Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 4, 2017

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Pop Up Teen Zone – 1:30-3:00pm
Come hang out and share suggestions for serving you better! In September, we’ll be making origami fidget spinners! Come by to make your own 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 and talk about them? Montclair Library Book Worms meet the first Wednesday of every month at 4pm to do just that! Snacks will be provided. For our September meeting, come ready to suggest possible books to read this year. You can pick up a copy of October’s book at the meeting. Books will be aimed at fairly strong readers in grades 4th through 6th. Questions? Contact Sally: 510-482-7810 or sengelfried@oaklandlibrary.org

Thursday, September 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.

Saturday, September 9, 2017
LIBRARY CLOSED

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 30, 2017

The Secret Life of Plants

Books about plants, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

If your garden at the end of summer has you wondering about the profusion of plant life you see around you, pick up one of these books about plants and botany. Geared towards non-scientists curious about the natural world, they cover the range from what’s going on inside a plant to how plants have shaped human civilization and history, with a dose of introspection and personal experience thrown in.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (570.92 JAHREN) – Geobiologist Jahren writes about her life and what she’s learned from and about trees, flowers, seeds and soil, “in prose that takes your breath away.”

The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan (306.45 POLLAN) (not at Montclair) – How the histories of apples, tulips, potatoes and pot are entwined with the history of humans, from the always insightful Pollan.

Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart (581.65 STEWART) (not at Montclair) – Alphabetically arranged entries on dangerous and illegal plants, including a tree that sheds poison daggers, a glistening red seed that stops the heart, a shrub that causes paralysis and a leaf that triggered a war.

Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden by Diane Ackerman (508 ACKERMAN) – Ackerman takes readers deep into her own garden, mixing science with lyrical, inspired writing to offer a sensory celebration of her encounter with the natural world.

The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination by Richard Mabey (580 MABEY) – Going back to the beginnings of human history, Mabey shows how flowers, trees and plants have been central to human experience not just as sources of food and medicine but as objects of worship, actors in creation myths and symbols of war and peace, life and death.

A Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered that Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants by Ruth Kassinger (580.92 KASSINGER) (not at Montclair) – “A witty and engaging history of the first botanists interwoven with stories of today’s extraordinary plants found in the garden and the lab.” (Publisher)

The Triumph of Seeds: How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses, and Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History by Thor Hanson (581.467 HANSON) (not at Montclair) – A guide to seeds that explains their importance to nature and humanity, describing their role in such events as the Age of Discovery, the American Civil War and the Industrial Revolution.

What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses by Daniel Chamovitz (571.2 CHAMOVITZ) (not at Montclair) – Explores how a plant experiences the world.

The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf (e-book) – The story of how six 18th century men like Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks created the modern garden and changed the horticultural world in the process.
(Wulf also wrote Founding Gardeners, which looks at the founding fathers from the perspective of their lives as gardeners and farmers.)

The Private Life of Plants by David Attenborough (OVERSIZE 581.5 ATTENBORO) – An intimate view of the multitude of miniature dramas that unfold as plants avoid predators, find food, increase their territory, reproduce and obtain sunlight.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | August 28, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: August 28-September 3, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 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, August 31, 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 | August 21, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: August 21-27, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 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, August 24, 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 | August 14, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: August 14-20, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 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, August 17, 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 | August 7, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: August 7-13, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Lawyers in the Library – 6-8pm
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, August 9, 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, August 10, 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 | July 31, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: July 31-August 6, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
How to Make Homemade Lip Balm (for teens) – 1:30-2:30pm
Learn how to make lip balm out of everyday products with artists from Oakland-based Rock Paper Scissors Collective. Make some for yourself or to give as a gift for family or friends! All workshop supplies are provided. Workshops are for teens, ages 12-18.
http://rpscollective.org/

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, August 3, 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, August 5, 2017
Ice Cream Social – 2-4pm
Join us to celebrate summer and toast the end of the summer reading programs (it’s the last day to turn in your logs for fun & prizes!) with some ice cream!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 29, 2017

Tiger, Tiger

Picture books about tigers, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

Today (July 29) is Global Tiger Day, dedicated to the preservation of these endangered big cats.

From Tigger to Hobbes to Richard Parker, tigers have a long history as literary sidekicks, and they also make good stand-ins for the wilder side of kids’ nature in picture books.

Here are a dozen picture books about tigers to help you celebrate. (For some additional tiger book and activity ideas, see The Guardian and GeekDad.)

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (J PICBK BROWN) (not at Montclair) – Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.

It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle (J PICBK LaROCHELL) – A child imagines he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.

Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus (J PICBK KRAUS) – Leo, a young tiger, finally blooms under the anxious eyes of his parents.

Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks (J PICBK BANKS) (not at Montclair) – A mother tiger entices her child to sleep by telling of all that can been seen with one’s eyes closed.

Don’t Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup (J PICBK TECKENTRU) – All the animals work to set up a surprise without waking up Tiger.

Read to Tiger by S.J. Fore (J PICBK FORE) – A little boy who wants to read his book keeps being distracted by a tiger who is busy chomping on gum, growling and practicing karate kicks.

Tiger Trouble! by Diane Goode (J PICBK GOODE) – Jack and his tiger Lily live happily in an apartment building in the city, until a new landlord with a dog takes over and orders Lily to leave.

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman (J PICBK GAIMAN) – The parents of pearl-eyed princess Cinnamon offer a reward to anyone who can help their daughter speak, a plea answered by an exotic tiger who arrives at the palace, armed with knowledge of the world.

The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman (J PICBK BANNERMAN) – A little boy in India loses his fine new clothes to the tigers, but while they dispute who is the grandest tiger in the jungle he takes his fine clothes back again.

Nine-in-One, Grr! Grr!: A Folktale from the Hmong People of Laos by Blia Xiong (J 398.2 BLIA – Fairy Tale Books) – When the great god Shao promises Tiger nine cubs each year, Bird comes up with a clever trick to prevent the land from being overrun by tigers.

Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen (J PICBK ROSEN) – With a tramp and a roll and a swat, Great Big Elephant, Great Big Hippo, and Great Big Tiger try to capture Tiny Little Fly as he teases each one in turn.

Tigress by Nick Dowson (J PICBK DOWSON) (not at Montclair) – A mother tigress raises two cubs and teaches them all they need to know until they are ready to rely on themselves.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 24, 2017

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

Instrument petting zoo photo by Eddie Welker via Flickr

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Oakland Symphony Petting Zoo – 6:30pm
Learn about and play with lots of musical instruments.

Wednesday, July 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, July 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, July 29, 2017
Workshop on Using E-Books & Other Library Apps
OPL offers a variety of e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, e-music and 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. 2 attendees maximum per hour. (This workshop will be offered monthly.)
Advance sign-up is required; please RSVP at 482-7810 and specify 3-4pm or 4-5pm.

Photo: Eddie Welker via Flickr / Creative Commons

Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 17, 2017

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

Storyteller Kirk Waller - photo by Van Waller

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Kirk Waller – Storyteller Extraordinaire – 6:30pm
Listen to stories that take us to new places and times with Kirk Waller.

Oops! Kirk Waller visited the Montclair branch last week – catch him at the newly-reopened Dimond branch this Tuesday, July 18 at 7pm. Sorry for the confusion!

Wednesday, July 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.

Thursday, July 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.

Photo: Van Waller – I AM Unlimited Photography

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