Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 23, 2015

This week at Montclair Library: March 23-29, 2015

Wednesday, March 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 just have fun.

Thursday, March 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 | March 20, 2015

Under the Sea

March 24 is Ocean Day California, a day dedicated to advocacy for and conservation of California’s coastal resources. (There’s also a World Oceans Day every June 8.)

To help you learn more about the ocean and celebrate its denizens, here are 12 picture books from the Montclair collection highlighting life under the sea:

Picture books about the ocean, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

In the Sea by David Elliott (J 811.54 ELLIOTT)
Collects poems describing the many creatures living in the sea, from the sea horse to the blue whale.

Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins (J 591.779 JENKINS)
Provides a top-to-bottom look at the ocean, from birds and waves to thermal vents and ooze.

Ocean Babies by Deborah Lee Rose (J 591.39 ROSE)
Describes baby animals that live in the ocean, pointing out their many differences as well as the most important similarity.

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola (J BIO EARLE)
This picture book biography tells the story of Sylvia Earle’s growing passion for the wonders of the sea and how her ocean exploration and advocacy have made her known around the world.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry (J PICBK SHERRY)
A giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean–almost.

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle (J PICBK CARLE)
After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse’s belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs. (Also available elsewhere in OPL in Spanish, as the charmingly-named Don Caballito de Mar.)

Dolphin Baby! by Nicola Davies (J PICBK DAVIES)
Following his mother, a baby dolphin learns about life under the sea, from catching his first fish to developing his own unique whistle.

Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet by Deborah Lee Rose (J 591.77 ROSE)
An alphabet book featuring twenty-six animals found in the ocean and including endnotes giving additional details about each of these sea creatures.

Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs (J 811.6 COOMBS)
Playful, moving poems that evoke the beauty and power, the depth and mystery, and the endless resonance of the sea.

First Big Book of the Ocean by Catherine D. Hughes (J 551.46 HUGHES)
Introduces several of the ocean’s species, provides profiles of creatures, from dolphins and sharks to sea otters and penguins, while sharing facts about their characteristics, diets and habitats.

And 2 beautifully-illustrated books about Jacques Cousteau:
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino (J BIO COUSTEAU)

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne (J BIO COUSTEAU)
Before Jacques Cousteau became an internationally known oceanographer and champion of the seas, he was a curious little boy. In this biography, poetic text and paintings combine to create a portrait of Jacques Cousteau.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 16, 2015

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

Photo by Keoni Cabral via Flickr / Creative Commons

Wednesday, March 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 just have fun.

Thursday, March 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.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Workshop on using eBooks (and other library apps- including eMagazines & eMusic)
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of e-books & audiobooks for various devices, including iPad, iPod, iPhone, 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 (from 3 to 4 pm or 4 to 5 pm), plus 2 on a wait list. (This workshop will be offered monthly.) Advance sign-up is necessary; please RSVP at 482-7810.

Photo: Keoni Cabral via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 9, 2015

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

Photo by Anoka County Library via Flickr / Creative Commons

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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, March 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 just have fun.

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

Thursday, March 12, 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: Anoka County Library via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 8, 2015

New OPL Feature: Streaming Video

Movie Night photo by Ginny via Flickr / Creative Commons

Your library card now gets you access to stream feature films and TV shows directly from OPL’s website using the OverDrive app.  Offerings include everything from Romance, Comedy and Drama to Indie and Foreign films, Horror, Sci-Fi and even Teen and Children’s content.  ​

Checkout up to 10 titles at a time and view them instantly, for up to 21 days. You can even renew them. If the title you want is checked out to someone else, you can place a hold on it just like with a library book.

All digital titles are automatically returned to your library at the end of their lending periods, so you never have to worry about late fees.

For more information about streaming movies, see Getting Started with Streaming Video from Your Library. And there’s more information about returns for streaming video in the OverDrive Help section.

Need more help? Come to one of the regular workshops at Montclair Library about using e-books and other library electronic services — the next one will be Saturday, March 21 from 3-5pm. Get all the details here.

Photo: Ginny via Flickr / Creative Commons

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.

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