Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 22, 2015

UNBOUND Winners

Drumroll, please…We’re proud to announce the winners in this year’s UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest!

First place in the Adult category goes to Adriana Worley, who charmed the judges with her detailed “African Savanna: The Watering Hole.” Her miniature piñatas of a lion, a zebra, ostriches and elephants, made from a salvaged book that was chewed by mice, look like they’re ready to step out of the shoebox and stroll around the savanna.

UNBOUND adult 1st place winner by Adriana Worley

Second place in the Adult category goes to Audrey Larsen, whose “Diamond in the Rough” is made from a book folded and “polished” into a gem.

UNBOUND adult 2nd place winner by Audrey Larsen

We didn’t receive a single teen entry (teen artists, where are you?), so we reconfigured the children’s category into children (5-9) and pre-teens (10-12).

First place in the Pre-teen category goes to Aisling B.’s “Bowl of Words,” a papier mâché bowl of fruit using the colors of the book pages to color the fruit.

UNBOUND pre-teen 1st place winner by Aisling B.

Taking second place in the Pre-teen category, Cate Q. made the judges laugh with her “I Got Your Back!” pun, made, appropriately, from The Book of Back Health.

UNBOUND pre-teen 2nd place winner by Cate Q.

Third place in the Pre-teen category goes to Frankie P.’s spooky, swirly Halloween blackout poetry.

UNBOUND pre-teen 3rd place winner by Frankie P.

In the Children’s division, Edain B. captured first place with “The Seeds of Reading,” a papier mâché pot of riotously colorful flowers.

UNBOUND kids 1st place winner by Edain B.

Second place in the Children’s category goes to Charlotte F.’s “Frog Pond,” a detailed scene with cattails, a tree and an origami frog.

UNBOUND kids 2nd place winner by Charlotte F.

Third place in the Children’s category goes to Miriam R. and Beryl R., a granddaughter-grandmother team, for their “Cooking Outside the Book” project, which added drawings of cooking tools and favorite foods to a children’s cookbook.

UNBOUND kids 3rd place winner by Miriam and Beryl R.

You can find more photos of all these winning entries over on our Book Craft Pinterest board.

Winners, a big congratulations to you all, and we’ll be in touch with you soon about prizes. Thank you to everyone who entered. We’re working on arranging an exhibit of the entries – if you have a lead on a store window that might be willing to host us for a month or so, please let us know! And last but not least, a final shout-out to the super-cool Out of Print and Chronicle Books for donating prizes!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 18, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: May 18-24, 2015

Author Ayelet Waldman and her new book, Love and Treasure

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Ayelet Waldman – 6:30-8:00pm
Meet Ayelet Waldman as she discusses her most recent novel, Love and Treasure, based on the infamous Hungarian Gold Train during World War II. Library Journal describes it as “A sensitive and heartbreaking portrayal of love, politics and family secrets.” Ms. Waldman will follow her reading by signing copies of her book, which will be sold courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books. This free program is being co-sponsored by the Friends of Montclair Branch Library and the Oakland Public Library.

Wednesday, May 20, 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, May 21, 2015
Toddler Storytime – 10:15-10:50am
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 – 11:30-11:50am
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 | May 11, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: May 11-17, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 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 at 510-482-7810. Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more people are present.

Wednesday, May 13, 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.

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

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Toddler Storytime – 10:15-10:50am
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 – 11:30-11:50am
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 | May 5, 2015

Meet Ayelet Waldman

Author Ayelet Waldman

We’re thrilled that best-selling (and local) author Ayelet Waldman will be at the Montclair branch Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30pm to discuss her latest novel, Love & Treasure.

Using the true history of the Hungarian Gold Train during the Second World War, she weaves a fascinating tale centering on the fate of a necklace and the people who encountered it both before and after the tragic events of the Holocaust. In doing so, she reveals a little-known, but tragic incident that few Americans are aware of. Library Journal describes it as “A sensitive and heartbreaking portrayal of love, politics and family secrets.:

Ayelet Waldman is the author of several novels, including Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and Daughter’s Keeper. She also wrote an essay collection, Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace.

Ms. Waldman will follow her reading by signing copies of her book, which will be sold courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.

This free program is being co-sponsored by the Friends of Montclair Branch Library and the Oakland Public Library.

Watch the book trailer and learn more about the book on Ayelet’s website.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 4, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: May 4-10, 2015

Tuesday, May 5, 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 months’ book: TBA

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30-2:30pm
Kids! Come practice reading to a gentle dog. Practice your reading skills, pet a dog and just have fun.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Toddler Storytime – 10:15-10:50am
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 – 11:30-11:50am
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, May 9, 2015
Spring Book Sale – 10:30am-3pm
Stop by the library for great deals on summer reading for all ages, tons of great cookbooks, and a special selection of vintage books, books signed by the author, and other goodies. Fill-a-bag discounts from 2-3pm.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 2, 2015

Spring book sale

Book donations photo by Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr

One week till our big spring book sale! Join us next Saturday, May 9, from 10:30am-3pm for lots of great summer reading for all ages, a bumper crop of cookbooks, and a special section of vintage books, books signed by the author and other goodies. See you there!

Photo: Peter Dutton via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 1, 2015

Contest update

Calling all procrastinators: We’ve extended the deadline on our UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest through Friday, May 8 – bring your entries to the library during regular hours any time until 5:30pm on 5/8. Show us what you’ve got!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 27, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: April 27-May 3, 2015

Poetry display photo by J Brew via Flickr / Creative Commons

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Celebrate National Poetry Month – 6:00pm
Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! Six local poets (Grace Marie Grafton, Alison Luterman, Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, Ralph Dranow, Robert Thomas and Katayoon Zandvakili) will be reading their poetry, followed by an open-mic period at 7. Linda Brown, Past President of the California Writers Club, will MC.

Wednesday, April 29, 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.

Oakland Celebrates Dia with Kirk Waller – 2:00pm
Come celebrate El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros and Diversity in Action with master storyteller Kirk Waller. He will bring our collective history to life with stories that young and old can share and enjoy together. After Kirk’s performance there will be snacks and a free book giveaway.

Thursday, April 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.

Photo: J Brew via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 23, 2015

Unbound countdown

Just one week left to submit your amazing art for our UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest – entries are due at the library by 5:30pm on April 30. Get all the details here and get crafty!

Prizes will be awarded in 3 categories:
Kids (ages 5-12):
1st place: Creatology 130-piece kid’s art set
2nd place: Creatology 100-piece kid’s art set
3rd place: $10 gift certificate to FOML book sales

Teens (ages 13-18):
1st place: $15 gift certificate to local art store
2nd place: $10 gift certificate to local art store
3rd place: $10 gift certificate to FOML book sales

Adults (ages 19+):
1st place: $50 gift certificate to Out of Print
2nd place: Sweet Paper Crafts book by Mollie Greene, from Chronicle Books
3rd place: $10 gift certificate to FOML book sales

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 22, 2015

Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Photo by Cesar Viteri Ramirez via Flickr Creative Commons

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 6:00-8:00pm, six local poets will be reading their poetry, followed by an open mic period at 7. Linda Brown, Past President of the California Writers Club, will MC.

The poets are:
Grace Marie Grafton
Alison Luterman
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet
Ralph Dranow
Robert Thomas
Katayoon Zandvakili

Photo: César Viteri Ramirez via Flickr / Creative Commons

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