Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 24, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: September 24-30, 2018

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Build / Make / Play – 2:30-3:30pm
Create something fun with art or building materials. Different each time!

Thursday, September 27, 2018
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 | September 17, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: September 17-23, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018
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 | September 10, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: September 10-16, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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, September 12, 2018
Build / Make / Play – 2:30-3:30pm
Create something fun with art or building materials. Different each time!

Thursday, September 13, 2018
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 | September 3, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: September 3-9, 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Pop Up Teen Zone – 1:30-3:00pm
Come hang out and share suggestions for serving you better, make something cool (September = tote bags) and chat with your Teen Librarian about books, movies and more!

Thursday, September 6, 2018
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 27, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: August 27-September 2, 2018

Long Lost Oakland map by Liam O’Donoghue

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Mapping Oakland’s “Long Lost” History – 6:30-8:00pm
Join us for a look at a new historical map developed by Liam O’Donoghue of the “East Bay Yesterday” podcast. “Long Lost Oakland” features some of the most impressive features of the local landscape that no longer exist – from stunning architecture to bygone infrastructure and even extinct plants and animals. As we live through a moment when we can look around and literally watch the landscape change before our eyes, this map highlights the many transformations Oakland has already experienced. This presentation will blend art and history in order to explore how our past connects to the world we live in today and the future we may be living in soon.

Thursday, August 30, 2018
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 21, 2018

Oakland History Books

Oakland History Books, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Are you as excited as we are about Liam O’Donoghue discussing his “Long Lost Oakland” map at the library on August 28?

If this lecture has you curious about Oakland history, see below for 10 books to check out from OPL. Plus here are more ways to explore Oakland history:

1. Try one of the excellent walking tours hosted by the Oakland Heritage Alliance (which published The Story of a City) every summer – there are still a couple left this summer, including one about the African American Museum and Library (AAMLO) on August 25.

2. Visit the Oakland History Room at the Main Library.

3. Browse old photos of Oakland through the library’s link to Calisphere.

Books to check out:
Oakland, the Story of a City by Beth Bagwell (979.466 BAGWELL 2012) – This book, originally published in 1982 and updated in a second edition in 2012, is sort of the
grandaddy of Oakland history books. Covering roughly the period from Oakland’s founding to the mid-20th century, this book is a great place to start for an overview of the city’s origins and the forces that shaped it.

Oakland Hills by Erika Mailman (979.466 MAILMAN) – This well-illustrated book covers the broad history of the hills, from the native Huchiun people to the Peralta land grant, eccentric poet Joaquin Miller and the 1991 firestorm. See other titles in this series by Arcadia Publishing for details on other aspects and neighborhoods of Oakland, too.

Oakland by Annalee Allen (979.466 ALLEN) – Traces Oakland’s history through an examination of more than 200 postcards depicting some of Oakland’s best-known landmarks.

Oakland’s Neighborhoods compiled by Erika Mailman (979.466 OAKLAND’S) – Contains “brief histories of all the neighborhoods, maps to assist you in locating those ‘hoods, wonderful historic photographs and creative writing by residents about their neighborhoods.” (erikamailman.com)

Historic Photos of Oakland by Steven Lavoie (Oversize 979.466 LAVOIE) – A collection of photos showing Oakland’s changes over the year “and the ways in which Oakland has adapted to sustain itself as a charming and welcoming gateway to the Pacific” (Publisher). (Some of you may remember the author, OPL’s own Steven Lavoie, from his history lecture at the Montclair branch’s 80th birthday party, or his time as our interim branch manager.)

Legendary Locals of Oakland by Gene Anderson (979.466 ANDERSON) – Profiles of people – some well-known and some not – who have played a part in shaping the history of Oakland.

Blues City: A walk in Oakland by Ishmael Reed (979.466 REED) (not at Montclair) – Reed “takes us on a tour of Oakland, exploring its fascinating history, its beautiful hills and waterfronts and its odd cultural juxtapositions.” (Google Books)

East Bay Hills: A Brief History by Amelia Sue Marshall (979.465 MARSHALL) – In this history of our regional parks, readers can “Follow the trails of Saclan and Jalquin-Yrgin people…. Ride with the mounted rangers through the Flood of ’62. Break into a sealed railroad tunnel with a pack of junior high school boys. Learn how university professors, civil servants and wealthy businessmen planned for years to create a chain of parks twenty miles along the hilltops.” (Publisher)

The Key System: San Francisco and the Eastshore Empire by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria (388.46 RICE) (not at Montclair) – A history of the Key System, the network of trains that once carried commuters around the East Bay.

A Cyclist’s Guide to Oakland History by Camille Olmsted (917.9466 OLMSTED) (not at Montclair) – This little gem of a book, published in 1976, features three bike tours (including maps) that cover Oakland’s history from the 1840s to the 1970s.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 20, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: August 20-26, 2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018
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 13, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: August 13-19, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018
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 6, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: August 6-12, 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018
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 1, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: July 30-August 5, 2018

Instrument petting zoo photo by Eddie Welker via Flickr

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Pop Up Teen Zone – 1:30-3:00pm
Come hang out and share suggestions for serving you better, make something cool (August = washi tape notebooks) and chat with your Teen Librarian about books, movies and more!

Oakland Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo – 4:00pm
Listen to and play musical instruments! The Instrument Petting Zoo gives curious children of all ages a hands-on experience with string, wind, brass and percussion instruments.

Thursday, August 2, 2018
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, August 3, 2018
Build / Make / Play – 4:00-5:00pm
Create something fun with art or building materials. Different each time!

Saturday, August 4, 2018
Last day to turn in Summer Reading materials for credit

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