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

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 15, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: October 15-21, 2018

Thursday, October 18, 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 8, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: October 8-14, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 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, October 10, 2018
Build/Make/Play – 2:30-3:30pm
Create something fun with art or building materials. Different each time!

Thursday, October 11, 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 1, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: October 1-7, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Vanessa Hua reading from her new novel A River of Stars – 6:30-8:00pm
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and a debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Pop Up Teen Zone – 3:30-5:00pm
Come hang out and share suggestions for serving you better, make something cool (October = Calvera Shrinkydink Pins) 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, October 4, 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.

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Fall Book Sale – 10:00am-3:00pm
Help us celebrate FOML’s 10th anniversary by making this sale our most successful one ever! We’ll have lots of gently used, fiction and non-fiction books for toddlers, teens and adults (including classics and cookbooks) at bargain prices. Most hardcover books for adults priced at $1; mass-market paperbacks, 50 cents; and children’s books, 25 or 50 cents. Our Special Bag Sale for Teachers is open to pre-K through high school teachers, teacher’s aides, and school librarians. Sign in and fill a bag with 25 items from the children’s and teen’s sections for $5.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 28, 2018

Author Vanessa Hua visits October 2

Author Vanessa Hua

Next Tuesday, October 2, author Vanessa Hua will be reading from her new novel, A River of Stars, at the Montclair library from 6:30-8:00pm. Bring your book club!

Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of a short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities. For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora.

Her debut novel, A River of Stars, features a pregnant Chinese woman who makes her way to San Francisco’s Chinatown and stakes a claim to the American dream. NYT bestselling author Celeste Ng calls it “utterly absorbing,” Publisher’s Weekly says it’s “heartbreaking…hilarious…wonderful” and Booklist describes it as an “astute debut novel that confronts identity, privilege, freedom….with poignancy, insight, humor, and plenty of savvy charm.”

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.

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