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In the January edition of Check Us Out, we interview Jacqueline Mroz, discuss upcoming events, and share new book picks.

Discussed in this episode:

Biblioboard/Pressbooks self-publishing tool and demonstration event on January 28.

Adult School Department events:
Willie Cole in Conversation: Art and Life Inspired by Newark NEW
Scottish Traditions – Montclair Orchestra
Deja Riley Izydorczyk: Balances Shakin’ It While Keeping It Zen
30 Second Universe: A Cosmic Conversation
Presidential Decisions for War or Peace

Book picks:

Near Prospect Park by Lawrence Levy (release date: January 14, 2020)
Hi Five by Joe Ide (release date: January 28, 2020)
Yellow Earth by John Sayles (release date: January 7, 2020)
The Secret Guests by Benjamin Black (release date: January 14, 2020)
19 Love Songs by David Levithan
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles (release date: January 21, 2020)
Chosen by Kiersten White
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha (release date: January 28, 2020)

 

In this month’s edition, we share upcoming programs, recommend books, and interview Dale Berra about his recent book, “My Dad Yogi: A Memoir of Family and Baseball.”

Discussed in this episode:

Ancesty and HeritageQuest
Discover more about your family history with these free resources from MPL and the New Jersey State Library.

Ancestry offers unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.  Ancestry is available for in-library (Main Library) use only, through either the public internet computers or the library’s WiFi. No library card is needed.

HeritageQuest provides access to City Directories, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, Agricultural and Industrial Schedules, and moreEnjoy access to City Directories, U.S. Indian Census Rolls, Agricultural and Industrial Schedules, and more. HeritageQuest can be used anywhere with any NJ library card.

Book picks:

Agent Running in the Field
by John Le Carre
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Rebus: Long Shadows by Ian Rankin
Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
One of Us is Next by Karen McManus
The Night Country by Melissa Albert

 


In the November edition of Check Us Out, we interview Marcy Dermansky, discuss upcoming events, and share new book picks.

Discussed in this episode:

Foundation Directory Online and Grants to Individuals
The most up-to-date, complete information you can get about grantmakers and the grants they’ve made. FDO was formerly known as Foundation Center. These databases are available for in-library (Main Library) use only, through either the public internet computers or the library’s WiFi. 

Events and Adult School classes in November

Book picks:

Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzie Lee
The Institute by Stephen King
The Liberation of Paris by Jean Edward Smith
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen N. Arnett
Big Sky by Kate Atkinson.
Fleabag by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

 

In this edition of “Check Us Out” we discuss library card perks for Montclair residents, new and upcoming books, and interview Julia Phillips about her debut novel “Disappearing Earth.”

Discussed in this episode:

Program series: 400 Years of Inequality

Live homework help, test prep, and resume review at: Tutor.com

Titles recommended by Librarians Ken and Kiersten:

The Fountain of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
Shatter City by Scott Westerfeld
The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth
Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero O’Connell
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
The Institute by Stephen King
Grand Union by Zadie Smith
Akin by Emma Donoghue
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahisi Coates
Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
Find Me by Andre Aciman
Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Walker
Agent Running in the Field by John LeCarre
The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith
The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer
When Hell Struck Twelve by James R. Benn

 

 

The October 2018 episode focuses on the Great American Read and an interview with Library Director Peter Coyl. Check Us Out: Episode 2 is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Discussed in this episode:

PBS Great American Read titles, including these ones Librarian Ken mentioned:
1984 by George Orwell
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (Montclair’s #2 Great American Read pick)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Mind Invaders by Dave Hunt
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (Librarian Ken’s favorite)
Ready, Player One by Ernest Cline
The Stand by Stephen King
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Young adult books recommended by Librarian Kiersten:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

Feel free to contact the Reference Desk at 973-744-0500 x2235 if you need any assistance locating or requesting these titles.

Special edition of Check Us Out features in-depth discussion between School Superintendent Dr. Kendra V. Johnson and Library Director Peter Coyl. They discuss schools, libraries and the unique town of Montclair. Check Us Out: Episode 1 by is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Discussed in this episode:

Books
Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet, Including Simplified Science and No-cook Meal Plans by Maria Emmerich
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?” And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Film
Lean on Me (1989) Directed by John G. Avildsen

Feel free to contact the Reference Desk at 973-744-0500 x2235 if you need any assistance locating or requesting these titles.

 

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