Q&A Patrons Ask: My Kid Only Reads Junie B. Jones....

Reading should be fun. The benefits of children reading anti-hero stories.

Q: My child only wants to read Junie B. Jones and Junie B is a bad influence. How can I encourage my child to read more substantial literature?

A:. I don’t know when it happens, but somewhere along the process of raising children and wanting only the best for them, we forget that sometimes kids just need to have fun. Unlike too much television and video games that have a negative effect on a child’s physical and intellectual development, excessive reading will only have the opposite effect. Kids who read regularly perform well in school, become critical thinkers, have quality writing skills, continually improve grammar and vocabulary, and a host of other benefits.  The only way to develop a voracious reader is to allow the child to read what interests them. So if you want the best for your children, (and I know you do) my professional advice is to relax and let the kid read any age appropriate material they want to.

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Have You Seen ... Mr. Turner?

A coming attraction blog post for Mr. Turner, the DVD

From IMDB: Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito with in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

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Let a Book Take You There

Take a journey with a book this summer!

For some of us summer means vacation and travel, but you don't have to go further than OPL to enjoy a trip across the country, an adventure in the Sierras or a journey to the other side of the world. Just take a look at our collection of travel writing. Wherever you'd like to go, let a book take you there.

Better than Fiction     By the Seat of My Pants    

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Q&A: Patrons Ask; Librarians Answer. How do you know if a person is cheating on the Summer Reading Challenge?

In the thick of the Summer Reading Challenge, not everyone believes we should trust the readers...they ask us; How do you know if someone is cheating; filling in their reading log with stickers without actually reading anything at all?!?!!

Q: How do you know if a person is just cheating by filling in all the stickers but not reading?A volunteer (unnamed) looking sneaky with her reading log.

A: We don’t know!

Of the approximately 500 kids who have signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge at my branch library, only 3 have had the audacity to ask this question.

However, at the beginning of June, when I visited classrooms at a number of Oakland Public Schools (all the children's librarians do this every May & June) to tell kids about the Summer Reading Program, another dozen kids asked the same question. At every school, there is always at least one person, usually in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, who asks me, "What if someone

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Your Library is Warrior's Ground!

Where better to celebrate than at your library?

We love this photo at SF Gate of Library regulars Cici and Madison Hung-Hass. We know there are more Library & Warrior fans out there!  So tweet your photos of  Warriors Pride at the Library to

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Be a Summer Reading Super Hero!

Celebrate National Summer Learning Day at the Library with a Summer Reading Super Hero festival!

OR2020 LogoAll kids are invited to participate in Oakland's Summer Reading Challenge. But two special events this Friday invite kids to be summer reading heroes!

Join us on Friday, June 19th, from 1pm to 3:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr Branch, or the 81st Avenue Branch, for a summer reading festival including free books, facepainting, bubbles, popcorn, storytime, a superhero photo booth, and a chance to win a Kindle!

The Summer Reading Super Hero festival celebrates National Summer Learning Day, and is sponsored by

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Happily Ever After?

Bill Willingham's celebrated comic series comes to a close this year. If you've missed Fables for the last 13 years, now's the time to binge.

fables jacket Fairest jacket  Wolf Among Us jacket  1001 nights of snowfall jacket 

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, A Lakeview Branch Book Club Review

A Lakeview Branch Book Club of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

This may have been the best meeting ever! 19 of us were there. There were several new people who came just because of this wonderful book. Not all had finished it, but all planned to do so. A couple had not yet started, but planned to read it. We all LOVED this book and recommend it highly to everyone.
Our group was very diverse and the stories in this extremely well researched history and the personal stories of three different people who left the South and moved to what was hoped to be a better life, affected us all in their universality.
Isabel Wilkerson, is the first Black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. She has won many, many other awards for her writing and many for The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

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June Is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month!

June 2015 Is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month

Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat — or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!

TOP TEN CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT:

  1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
  2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours.
  3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
  4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before s/he comes home.
  5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat..
  6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
  7. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2015

Looking for something terrific to read? We've got you covered! Here are 10 great novels and story collections coming out this month.

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