Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 25, 2017

A Dozen Donut Books

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

According to the sign in the donut shop window, October is National Donut Month. They may be a little biased, but a month devoted to donuts doesn’t sound like a bad thing.

Here, to help you celebrate, are a dozen children’s books featuring donuts:

The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller (J 641.8653 MILLER) (not at Montclair) – How a 19th-century cabin boy with a knack for creative problem-solving invented the donut.

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony (J PICBK ANTONY) (not at Montclair) – Mr. Panda has a plate of doughnuts to share, but most of the other animals forget to say “Please.”

The Donut Chef by Bob Staake (J PICBK STAAKE) – In this delicious tale, a baker hangs out his shingle on a small street and soon the line for his donuts stretches down the block. But it’s not long before the competition arrives and a battle of the bakers ensues.

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey (J FIC McCLOSKEY) (not at Montclair) – Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one about a donut machine on the rampage.

The Great Doughnut Parade by Rebecca Bond (J PICBK BOND) (not at Montclair) – When Billy buys a doughnut and ties it to his belt with a string while walking down Main Street, he unwittingly sets off a chain of events that amazes and delights the entire town.

Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty (J PICBK STAMATY) (not at Montclair) – Young Sam leaves home to satisfy his craving for donuts, finds a job with a donut collector, and discovers the answer to the question, “Who needs donuts when you’ve got love?”

If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff (J PICBK NUMEROFF) – Chaos might ensue if you were to give a dog a donut.

Okie Dokie Donuts: Open for Business! by Chris Eliopoulos (J 741.5 ELIOPOULO) (not at Montclair) – In this graphic novel, pastry pioneer Big Mama has made Okie Dokie Donuts the best little donut shop in town. But running a donut shop isn’t easy! Trouble is always poking holes in Big Mama’s fun.

Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts by Tom Watson (J FIC WATSON) – “To snatch some breakfast treats for his hungry pals, Stick Dog will need to stop a moving truck, outfox a man on a telephone pole, and calm down a very caffeinated Karen.” (Publisher)

Curious George Learns the Alphabet by H.A. Rey (J PICBK REY) (not at Montclair) – Curious George discovers that when he can read and write, he can change a donut order from 1 dozen to 10 dozen.

Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller (J PICBK KELLER) (not at Montclair) – Arnie the talking doughnut convinces Mr. Bing that not all doughnuts are meant to be eaten. According to the NY Times, Arnie is “a chocolate-covered doughnut with sprinkles, infectious optimism, a wide emotional range, surprising resourcefulness and a handy facility with a cordless phone.” (And if you like Arnie, Keller has a whole series of juvenile fiction about him.)

The Case of the Missing Donut by Alison McGhee – This one’s not in OPL (although it is available through Link+, but you can’t really talk donuts without a dozen. A little boy in a sheriff’s hat and his dog deputy are bringing donuts home when the “Sheriff” is unable to resist getting rid of a slightly squished powdered donut, then wonders how everyone knows he ate it.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 23, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: October 23-29, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 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, October 26, 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 | October 16, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: October 16-22, 2017

Author Nate Dern: Not Quite a Genius
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Nate Dern: Not Quite a Genius – 6:30-8:00pm
Nate Dern, a senior writer at Funny Or Die and the former artistic director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City, brings his razor-sharp wit to bear on man buns, dating apps, juicing crazes and other scourges of modern life as he discusses his new book, Not Quite a Genius. Books will be sold by A Great Good Place for Books.

Wednesday, October 18, 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.

Decorate a Skull for Día de los Muertos – 2:30pm
To celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), we’ll use markers and glitter glue to decorate skulls.
These are not the traditional “sugar skulls” — they’re not edible and will last much longer — but they look similar.

Thursday, October 19, 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 | October 12, 2017

When you need a laugh

Funny books, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

“Funny or Die” writer Nate Dern will be at the Montclair branch next Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7pm to present his new book, Not Quite a Genius (817.6 DERN), which features absurdist essays like an archaeologist’s exploration into a suburban man cave and an angry missive from Leif Erikson to Christopher Columbus.

Here’s a baker’s dozen of humorous essay collections and memoirs almost guaranteed to brighten your day and make fellow BART passengers edge away suspiciously when you laugh out loud:

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (814.54 SEDARIS) – Although you could make a case for Twain or Thurber, Sedaris pretty much invented the modern self-deprecating, humorously navel-gazing essay. In this book, he describes his life as an American in Paris, his struggle to learn French, his family, restaurant meals and more.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley (814.6 CROSLEY) – A humorous look at human fallibility and the vagaries of modern urban life, detailing such offbeat situations as despoiling an exhibit at the Natural History Museum, provoking a boss and siccing the cops on a mysterious neighbor.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (818.602 KALING) – Kaling shares her observations, fears and opinions about topics ranging from her favorite types of guys to life in the “The Office” writers’ room.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae (BIO RAE) – A collection of humorous essays on what it’s like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself —- natural hair and all.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler (792.7028 POEHLER) – Poehler offers personal stories and her humorous take on such topics as love, friendship and parenthood.

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments by David Foster Wallace (814.54 WALLACE) – A collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch.

Take the Cannoli by Sarah Vowell (081 VOWELL) (not at Montclair) – From another humorous memoir veteran, Vowell’s collection of autobiographical stories describes her life, from her childhood among devout Christians to her present incarnation as a radio host.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson (070.92 LAWSON) – In an illustrated memoir, blogger Lawson shares humorous stories from her life, including her awkward upbringing in Texas and her relationship with her husband.

The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian by W. Kamau Bell (792.7602 BELL) – A humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling issues from race relations to fatherhood.

Bossypants by Tina Fey (792.7028 FEY) – From her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live to her life as a mother eating things off the floor, Fey reveals all, and proves that you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

I Know I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee (814.6 BEE) (not at Montclair) – Bee delivers hilarious essays on everything from her parents’ views on religion to her pre-“Daily Show” stint as a Japanese anime character.

My Heart is an Idiot by Davy Rothbart (818.602 ROTHBART)​ – The author describes his frequent failings at love, his many cross-country sojourns and the outrageous schemes he concocts.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 9, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: October 9-15, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 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 at510-482-7810. Volunteer lawyer leaves before 7pm if no more people are present.

Wednesday, October 11, 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.

Thursday, October 12, 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 | October 5, 2017

Book sale this Saturday

Book Sale Saturday

Spotted around town: See you Saturday, 10am-3pm at the library!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | October 2, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: October 2-8, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 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.

Pop-Up TeenZone – 1:30-3:00pm
Teens, 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! October’s craft is washi tape notebooks.

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 are aimed at fairly strong readers in 4th through 6th grades. For our October meeting, we will be discussing the 2017 Newbery Award winner, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. You can pick up a copy of it at the Montclair branch. Questions? Contact Sally: 510-482-7810 or sengelfried@oaklandlibrary.org

Thursday, October 5, 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, October 7, 2017
FOML Fall Book Sale – 10am-3pm
Find great deals on gently used books all day, plus our Teachers’ Special and the fill-a-bag deal at the end of the day.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 30, 2017

Hamlet 2.0

Books Inspired by Hamlet, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

The Bay Area is having a bit of a “Hamlet” moment: San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Free Shakespeare in the Park is wrapping up its summer run of “Hamlet” this weekend with free shows in McClaren Park, and ACT is in the midst of a “Hamlet” run (through Oct. 15) – now is the perfect time to pick up a book inspired by Shakespeare’s classic tale of mortality and madness.

Authors have been borrowing Shakespeare’s (often themselves borrowed) plots for centuries, so it’s no surprise that, from “The Lion King” to “Sons of Anarchy,” “Hamlet’s” tale of a son seeking to avenge his father’s death is firmly entrenched in pop culture.

It’s especially fun to see authors spin off minor characters or change the story’s location or time period. Here are 9 books that play with “Hamlet’s” characters, plot and themes:

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard (822 ST735) – Stoppard’s “play expands upon the exploits of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the courtiers Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.” (Wikipedia)

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (FIC WROBLEWSK) – Set in rural Wisconsin, this retelling features “a mute boy who, after his father is killed, runs away from but then returns to his usurped home, hoping to prove his suspicions that his uncle murdered his father.” (Wikipedia)

The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig (FIC HAIG) (not at Montclair) – Eleven-year-old Philip Noble learns from the ghost of his late father that his uncle, who has designs on Philip’s mother, murdered Philip’s father in order to get his hands on the family pub.

Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike (FIC UPDIKE) (not at Montclair) – Set before the action begins in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” this speculative novel follows the lives of Gertrude and Claudius, King and Queen of Denmark, as they wend their way towards adultery and treachery to ascend the throne.

Nutshell by Ian McEwan (FIC McEWAN) – The nine-month-old inhabitant of Trudy’s womb bears witness to a murder plot devised by Trudy and Claude, the brother of Trudy’s ex-husband.

Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4) by Jasper Fforde (SF FFORDE) (not at Montclair) – In the continued adventures of literary detective Thursday Next, Thursday returns from the BookWorld accompanied by Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

The Steep And Thorny Way by Cat Winters (YA FIC WINTERS) (not at Montclair) – “A sixteen-year-old biracial girl in rural Oregon in the 1920s searches for the truth about her father’s death while avoiding trouble from the Ku Klux Klan in this YA historical novel inspired by Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’.” (Publisher)

A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson (YA FIC HUTCHISON) (not at Montclair) – A reimagining of the world and story of Hamlet–from Ophelia’s perspective and set in an American boarding school.

srsly Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone – This one is only available through Link+, but the concept is too fun to pass up: “William Shakespeare’s tragedy told in the style of texts, tweets and status posts.” (Publisher)

And stay tuned: Gillian Flynn, author of the best-selling novel Gone Girl, is adapting “Hamlet” into “a novel about murder, betrayal, revenge and madness” for the Hogarth Shakespeare Project, according to the New York Times. The book is due out in 2021.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 29, 2017

The Princess Bride Turns 30

Books for people who love The Princess Bride, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

It’s almost inconceivable that “The Princess Bride” movie celebrated its 30th anniversary this month – the film was released in theaters on September 25, 1987.

The now-classic tale of swashbuckling romance pairs traditional fairy tale elements like a kidnapped princess, a gentle giant and “the second best sword-fighting sequence on film” with humor and memorable lines that have become part of pop culture.

If you love the movie and haven’t read the book yet, do yourself a favor and check out William Goldman’s 1973 novel right now: The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, the “Good Parts” Version, Abridged by William Goldman (FIC GOLDMAN) (not at Montclair).

The new book The Dharma of “The Princess Bride”: What the Coolest Fairy Tale of Our Time Can Teach Us About Buddhism and Relationships by Ethan Nichtern (so new that OPL has ordered copies but they aren’t yet circulating – you can request it now) explores principles of Buddhist teachings through the lens of the iconic film, examining the concepts of friendship, romance and family, and how they are experienced by such characters as Buttercup, Fezzik and Westley.

And if you want the behind-the-scenes take on the making of the movie, and are willing to wade through some Hollywood back-patting to find the interesting bits, actor Cary Elwes’s first-person account of the making of the cult classic film is “filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs and interviews with” cast and crew: As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of “The Princess Bride” by Cary Elwes (791.4372 PRINCESS) (not at Montclair)

Lastly, here are a few more books that mix fairy tale elements with humor — stories about princesses, sword fights, mistaken identity and true love — fans of “The Princess Bride” might enjoy. These are mostly books for adults, with a few middle-grade books that fairy-tale-loving adults will enjoy thrown in:

Stardust by Neil Gaiman (YA SF GAIMAN) – Perhaps the most obvious parallel for The Princess Bride, Stardust also features magic, adventure and true loves separated by fate, as our young hero Tristran sets off to retrieve a fallen star.

The Robber Bridegroom by Eudora Welty (FIC WELTY) (not at Montclair) – Welty’s Southern folk tale about a gentleman bandit who kidnaps the fair Rosamund weaves together elements of Mississippi lore and a story from the Brothers Grimm.

The Silent Gondoliers: A Fable by S. Morgenstern by William Goldman (not in OPL – available through Link+) – Written in the form of a fable by the same mythical S. Morgenstern who wrote The Princess Bride, this story about the boatmen of Venice lets Goldman “satirize both the literary forms themselves and the modern values that are so humorously contrasted with the expected traditional values of fairy tales or fables.” (BookRags)

The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides by Ben Tripp (the book seems to be missing from OPL, but you can check out the ebook) – In this middle-grade novel set in 18th-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol (in a Dread Pirate Roberts-like move) “takes on the persona of his dead master, the notorious highwayman Whistling Jack, who pledged a fairy he would rescue a feisty princess from an arranged marriage with King George III.”

The Color of Magic (Discworld 1) by Terry Pratchett (SF PRATCHETT) (not at Montclair) – “A slightly disorganized and somewhat naive interplanetary tourist joins up with a bumbling wizard and embarks on a chaotic voyage through a world filled with monsters and dragons, heroes and knaves, in the first novel in the Discworld series.”

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (J FIC HALE) – “On her way to marry a prince she’s never met, Princess Anidori is betrayed by her guards and her lady-in-waiting and must become a goose girl to survive until she can reveal her true identity and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.”

Posted by: montclairlibrary | September 25, 2017

This week at Montclair Library: September 25-October 2, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 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, September 28, 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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