Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 17, 2017

Winter Bingo is Back!

Winter Bingo at Oakland Public Library

It’s time for Winter Bingo! Kids can pick up a bingo card at any library or download one online. Do five activities in a row (fun, easy things like reading a book, making art or playing outside) and return your card to the library between December 27, 2017 and January 20, 2018 to collect your prize.

This post on the OPL site is from last year, but the printable cards it links to look the same as this year’s cards: http://oaklandlibrary.org/blogs/childrens-services/it-time-winter-bingo

Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 12, 2017

Back in business

Confetti photo by ADoseofShipBoy via Flickr

We’re pleased to announce that all Oakland public libraries are back to their regular hours starting today! Please note, however, that the Joyce Maynard event originally scheduled for tonight has been moved to January 9, 2018.

Photo: Confetti by ADoseofShipBoy via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 11, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: December 11-17, 2017

Please note: With the City-wide strike still going on, the Montclair library and all OPL libraries will be closed indefinitely and all scheduled events have been canceled or postponed. Please check the notice on the OPL home page at http://oaklandlibrary.org for the latest status.


Joyce Maynard discusses her new book at Montclair Library, Dec. 12, 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Lawyers in the Library – 6:00-8:00pm
CANCELLED
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.

Joyce Maynard discusses her moving new memoir “The Best of Us” – 6:30-8:00pm
POSTPONED TO JANUARY 9, 2018
Maynard returns to Montclair Library to discuss and sign copies of her new memoir, The Best of Us, her story about discovering her true partner, Jim Barringer (a Montclair resident), in mid-life, only to lose him to a battle with cancer. According to Joyce Carol Oates, “The Best of Us is so candid, so deeply moving, so powerful…a testament to human resilience. Joyce Maynard is unfathomably heroic.” Copies of her work will be sold courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.

Wednesday, December 13, 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.

Build, Craft, Create – 2:30-3:30pm
We’ll use art supplies and building materials and whatever else we can find to create something fun!

Thursday, December 14, 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 | December 9, 2017

Library Closed

Libraries closed due to city-wide strike

With the City-wide strike still going on, the Montclair library and all OPL libraries will be closed indefinitely and all scheduled events have been canceled or postponed.

Please check the notice on the OPL home page at http://oaklandlibrary.org/ for the latest status.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | December 4, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: December 4-10, 2017

Marcus Thompson discusses his book about Steph Curry, Dec. 5, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Sportswriter Marcus Thompson talking about Steph Curry – 6:30-8:00pm
Calling all Warriors fans: Long-time Warriors Beat reporter and sportswriter Marcus Thompson will discuss & sign copies of his biography, Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Stephen Curry. Thompson’s exclusive interviews with Curry, his family, teammates and Coach Kerr provide an intimate and perceptive look at this NBA player. Copies of his book will be on sale courtesy of A Great Good Place for Books.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the city-wide strike, this event has been moved to the Family Room at Montclair Presbyterian Church (5701 Thornhill). The library will be closed. Depending on how the strike goes, other events this week may also be affected – please check that the library is open before heading over.

Wednesday, December 6, 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.

Create Your Own Holiday Card! (for Teens) – 1:30-2:30pm
Learn how to create a personalized card for family or friends with artists from the Oakland-based Rock Paper Scissors Collective. All supplies are provided. For teens, ages 12-18

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! Stop on by to make something cool and to chat with your Teen Librarian about books, movies and more!

Montclair Book Worms – 4:00-5:00pm
Do you like to read books & talk about them? Montclair Library Book Worms do just that! Books are aimed at 4th through 6th graders. We meet the first Wednesday of every month (September – June) at 4pm. Snacks will be provided! In December we will be discussing The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Pick up a copy of the book at the Montclair branch. Questions? Call the Montclair branch at 510-482-7810.

Thursday, December 7, 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 | November 27, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: November 27-December 3, 2017

Wednesday, November 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

Thursday, November 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.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 20, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: November 20-26, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 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, November 23, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED – Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 24, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 13, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: November 13-19, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 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, November 15, 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

Build, Craft, Create – 2:30-3:30pm
We’ll use art supplies and building materials and whatever else we can find to create something fun! Every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Thursday, November 16, 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, November 18, 2017
Workshop on using eBooks & other library apps – 3:00-5:00pm
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of ebooks, audiobooks, emagazines, digital music & streaming films for various devices, including iPad, iPod, smartphones, Kindles and more. Learn how to download a variety of digital content 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. Four attendees maximum per hour, plus two on a wait list. Advance sign-up is required, so please RSVP at 482-7810 and select 3-4pm or 4-5pm. This workshop will be offered monthly.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 6, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: November 6-12, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Five Fabulous Women Artists of the 1800s – 6:00-7:30pm
Local artist and art historian Marlene Aron returns to the Montclair branch to present slides of the beautiful and inspiring art of five fabulous women artists: Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Marie Bracquemond, Eva Gonzales and Camille Claudel.

These artists exhibited their work in the Salon and the World Exposition in Paris, three of them showing their paintings alongside Monet, Renoir, Degas and Pissarro in the very first Impressionist exhibitions in the early 1870’s. They painted their families, friends, children and lovers, along with scenes of gardens, forests and landscapes. They were independent and among the first women artists to have their own studios and make a living off of their art. And they were pivotal in the development of this new modern and avant-garde movement.

Take a journey through the artistry and lives of these fabulous women artists, movers and shakers of the Impressionist movement heralding the beginning of the Modern Art movement of the 20th Century.

Wednesday, November 8, 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

Build, Craft, Create – 2:30-3:30pm
We’ll use art supplies and building materials and whatever else we can find to create something fun! Every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday, 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Thursday, November 9, 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, November 11, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Posted by: montclairlibrary | November 4, 2017

Women Artists

6 Novels about Women Impressionists, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Next Tuesday (11/7) at 6:00pm, artist and art historian Marlene Aron returns to the Montclair Branch to give a lecture and slide show on Five Fabulous Women Artists of the 1800s. Come learn about the artistry and lives of Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Marie Bracquemond, Eva Gonzales and Camille Claudel.

If you’d like to learn more about these artists, you can find non-fiction books about them in the 700 section (especially 759 and 730). But if you’re interested in fiction based on their lives and work, check out one of these 6 books from OPL:

I Always Loved You: A Story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas by Robin Oliveira (FIC OLIVEIRA) – “The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary’s fierce determination wavers….Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever….So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships.” (Publisher)

Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper: A Novel by Harriet Scott Chessman (FIC CHESSMAN) (not at Montclair) – This story is told by Mary’s sister Lydia as she poses for five of her sister’s most unusual paintings while dying from Bright’s disease. The paintings are reproduced in the book and form the focal point of each chapter.

Naked by Betsy Franco (FIC FRANCO) (not at Montclair) – In 2008, Jesse Lucas discovers an eighteen-year-old girl (who turns out to be Camille Claudel) who has emerged from a statue in Stanford’s Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Rodin’s Lover: A Novel by Heather Webb (FIC WEBB) (not at Montclair) – “When Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice–and his muse–their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet Camille’s success is overshadowed by her lover’s rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.” (Publisher)

With Violets by Elizabeth Robards (FIC ROBARDS) (not at Montclair) – Passionate, beautiful and utterly devoted to her art, Berthe Morisot is determined to be recognized as an important painter. But as a woman, she finds herself sometimes overlooked in favor of her male counterparts — Monet, Pissarro, Degas. And there is one great artist among them who captivates young Berthe like none other: the celebrated genius Édouard Manet. (Goodreads)

Painting in a Man’s World: Four Stories about Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalès, Marie Bracqueond, edited by Ingrid Pfeiffer (not in OPL – available through Link+) – Short stories by four well-known women writers about four women Impressionists. This one’s only available through Link+, but it’s about four of the five artists we’ll be hearing about.

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