“The library has been like a second home to me and my kids. They have grown up there, migrating from the third floor children’s section to the first floor young adult room. I am especially grateful to the librarians, who for 15 years have been my go-to resource for book recommendations for my crew. They guided us from the Time Warp Trio to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Thank you, MPL!”
“I wrote my second book at the library. I still check out picture books for my 13 and 14 year old daughters there, because you’re never too old for picture books. I love people-watching, book-browsing, event-attending, fine-paying…all of it. And special requesting books online only to pop in and find them wrapped and ready to go, right there on the first floor? That always feels like such a luxury. Thank you, MPL, for all the bibliotherapy over the years, and for creating community in our town. I can’t wait to come in soon and pay my latest hefty fine.”
“I like to go to the library to read, play games on the computers and practice typing.” “The librarians are really nice.” “I like to read the Pinkalicious books and I also practice my sight words that I learned in school”. “I like to read books because I learn new things from them.” “In the summer, I went to the library all the time with my babysitter and sometimes even ate lunch there.” “The food was good.”
Tori Purefoy, 6 year old, first grader at Nishuane, future fashion designer.
“Webster defines “library” as a place where books, magazines, and other materials are available to read or borrow. The Montclair Library is so very much more. It is an interactive space where people meet, attend classes and lectures, and where growth occurs on so many levels. For those over 65, it continues an opportunity for “Life Long Learning.” The Library is a treasure and is truly a “hub” of the community.”
“As newcomers to Montclair almost 15 years ago, the first meaningful connection our family made was with the our public library. Public libraries are a precious and vital part of any community, but our library is in a league of its own. To me, the Montclair Public Library is the heart and soul of our community. It’s our best conscience, promoting early literacy and lifelong learning. It’s our guardian, giving us shelter from the harrows of bad luck or superstorms like Sandy (giving power to our cell phones, not to mention refuge from our cold, dark homes). It’s also our friend and celebrant, bringing both classic and 21st century entertainment, technology and programs into every person’s life in this town. That’s the biggest thing, to me, and why I support the Library as my first and foremost cause in this community I love so well: The Library is here for everybody. It serves every one of us. And the depth and breadth of its programs, its comfort and sincerely open welcome comprise a treasure I dearly want to protect, preserve and perpetuate.”
For me, in these times of increasing stridency, what the MPL offers is simple and profound: silence. Silence and a space to be together in common pursuit with our neighbors, especially the neighbors we don’t often see – the teenagers in homework huddles, senior citizens at computer terminals, the homeless guy reading a magazine.
Democracy is a grand idea, but like all grand ideas it only endures in the people who practice it. And the enduring wonder of the Montclair Public Library is that, in its silence as much as in its engaging programming, it offers us every opportunity to do just that.
Mary Beth Rosenthal
“When I was growing up, the library was always a favorite destination. My parents were readers and I wanted to be like them, so what better place to hang out? My innate curiosity led me to journalism, but my love of reading-enhanced, enriched and enabled by the library-pushed me toward making writing my full-time job.”
Become a Montclair Library Friend!
The Montclair Library Friends is an organization created to raise awareness of and expand the services and programs of the Montclair Public Library — Main Library, Bellevue Avenue Library, and the virtual library — advocate for MPL, and manage volunteer programs.
With your support and voice, The Montclair Library Friends will:
- Enhance community awareness of our Library and services.
- Help to expand library outreach and services throughout Montclair.
- Provide volunteer services through our Library Ambassadors program.
- Advocate for the library.
- Sustain the Montclair Public Library as the vital center of the community.
Join the Montclair Library Friends for an annual $10 fee and receive membership benefits:
- Subscription to the Friends newsletter.
- Attendance and voting privileges at Montclair Library Friends meetings.
- Opportunities to join committees and participate in the volunteer program.
- An even better library!
There are 2 ways to join:
- To register now and pay online with a credit card, please press this link. Credit Card Registration
- To register and pay by check or cash, please print and complete the paper form and submit it by mail or in person. Paper Form Registration
In addition, registration forms are available at the Main and Bellevue Avenue Library