Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 9, 2016

Author event: Cara Black

Author Cara Black visits the Montclair Library March 1, 2016

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 6:30-8:00pm, author Cara Black will discuss her latest book, Murder on the Champ de Mars.
Murder on the Champs de Mars by Cara Black
In this mystery novel, “Sassy, openhearted Aimee Leduc is back for a 15th outing that takes readers to Paris’s elegant, old-gold seventh arondissement. It’s not all luxe, though; even as Aimee balances work-life responsibilities as a new mom with a detective agency to run, she helps a poor Gypsy boy whose dangerously ill mother has a secret to share.” — Library Journal

Black currently lives in San Francisco, but travels extensively to her favorite city!

Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.

Photo: Laura Skayhan

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 8, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: February 8-14, 2016

Valentines photo by Ben Rogers via Flickr

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
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, February 10, 2016
PAWS to Read with Bark Therapy Dogs – 1:30-2:30pm
New & practicing readers read to Natasha the dog. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Beautiful Mess – 3:00-4:30pm
What are we making? Whatever you want — and it’s going to be beautiful. And messy. This afterschool art program allows kids to focus more on the process than the product, whether we’re using clay, watercolors, pencils or odds and ends. We might not know where this art project is going, but we’ll have lots of fun getting there. For children of all ages; children 5 and under should be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
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.

Valentine’s Paper Craft – 3:30pm
Roses are red,
These hearts are, too.
Make a V-day card with us:
We’ve got glitter glue.

Friday, February 12, 2016
LIBRARY CLOSED – LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY

Photo: Ben Rogers via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 2, 2016

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Books, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Happy Groundhog Day! Whether the meteorological marmot sees its shadow today or not, February 2nd is always a good day to curl up with a book. Here are 9 picture books about groundhogs and Groundhog Day:

Groundhog Day! by Gail Gibbons (J 394.261 GIBBONS) – Facts about “Groundhog Day, its origins and the animal at the center of this delightful annual event,” (Amazon) in Gibbons’ trademark simple yet thorough style.

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby (J PICBK BLACKABY) – Brownie the groundhog encounters a fox while waiting for winter to be over, and through clever maneuvering–and tasty snacks–the two become friends. (See also Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise.)

The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun by Wendie Old (J 394.261 OLD) – Every February 2nd, people in the United States wait to see if Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog living in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, will see his shadow and predict six more weeks of cold weather. But how can a groundhog predict the weather? And if it’s winter, shouldn’t he be hibernating? Are such predictions really accurate? Why is February 2nd so special? And do other groundhogs predict the weather?

Go To Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox (J PICBK COX) – When Groundhog is unable to sleep, he experiences autumn and winter holidays he never knew about, and then he finally falls asleep before Groundhog Day.

Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller (J PICBK MILLER) (not at Montclair) – Too sick to perform his once-a-year job, Groundhog interviews other animals to come out of his hole on Groundhog Day.

Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman (J PICBK FREEMAN) (not at Montclair) – Gregory Groundhog and his shadow desperately look for each other after they become separated from one another just before their annual appearance on Groundhog Day.

Punxsutawney Phyllis by Susanna Leonard Hill (J PICBK HILL) (not at Montclair) – Although she can predict the weather much better than the boys in her family, no one thinks that Phyllis the groundhog has a chance of replacing the aging Punxsutawney Phil when Groundhog Day’s official groundhog retires.

Groundhog Weather School by Joan Holub (J PICBK HOLUB) (not at Montclair) – When Groundhog realizes he needs helpers all over the country to accurately forecast the weather, he establishes a school to teach young groundhogs how to properly determine when spring will arrive.

Groundhog’s Dilemma by Kristen Remenar (new book – not at Montclair) – Groundhog wants to please all the animals, but half of them want spring to come quickly and the other half do not–and all of them think he controls the seasons, so what is a poor groundhog to do on Groundhog Day?

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 1, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: February 1-7, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Gary Kamiya – Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco – 6:30-8:00pm
Author Gary Kamiya will discuss his book and his work as a historical columnist (“Portals of the Past”) for the San Francisco Chronicle. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.

“It can be stipulated with confidence that Gary Kamiya is not the first person to fall in love with San Francisco. But richly qualified by recent careers as a Yale dropout, cabdriver, journalist and one of the founders of the online magazine Salon, and surely also by a questing nature, he has written in Cool Gray City of Love a rhapsody to San Francisco of unique value. He set out to explore systematically both the familiar and the secret corners of the city, using two wheels or two feet, and also to see and hear through senses augmented by history and literature.” San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Pop Up Teen Zone – 1:30pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch to make crafts, hang out and share suggestions for serving you better! In February, we’ll be making FORTUNE FELTIES for Chinese New Year.

PAWS to Read with Bark Therapy Dogs – 1:30-2:30pm
New & practicing readers read to Natasha the dog. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Montclair Book Worms – 4:00pm
Do you like to read books and talk about them? The Montclair Book Worms meet once a month to talk about a book we’ve read, play book-related games, and eat snacks. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 4pm. The books we read are recommended for grades 4th and up. February’s book is TBA.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
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 | January 25, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: January 25-31, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
PAWS to Read with Bark Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers read to Natasha the dog. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
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 | January 18, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: January 18-24, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
PAWS to Read with Bark Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers read to Natasha the dog. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
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, January 23, 2016
Workshop on using eBooks (and other library apps, including eMagazines, eMusic, & streaming films) – 3:00-5:00pm
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of e-books and audiobooks for various devices, including iPad, iPod, iPhone and 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. Advance sign-up is required, so please RSVP at 482-7810. Choose from 3:00-4:00pm or 4:00-5:00pm. This workshop will be offered monthly.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | January 15, 2016

Exploring San Francisco

Books about San Francisco, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

San Francisco’s history often seems intimately bound up in its geography, from the gritty and surprisingly malleable 19th century shoreline to the seven fabled hills, with cable cars climbing halfway to the stars.

Here are a dozen books that introduce you to the color and characters behind San Francisco and its 49 square miles:

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco by Gary Kamiya (917.9461 KAMIYA)
Kamiya (who will be speaking at Montclair Library February 2nd) “brings together an exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land’s End.” (GoodReads)

Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit (912.7946 SOLNIT oversize)
“A collaborative atlas of a city, combining maps with essays to tell a community story of a historied and ever-changing place…including essays and maps ranging from Monarch butterflies to Hitchcock’s films to blues clubs.” (Anisse Gross on Buzzfeed)

Chronicles of Old San Francisco: Exploring the Historic City by the Bay by Gael Chandler (not in OPL)
This book isn’t in the OPL system yet, but it sounds like a great companion for Cool Gray City of Love. Plus, author Gael Chandler will be at A Great Good Place for Books tonight (1/15/16) at 7pm. “Discover one of the world’s most unique and fascinating cities through 28 dramatic true stories spanning the colorful history of San Francisco….Along the way you’ll meet characters like the city’s foremother Juana Briones, Gold Rush entrepreneur Levi Strauss, confectioner Domenico Ghirardelli, gangster Al Capone, the rock legends of Haight-Ashbury, activist politician Harvey Milk, the pioneers of today’s techno boom, and many others who changed the face of the city….In addition, guided walking tours of San Francisco’s historic neighborhoods…take readers to the places where history really happened.”

A Short History of San Francisco by Tom Cole (979.461 COLE 2014) (not at Montclair)
Cole takes readers from geologic formation, through the Ohlone and the Gold Rush, to the San Francisco in the second millennium.

Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot (306.09794 TALBOT)
Talbot recounts the gripping story of San Francisco in the turbulent years between 1967 and 1982–and of the extraordinary men and women who led to the city’s ultimate rebirth and triumph. The book takes readers from the 1960s cultural revolution, through dark events of the 70s that rocked the city, including the Zodiac murders and Jonestown. My favorite part about this book was learning the backstory on many of the players who shaped San Francisco in the 1980s and 90s, from Terence Hallinan to Willie Brown.

Baghdad-by-the-Bay by Herb Caen (917.946 C116) (not at Montclair)
“Caen’s post-World War II collection of stories about San Francisco captures the city as it was then, with its covenants against Chinese living outside of Chinatown, the former soldiers and sailors trying to hold down jobs and find a place to live and the drinking culture that has been a constant in the city for over 150 years.” (GoodReads)

Historic Walks in San Francisco: 18 Trails Through the City’s Past by Rand Richards (917.9461 RICHARDS) (not at Montclair)
“Eighteen self-guided walking tours down city streets that will take you back in time, with colorful stories about the buildings along the way and the people associated with them.” (GoodReads)

The Earth Shook, The Sky Burned by William Bronson (OVERSIZE 979.46 BRONSON)
Pictorial history of the 1906 earthquake.

The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature by Ben Tarnoff (810.99794 TARNOFF)
“The unforgettable story of the birth of modern America and the western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity.” (GoodReads)

Black Fire: The True Story of the Original Tom Sawyer–and of the Mysterious Fires that Baptized Gold Rush-era San Francisco by Robert Graysmith (979.40409 GRAYSMITH)
Biography of the little-known real-life Tom Sawyer (a friend of Mark Twain during his brief tenure as a California newspaper reporter), told through a harrowing account of Sawyer’s involvement in the hunt for a serial arsonist who terrorized mid-nineteenth century San Francisco.

A Writer’s San Francisco: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul by Eric Maisel (917.9461 MAISEL)
“The city by the bay has been home to generations of writers, from Rudyard Kipling to Mark Twain to Armistead Maupin. Thirty individual essays profile the best sections of the city for pumping up the juices (“The View from Bernal Hill,” “South of Market”), noted literati of the past (“Mark Twain and the Onion”), and much more.” (Google Books) With illustrations by Paul Madonna, of All Over Coffee fame.

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin (FIC MAUPIN)
The only fiction title on this list, Maupin’s tale of Midwest transplant Mary Ann Singleton brings 1970s San Francisco to life.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | January 11, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: January 11-17, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Lawyers in the Library – 6:00-8:00pm
Free legal advice and referrals, second Tuesday of each month. Register by phone at 510-482-7810 starting one week in advance. Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more people are present.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
PAWS to Read with Bark Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers read to Natasha the dog. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Beautiful Mess – 3:30pm
What are we making? Whatever you want — and it’s going to be beautiful. And messy. This afterschool art program allows kids to focus more on the process than the product, whether we’re using clay, watercolors, pencils or odds and ends. We might not know where this art project is going, but we’ll have lots of fun getting there.

Thursday, January 14, 2016
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 | January 8, 2016

Author event: Gary Kamiya

Author Gary Kamiya speaks at the Montclair Library February 2, 2016

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 6:30-8:00pm, author Gary Kamiya joins us to discuss his book, Cool Gray City of Love, 49 Views of San Francisco, and his work as a historical columnist (the always fascinating Portals of the Past) for the San Francisco Chronicle. Gary was born in Oakland, grew up in the East Bay, and currently resides in San Francisco with his wife and children.
Cool Gray City of Love by Gary Kamiya
Part walking guide, part history lesson, part love letter to the city of San Francisco, Amazon calls Cool Gray City of Love “an exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose” that creates “an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the soaring sea cliffs at Land’s End.”

It can be stipulated with confidence that Gary Kamiya is not the first person to fall in love with San Francisco. But richly qualified by recent careers as a Yale dropout, cabdriver, journalist and one of the founders of the online magazine Salon, and surely also by a questing nature, he has written in Cool Gray City of Love a rhapsody to San Francisco of unique value. He set out to explore systematically both the familiar and the secret corners of the city, using two wheels or two feet, and also to see and hear through senses augmented by history and literature. — San Francisco Chronicle

Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | January 4, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: January 4-10, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
PAWS to Read with Bark Therapy Dogs – 1:30-2:30pm
New & practicing readers read to Natasha the dog. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Pop Up Teen Zone – 1:30pm
Come visit the Pop-up Teen Zone with to make crafts, hang out and share suggestions for serving you better! In January, we’ll be making origami bookmarks!

Montclair Book Worms – 4:00pm
Do you like to read books and talk about them? The Montclair Book Worms meet once a month to talk about a book we’ve read, play book-related games and eat snacks. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 4pm. The books we read are recommended for grades 4 and up. January’s book is TBA – check with the children’s librarian for details.

Thursday, January 7, 2016
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.

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