Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 29, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 29-June 4, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha, a certified therapy dog who loves listening to kids read. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
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 25, 2017

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

10 Picture Books About Riding a Bike, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

What’s on your list of things to do this summer? Learning to ride a bike tops the list in our household. Since May is National Bike Month and summer is just around the corner, here are ten picture books to inspire young riders/readers.

P.S. Did you know you can check out a bike lock when you park your bike at the Montclair branch? Ask at the front desk.
P.P.S. And that OPL has a mobile bike-based library that pops up at events around town?
P.P.P.S. And that OPL hosts a Women Bike Book Club? See the link for dates and locations.

“We love bikes at OPL,” Brian Guenther, the Branch Manager at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, wrote in an OPL blog post. “My theory is that it’s because, like libraries, bikes represent a kind of freedom that is accessible to people of most ages. Or, maybe it’s because they’re another economic way to see more of your world. Maybe it’s just because they’re fun.”

My Bike by Byron Barton (J PICBK BARTON)
Tom tells all about his bicycle; his ride to work past trucks, cars and even elephants; and his work as a circus performer.

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bike by Chris Raschka (J PICBK RASCHKA)
A father teaches his daughter all about bicycle riding, from selecting the right bike to trying again after a fall.

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon (J PICBK SHANNON)
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.

New Red Bike! by James E. Ransome (J PICBK RANSOME)
Tom enjoys the thrill of riding his brand new bicycle, and then shares it with a friend.

Froggy Rides a Bike by Jonathan London (J PICBK LONDON)
With encouragement from his friends and family, Froggy learns how to ride his shiny new bike.

Curious George Rides a Bike by H. A. Rey (J PICBK REY)
Typically entertaining trouble ensues when George learns to ride a bicycle.

Bike on, Bear! by Cynthea Liu (J PICBK LIU)
“Bear is an extraordinary, genius bear, who can do anything except ride a bike. Can Bear figure out how to get on two wheels?” (Publisher)

Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best (J PICBK BEST)
When Sally Jean outgrows her beloved bicycle, Flash, she experiments with various ideas for acquiring a new, bigger one.

Along a Long Road by Frank Viva (J PICBK VIVA) (not at Montclair)
Stylish illustrations and brief text evoke a bicycle ride, with its ups and downs, sweeping turns and vivid views

On My Bike by Kari-Lynn Winters (J PICBK WINTERS) (not at Montclair)
“Toddlers and young children will take delight in this whimsically illustrated rhyming story. Come along on a whirling-twirling bicycle ride through the pathways and trails around the city.” (Back cover)

Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 22, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 22-28, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha, a certified therapy dog who loves listening to kids read. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
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 16, 2017

Book sale this Saturday

Stop by the library this Saturday, May 20, from 10am-3pm (note the new start time this year) for great deals on gently used books and DVDs!

We have a bumper crop of children’s books available, and we’re bringing back the Teachers’ Special to help you take advantage of it: From 10am to 2pm, pre-school through high school teachers can put up to 25 items from the $.25 & $.50 children’s tables in the bag provided and pay only $5. Children’s books will be inside the library, in the Children’s Room.

Plus, from 2-3pm, all shoppers can fill a bag (provided) for just $5.

And, if you buy any books at the sale, you can pick up one of our FOML tote bags at the same time for just $9 (a dollar off the regular price).

If your summer speed is more watching than reading, we have a ton of DVDs this time around, including some sets of TV series.

As always, all proceeds from the sale directly benefit the Montclair library, so you can stock up on summer reading at bargain prices AND feel good about helping your library. See you there!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 15, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 15-21, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha, a certified therapy dog who loves listening to kids read. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Imagine It, Create It, Repeat – Fun with Legos – 3:00pm
Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer-designed projects. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
FOML Spring Book Sale – 10:00am-3:00pm
Shop our usual fantastic selection of gently used books for all ages, plus a bumper crop of bargain DVDs. Ask about our Teachers’ Special, and take advantage of our fill-a-bag discount from 2-3pm!

Thursday, May 18, 2017
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 8, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 8-14, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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, May 10, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha, a certified therapy dog who loves listening to kids read. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Beautiful Mess – 3:00-4:00pm
What are we making? Whatever you want! And it’s going to be beautiful. And messy. This art program lets kids focus more on the process than the product using a variety of mediums. For all ages; kids 5 and under should be accompanied by a grownup. Beautiful Mess will happen every second Wednesday from 3-4 pm.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
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 1, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 1-7, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Tamim Ansary: Road Trips: Becoming an American in the Vapor Trail of the Sixties – 6:30-8:00pm
Meet Tamim Ansary, author of West of Kabul, East of New York, as he discusses his new literary memoir, Road Trips: Becoming an American in the Vapor Trail of the Sixties.

Here he describes several road trips he took in the late 1960s-early 1970s as a recent transplant to the U.S. from Afghanistan.

Ansary is also the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, The Widow’s Husband and Games Without Rules.

Copies of his work will be offered for sale and signing following the program courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha, a certified therapy dog who loves listening to kids read. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Pop-Up TeenZone – 1:30-3:00pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch for a Pop-up TeenZone with crafts. Come hang out and share suggestions for serving you better! We’ll be making anime keychains to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

Montclair Book Worms – 4:00-5:00pm
Do you like to read books and talk about them? Join the Montclair Library Book Worms and you’ll get to do just that! The Book Worms meet the first Wednesday of every month at 4pm. Snacks will be provided! Meetings last an hour. The books we read will be appropriate for grades 4-6. For our May meeting, the book we’ll discuss is TBA. You can pick up a copy of June’s book at this meeting. Questions? Contact Sally: 510-482-7810 or sengelfried@oaklandlibrary.org

Thursday, May 4, 2017
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 6, 2017
FREE Comic Book Day! – 10:00am
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the Oakland Public Library! Kids and teens: visit your local library and receive a free comic book. Supplies are limited. Want even more comics? Check them out with your library card!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 28, 2017

UNBOUND Countdown

Tomorrow is the last day to submit your entries for our 2017 UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest – bring entries to the library by 5:30pm.

We have some great prizes lined up thanks to the generosity of our sponsors:

Adults 1st Place
$50 gift certificate to Flax Art & Design (donated by Flax)

Adults 2nd Place
Paper + Craft book by Minhee & Truman Cho (donated by Chronicle Books)

Adults 3rd Place
$10 gift certificate to FOML’s Spring book sale (also good at our daily sales at the library) OR a Montclair Library tote bag, your choice

Teens 1st Place
Library Card Tote Bag (donated by Out of Print)

Teens 2nd Place
Library Card Pencil Pouch (donated by Out of Print)

Teens 3rd Place
$10 gift certificate to FOML’s Spring book sale (also good at our daily sales at the library) OR a Montclair Library tote bag, your choice

Kids 1st Place
Creatology 82 Piece Young Artist art supply set (donated by FOML)

Kids 2nd Place
Library Card Pencil Pouch (donated by Out of Print)

Kids 3rd Place
$10 gift certificate to FOML’s Spring book sale (also good at our daily sales at the library) OR a Montclair Library tote bag, your choice

Get those entries in! We can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 24, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: April 24-30, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
National Poetry Month 2017 – 6:00-8:00pm
Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! Seven local poets will be reading their poetry, followed by a short open-mic period. Sheryl Bize-Boutte will MC. The poets are: Sheryl Bize-Boutte, Stewart Florsheim, Grace Marie Grafton, Katayoon Zandvakili, Mary Mackey, Ralph Dranow and Grace Morizawa.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha, a certified therapy dog who loves listening to kids read. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
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, April 29, 2017
Juan Sanchez Celebrates Día at Oakland Public Library – 10:30am
With music running through his veins, Juan Sánchez could not help but be a musician himself. Children’s music, jazz, folk, Middle Eastern and Latin music are all within his grasp. He comes to Oakland to share his love of music with our children. Join Juan and us and be swept away into the world of music by a master musician.

Workshop on Using eBooks & Other Library Apps – 3:00-5:00pm
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, digital music and streaming films for various devices, including iPads, iPods, smartphones, Kindles and more. Learn how to download a variety of digital content at any time, to a computer or mobile device. Please bring your fully charged device if you can, your current library card and all necessary passwords (library PIN number, Apple ID, Amazon password, etc.) This will be one-on-one help. 4 attendees maximum per hour, plus 2 on a wait-list. Advance sign-up is required; please RSVP at 482-7810 and choose 3-4pm or 4-5pm. This workshop will be offered monthly.

UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest Closes
Last day to submit entries for the UNBOUND contest – entries due by closing time on April 29!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 17, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: April 17-23, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha, a certified therapy dog who loves listening to kids read. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!!! – 3:30pm
Did you know that April is National Kite Month? To celebrate we will be designing, making and testing out kites to see which one will soar the highest.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
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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