Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 11, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: August 12-18, 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Pop Up Teen Zone – 3:30-5:00pm
Come hang out and share suggestions for serving you better, make something cool and chat with your Teen Librarian about books, movies and more!

Thursday, August 15, 2019
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 | August 4, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: August 5-11, 2019

Thursday, August 8, 2019
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 | July 28, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: July 29-August 4, 2019

Thursday, August 1, 2019
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, August 3, 2019
Summer Reading Program Ends
The 2019 Summer Reading Program ends August 3, 2019 – don’t forget to turn in those reading cards!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 21, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: July 22-28, 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019
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.

Friday, July 26, 2019
Build, Make, Play – 4:00pm
Join us this summer for creative opportunities – a different one each week! The summer will include paper crafts, making slime and more!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 20, 2019

The Race to the Moon

As you may have heard approximately everywhere, today is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, on July 20, 1969. We did a feature on moon books back in 2014 for the 45th anniversary, but there have been so many great new books, especially about all the people who worked behind the scenes to make the moon landings possible, that it was time for an update.

Here are 15 books for kids in grades K-3 (ages 4-8) about the astronauts, the mathematicians, the mission, the moon itself and more. (For the most part, book summaries are from the library website, sometimes edited for length or clarity.)

15 Children's Books About Going to the Moon, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put American on the Moon by Suzanne Slade (J BIO JOHNSON) – The story of the pioneering African American NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (made famous by the movie “Hidden Figures“), who helped calculate America’s first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth and the world’s first trip to the moon. (See also Counting on Katherine)

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling (J 509 SHETTERLY) (not at Montclair) – This children’s book based on Shetterly’s wildly popular adult book of the same name explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African American women mathematicians to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes.

Margaret and the Moon: The Computer Scientist Who Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins (J BIO HAMILTON) (not at Montclair) – The story of Margaret Hamilton, who turned her childhood love of numbers into a job at NASA, handwriting code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter.

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh (J 629.454 THIMMESH) – Culled from direct quotes from the people behind the scenes, NASA transcripts, national archives and NASA photos, the whole story of Apollo 11 and the first moon landing emerges.

My Little Golden Book About the First Moon Landing by Chip Lovitt (J 629.454 LOVITT) (not at Montclair) – Recounts the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, describing who the astronauts were, how they were chosen for the mission and why it was an important event in history.

Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds (J 629.454 McREYNOLD) – Depicts the 1969 Apollo 11 mission when man first walked on the moon.

I Am Neil Armstrong by Brad Meltzer (J BIO ARMSTRONG) (not at Montclair) – A biography of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca (J 629.454 FLOCA) – The story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon — a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969 and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines.

The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons (J 523.3 GIBBONS) – Describes the moon’s movement and phases, and discusses how we have observed and explored it over the years. (An updated 2019 version is available at some libraries.)

The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The Story of Alan Bean by Dean Robbins (J BIO BEAN) (not at Montclair) – “In 1969, Alan Bean became the fourth man and first artist on the moon (Apollo 12). He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan’s paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon.” (Publisher)

Man on the Moon by Anastasia Suen (J 629.454 SUEN) (not at Montclair) – Describes in illustrations and simple text the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, culminating in man’s first lunar landing.

Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin (J 629.45 ALDRIN) – Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin tells the story of the hard work and determination it took to achieve his dream of walking on the moon.

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon by Suzanne Slade (J 629.454 SLADE) (not at Montclair) – “From Neil Armstrong’s first small step to Gene Cernan’s last footprint, award-winning author Suzanne Slade captures the experiences of the twelve astronauts who walked on the moon. The book reveals how the Apollo moon missions (1969-1972) built upon one another and unveiled important new discoveries about our nearest neighbor in space.” (Publisher)

To the Moon! by Jodie Shepherd (J 629.454 SHEPHERD) (not at Montclair)
Neil’s imagination takes him on a trip to the moon. Join him as he explores mountains and hills, spots a famous astronaut’s footprints, and collects space rocks for his science project. Find out more about that big round object in the night sky.

If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty (J 629.454 McNULTY) (not at Montclair) – “In language that is elegant, yet fun, this adventure invites the reader on an emotionally charged trip to the moon–from reminders of what one should pack on a trip to the moon, to the exciting countdown and lift-off.”

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 14, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: July 15-21, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019
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.

Friday, July 19, 2019
Build, Make, Play – 4:00pm
Join us this summer for creative opportunities – a different one each week! The summer will include paper crafts, making slime, and more!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 7, 2019

Soccer Books – Women’s World Cup Edition

15 Soccer Books for Kids with Important Female Characters, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

I’ve blogged before about soccer books for kids, but this edition features books specifically with women and girls (or, in some cases, female mice and rabbits) playing soccer, in honor of today’s World Cup final between the USA and the Netherlands. The female characters aren’t always the main character in these books, but they do fill important roles in each story. And while I’m not sure titles like “Pinkalicious: Soccer Star” and “Stacey the Soccer Fairy” really count towards female empowerment, it’s always a good thing to see yourself represented even a little bit in the books you read. Baby steps. (Maybe Megan Rapinoe will write a soccer-themed children’s book for us someday.)

P.S. Did you know that when you view children’s books in the OPL catalog, if you scroll down it shows you the book’s Lexile score and recommended grade level, as well as reviews and/or recommendations for other similar books?

Find out if a book is right for you using library catalog tools

Picture Books
Madlenka, Soccer Star by Peter Sís (J PICBK SIS)
Grades K-3
Madlenka plays soccer in her city neighborhood–with the mailbox, a dog, a parking meter, and some cats. Includes facts about the game, and translations for the word “soccer” in various languages.

Maisy Plays Soccer by Lucy Cousins (J PICBK COUSINS)
Grades K-3
Maisy and her friends can’t wait to play soccer! Maisy puts on her uniform, laces up her sneakers and heads to the field.

Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm (J PICBK HAMM)
Grades K-3
Soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm tells the story of how Mia, a competitive child in a large family, learns to be part of a team and work together with her six brothers and sisters.

Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts (J PICBK BOELTS) (not at Montclair)
Grades K-3
For soccer games Sierra rides a bus out of the city to fields that are nicer than the “lot” in her neighborhood, but she asks Coach Marco if the team might play in her neighborhood on a day her aunt does not work so her auntie can be at her last game.

Betty Bunny Wants a Goal by Michael B. Kaplan (J PICBK KAPLAN) (not at Montclair)
Grades K-3
When a young rabbit quits soccer after a disappointing first game, her family encourages her to keep trying.

The Field by Baptiste Paul (J PICBK PAUL) (not at Montclair)
Grades K-3
A girl and her younger brother rouse their community – family, friends, and the local fruit vendor – for a pickup soccer game. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running, the field is cleared of cows and the game begins!

Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin (J PICBK JAVAHERBI)
Grades K-3
Dreaming of becoming a soccer star so that his mother and he will not have to work such long hours, a Brazilian youth helps care for his little sister and prepares for a big game until an injury makes him consider letting a girl onto the team. By the author of Goal!

Easy Readers
Pinkalicious: Soccer Star by Victoria Kann (J READER KANN)
Grades K-3
Pinkalicious and her soccer team, the Pinksters, play their first game against the Ravens, but when the ball is kicked off the field Pinkalicious chases it and is picked up by Goldilicious for a trip around the world.

Chapter Books
Lola Levine Is Not Mean! (Lola Levine #1) by Monica Brown (J FIC BROWN)
Grades K-3
Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt a classmate during a soccer game.

Stacey The Soccer Fairy by Daisy Meadows (J FIC MEADOWS)
Grades K-3
While everyone in Fairyland is getting ready for the Fairy Olympics, Jack Frost’s goblins steal the Sports Fairies’ magic objects, and without Stacey the soccer fairy’s magic ball, Rachel’s favorite soccer team will never reach their goal.

Saving the Team (The Kicks #1) by Alex Morgan (J FIC MORGAN)
Grades 4-8
This is the first book in a middle-grade series by 2015 World Cup champ Alex Morgan. After moving to California, seventh-grader Devin is afraid she will not make the soccer team but finds, instead, a team is so bad that she is compelled to take the lead and turn it into something the players and coach can all be proud of.

Soccer Show-Off by Jake Maddox (J FIC MADDOX) (not at Montclair)
Grades 4-8
Gina tries to be the star of the soccer team at her new school, but her teammates do not like her showoff moves.

The Mighty Dynamo by Kieran Crowley (J FIC CROWLEY) (not at Montclair)
Grades 4-8
When he is banned from his school’s soccer team for an infraction he didn’t commit, Noah must find his own way to enter the Schools’ World Cup tournament and joins up with an unlikely cast of co-ed teammates. “Some readers may be put off by the disparaging comments about ‘playing like a girl,’ but these comments are quickly rebuffed and only add to the truthfulness of adolescent situations.” (School Library Connection)

The Million Dollar Kick by Dan Gutman (J FIC GUTMAN) (not at Montclair)
Grades 4-8
“Thirteen-year-old Whisper Nelson hates soccer–and many other things about her life as a middle schooler at the bottom of the social food chain. One day she allows little sister Briana, a soccer ace, to enter her in a contest to make up a new slogan for Oklahoma City’s women’s soccer team. The winner is allowed a kick against the team’s professional goalkeeper, with a $1 million prize for a successful goal. Of course, shy, unhappy Whisper writes the slogan that wins, and her dealing with the publicity blitz and training for the kick once she decides to take the risk pull the story along to a highly satisfying and terrifically suspenseful conclusion.” (Booklist)

Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town by Warren St. John (YA 796.334 SAINT) (not at Montclair)
YA
This one’s non-fiction, but it features a female coach and feels like a story that needs to be heard now. American-educated Jordanian Luma Mufleh founds a youth soccer team comprised of children from Liberia, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkan states, and elsewhere in the Atlanta suburb of Clarkston, Georgia, bringing the children together to discover their common bonds as they adjust to life in a new homeland. The story of The Fugees “touches on race, politics and religion.” (ReadBrightly.com)

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 7, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: July 8-14, 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater – 6:30pm
Be a part of this zany, interactive theatrical adventure where audience members make all of the sound effects, help to create the story and leap up on stage to play the main characters. Gather your courage, grab a sidekick and get ready to rush to the rescue — it’s time for another action-packed episode of Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater!

Thursday, July 11, 2019
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.

Friday, July 12, 2019
Build, Make, Play – 4:00pm
Join us this summer for creative opportunities – a different one each week! The summer will include paper crafts, making slime, and more!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 30, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: July 1-7, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Teen Terrarium Making Workshop – 3:30-4:30pm
Work with an artist from the Oakland-based Rock Paper Scissors Collective and learn how to create a mini terrarium. All supplies are provided. For teens, ages 12-18.

Book Worms Book Club – 4:00-5:00pm
Do you like to read books and talk about them? At the Montclair Library Book Worms Book Club, we will pick out books to read and meet once a month to talk about them. Snacks will be provided! The book club is for grades 4 and up. This month we’re discussing Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien. (We’ll take a break in August – see you in September!) Please contact the Children’s Librarian at 510-482-7810 if you are interested in joining the club.

Emily Butterfly – 6:30pm
Join Emily Butterfly, an interstellar storyteller, who delights children with her magical form of puppetry, story sharing and song.

Thursday, July 4, 2019
LIBRARY CLOSED

Friday, July 5, 2019
Build, Make, Play – 4:00pm
Join us this summer for creative opportunities – a different one each week! The summer will include paper crafts, making slime, and more!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 23, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: June 24-30, 2019

The Bubble Lady

The Bubble Lady comes to Montclair Library June 26

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The Bubble Lady – 6:30pm
Be prepared to experience bubbles like you never have before. Every imaginable bubble will be coming to the Library with The Bubble Lady this Summer, from dancing bubbles, to trick bubbles and much, much more.

Thursday, June 27, 2019
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.

Friday, June 28, 2019
Build, Make, Play – 4:00pm (Note new summer time)
Join us this summer for creative opportunities – a different one each week! The summer will include paper crafts, making slime, and more!

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