Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 10, 2018

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

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

Thursday, December 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 | December 3, 2018

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Pop-Up TeenZone – 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! This month we’ll be making lip balm out of everyday products with artists from Oakland-based Rock Paper Scissors Collective. Make some for yourself or to give as a gift for family or friends! All workshop supplies are provided. For teens ages 12-18.

Montclair Library Book Worms – 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. Please contact the Children’s Librarian at (510) 482-7810 for this month’s selection. Books will be available three weeks before the meeting date.

Thursday, December 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 | November 26, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: November 26-December 2, 2018

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Build / Make / Play – 2:30-3:30pm
Create something fun with art or building materials. Different each time!

Thursday, November 29, 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 | November 19, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: November 19-25, 2018

Book return pile-up at Monterey Library

If you can hold off on returning your books until after the holiday closure, please do! (A reminder courtesy of our friends at the Monterey Public Library)

Thursday, November 22, 2018
LIBRARY CLOSED
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 23, 2018
LIBRARY CLOSED

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 15, 2018

Books for Bears

With Cal’s 150th anniversary this year and the campus set to host the 121st Big Game this weekend (although at press time it’s looking like smoky conditions might lead to postponement), we thought it would be fun to spotlight some books about the University of California at Berkeley in OPL’s collection.

Speaking of collections, the library’s Oakland History Room has a collection of Cal history info (most of it available for library use only), including Frederick Law Olmsted’s “Report Upon a Projected Improvement of the Estate of the College of California, at Berkeley, Near Oakland” (REF 378.19609 OLMSTED).

The books profiled here are all non-fiction, but for a pretty comprehensive list of fiction set in Berkeley (up until 2012, at least), see this list compiled by the Berkeley Public Library or this list from Berkeleyside.

P.S. – Want to read like an incoming freshman? Check out the annual summer reading list recommended by Cal faculty, staff and students.

10 Books to Help You Understand Berkeley and Cal, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

There Was Light: Autobiography of a University: Berkeley, 1868-1968 edited by Irving Stone (378.794 STONE) (not at Montclair) – Published for Cal’s centennial in 1968, this compilation features personal reminiscences of notable alumni, from John Kenneth Galbraith to Lillian Gilbreth, Rube Goldberg to Glenn Seaborg.

The Gold and the Blue: A Personal Memoir of the University of California, 1949-1967 by Clark Kerr (378.794 KERR) (not at Montclair) – The autobiography of Cal’s first chancellor (and later the president of the UC system). His tenure included the Free Speech Movement protests of the 1960s, which ultimately led to his firing (because the UC Regents felt he wasn’t tough enough on the protestors).

Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power (378.1981 ROSENFELD) – Berkeley wouldn’t be what it is today without its history of radical thinking and protest. Pair Kerr’s memoir with this report on the FBI’s covert attempts to suppress the student movement at Berkeley in the 1960s, from Mario Savio standing on a police car in Sproul Plaza to People’s Park showdowns with the National Guard.

Golden Bears: A Celebration of Cal Football’s Triumphs, Heartbreaks, Last-Second Miracles, Legendary Blunders and the Extraordinary People Who Made It All Possible by Ron Fimrite (796.33263 FIMRITE 2012) (not at Montclair) – “Golden Bears is more than just a history of football at the University of California at Berkeley. It also traces the political, cultural and economic factors that have made the nation’s most prestigious public university as well known for its activism as its academics.” (Google Books)

Fiat Lux: The University of California by Ansel Adams (OAK HIST 378.794 Ad17f Oversize – ask at desk) (not at Montclair) – Photographs of UC campuses by the renowned photographer, taken in the late 1960s to celebrate the university system’s centennial.

Berkeley! A Literary Tribute edited by Danielle La France (810.8 BERKELEY) (not at Montclair) – Excerpts from authors and poets writing about Berkeley, including Simone de Beauvoir, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Thomas Pynchon, Bobby Seale, Ishmael Reed, Robert Hass, Philip K. Dick, Maxine Hong Kingston and more.

John Galen Howard and the University of California: The Design of a Great Public University Campus by Sally B. Woodbridge (727.3092 HOWARD) (not at Montclair) – An architectural historian looks at the career of the man who was Cal’s chief architect from 1901 to 1924, orchestrating the campus’s layout and designing many of its classically-inspired Beaux Arts buildings.

Berkeley Inside/Out: A Guide to Restaurants, Entertainment, People and Politics by Don Pitcher (917.9467 PITCHER) (not at Montclair) – Published in 1989, this would make a terribly-outdated guidebook. But it is a fascinating introduction — packed with juicy tidbits and wacky asides — to some of the people and things that made Berkeley (both the city and the university, since it’s sometimes hard to separate town from gown) Berkeley. (If you like this book, you’ll also enjoy Quirky Berkeley by Tom Dalzell, and the website of the same name.)

Hidden Walks in the East Bay & Marin: Pathways, Essays, & Yesterdays by Stephen Altschuler (917.946 ALTSCHULE) (not at Montclair) – It’s available at the library, but do yourself a favor and just go buy a copy of this book, which guides you to hidden stairways and secret paths around Berkeley (including several walks on and around the campus) and beyond – offering fascinating views of Oakland and Berkeley that you might not see otherwise (and a good workout!).

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 12, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: November 12-18, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 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, November 14, 2018
Build / Make / Play – 2:30-3:30pm
Create something fun with art or building materials. Different each time!

Thursday, November 15, 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 | November 5, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: November 5-11, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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!

Montclair Library Book Worms – 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. Please contact the Children’s Librarian at (510) 482-7810 for this month’s selection. Books will be available three weeks before the meeting date.

Thursday, November 8, 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 | November 4, 2018

Can’t wait for the latest Harry Potter movie? Read these books.

Can’t wait for “Fantastic Beasts 2” to open later this month? You could read the book or watch the first movie from the library.

Or, you can get your magic fix this fall with these books for older teens and adults who loved Harry Potter. Spanning genres from science fiction/fantasy to literary fiction, these books, like Harry Potter, overlay a magical world over the real one or transport everyday people to magical lands.

Books for Adults to Love Harry Potter, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (YA FIC ROWELL) – In this homage to the Potter books, set at the Watford School of Magicks, “Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen….Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire.” (Publisher) This book is a spin-off of the also-excellent (but less outright magical) Fangirl.

The Magicians By Lev Grossman (FIC GROSSMAN) – In this first book in a trilogy, Quentin Coldwater, who’s preoccupied with a magical land he read about in a childhood book series, is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.

Neverwhere By Neil Gaiman (FIC GAIMAN) – The story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he is plunged through the cracks into an alternate city beneath London. If he is ever to return to the London Above, Richard must join the battle to save this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it.

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (FIC MORGENSTE) – Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (SF CLARKE) (not at Montclair) – All is going well for rich, reclusive Mr. Norell, who has regained some of the power of England’s magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr. Norrell’s pupil, in a witty fantasy set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century England.

All The Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (SF ANDERS) (not at Montclair) –
From an early age, Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead had different–and sometimes opposite–ways of seeing the world. As they navigated the nightmare of junior high school, they became wary allies until an enigmatic guidance counselor with a hidden agenda intervened. Ten years later, they meet again, drawn into the opposite sides of a war between science and magic. Plus, it’s set in San Francisco.

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older (YA FIC OLDER) (not at Montclair) – When the murals painted on the walls of her Brooklyn neighborhood start to change and fade in front of her, Sierra Santiago (“proud, strong, and body-positive“) realizes that something strange is going on–then she discovers her Puerto Rican family are shadowshapers and finds herself in a battle with an evil anthropologist for the lives of her family and friends.

Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster (e-book) – Jonathan Thomas Meriweather is a typical college student, interested in girls, music and pot. But when an interdimensional portal lands him in another world, he learns that his musical ability can create magic, which he’ll need in order to stop a dark force.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (YA FIC SCHWAB) (not at Montclair) – Traveling between four parallel Londons, (the regular one and three magical ones), Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. He’s also a smuggler, which soon puts him on the run through the Londons. “Perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn.”

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Baker (FIC BARKER) (not at Montclair) – This book starts off like a typical romantic comedy: Nora Fischer’s dissertation is stalled and her boyfriend is about to marry another woman. But during a miserable weekend at a friend’s wedding, Nora wanders off and walks through a portal into a different world where she’s transformed from a drab grad student into a stunning beauty. It’s almost too good to be true….

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (SF CHO) (not at Montclair) – In this historical fantasy novel set in Regency London, Zacharias Wythe, England’s first African Sorcerer Royal, ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (FIC HARKNESS) (not at Montclair) – Witch and Yale historian Diana Bishop discovers an enchanted manuscript, attracting the attention of a 1,500-year-old vampire. The orphaned daughter of two powerful witches, Bishop prefers intellect, but relies on magic when her discovery of a palimpsest documenting the origin of supernatural species releases an assortment of undead who threaten, stalk and harass her.

City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte (FIC FLYTE) (not at Montclair) – A music student working in Prague cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts discovers clues that her deceased mentor may not have committed suicide and becomes involved with a time-travel drug, a 400-year-old dwarf, a handsome Prince and a powerful U.S. senator.

Bonus list: If you’re on the other end of this spectrum and have a kid who’s not quite ready for Harry Potter yet, check out this list from Nourishing My Scholar.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 29, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: October 29-November 4, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 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 | October 22, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: October 22-28, 2018

Sugar Skulls photo by Flickr user Alex Barth

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Non-Sugar Skulls Celebrate Día de los Muertos – 2:30pm
Sugar skulls (calaveras) are usually made with cane sugar and used to decorate altars to honor ancestors during Día de los Muertos. Here at OPL we make them with Model Magic ® and decorate them with color, glitter and feathers.

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

Thursday, October 25, 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.

Sugar Skulls photo by Flickr user Alex Barth

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