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

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 22, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: June 22-28, 2015

Bubbles photo by Clint Mason via Flickr

Wednesday, June 24, 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, June 25, 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, June 27, 2015
Bubble Lady – 11:00am
Watch hundreds of bubbles of all shapes and sizes.

Photo: Clint Mason via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 20, 2015

Meet the animals

Llama photo by Morgan via Flickr

Today (Saturday, June 20, 2015) at 11:00am, the always-popular Little Explorers Petting Zoo comes to the Montclair branch.

Meet and learn about lots of live animals and get to know farm animals up close – including goats, llamas, rabbits, chickens and ducks.

This event is part of the Summer Reading programming – find out more about all the activities and events available this summer on the OPL website.

Photo: Morgan via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 19, 2015

Hoop it up

Are you headed to the Warriors victory parade today? If the recent NBA playoffs have you fired up about basketball, add some of these books to your summer reading list (scroll down for options for older kids and adults, too):

Children's books about basketball, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Picture books:
Picture books and children’s non-fiction introduce the sport and its history.

Dino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler (J PICBK WHEELER) – Plant-eating dinosaurs face meat-eating dinosaurs in a basketball game at Mastadon Square Garden.

The Princesses Have a Ball by Teresa Bateman (J PICBK BATEMAN) – In this rhyming update of the fairy tale of the “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” twelve princesses wear out their shoes playing basketball.

My Basketball Book by Gail Gibbons (J 796.323 GIBBONS) – Introduces the basics of the game of basketball, describing the players, court, techniques and rules of play.

Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball by John Coy (J 796.3232 COY) (not at Montclair) – Discover the true story of how James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 at a school in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women’s Hoops on the Map (J BIO CLEAVELAND) – Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley exchanged her breeches and spurs for bloomers and a basketball; and in April 1896 she made history. In a heart-pounding game against the University of California at Berkeley, Agnes led Stanford University to victory in the first-ever intercollegiate women’s basketball game, earning national attention and putting women’s basketball on the map.

Brendan and Belinda and the Slam Dunk! by Anne Rockwell (J PICBK ROCKWELL) – Brendan and Belinda and their dad, Mr. Porker, learn that being a good sport means playing the game well and having fun too.

Hoops by Robert Burleigh (J 811.54 BURLEIGH) (not at Montclair) – Illustrations and poetic text describe the movement and feel of the game of basketball.

Mt. Olympus Basketball by Kevin O’Malley (J PICBK O’MALLEY) – Zeus, Hera, Athene, Poseidon and Hades pull some dirty tricks as they face off against Hercules, Jason, Odysseus, Achilles and Theseus in this gods-versus-mortals basketball game in ancient Greece.

Basketball (Eyewitness book) by John Hareas (J 796.323 HAREAS 2005) – Text and detailed photographs present the history, techniques and interesting facts of basketball.

Super Basketball Infographics by Jeff Savage (J 796.323 SAVAGE) (coming soon) – Facts and fun details about the game of basketball come alive through charts, maps and illustrations.


Chapter books for kids:
Mostly geared to the 3rd-5th grade set, these books tackle issues on and off the court.

Tall Story by Candy Gourlay (J FIC GOURLAY) – Sixteen-year-old Bernardo, who is eight feet tall and suffers from a condition called Gigantism, leaves the Philippines to live with his mother’s family in London, much to the delight of his thirteen-year-old half sister Andi, a passionate basketball player.

Summer Ball by Mike Lupica (J FIC LUPICA) – Thirteen-year-old Danny must prove himself all over again for a disapproving coach and against new rivals at a summer basketball camp.

Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time by Lisa Yee (J FIC YEE) – After flunking sixth-grade English, basketball prodigy Stanford Wong must struggle to pass his summer-school class, keep his failure a secret from his friends and satisfy his academically demanding father.

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers (J FIC MYERS) – Sixteen-year-old “Slam” Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

Brittany the Basketball Fairy by Daisy Meadows (J FIC MEADOWS) – While everyone in Fairyland is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics, Jack Frost’s goblins steal the Sports Fairies’ magic objects, and Rachel and Kristy must play the goblins’ Mean Green Basketball Team to win back Brittany’s magic ball.

Slam Dunk by Amar’e Stoudemire (J FIC STOUDEMIR) – When some of the older kids get on Amar’e for not being able to dunk, he sets a goal to make that happen soon. But when Amar’e’s playing time is put on hold, he’ll have to come to terms with all of the other things he’s been neglecting.

Dragon Road by Laurence Yep (J FIC YEP) – In 1939, unable to find regular jobs because of the Great Depression, long-time friends Cal Chin and Barney Young tour the country as members of a Chinese American basketball team.

The Million Dollar Shot by Dan Gutman (J FIC GUTMAN) – Eleven-year-old Eddie gets a chance to win a million dollars by sinking a foul shot at the National Basketball Association finals.

Basketball (or Something Like It) by Nora Raleigh Baskin (J FIC BASKIN) – Hank, Nathan, Jeremy and Anabel deal with the realities of middle school basketball, including family pressure, a series of coaches with very different personalities and agendas, and what it means to be a team–and a friend.

Hoop Girlz by Lucy Jane Bledsoe (J FIC BLEDSOE) – When ten-year-old River, who is crazy about basketball, is not chosen to play on her town’s tournament team, she decides to organize a team of her own and accepts the help of her older brother.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (J FIC ALEXANDER) – Twelve-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health in this Newbery-medal-winning novel in verse.

Psst – Check out this list of more basketball books on the Warriors’ website.


For adults:
I couldn’t find any strong basketball-themed novels for adults (comment if you’ve got a favorite), but here are three non-fiction options in the Montclair collection that profile basketball from high school to the pros.

Skyline: One Season, One Team, One City by Tim Keown (796.32362 KEOWN) – A San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter takes readers through a basketball season at Oakland’s Skyline High School in this “gripping look at an inner city basketball team” (Amazon) that several reviewers compared to Friday Night Lights, H.G. Bissinger’s tale of Texas high school football which spawned the TV series of the same name.

The Last Amateurs: Playing for Glory and Honor in Division I College Basketball by John Feinstein (796.32363 FEINSTEIN) – Feinstein spent a season with the players and coaches of the Patriot League, one of the NCAA’s smallest leagues, “uncovering the drama of their daily lives and the passions that drive them to commit hundreds of hours to basketball even when there is no chance of a professional future.” (Amazon)

Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson (796.32309 JACKSON) – An autobiography by the off-beat and highly successful coach.

When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird & Earvin “Magic” Johnson with Jackie MacMullan (796.323 BIRD) – Two NBA stars discuss their thrilling rivalry and the lifelong friendship that grew out of it.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 15, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: June 15-21, 2015

Golden Gate Bridge photo by Melfoody via Flickr

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Second Annual Mystery Night @ the Montclair Library – 6:30-8:00pm
Local author Steven Gore will talk about his latest Harlan Donnally novel, Night is the Hunter, and share writing advice for others who may be interested in pursuing a similar career in the crime genre.

Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books. This event is co-sponsored by the Oakland Public Library and the Friends of the Montclair Library.

Wednesday, June 17, 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.

Make Musical Instruments – 2:00pm
Come by the library and create something to blow, shake, drum, or possibly a combination of all three. We will be providing the supplies you just need to supply the rhythm. All ages welcome.

Thursday, June 18, 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, June 20, 2015
Little Explorers Petting Zoo – 11:00am
Meet and learn about lots of live animals. Get to know farm animals up close–goats, llamas, rabbits, chickens and ducks.

Workshop on using eBooks (& other library apps ~ including eMagazines and eMusic) – 3-5pm
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of ebooks 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, so please RSVP at 482-7810. (Choose from 3 to 4 p.m. or from 4 to 5 p.m.)

Llama photo by Morgan via Flickr

Photos: Golden Gate Bridge by melfoody via Flickr / Creative Commons | Llama by Morgan via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 8, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: June 8-14, 2015

Read to the Rhythm this summer at the Oakland Public Library

Tuesday, June 9, 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, June 10, 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 – 1:30pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch for a Pop Up TeenZone to do crafts, hang out and share suggestions for serving you better!

Thursday, June 11, 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, June 13, 2015
Summer Reading Program begins
For kids and adults, the library is offering its annual Summer Reading Challenge with the theme “Read to the Rhythm,” with various incentives designed to get people reading and visiting the library. Teens can participate in the Teen Summer Passport, a fun program that encourages teens to engage with their community while visiting cultural spots around the Bay Area.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 6, 2015

Man of mystery

Mystery author Steven Gore

Montclair Library’s Second Annual Mystery Night will be Tuesday, June 16th from 6:30-8:00pm. Local author Steven Gore will talk about his latest Harlan Donnally novel, Night is the Hunter, and share writing advice for others who may be interested in pursuing a similar career in the crime genre.

In this new thriller, ex-San Francisco homicide detective Donnally tries to help an anguished judge whose failing memory has left him with serious doubts about whether justice was done in the case of a man who was sentenced to death for a gangland murder.

Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books. This event is co-sponsored by the Oakland Public Library and the Friends of the Montclair Library.

Photo courtesy of Steven Gore.

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