Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 20, 2017

Understanding the Refugee & Immigrant Experience

Picture books about refugees and immigrants, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Fiction helps us understand other people and builds empathy, a quality that often seems to be in short supply in today’s world.

Fiction and picture books can also help us explain complex and difficult situations to kids in ways they’ll understand.

Here’s a list of 21 books in the Oakland Public Library (plus three books not in OPL that are worth looking up through Link+) that explore the refugee and immigrant experience through stories from different cultures and eras. Some of them are uplifting and some are profoundly sad, but all of them speak to aspects of leaving one’s home to travel to a new place.

The Journey by Francesca Sanna (J PICBK SANNA) (not at Montclair) – New in 2016 and getting a lot of press, this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. Based on Francesca Sanna’s interviews with refugee families in Europe. (Ages 4-12)

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey by Margriet Ruurs (J PICBK RUURS) (not at Montclair) – Another recent book, in which “a young girl and her family are forced to flee their village to escape the civil war that has engulfed Syria and make their way toward freedom in Europe.” (Publisher) (Ages 4-8)

The Color of Home by Mary Hoffman (J PICBK HOFFMAN) (not at Montclair) – Hassan, newly-arrived in the United States and feeling homesick, paints a picture at school that shows his old home in Somalia as well as the reason his family had to leave. (Ages 4-8)

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed (J PICBK WILLIAMS) (not at Montclair) – Two young Afghani girls living in a refugee camp in Pakistan share a precious pair of sandals brought by relief workers. Includes author’s note about refugees. (Ages 7-10)

How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz (J PICBK SHULEVITZ) – As he spends hours studying his father’s world map, a young boy escapes the hunger and misery of refugee life. Based on the author’s childhood in Kazakhstan, where he lived as a Polish refugee during World War II. (Ages 4-8)

My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood (J PICBK KOBALD) (not at Montclair) – A homesick little girl who has recently moved to an unfamiliar country comforts herself by clinging to an old blanket, but when she meets a new friend, the relationship helps her take her first steps into a new culture. (Ages 4-10)

How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving story by Eve Bunting – Refugees from a Caribbean island embark on a dangerous boat trip to America where they have a special reason to celebrate Thanksgiving. (Ages 5-9)

Dia’s Story Cloth by Dia Cha (J 973.0495 CHA) – The story cloth made for her by her aunt and uncle chronicles the life of the author and her family in their native Laos and their eventual emigration to the United States. (Ages 6 and up)

Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland (J PICBK GARLAND) (not at Montclair) – A haunting story of a family’s flight from danger to a new life in a new country. (Ages 7-9)

Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard and Tanya Simon (J PICBK SIMON) (not at Montclair) – A young Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany arrives in New York City on the seventh night of Hanukkah and receives small acts of kindness while exploring the city. (Ages 4-8)

The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden (J BIO REY) – Kids may be interested to learn that the authors of the Curious George books were themselves refugees, who fled their Paris home on bicycles as the German army advanced, carrying children’s book manuscripts among their few possessions. (Ages 7-10)

The Long Road by Luis Garay (J PICBK GARAY) (not at Montclair) – When Jose and his mother return to find their Central American village destroyed by soldiers, they head north, eventually finding a home, work, school, and new friends in a new country. (Ages 4-9)

Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan by Mary Williams (J PICBK WILLIAMS) (not at Montclair) – Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally in the United States. Based on a true story. (Ages 7+ or 10+, depending on whom you ask. Definitely not for the youngest readers.)

Mama’s Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation by Edwidge Danticat (J PICBK DANTICAT) (not at Montclair – When Saya’s mother is sent to jail as an illegal immigrant, she sends her daughter a cassette tape with a song and a bedtime story, which inspires Saya to write a story of her own–one that just might bring her mother home. (Ages 5-8)

Muktar and the Camels by Janet Graber (J PICBK GRABER) (not at Montclair) – Muktar, an eleven-year-old refugee living in a Kenyan orphanage, dreams of tending camels again, as he did with his nomadic family in Somalia, and has a chance to prove himself when a traveling librarian with an injured camel arrives at his school. (Ages 5-9)

Dos Conejos Blancos by Jairo Buitrago (J SPA PICBK BUITRAGO) (not at Montclair) – In this moving and timely story, told in Spanish, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the US border. (Ages 5-7)

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki (J 940.5318 MOCHIZUKI) – Looks at the Japanese diplomat who used his powers–against the orders of his own government–to assist thousands of Jews in escaping the Nazis in Lithuania. (Ages 7-10)

The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco (J PICBK POLACCO) (not at Montclair) – A single china cup from a tea set left behind when Jews were forced to leave Russia helps hold a family together through generations of living in America, reminding them of the most important things in life. (Ages 4-8)

And, lastly, two books that celebrate immigrants of all kinds and their contributions to America:

We Came to America by Faith Ringgold (J PICBK RINGGOLD) – Celebrates United States immigration and the country’s diverse immigrant heritage. (Ages 5-7)

This is Me: A Story of Who We are and Where We Came From by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell (J PICBK CURTIS) (not at Montclair) – An interactive picture book about immigration. Raising important identity issues like “Where did we come from?” and “Who are we?” this book is sure to stimulate dinner table conversation. (Ages 5-9)

And honorable mention to these three books which aren’t in OPL, but can be requested through Link+:

Welcome by Barroux – A good gateway for younger kids who may not be ready for stories of war and death: In a story inspired by the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, three lost polar bears adrift on the ice search for a new home. After being turned away by cows, a panda and giraffes, they come to an empty island and make it home. But what will they do when three lost monkeys turn up? (Ages 3-6)

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz & Amy Shrodes – Describes how an Iraqi refugee family was separated from their beloved feline companion while on a crowded boat crossing to Greece before a worldwide community helped the cat and his owners reunite. (Ages 4-8)

Teacup by Rebecca Young – “A boy travels across the sea in a rowboat in search of a new home, making a journey that is long and difficult–but also filled with beauty and hope.” (Publisher) (Ages 3-8)

Looking for more books or books for older kids? See also:

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 20, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: February 20-26, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, February 22, 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, February 23, 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 | February 13, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: February 13-19, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, February 15, 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, February 16, 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, February 18, 2017
Workshop on using e-books and other library apps – 3:00pm
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of e-books and audiobooks, plus digital magazines, music and streaming films, for various devices, including iPads, iPods, iPhone, 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. Four attendees maximum per hour, plus two on a waitlist. Advance sign-up is required; please RSVP at 482-7810 and specify from 3-4pm or 4-5pm. This workshop will be offered monthly.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 6, 2017

Happy 100th Day of School!

Books for the 100th Day of School, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Today is the 100th day of school for OUSD students, an occasion you’ll see marked by kindergartners across town toting displays of 100 toothpicks, 100 candies, 100 pennies, 100 paperclips and more.

Not surprisingly, the 100th day and counting to 100 are a big deal in picture books, too. Here are 19 books from OPL to help you celebrate the 100th day milestone:

100 School Days by Anne Rockwell (J PICBK ROCKWELL) – “Mrs. Madoff’s class is counting pennies — one for every day of school. When they get to 10 pennies, they know they’ve been going to school for 10 days. What will happen when they get to 100? How will they celebrate Day 100, and what will they do with their 100 pennies?” (GoodReads)

100 Days of School by Trudy Harris (J 513.211 HARRIS) – A series of rhymes illustrates different ways to count to 100 such as by adding the ten toes of ten children or ninety-nine train cars plus one caboose.

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten by Joseph Slate (J PICBK SLATE) (not at Montclair) – To celebrate one hundred days in Miss Bindergarten’s kindergarten class, all her students bring one hundred of something to school, including a one hundred-year-old relative, one hundred candy hearts and one hundred polka dots.

Emily’s First 100 Days of School by Rosemary Wells (J PICBK WELLS) – Starting with number one for the first day of school, Emily learns the numbers to one hundred in many different ways.

Counting Our Way to the 100th Day! by Betsy Franco (J 811.54 FRANCO) (not at Montclair) – A poem a day to count down to the 100th day of school!

Planet Kindergarten: 100 Days in Orbit by Sue Ganz-Schmitt (J PICBK GANZ) (not at Montclair) – A young child imagines kindergarten as a mission in space, with his fellow kindernauts, and this is their one hundredth day.

Happy 100th Day! by Susan Milord (J PICBK MILORD) (not at Montclair) – Graham Elmore hates school, but as the year progresses toward the day that is both his birthday and the hundredth day of school, Graham’s reading improves, and so does his outlook.

100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler (J PICBK CUYLER) (not at Montclair) – Jessica worries about collecting 100 objects to take to class for the 100th day of school.

Jake’s 100th Day of School by Lester L. Laminack (J PICBK LAMINACK) (not at Montclair) – Jake is so excited about his 100th Day of School, he runs to catch the school bus without his project, but fortunately, with the help of his principal, Jake is able to find a perfect substitute for his project.

100 Ways to Celebrate 100 Days by Bruce Goldstone (J 513 GOLDSTONE) (not at Montclair) – “From collecting to counting, baking to bouncing, reading to writing, every possible kind of activity is included for 100th day celebrations at home or at school.” (Publisher)

Let’s Count to 100! by Masayuki Sebe (J 513.211 SEBE) (not at Montclair, but under consideration) – Illustrations with one hundred things in them, including mice, people, elephants, and more, introduce the concepts of numbers, few, many, and counting by tens. (Also available in Spanish.)

100 Bears by Magali Bardos (J PICBK BARDOS) (not at Montclair) – “In one forest, between two mountains, three bears put their four paws in the air. From 1 to 100, follow the number trail through this bonkers bear tale.” (Cover)

100 Hungry Monkeys! by Masayuki Sebe (J PICBK SEBE) – One hundred monkeys are hunting for food but something big and scary is hungry, too.

One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor J. Pinczes (J PICBK PINCZES) (not at Montclair) – One hundred hungry ants head towards a picnic to get yummies for their tummies, but stops to change their line formation, showing different divisions of one hundred, cause them to lose both time and food in the end.

100 Snowmen by Jen Arena (J PICBK DUSSLING) (not at Montclair) – As you count and add, watch the snowmen enjoy a snowball fight, make funny faces, play hide-and-seek, and just plain have fun.

100 Things that Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz (J PICBK SCHWARTZ) (not at Montclair) – Lists a wide variety of items, from red socks to peekaboo, that can make one happy.

100 Animals on Parade! by Masayuki Sebe (J PICBK SEBE) (not at Montclair) – With hundreds of colorful animals to count and hundreds of hilarious details to hunt, this unconventional counting book guarantees hundreds of hours of fun!

100 Days of Cool by Stuart J. Murphy (J 513.211 MURPHY) (not at Montclair) – Four students arrive on the first day of school looking cool and their teacher challenges them to keep it up as they count down one hundred days to a cool celebration.

From One to One Hundred by Teri Sloat (J PICBK SLOAT) – Illustrations of people and animals introduce the numbers one through ten and then, counting by tens, move on up to 100.

For even more books about 100, including some easy readers and chapter books, see these lists:
http://kindercraze.com/50-books-to-celebrate-the-100th-day-of-school/
https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/100th-day-of-school

Posted by: montclairlibrary | February 6, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: February 6-12, 2017

Bruce Jenkins at Montclair Library, February 7, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Bruce Jenkins: Shop Around: Growing up with Motown in a Sinatra Household – 6:30-8:00pm
Come hear Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle sports columnist, discuss his recent memoir, Shop Around: Growing Up with Motown in a Sinatra Household. Learn how the son of well-known conductor and composer Gordon Jenkins discovered his love of R&B and soul music while growing up in Malibu. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and signing afterwards.

Wednesday, February 8, 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 media. For all ages; kids 5 and under should be accompanied by a grownup. Beautiful Mess will happen every second Wednesday from 3-4 pm.

Make Someone’s Day! – 3:00pm
Want to share a message of love to someone you appreciate? Come and join us at the Library to make Valentine’s Day Cards. We will have craft supplies for you to get creative with and for that special someone, plus a few LED lights to add a sparkle to your card.

Thursday, February 9, 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 | January 30, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: January 30-February 5, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha at the Montclair library. Natasha is 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 – 1:30pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch for a Pop-up TeenZone with crafts. Come hang out and share suggestions for serving you better! In February we’ll make printable art with foam!

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 February meeting, the book we’ll discuss is TBA. You can pick up a copy of March’s book at this meeting. Questions? Contact Sally: 510-482-7810 or sengelfried@oaklandlibrary.org

Thursday, February 2, 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 | January 23, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: January 23-29, 2017

French Novels by Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The Magic and Mystery of Vincent Van Gogh – 6:00-7:30pm
Discover the joy, beauty, sorrow and genius of this amazing artist. View over 100 slides of his paintings, drawings, watercolors, lithographs and etchings. Included will be rarely-seen childhood drawings, his gorgeous mixed media works on paper from his early Dutch years and photographs of him and his family. Local artist and Van Gogh scholar Marlene Aron shares stories about Van Gogh’s childhood, places he lived, jobs he held before he became an artist, and his life in Paris, as he discovered, socialized, exhibited and became friends with the new avant-garde artists of the day: the Impressionists.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha at the Montclair library. Natasha is a certified therapy dog who loves listening to kids read. Reading to dogs can help increase kids’ reading confidence, skill and enjoyment.

Thursday, January 26, 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 | January 16, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: January 16-22, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30pm
New & practicing readers can read to Natasha at the Montclair library. Natasha is 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® bricks! 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.

Thursday, January 19, 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, January 21, 2017
Workshop on using e-books (and 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 iPad, iPod, 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.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | January 12, 2017

Van Gogh-a-go-go

Books about Vincent van Gogh, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

On Tuesday, January 24, at 6pm, artist and scholar Marlene Aron will share stories about Vincent van Gogh’s childhood, places he lived, jobs he held before he became an artist and his life in Paris, as he discovered, socialized, exhibited and became friends with the new avant-garde artists of the day: the Impressionists.

Van Gogh’s turbulent and sometimes mysterious life has provided a fertile springboard for fiction writers trying to fill in the gaps. Warm up for Aron’s visit with one of these novels inspired by Van Gogh’s life and works. Whether you’re looking for sweeping historical fiction or slightly wacky comedy, there’s something here for everyone.

Lust for Life by Irving Stone (FIC STONE) (not at Montclair) – Stone’s classic novel “takes us from [Van Gogh’s] desperate days in a coal mine in southern Belgium to his dazzling years in the south of France.”
This book inspired the 1956 Kirk Douglas movie of the same name.

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d’Art by Christopher Moore (FIC MOORE) – This strange but entertaining book is “a love story, the portrait of a young artist, the portrait of the young artist’s mysterious girlfriend, a thriller and a comedy, all about the color blue. The author takes on the Great French Masters; it is part mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed ‘suicide’ of Vincent van Gogh.”

The Season of Migration: A Novel by Nellie Hermann (FIC HERMANN) – In December 1878, Vincent van Gogh arrives in the coal-mining village of Petit Wasmes in the Borinage region of Belgium as an ersatz preacher. What Vincent experiences in the Borinage will change him, as he learns about love, suffering and beauty, ultimately coming to see the world anew and finding the divine not in religion but in our fallen human world.

Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick (FIC BUNDRICK) (not at Montclair) – “Nineteenth-century French prostitute Rachel Courteau becomes drawn to one of her newest clients, Vincent van Gogh, and a true relationship blossoms until outside pressures threaten the safe haven they have created.”

The Last Van Gogh by Alyson Richman (FIC RICHMAN) (not at Montclair) – “Summer, 1890. Van Gogh arrives at Auvers-sur-Oise, a bucolic French village that lures city artists to the country. It is here that twenty-year-old Maurguerite Gachet has grown up, attending to her father and brother ever since her mother’s death. And it is here that Vincent Van Gogh will spend his last summer.” (Goodreads)

If you prefer to read non-fiction about Van Gogh’s life, these four books shed more light on the man and his art, from different angles:

Vincent by Barbara Stok (741.5 STOK) (not at Montclair) – “In this beautiful graphic biography, artist and writer Barbara Stok documents the brief and intense period of creativity Van Gogh spent in Arles, Provence.”

Vincent van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (759.9492 VAN GOGH) – An “an in-depth, accessible profile” drawing on new sources from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to illuminate “the influential artist’s turbulent life and genius works.”

Portrait of Dr. Gachet: The Story of a Van Gogh Masterpiece: Modernism, Money, Politics, Collectors, Dealers, Taste, Greed, and Loss by Cynthia Saltzman (759.9492 SALTZMAN) (not at Montclair) – Chronicles the painting’s one-hundred-year history, from its creation shortly before the artist’s death, to its sale for $82.5 million in 1990, [through] the lives of the thirteen extraordinary people who owned the painting and shaped its history.

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles by Martin Gayford (759.9492 GAYFORD) (not at Montclair) – “Details a three-month period in 1888 when Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh shared a small yellow house in the south of France, describing how these two master artists worked together in Arles to create a stunning array of artistic masterpieces, an arrangement that lasted until Van Gogh suffered a devastating psychological crisis.”

Posted by: montclairlibrary | January 11, 2017

What’s all the Hoopla about?

Hoopla app from the Oakland Public Library

Maybe you’re a pro by now at using Overdrive and other library resources to check out e-books. (If you’re not, consider signing up for the free hands-on workshop on using the library’s digital content on Saturday, Jan. 21.)

But have you heard about Hoopla? Launched last September, this service offers more than 100,000 fiction and non-fiction e-book titles and 6,500 graphic novels, for all ages, plus audiobooks, music, movies and TV shows. And unlike Overdrive, digital content on Hoopla is always available to stream or download, without holds or waiting lists. An article in The Montclarion called Hoopla “like Netflix, but for libraries.”

The catch is that you’re limited to six total check-outs per month, even if you return the titles. But if you’re looking for a popular title that has a long waiting list in Overdrive, like Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer, it’s worth checking Hoopla.

To get started, visit the Hoopla website and create an account, or download the free app from the Apple App Store or Google Play (search for “hoopla”). (And if you need a little extra help, that workshop on the 21st will cover Hoopla, too.)

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