hands-on exhibits, an animation lab, a music studio, a tech lab and more. Located in Yerba Buena Center.
Pair it with: The Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong (J PICBK WONG). This picture book about a man who transforms trash into imaginative new objects embraces the spirit of creativity, innovation and slightly wacky invention that kids are encouraged to explore at the CCM.

Children’s Museum of Sonoma County | www.cmosc.org
What: Hands-on exhibits focused on art, science and nature for kids age 10 and under, in Santa Rosa.
Pair it with: Check out the museum’s new Science & Imagination Gallery and then read Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (J PICBK BEATY), about a young aspiring engineer who must conquer her fear of failure.

Chinese Historical Society of America Museum | chsa.org
What: This museum (located in a Julia Morgan-designed building in San Francisco’s Chinatown) preserves the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America.
Pair it with: Landed by Milly Lee (J PICBK LEE). After leaving his village in southeastern China, twelve-year-old Sun is held at Angel Island before being released to join his father, a merchant living in the area. [Older kids might enjoy the local angle in Good Fortune: My Journey to Gold Mountain by Li Keng Wong (J BIO WONG), which details the author’s journey from China and her life in Oakland’s Chinatown during the Great Depression.]

Contemporary Jewish Museum | www.thecjm.org
What: Wide-ranging exhibits about Jewish history, culture and art, near Yerba Buena Center.
Pair it with: The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (J PICBK POLACCO), in which a homemade quilt ties together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family.

If you go before June 28th, book lovers will appreciate the exhibit “Bound to Be Held: A Book Show” by conceptual artist Josh Greene, which celebrates the relationship between reader and books with a display of books that are significant to readers both famous and not.

Stay tuned for our next post, covering outlets from CuriOdyssey to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Photos: Fish racing at the Bay Area Discovery Museum by Andrew Fitzhugh; a path in the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden by rocor | via Flickr / Creative Commons

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