Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 26, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: September 26-October 2, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Author Melanie Gideon: Valley of the Moon – 6:30-8:00pm

Come hear local author Melanie Gideon read from and discuss her latest book, Valley of the Moon.

The author of the critically acclaimed Wife 22 and The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After has written a captivating novel about a love that transcends time.

Inspired by the movie/musical Brigadoon, Valley of the Moon is about a young single mother who stumbles across a community in Sonoma County that has, impossibly, been marooned in the early 20th century. A gorgeous, original and deeply moving novel about love and longing and the power that time holds over all of us, Valley of the Moon is unforgettable.

Books will be sold at the reading by A Great Good Place for Books.

Thursday, September 29, 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 | September 23, 2016

Otters Everywhere

Picture books about otters, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

September 18–24, 2016 is Sea Otter Awareness Week. To celebrate otters (and in honor of our neighbor Montclair Elementary, whose mascot is the sea otter), here are 10 books about our favorite fuzzy marine mammals (with a few river otters mixed in). Bonus otter knowledge: Did you know river otters have been spotted in Lake Merritt and Lake Temescal in recent years?):

I am Otter by Sam Garton (J PICBK GARTON) – Otter decides to open a toast restaurant with her best friend, Teddy, but after she blames Teddy for the mess they made, he goes missing.

Otters Under Water by Jim Arnosky (J PICBK ARNOSKY) (not at Montclair) – Shows two young otters frolicking and feeding in a pond.

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller (J PICBK KELLER) (not at Montclair) – Mr. Rabbit wonders if he will be able to get along with his new neighbors, who are otters, until he is reminded of the golden rule.

Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah OHora (J PICBK OHORA) – Because his loud snores disturb all the other animals at the zoo, Bernard the otter tries to find a solution.

A Lot of Otters by Barbara Helen Berger (J PICBK BERGER) – As a lot of otters wrestle, roll and cavort on the water, they make such a commotion of light that Mother Moon finds her lost child.

Seababy: A Little Otter Returns Home by Ellen Levine (J PICBK LEVINE) (not at Montclair) – A baby sea otter, separated from his mother by a storm, is rescued by a human who takes him to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to recover and learn how to take care of himself.

Elliott the Otter: The Totally Untrue Story of Elliott Boss of the Bay by John Skewes and Eric Ode (J PICBK SKEWES) (not at Montclair) – “Elliott the otter lives in Puget Sound’s Elliott Bay and claims it’s named after him….From the freighters bringing in cargo from around the world to the salmon passing through on their way upstream, Elliott is the boss of it all.” (Publisher)

Utterly Otterly Day by Mary Casanova (J PICBK CASANOVA) (not at Montclair) – After a day out on his own, Little Otter realizes that he still needs his family no matter how big he grows.

Otter and Odder by James Howe (J PICBK HOWE)
When Otter falls in love with his food source, a fish named Myrtle, he must decide whether to follow the way of the otter or the way of his heart. From the author of the Bunnicula series.

Otter Moon by Tudor Humphries (J PICBK HUMPHRIES) (not at Montclair) – After the King of the River orders Flibberty the otter to serve him a great fish on a silver dish, Flibberty goes downstream at night and with the help of his friend Heron tries to fulfill the king’s command.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 20, 2016

Fall Book Sale: October 15, 2016

Browsing the fiction section at our May 2016 book sale.

Save the date for our Fall Book Sale, coming up Saturday, October 15 from 10:30am-3pm! You’ll find great deals all day (most items priced at $2 or less), plus fill-a-bag discounts from 2-3pm.

We have a bumper crop of children’s books this year (50 boxes at last count!), so we’re offering a Teachers’ Special to help local preschool, elementary, middle school and high school teachers stock their classroom libraries and share books with kids. From 10:30am to 2pm, teachers who show their credentials can put up to 25 items from the $.25 and $.50 children’s tables in a bag (obtained from FOML staff) and pay only $5 per bag. (Other items sold separately at their regular price.)

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 20, 2016

Time travel books

Time Travel Books, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Melanie Gideon’s latest book, Valley of the Moon, features a town lost in time and a modern woman who can slip back and forth between the past and the present.

To get you ready for Gideon’s visit to the library September 27, here are 12 novels featuring time travel.

Many of these books go beyond traditional science fiction and work on multiple levels as mysteries, romances, thrillers, historical fiction and other genres.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (SF WELLS) – The classic story depicting the adventures of the Time Traveler whose fantastic invention carries him into the world of 802,701 AD.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (FIC NIFFENEGG) – Passionately in love, Clare and Henry vow to hold onto each other and their marriage as they struggle with the effects of Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a condition that casts Henry involuntarily into the world of time travel.

Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell (FIC FERRELL) (not at Montclair) – A time traveler attends his own one-hundredth birthday celebration every year with other versions of himself – until in his thirty-ninth year he encounters his murdered forty-year-old body, a situation that compels him to race against time to prevent his own death.

The Little Book by Selden Edwards (FIC EDWARDS) – The exiled scion of a prominent Boston banking family, forty-seven-year-old Wheeler Burden is living in 1988 San Francisco until he is mysteriously transported to fin de sicle Vienna, a city that he finds strangely familiar, where he finds a mentor in Sigmund Freud, falls in love with a young American woman and gains insight into the war-hero father he never knew.

The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma (not at Montclair) – In Victorian era London, a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped out of existence.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (FIC GABALDON) – In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, touches a boulder in an ancient stone circle and finds herself in a Scotland torn by war — in the year 1743.

To Say Nothing of the Dog, or, How We Found the Bishop’s Bird Stump at Last by Connie Willis (SF WILLIS) (not at Montclair) – In this comedy, Ned Henry from the year 2048 goes back to 1889 to study the Coventry Cathedral for a wealthy American, and when one of his associates rescues a feline in distress causing the timeline to be altered, Ned must race against time to restore history. Willis’s Doomsday Book also centers around time travel.

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King (FIC KING) – On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?

Timeline by Michael Crichton (SF CRICHTON) (not at Montclair) – “A group of young scientists travel back in time to medieval France on a daring rescue mission that becomes a struggle to stay alive.” (Amazon)

Time and Again by Jack Finney (FIC FINNEY) (not at Montclair) – Published in 1970 and lavishly praised by some of the other authors on this list (King, Niffenegger), Time and Again tells the story of advertising artist Si Morley, recruited to join a covert government operation exploring the possibility of time travel. He jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century existence and step into New York City in January 1882. But when Si begins to fall in love with a woman he meets in the past, he will be forced to choose between two worlds—forever. (Also available as an ebook.)

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu (SF YU) (not at Montclair) – In a world transformed by time-travel technology, counselor Charles Yu (not to be confused with author Charles Yu) searches for the father who invented time travel and vanished, a quest marked by quirky pseudo-companions.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain – In this early time travel book (published in 1889), a blow to the head transports a nineteenth-century New Englander to 528 A.D., where he proceeds to modernize King Arthur’s kingdom.

AND – Coming soon to the Montclair branch (copied on order 8/2016), Time Travel: A History by James Gleick, which “presents an exploration of time travel that details its subversive origins, evolution in literature and science, and enduring influence on the understanding of time itself.”

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 19, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: September 19-25, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 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 | September 13, 2016

Author event: Melanie Gideon

Author Melanie Gideon and her latest book, Valley of the Moon

Local author Melanie Gideon will be at the Montclair branch Tuesday, September 27 from 6:30-8:00pm to read from and discuss her latest book: Valley of the Moon.

The author of the critically acclaimed Wife 22 (which name-checks The Egg Shop and other Montclair locations) and The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After has written a captivating novel about a love that transcends time.

Inspired by the movie/musical Brigadoon, Valley of the Moon is about a young single mother who stumbles across a community in Sonoma County that has, impossibly, been marooned in the early 20th century. A gorgeous, original and deeply moving novel about love and longing and the power that time holds over all of us, Valley of the Moon is unforgettable.

Books will be sold at the reading by A Great Good Place for Books.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 12, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: September 12-18, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 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, September 14, 2016
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, September 15, 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, September 17, 2016
Workshop on using E-Books & Other Library Apps – 3:00-5:00pm
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of e-books and audiobooks for various devices, including iPads, iPods, 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, 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 (3-4pm or 4-5pm), plus 2 on a wait list. This workshop will be offered monthly. Advance sign-up is required; please RSVP at 482-7810.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 5, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: September 5-11, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
CLOSED for Labor Day

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Montclair Library 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 September meeting, come ready to suggest possible books to read this year. You can pick up a copy of October’s book at this meeting. Questions? Contact Sally: 510-482-7810 or sengelfried@oaklandlibrary.org

Thursday, September 8, 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.

Friday, September 9, 2016
CLOSED for California Admission Day

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 29, 2016

This week at Montclair Library: August 29-September 4, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 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 | August 27, 2016

Politics makes…good fiction

Political novels, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Although this year it seems sometimes like truth is stranger than fiction, there are a lot of entertaining novels centered around the intrigue and absurdity of American politics. Some of them draw on real-life (or very thinly fictionalized) characters, and others create entirely-fictional-but-all-too-real scenarios.

Whether you’re a political wonk or just looking for an escape from this year’s crazy presidential race, here are a dozen novels about the presidency and elections to give you laughs, chills and perspective.

Taft 2012 by Jason Heller (FIC HELLER) (not at Montclair)
“He is the perfect presidential candidate. Conservatives love his hard-hitting Republican résumé. Liberals love his peaceful, progressive practicality. The media can’t get enough of his larger-than-life personality. And the American people love that he’s an honest, hard-working man who tells it like it is. There’s just one problem. He is William Howard Taft…and he was already president a hundred years ago. So what on earth is he doing alive and well and considering a running mate in 2012?”

Primary Colors by Anonymous (aka Joe Klein) (FIC PRIMARY) (not at Montclair)
When a former congressional aide becomes part of the staff of the governor of a small Southern state, he watches in horror, admiration and amazement as the governor mixes calculation and sincerity in his not-so-above-board campaign for the presidency. (Also a movie.)

All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (FIC WARREN)
Set in the 1930s, this novel traces the rise and fall of a fictional Southern politician who resembles the real-life Huey “Kingfish” Long of Louisiana. He begins his career as an idealistic man of the people, but soon becomes corrupted by success, caught between dreams of service and a lust for power. (Made into movies in 1949 and 2006.)

Election by Tom Perrotta (FIC PERROTTA) (not at Montclair)
A comic story about a philandering high-school history teacher in the midst of a student-body election gone haywire. (This one’s a movie, too.)

The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon (FIC CONDON)
In this political thriller, the son of a prominent U.S. political family is brainwashed into being an unwitting assassin for a Communist conspiracy. (Wikipedia) (Made into movies in 1962 and 2004.)

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (FIC SITTENFEL)
“On what might become one of the most significant days in her husband’s presidency, Alice Blackwell considers the strange and unlikely path that has led her to the White House.” (GoodReads)

The White House Mess by Christopher Buckley (FIC BUCKLEY) (not at Montclair)
Opening with “a dotty, pajama-clad President Reagan refusing to leave the White House on his successor’s Inauguration Day” (Publisher’s Weekly), this fictional memoir gives a comedic account of the 1989-1992 bumbling Tucker administration, as told by his Deputy Chief of Staff.

Why Not Me?: The Inside Story of the Making and Unmaking of the Franken Presidency by Al Franken (FIC FRANKEN) (not at Montclair)
An account of humorist and senator Al Franken’s successful (and entirely fictional) run for president, complete with “excerpts from his diaries, notes, speeches and memoranda–all of which were subsequently entered as evidence in his impeachment.” (Booklist)

O: A Presidential Novel by Anonymous (aka Mark Salter) (FIC O) (not at Montclair)
A fictional account of the prominent figures and issues surrounding the 2012 presidential election.

Lucky Bastard by Charles McCarry (FIC McCARRY) (not at Montclair)
“John Fitzgerald Adams, a charming liar and womanizer who is convinced that he is the bastard son of JFK, runs for President in a campaign organized and financed by a foreign secret service.” (GoodReads)

The Angry Buddhist by Seth Greenland (FIC GREENLAND) (not at Montclair)
Set in the California desert, this satire lives at the intersection of the Old Testament and Elmore Leonard. A fiercely contested congressional election pits a wily incumbent, unburdened by ethical considerations, against a well-finance opponent who does not have a firm grip on American history or elemental economics.

The High Road by Terry Fallis (FIC FALLIS)
For those of us feeling just a wee bit of envy looking at Canadian politics these days, a “deeply funny satire continues the story of Honest Angus McLintock, an amateur politician who dares to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.” (GoodReads) (The sequel to The Best Laid Plans, which doesn’t appear to be available in OPL.)

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