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

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 13, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: October 14-20, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 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 17, 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 6, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: October 7-13, 2019

Wednesday, October 9, 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!

Super Smash Bros Preliminary Tournament! – 3:30pm
Do you play Super Smash Bros? The library is having a Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros In-House Tournament! The top two finalists will receive preliminary prizes and will get a chance to compete in the
Final Tournament on October 12th in the Main Library’s TeenZone, where they’ll battle it out against contestants from the other libraries. Snacks will be provided! Contestants must be ages 12-18.

Thursday, October 10, 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 3, 2019

Books Come to Life

As readers, sometimes we fantasize about what it would be like if our favorite book characters were real (in researching this post, two of the top Google suggested searches were “spell to make a fictional character come to life” and “are fictional characters real in another dimension”), but in fiction, crossovers between literature and real life tend to be nothing but — entertaining — trouble.

Here are eight books where characters jump in and out of books within the story.

Bonus: Researchers found that book characters influence readers, even when they don’t actually come to life.

6 Books that Blur the Line Between Fiction & Reality, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (SF FFORDE)
In this mad-cap ode to all things literature, full of corny literary in-jokes, a Special Operative in literary detection must jump into books to try to stop the world’s Third Most Wanted criminal from kidnapping beloved characters like Jane Eyre. If you like Fforde’s quirky sense of humor, there are 6 more books in this series.

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry (SF PARRY) (new 2019)
“For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world…But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world… and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing. There’s someone else who shares his powers. It’s up to Charley to stop them, before these characters tear apart the fabric of reality.”

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith (new 2019 – copies on order)
“In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren’t finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories.”

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (J FIC FUNKE)
“Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can ‘read’ fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.” While this is technically a children’s book, it’s a totally enjoyable read for adults, too. (Although you might want to skip the movie, which didn’t quite live up to the book’s magic.) If you like Inkheart, you’ll also want to read the sequels, Inkspell and Inkdeath.

Maggie Needs An Alibi by Kasey Michaels (ebook)
“Maggie Kelly writes the best selling St. Just Mystery Series featuring Regency Era amateur sleuth Alexandre Blakely, Viscount St. Just. One day she turns around and her handsome, arrogant fictional character is standing in the middle of her living room.” When she finds herself a suspect in a murder, will her not-quite-fictional hero be able to help?

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer (YA FIC PICOULT)
“Preferring to spend her days in the school library where she reads a fairy tale that feels strangely real to her, loner Delilah is astonished when the story’s brave and handsome prince, Oliver, reaches out to her and reveals his discontent with his predetermined, literary existence, in a young-adult book that will have crossover appeal for older readers.”

Libriomancer by Jim Hines (SF HINES)
“Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror, he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.”

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser (YA FIC GLASER)
A teenage girl “discovers that she is able to jump into books and experience their stories firsthand, but peril arises when she is confronted by a dangerous adversary who is stealing from the books she visits and threatening her life.”

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 30, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: September 30-October 6, 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 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 3, 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 | September 22, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: September 23-29, 2019

Wednesday, September 25, 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, September 26, 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 | September 21, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: September 16-22, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 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!

Authors Talk: Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Stories of the Oakland A’s – 6:30-7:45pm
Meet Ken Korach, radio broadcaster for the Oakland A’s, and Susan Slusser, the San Francisco Chronicle’s beat writer for the team, discussing their recent book, If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Oakland A’s Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box. The authors offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at all facets of the A’s, from front office to grounds crew, from star athletes to Moneyball. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.

Thursday, September 19, 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 | September 8, 2019

This week at Montclair Library: September 9-15, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, September 11, 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, September 12, 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.

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