Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 15, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 15-21, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 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.

Imagine It, Create It, Repeat – Fun with Legos – 3:00pm
Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO®! 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.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
FOML Spring Book Sale – 10:00am-3:00pm
Shop our usual fantastic selection of gently used books for all ages, plus a bumper crop of bargain DVDs. Ask about our Teachers’ Special, and take advantage of our fill-a-bag discount from 2-3pm!

Thursday, May 18, 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 | May 8, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 8-14, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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, May 10, 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 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, May 11, 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 | May 1, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 1-7, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Tamim Ansary: Road Trips: Becoming an American in the Vapor Trail of the Sixties – 6:30-8:00pm
Meet Tamim Ansary, author of West of Kabul, East of New York, as he discusses his new literary memoir, Road Trips: Becoming an American in the Vapor Trail of the Sixties.

Here he describes several road trips he took in the late 1960s-early 1970s as a recent transplant to the U.S. from Afghanistan.

Ansary is also the author of Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, The Widow’s Husband and Games Without Rules.

Copies of his work will be offered for sale and signing following the program courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.

Wednesday, May 3, 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.

Pop-Up TeenZone – 1:30-3:00pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch for a Pop-up TeenZone with crafts. Come hang out and share suggestions for serving you better! We’ll be making anime keychains to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!

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

Thursday, May 4, 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, May 6, 2017
FREE Comic Book Day! – 10:00am
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the Oakland Public Library! Kids and teens: visit your local library and receive a free comic book. Supplies are limited. Want even more comics? Check them out with your library card!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 28, 2017

UNBOUND Countdown

Tomorrow is the last day to submit your entries for our 2017 UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest – bring entries to the library by 5:30pm.

We have some great prizes lined up thanks to the generosity of our sponsors:

Adults 1st Place
$50 gift certificate to Flax Art & Design (donated by Flax)

Adults 2nd Place
Paper + Craft book by Minhee & Truman Cho (donated by Chronicle Books)

Adults 3rd Place
$10 gift certificate to FOML’s Spring book sale (also good at our daily sales at the library) OR a Montclair Library tote bag, your choice

Teens 1st Place
Library Card Tote Bag (donated by Out of Print)

Teens 2nd Place
Library Card Pencil Pouch (donated by Out of Print)

Teens 3rd Place
$10 gift certificate to FOML’s Spring book sale (also good at our daily sales at the library) OR a Montclair Library tote bag, your choice

Kids 1st Place
Creatology 82 Piece Young Artist art supply set (donated by FOML)

Kids 2nd Place
Library Card Pencil Pouch (donated by Out of Print)

Kids 3rd Place
$10 gift certificate to FOML’s Spring book sale (also good at our daily sales at the library) OR a Montclair Library tote bag, your choice

Get those entries in! We can’t wait to see what you’ve created!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 24, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: April 24-30, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
National Poetry Month 2017 – 6:00-8:00pm
Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! Seven local poets will be reading their poetry, followed by a short open-mic period. Sheryl Bize-Boutte will MC. The poets are: Sheryl Bize-Boutte, Stewart Florsheim, Grace Marie Grafton, Katayoon Zandvakili, Mary Mackey, Ralph Dranow and Grace Morizawa.

Wednesday, April 26, 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, April 27, 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, April 29, 2017
Juan Sanchez Celebrates Día at Oakland Public Library – 10:30am
With music running through his veins, Juan Sánchez could not help but be a musician himself. Children’s music, jazz, folk, Middle Eastern and Latin music are all within his grasp. He comes to Oakland to share his love of music with our children. Join Juan and us and be swept away into the world of music by a master musician.

Workshop on Using eBooks & 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 iPads, iPods, 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.

UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest Closes
Last day to submit entries for the UNBOUND contest – entries due by closing time on April 29!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 17, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: April 17-23, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 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.

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!!! – 3:30pm
Did you know that April is National Kite Month? To celebrate we will be designing, making and testing out kites to see which one will soar the highest.

Thursday, April 20, 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 | April 16, 2017

Picture Books Featuring Collage

Collage picture books, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

You have two weeks left to turn in your entries for the UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest – it’s not too late to start something!

If you need some book art inspiration, check out how these nine illustrators use books and found images in their collage work. See if you can identify all the kinds of papers these artists used! Almost all these books can be found at the Montclair Library.

Oliver Jeffers
Jeffers peppers his work with bits of ledger books, old engravings, book pages and more. The Incredible Book Eating Boy (J PICBK JEFFERS) is a great example. You can also see fun papers and postcards collaged into Jeffers’s illustrations for The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, by Drew Daywalt (J PICBK DAYWALT).

Melissa Sweet
Sweet uses notebook paper, graph paper, book pages, newspaper and other found papers along with her colorful painting to bring to life stories like A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant (J BIO WILLIAMS). Sweet’s collage illustrations are also on display in her own book, Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade (J BIO SARG) and in Firefly July: A year Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko (J 811.54 FIREFLY).

Sara Fanelli
There are no Fanelli books at Montclair, but her work is so inventive it’s worth seeking out books like Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi (J FIC COLLODI) or My Map Book (J PICBK FANELLI).

Leo Lionni
Perhaps best known for books like Swimmy, Lionni shows off his collage skills in Inch by Inch (J PICBK LIONNI), about an inchworm measuring birds as he tries to keep from being eaten.

Lois Ehlert
Ehlert uses found objects and paper to bring a goofy dog to life in Rrralph (J PICBK EHLERT). For some background about her life and her process, check out Ehlert’s autobiography, The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life (J BIO EHLERT – not at Montclair).

Lane Smith
Smith uses a variety of illustration techniques in the many books he’s worked on, including fun collages featuring everything from comic books to fabric in the wacky Cowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka (J PICBK SCIESZKA).

Vladimir Radunsky
This one’s not at Montclair, but Radunsky’s bold, quirky collages pair well with Edward Lear’s nonsense verses in An Edward Lear Alphabet by Edward Lear (J 821.8 LEAR). For a Montclair example of Radunsky’s work, try Table Manners by Chris Raschka.

Ezra Jack Keats
Keats used torn and cut paper in some of his most famous works, like The Snowy Day, but my favorite example of his collage work is the exuberant illustrations in Jennie’s Hat (J PICBK KEATS).

Romare Bearden
Drawing inspiration from everything from patchwork quilts to Henri Matisse, Bearden’s work often involved collaging cut up photos from magazines. For good examples, see his illustrations for The Block: Poems by Langston Hughes (811.52 HUGHES).

Lastly, I didn’t include them here because they tend to not to use found papers, but Rebecca & Ed Emberley (who use primarily construction and tissue paper) and Eric Carle (who makes his own hand-painted papers) are of course rock stars of collage picture book art.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 10, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: April 10-16, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
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, April 12, 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 happens every second Wednesday from 3-4pm. This month we’ll be making art from discarded books – if you like, you can enter your project in the UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest!

Thursday, April 13, 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 | April 3, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: April 3-9, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 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.

Pop-Up TeenZone – 1:30-3:00pm
Come visit the Montclair Branch for a Pop-up TeenZone with crafts. Hang out and share suggestions for serving you better! We’ll be making beaded bracelets using upcycled magazines in April. (And in May We’ll be making Anime Keychains to celebrate Free Comic Book Day!)

Thursday, April 6, 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 | March 27, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: March 27-April 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 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.

Montclair Book Worms – 4:00-5:00pm
Yes, two Book Worms meetings in one month!
Do you like to read books and talk about them? Join the Montclair Library Book Worms and you’ll get to do just that! This time, the Book Worms will meet the LAST Wednesday of MARCH at 4pm (March 29). Snacks will be provided! Meetings last an hour. The books we read will be appropriate for grades 4-6. For this meeting, the book we’ll discuss is TBA. You can pick up a copy of May’s book at this meeting. Questions? Contact Sally: 510-482-7810 or sengelfried@oaklandlibrary.org

Thursday, March 30, 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.

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