Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 27, 2019

Home for the Holidays

As Tolstoy famously said, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Family can be tricky. Whether you’re headed home for the holidays, missing your family or avoiding your family, here are six darkly humorous books about family holidays sure to make you feel better about your own relations.

Humorous books about dysfunctional family holidays, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak (FIC HORNAK) (not at Montclair)
A family is quarantined together over the Christmas holidays when their eldest daughter returns from treating an epidemic abroad, “cut off from the rest of humanity–and even decent wi-fi–and forced into each other’s orbits.” (Publisher)

The Adults by Caroline Hulse (FIC HULSE) (not at Montclair)
Estranged couple Claire and Matt decide for their daughter’s sake to plan a family Christmas vacation together at the Happy Forest Holiday Park – with their new partners in tow. It goes about as well as you’d expect.

Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony (FIC ANTHONY) (not at Montclair)
Violet Baumgartner has opened her annual holiday letter the same way for the past three decades: “Dearest loved ones, far and near-evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!” But that cheery tone is going to be harder to maintain after her daughter reveals a shocking secret in front of Violet’s husband’s whole retirement party, “snaring their family and friends in a very un-Midwestern, un-Baumgartner gyre of dramatics.”

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen (FIC FRANZEN) (not at Montclair)
With her each of her family members floundering in their own way, from career disasters to Parkinson’s disease, Enid Lambert resolves to bring the family together for one last perfect Christmas.

Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand (FIC HILDERBRA)
While preparing for Christmas at the Winter Street Inn, Kelley Quinn and his family find the holiday season thrown into chaos when three of their exes show up.

The Ice Storm by Rick Moody (FIC MOODY) (not at Montclair)
“It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving 1973 in the suburbs. American troops are leaving Vietnam. The Beatles are recording solo albums. Pet Rocks are on the drawing board.” And in suburban Connecticut, the Hood family is “skidding out of control.” (Publisher) It’s also a movie.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 24, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: November 25-December 1, 2019

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Come Write In – 6:00-7:30pm
Writers of all ages are invited to join us on Tuesday nights for Weekly Write-Ins throughout November for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Drop in and work on your next novel! With our newest resource, Biblioboard, writers can upload their completed novels and have them read by other library users! Ask us for more information.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Build/Make/Play – 2:30pm
Join us Wednesday afternoons for creative opportunities! Each week we will be making something new! Some of the projects will include paper crafts, building with LEGO, making slime and more!

Thursday, November 28, 2019
LIBRARY CLOSED
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 29, 2019
LIBRARY CLOSED

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 17, 2019

Sesame Street for Grown-Ups

The iconic show Sesame Street turns 50 this year – the first episode aired on November 10, 1969. If, like me, you grew up in America in the 70s and remember the days when there weren’t a thousand channels of children’s programming, Sesame Street was probably an iconic part of your childhood. Counting, Spanish, opposites, empathy, cooperation – I learned it all from Sesame Street.

While there are, of course, lots of Sesame Street books for kids, here are 9 books mostly aimed at adults that help you remember the magic and learn about what was happening behind the scenes on your favorite show.

Sesame Street Books for Grown-Ups, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis (791.4572 SESAME) (not at Montclair)
This book is sort of Sesame Street’s authorized biography, told with the cooperation of Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the show’s founders (the idea for Sesame Street was born at a dinner party she hosted). “Street Gang traces the evolution of the show from its inspiration in the civil rights movement through its many ups and downs – from Nixon’s trying to cut off its funding to the rise of Elmo – via the remarkable personalities who have contributed to it.” (Publisher)

Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones (791.43023 HENSON) (not at Montclair)
A comprehensive biography, written with the help of the Henson family, of the “gentle dreamer” who brought the world Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie and many more memorable characters and worlds.

Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx by Sonia Manzano (YA BIO MANZANO) (not at Montclair)
The coming-of-age story of the woman who grew up from a difficult childhood to play the beloved character Maria on Sesame Street.

It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider by Jim Henson (791.53 HENSON) (not at Montclair)
A “glimpse of the philosophy and humor” of Jim Henson through his words and those of his creations. The book also includes “a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the collaborative spirit of this gentle artistic genius from the people Jim knew, loved, and inspired. This uplifting collection of quotes, stories, anecdotes, songs, and insights gives new life to Jim’s magical world.” (Publisher)

Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street by Louise A. Gikow (J 791.4572 SESAME) (not at Montclair)
Subtitled “a behind-the-scenes look at the people, puppets, songs, scripts and show,” this children’s book “traces the history of the show from its initial concept through its evolution over four decades, providing an insider’s view of the Muppet and human characters, the creative team behind the scenes, original scripts and photographs from in front of the camera and behind the scenes.” (Publisher)

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The Wisdom of Big Bird by Carroll Spinney
“The puppeteer who brings Sesame Street’s Big Bird to life shares words of wisdom from his feathered alter ego–as well as from his counterpart, Oscar the Grouch–explaining how these lessons have transformed his own life.”

Sesame Street Unpaved: Scripts, Stories, Secrets and Songs by David Borgenicht
The subtitle pretty much says it all – this book is sort of a scrapbook of memorabilia and anecdotes from the show’s history.

Sunny Day: A Celebration of the Sesame Street Theme Song
Eighteen picture-book artists, like Christian Robinson and Dan Santat, each illustrated a line from the Sesame Street theme song for this colorful tribute to the iconic song. (Admit it, you’re humming it right now, aren’t you?)

Jim Henson’s Designs & Doodles: A Muppet Sketchbook by Alison Inches
While it’s not specifically about Sesame Street, this collection of Henson’s early drawings gives a peek into his imagination and the inspiration behind some of his characters.

For bonus points, check out this list from NYPL of recommended reading (both kid and adult) for the Sesame Street characters themselves.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 17, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: November 18-24, 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Come Write In – 6:00-7:30pm
Writers of all ages are invited to join us on Tuesday nights for Weekly Write-Ins throughout November for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Drop in and work on your next novel! With our newest resource, Biblioboard, writers can upload their completed novels and have them read by other library users! Ask at the front desk for more information.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Build/Make/Play – 2:30pm
Join us Wednesday afternoons for creative opportunities! Each week we will be making something new! Some of the projects will include paper crafts, building with LEGO, making slime and more!

Thursday, November 21, 2019
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 10, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: November 11-17, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019
LIBRARY CLOSED

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Come Write In – 6:00-7:30pm
Writers of all ages are invited to join us on Tuesday nights for Weekly Write-Ins throughout November for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Drop in and work on your next novel! With our newest resource, Biblioboard, writers can upload their completed novels and have them read by other library users! Ask at the front desk for more information.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Build/Make/Play – 2:30pm
Join us Wednesday afternoons for creative opportunities! Each week we will be making something new! Some of the projects will include paper crafts, building with LEGO, making slime and more!

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!

Thursday, November 14, 2019
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 3, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: November 4-10, 2019

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Come Write In – 6:00-7:30pm
Writers of all ages are invited to join us on Tuesday nights for Weekly Write-Ins throughout November for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Drop in and work on your next novel! With our newest resource, Biblioboard, writers can upload their completed novels and have them read by other library users! Ask at the front desk for more information.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Build/Make/Play – 2:30pm
Join us Wednesday afternoons for creative opportunities! Each week we will be making something new! Some of the projects will include paper crafts, building with LEGO, making slime and more!

Thursday, November 7, 2019
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 27, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: October 28-November 3, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Build/Make/Play – 2:30pm
Join us Wednesday afternoons for creative opportunities! Each week we will be making something new! Some of the projects will include paper crafts, building with LEGO, making slime and more!

Thursday, October 31, 2019
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 20, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: October 21-27, 2019

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Build/Make/Play – 2:30pm
Join us Wednesday afternoons for creative opportunities! Each week we will be making something new! Some of the projects will include paper crafts, building with LEGO, making slime and more!

Thursday, October 24, 2019
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 17, 2019

Another vintage book for sale

Next up in our vintage book sale: The Golden Book of California, a celebration of the University of California, Berkeley published in 1937.

This unique volume would be a great gift for a Cal fan, or an interesting addition to a historical society collection or or genealogy research. The bulk of the book is an alphabetical and geographical index listing everyone who attended Cal up through 1936, and it also contains the lyrics to Cal songs, photos of student life and traditions, ads from sponsors and other memorabilia.

It has a blue pebbled cloth cover with a grad’s name stamped in gilt on the cover and measures approximately 10.75″ by 8.25″.

Price: $45 or best offer

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 15, 2019

Vintage books for sale

While we’re not holding our usual big October book sale this year, we do have a stock of donated vintage books to sell this month – some are unique and antique collectors’ items, and some are sets of beautiful but less valuable books that would be great for decor – we’ll be posting previews here and on Facebook throughout the week, and let us know asap if you have any questions or if you’d like to buy any of them directly from us before they go up on Ebay next week.

First up is “The San Francisco Bay Area: A Metropolis in Perspective” by Mel Scott, published by the University of California Press in 1959. This books is a fascinating time capsule of the mid-century Bay Area trying to figure out where it was going with rapid transit and other urban planning issues. It also explores the region’s history, complete with illustrations, photos and maps. It includes the dust jacket, which has some edge-wear and sun-fading as shown in photos. The interior is clean and in good shape, unmarked except for the previous owner’s name on the front endpaper.

Price: $45 or best offer

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