Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 19, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: June 19-25, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Gerald Joseph – 6:30pm
Be ready to be amazed by magic tricks!

Wednesday, June 21, 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, June 22, 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 | June 12, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: June 12-18, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 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.

Destiny Arts – 6:30pm
Weekly Tuesday night summer programing for kids kicks off (literally) with capoeira and breakdancing with local dance artists Destiny Arts.

Wednesday, June 14, 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, June 15, 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 | June 9, 2017

UNBOUND winners 2017

First, a huge apology for the delay getting this news out to you – it’s been a busy season here in volunteer-land! Now [drumroll, please] we’re pleased to announce the winners in our 2017 UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest!

In the Kids’ division (ages 0-12), Lily A.’s dramatic “Story Shark” captured first place, wowing the judges with its dynamic 3D display of swimming fish and shiny teeth.

First place for kids in UNBOUND 2017, by Lily A.

In second place, Charlotte P.’s “The Dollhouse with People” transformed a fashion photography book into a fold-out dollhouse complete with windows you can peek through and a working front door. Definitely check out the additional photos on our Pinterest board to get the full effect of this one (and more photos of all the winners plus a couple honorable mentions).

Second place for kids in UNBOUND 2017, by Charlotte P.

In third place, Stella J.’s “Seasons” turned a book about a pond into a series of collages about the seasons, including a very cute squirrel on the Fall page.

Third place for kids in UNBOUND 2017, by Stella J.

In the Teen division (ages 13-18), a Elena L. captured first place with her timely piece “Tear Down This Wall,” featuring photos from a book about immigration built into a wall.

Teen winner in UNBOUND 2017, by Elena L.

In the Adult division (ages 19+), Katherine Falk claimed first place with her charming collage of two people, one reading a book and the other reading on a phone.

First place for adults in UNBOUND 2017, by Katherine Falk

In second place, Adriana Worley built “The Unusual Impressionist Birdhouse” out of images of Impressionist paintings, including fun little details like paper feathers.

Second place for adults in UNBOUND 2017, by Adriana Worley

Last but not least, in third place, Tricia Larsen turned a book about San Francisco’s history and architecture into a towering structure reminiscent of Sutro Tower and the Transamerica Pyramid.

Third place for adults in UNBOUND 2017, by Tricia Larsen

Thank you to everyone who entered, and to our prize donors FLAX Art & Design and Out of Print! Winners will be receiving an email soon with details on collecting their prizes. Look for information in early 2018 about next year’s contest.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | June 5, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: June 5-11, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 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.

Henna for Teens! – 1:30-3:00pm
Learn about the ancient art of henna at the library this summer! Henna tattoos are temporary, but can last up to 8-10 days. A permission form signed by a parent/guardian is required for this workshop. Pick one up at your local library or request one at teensatopl@gmail.com. (Ages 12-18)

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 June meeting, we’ll discuss the graphic novel The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks. This will be the LAST meeting until next fall! Questions? Contact Sally: 510-482-7810 or sengelfried@oaklandlibrary.org

Thursday, June 8, 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, June 10, 2017
Summer Reading Programs start
Sign up for the library’s summer reading program online or at any library starting June 10. Get the scoop on programs for kids, teens and adults here: http://oaklandlibrary.org/services/cards-and-visiting/summer-opl

Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 29, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 29-June 4, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, May 31, 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, June 1, 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 25, 2017

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

10 Picture Books About Riding a Bike, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

What’s on your list of things to do this summer? Learning to ride a bike tops the list in our household. Since May is National Bike Month and summer is just around the corner, here are ten picture books to inspire young riders/readers.

P.S. Did you know you can check out a bike lock when you park your bike at the Montclair branch? Ask at the front desk.
P.P.S. And that OPL has a mobile bike-based library that pops up at events around town?
P.P.P.S. And that OPL hosts a Women Bike Book Club? See the link for dates and locations.

“We love bikes at OPL,” Brian Guenther, the Branch Manager at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, wrote in an OPL blog post. “My theory is that it’s because, like libraries, bikes represent a kind of freedom that is accessible to people of most ages. Or, maybe it’s because they’re another economic way to see more of your world. Maybe it’s just because they’re fun.”

My Bike by Byron Barton (J PICBK BARTON)
Tom tells all about his bicycle; his ride to work past trucks, cars and even elephants; and his work as a circus performer.

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bike by Chris Raschka (J PICBK RASCHKA)
A father teaches his daughter all about bicycle riding, from selecting the right bike to trying again after a fall.

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon (J PICBK SHANNON)
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.

New Red Bike! by James E. Ransome (J PICBK RANSOME)
Tom enjoys the thrill of riding his brand new bicycle, and then shares it with a friend.

Froggy Rides a Bike by Jonathan London (J PICBK LONDON)
With encouragement from his friends and family, Froggy learns how to ride his shiny new bike.

Curious George Rides a Bike by H. A. Rey (J PICBK REY)
Typically entertaining trouble ensues when George learns to ride a bicycle.

Bike on, Bear! by Cynthea Liu (J PICBK LIU)
“Bear is an extraordinary, genius bear, who can do anything except ride a bike. Can Bear figure out how to get on two wheels?” (Publisher)

Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best (J PICBK BEST)
When Sally Jean outgrows her beloved bicycle, Flash, she experiments with various ideas for acquiring a new, bigger one.

Along a Long Road by Frank Viva (J PICBK VIVA) (not at Montclair)
Stylish illustrations and brief text evoke a bicycle ride, with its ups and downs, sweeping turns and vivid views

On My Bike by Kari-Lynn Winters (J PICBK WINTERS) (not at Montclair)
“Toddlers and young children will take delight in this whimsically illustrated rhyming story. Come along on a whirling-twirling bicycle ride through the pathways and trails around the city.” (Back cover)

Posted by: montclairlibrary | May 22, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: May 22-28, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 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, May 25, 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 16, 2017

Book sale this Saturday

Stop by the library this Saturday, May 20, from 10am-3pm (note the new start time this year) for great deals on gently used books and DVDs!

We have a bumper crop of children’s books available, and we’re bringing back the Teachers’ Special to help you take advantage of it: From 10am to 2pm, pre-school through high school teachers can put up to 25 items from the $.25 & $.50 children’s tables in the bag provided and pay only $5. Children’s books will be inside the library, in the Children’s Room.

Plus, from 2-3pm, all shoppers can fill a bag (provided) for just $5.

And, if you buy any books at the sale, you can pick up one of our FOML tote bags at the same time for just $9 (a dollar off the regular price).

If your summer speed is more watching than reading, we have a ton of DVDs this time around, including some sets of TV series.

As always, all proceeds from the sale directly benefit the Montclair library, so you can stock up on summer reading at bargain prices AND feel good about helping your library. See you there!

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.

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