Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 23, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: April 23-29, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
National Poetry Month Reading – 6:00-8:00pm
Come celebrate National Poetry Month with us! Seven local poets will be reading their poetry, followed by a short open-mic period. Sheryl Bize Boutte will MC.
The poets are: Sheryl J. Bize Boutte, Grace Marie Grafton, Cristina Deptula, Amos White, Leticia Garcia Bradford, Chiyuma Elliott and Ryan Van Lenning

Thursday, April 26, 2018
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, April 28, 2018
Last Day to Turn in UNBOUND Entries – 5:30pm
Closing time for the library is also closing time for our annual book art contest – we can’t wait to see what you make!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 16, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: April 16-22, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30-2:30pm
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
Kids use art supplies and building materials and whatever else we can find to create something fun! Repeats every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday. This week we’ll have supplies so you can create an entry for the UNBOUND Book Art & Craft contest if you want to!

Thursday, April 19, 2018
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, April 21, 2018
Workshop on using eBooks (& other library apps) – 3:00-5:00pm
Oakland Public Library offers a variety of e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, digital music & streaming films for various devices, including iPads, iPods, 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, with 3 attendees maximum per hour plus 2 on a wait list. (This workshop will be offered monthly.) Advance sign-up is required; please RSVP at 482-7810 and select 3-4pm or 4-5pm.

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 9, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: April 9-15, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
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, April 11, 2018
Build, Craft, Create – 2:30-3:30pm
Kids use art supplies and building materials and whatever else we can find to create something fun! Repeats every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday.

Poetry Month Craft – 2:30pm
Do you need a poem for Poem In Your Pocket Day (April 26)? Drop in and make a random poem using Collage, Blackout or Monster Poetry. You will have to come to the Branch to see what type of poetry is happening. While you’re here, find your favorite book of poetry! All ages welcome, best for ages 5 and up.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
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, April 14, 2018
UNBOUND Entries Accepted at Library
April 14-28 is the window to turn in entries for our annual book art contest! Get all the details at https://montclairfriends.org/unbound/

Posted by: montclairlibrary | April 2, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: April 2-8, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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 (this month: Magazine Silhouettes) and 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! Call or drop by the Montclair branch to find out what book we are reading this month! Questions? Call the Montclair branch at 510-482-7810.

Thursday, April 5, 2018
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 | March 26, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: March 26-April 1, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The Magic & Mystery of Vincent Van Gogh: Slideshow and lecture by Marlene Aron – 6:30-8:00pm
Marlene Aron, artist, educator and poet, presents the beautiful art of Van Gogh. This is an in-depth study of one of the most brilliant and influential artists of the 19th Century. Each slide lecture will be about one hour, with time for questions and discussion afterward. Over 80 slides per lecture.
This week: Part 2: His final brilliant years, Paris, Arles, St. Remy and Auvers-sur-Oise.

Thursday, March 29, 2018
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 | March 20, 2018

It’s art contest time!

First place for adults in UNBOUND 2017, by Katherine Falk

Spring is here, which means it’s time for the Friends of Montclair Library UNBOUND Book Art & Craft Contest, when you can turn a discarded book into something new and wonderful for fun and prizes! (Pictured: Last year’s first place winner by Katherine Falk)

You can find all the details, rules, prizes, entry forms and other info on the contest page: https://montclairfriends.org/unbound/

Some notes:

  • Entries are due at the library by closing time on Saturday, April 28.
  • The adult first place winner could potentially have an art show at Novel Brewing Company!
  • Kids are invited to work on their entries during craft time at the library on Wednesday, April 18 at 2:30pm, when we’ll have supplies and ideas for you.

We can’t wait to see what you make!

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 19, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: March 19-25, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The Magic & Mystery of Vincent Van Gogh: Slideshow and lecture by Marlene Aron – 6:30-8:00pm
Marlene Aron, artist, educator and poet, presents the beautiful art of Van Gogh. This is an in-depth study of one of the most brilliant and influential artists of the 19th Century. Each slide lecture will be about one hour, with time for questions and discussion afterward. Over 80 slides per lecture.
This week: Part 1: The early years, childhood to Paris. (Join us next Tuesday, March 27, for Part 2!)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
PAWS to Read with BARK Therapy Dogs – 1:30-2:30pm
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! Repeats every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday.

Thursday, March 22, 2018
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 | March 12, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: March 12-18, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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 7:00pm if no more people are present.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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! Repeats every 2nd and 3rd Wednesday.

Thursday, March 15, 2018
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 | March 6, 2018

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Books for Optimists, a list by the Friends of Montclair Library

When things seem bleak, sometimes it helps to look at the big picture. Here are 10 books, including Bill Gates’s personal picks and a couple of recent ones that have been getting a lot of buzz, that look at the bright side of a complicated world.

Everything is Going to Be OK (158.1 EVERYTHING) (not at Montclair – Link+) – This one isn’t in OPL but is available through Link+, and I’m including it here because it’s so fun. This book is full of artwork featuring messages of sincerity, optimism, hope and good cheer – like little visual pep talks on every page.

An Optimist’s Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer “What’s Next?” by Mark Stevenson (601.12 STEVENSON) (not at Montclair) – In the tradition of Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, Stevenson gives us a smart and entertaining guide to the future of civilization, describing his travels around the world where he learned about climate-proof farming practices and breakthrough technologies with a potential for helping the world.

Enlightenment Now: the Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker (303.44 PINKER) – In seventy-five graphs, Steven Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide. This progress is a gift of the Enlightenment: the conviction that reason and science can enhance human flourishing.

It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear by Gregg Easterbrook (not at Montclair – available through Link+) (909 EAST) – Despite the deeply troubling issues we face, by almost every meaningful measure — disease, crime, longevity, etc. — the modern world is better than it ever has been.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling (not at Montclair) – This book may or may not be available through Link+, but you can check out a video of Rosling’s 2009 TED talk from OPL. In his talk and his book, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Rosling posits that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think, and that in worrying about everything all the time we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.

Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined by Steven Pinker (303.609 PINKER) – Like Pinker’s other book on this list, Bill Gates is a fan of this one, too. Pinker argues that thanks to the spread of government, literacy, trade and cosmopolitanism, we increasingly control our impulses, empathize with others, debunk toxic ideologies and deploy our powers of reason to reduce the temptations of violence.

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley (book on CD) (CD 339.2 RIDLEY) – By looking at human history, the author argues disasters, downturns, and setbacks are just part of a millenia-long cycle of increasing prosperity that will continue through the twenty-first century and beyond.

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J. Fox (791.43028 FOX) – The popular film and television actor evaluates the personal philosophy that has enabled his positive outlook in spite of his battle with Parkinson’s disease, in an uplifting account that considers how he has become a happier and more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding and How We Can Improve the World Even More by Charles Kenny (306 KENNY) (not at Montclair) – An economist reflects on the past years of changes in the developing world, showing how aid interventions, inexpensive yet effective technologies and the spread of political ideas has helped developing countries and explaining what can be done in the future to continue this progress.

The Book of Awesome: Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things by Neil Pasricha (YA 808.6 PASRICHA) (not at Montclair) – Focusing on both tangible pleasures and simple experiences, Pasricha provides a contemporary take on everyday inspiration. Though tongue-in-cheek, Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life’s unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to “share a universal high five with humanity.”

Posted by: montclairlibrary | March 5, 2018

This week at Montclair Library: March 5-11, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Pop-Up TeenZone – 1:30-3:00pm
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! March: LED Button Making 1:30-2:30 Create a personalized button that lights up! (For teens ages 12-18)

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 4:00pm. Snacks will be provided! Call (510-482-7810) or drop by the Montclair branch to find out what book we are reading this month.

Thursday, March 8, 2018
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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