Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 2, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: March 2-8, 2015

Photo by US Army Africa via Flickr / Creative Commons

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Montclair Library Kids Book Club – 4:00pm
Do you like to read and talk about books? Every month, we have a lively discussion about our selected book. Books are generally aimed at 4th-6th graders.
Snacks will be provided! This month’s book: Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog and just have fun.

LED Origami – 2:00-3:30pm
Light up your origami creations! Experiment with LEDs and batteries to illuminate classic paper structures.

Thursday, March 5, 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.

Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!! – 3:30pm
We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss all month long this March at the Library. Come and make a Thing 1 or a Thing 2 finger puppet! There will also be some Oobleck jiggling around the library.

Photo: US Army Africa via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 23, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: February 23-March 1, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog and have fun.

Thursday, February 26, 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.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 16, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: February 16-22, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog and have fun.

Thursday, February 19, 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.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 9, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: February 9-15, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Lawyers in the Library – 6:00-8:00pm
Free legal advice and referrals. Second Tuesday of each month, from 6 to 8 pm. Register by phone starting one week in advance. 510-482-7810. Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more people are present.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog and have fun.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
LIBRARY CLOSED

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 6, 2015

Celebrating 100

Books for the 100th Day of School, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Today, February 6th, is the 100th day of school for Oakland school kids. Here are a dozen books at Montclair and elsewhere in OPL to help celebrate the big day:

100 School Days by Anne F. Rockwell (J PICBK ROCKWELL – not at Montclair)
The students in Mrs. Madoff’s class keep track of the days they have been in school, marking each interval of ten, until they reach 100 days.

100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz (J PICBK SCHWARTZ – not at Montclair)
Lists a wide variety of items, from red socks to peekaboo, that can make one happy.

Happy 100th Day! by Susan Milord (J PICBK MILORD)
Graham Elmore hates school, but as the year progresses toward the day that is both his birthday and the hundredth day of school, Graham’s reading improves, and so does his outlook.

100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days by Bruce Goldstone (J 513 GOLDSTONE)
100 ideas for celebrating the 100th day of school, from collecting to counting, baking to bouncing, reading to writing.

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate (J PICBK SLATE – not at Montclair)
To celebrate one hundred days in Miss Bindergarten’s kindergarten class, all her students bring one hundred of something to school, including a one hundred-year-old relative, one hundred candy hearts and one hundred polka dots.

Let’s count to 100! by Masayuki Sebe (J 513.211 SEBE)
Illustrations with one hundred things in them — including mice, people, elephants and more — introduce the concepts of numbers, few, many and counting by tens.

Jake’s 100th Day of School by Lester L. Laminack (J PICBK LAMINACK – not at Montclair)
Jake is so excited about his 100th day of school, he runs to catch the school bus without his project, but fortunately, with the help of his principal, Jake is able to find a perfect substitute for his project.

One Potato: A Counting Book of Potato Prints by Diana Pomeroy (J 513.211 POMEROY)
A counting book which uses images of fruits and vegetables to illustrate numbers from one to one hundred and which also includes an explanation of how to do potato printing.

100 Days of School by Trudy Harris (J 513.211 HARRIS)
A series of rhymes illustrates different ways to count to 100 such as by adding the ten toes of ten children or ninety-nine train cars plus one caboose.

Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Book Ever by Richard Scarry (J 513.211 SCARRY)
Introduces the numbers and counting from one to one hundred as Willy Bunny counts all the things he sees in one day.

From One to One Hundred by Teri Sloat (J PICBK SLOAT)
Illustrations of people and animals introduce the numbers one through ten and then, counting by tens, move on up to 100.

Emily’s First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells (J PICBK WELLS)
Starting with number one for the first day of school, Emily learns the numbers to one hundred in many different ways.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 2, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: February 2-8, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog and have fun.

Thursday, February 5, 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.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | January 27, 2015

Library art

Artwork of Montclair Library by Betty Irvine

Local artist Betty Irvine stopped in to the library the other day to donate her artwork of the library in its early days. You can find it hanging over the water fountain next time you’re in the library.

If you want to know more about Betty and her work, here’s an article from the Oakland Art Association newsletter from 2009 (thanks to some research by the staff at the Main Library).

Posted by: montclairlibrary | January 26, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: January 26-February 1, 2015

Cover of Free Spirit by Joshua SafranTuesday, January 27, 2015
Author Talk with Joshua Safran – 6:30pm
Joshua Safran is an author, attorney and nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of domestic violence and champion for the wrongfully imprisoned. His critically-acclaimed memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid, about his childhood on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius, has been called a “beautiful, powerful memoir…reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog, and just have fun.

Thursday, January 29, 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.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | January 23, 2015

National Readathon Day

National Readathon Day

Tomorrow, January 24, 2015, is the first-ever National Readathon Day.

Join readers across the country who will be reading in solidarity for literacy from noon to 4 p.m. (in your own time zone). National Readathon Day is partnered with FirstGiving.com, and all money raised will go to the National Book Foundation’s efforts to improve literacy and reading proficiency for millions of Americans who lack basic skills.

All you need to do to participate is pick a book and read it on January 24. Check here for local readathon events near you. You can also make a donation or create a fund-raising team on FirstGiving.com.

Tell others what book you’ll be reading on January 24 with #timetoread.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | January 20, 2015

Author Talk

Detail of cover of Free Spirit by Joshua Safran

Join us next Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 6:30pm for an Author Talk with Joshua Safran.

Local author Joshua Safran will be discussing his critically-acclaimed memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up on the Road and Off the Grid. The book, chronicling his childhood on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius, has been called a “beautiful, powerful memoir…reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly starred review).

Author Joshua SafranBorn to lesbian witches in a Haight-Ashbury commune, Mr. Safran was four years old when his mother took him away from the San Francisco counterculture scene, determined to protect him from the threats of nuclear war and Ronald Reagan. Together they embarked on a journey to find a utopia they could call home, hitchhiking for thousands of miles across the American West, befriending strange and remarkable people, and living in vans, buses, and even an ice cream truck. Together they endured the elements and Joshua’s violent alcoholic Salvadorian stepfather, and against all odds, Joshua found his way to law school. In Free Spirit, Safran tells the harrowing, yet wryly funny story of his childhood chasing the perfect life off the grid – and how they survived the imperfect one they found instead.

Safran is an author, attorney, and nationally recognized advocate for victims of domestic violence. His seven-year legal odyssey to free a wrongfully-imprisoned battered woman from prison was featured in the award-winning Sundance and Oprah Winfrey Network film, “Crime After Crime.”

Copies of Free Spirit will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books. This is a free event.

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