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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 (release date: November 26, 2019)
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 (on order)


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

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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:

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

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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