Back to School

Helpful tips for making the start of this year's back to school season successful.

There is only one time of year that is more financally stress-enducing for parents than Christmas: Back to School season. One of my favorite retailers had the Back to School displays up on July 5th. If that is not pressure enough, according to Good Morning America last week parents are anticipated to spend an average of $230-some odd dollars on back to school materials. PER CHILD! Wait...what? $230 per child? I have three children, and I DO NOT HAVE $690 in back to school money. Who did this math anyway? Now we all want our children to start school confident and successful with everything they need, but sometimes our financial situation doesn't support this desire completely. Luckily Oakland has a wealth of resources designed to support parents during the back to school season. I don't know about them all, but here are a few to consider.

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Talking with Kids about Race and Racism

Library resources to help adults talk with young people about race and racism. Includes a link to the complete audio recording of a panel discussion on the topic.

Right now, stories of racialized violence, images of protestors demanding justice, and discussions about the movement for Black Lives are dominating the media – and people nationwide are struggling to find age-appropriate ways they can talk with youth about current events, race, and racism.

If you’re looking for support with these difficult conversations, come to the library! Oakland Public Library has books, DVDs, and an up-to-date, downloadable #BlackLivesMatter resource series to help spark discussion with kids of all ages.

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Looking for a good book for Summer Reading?

There are lots of ways to find great books for your kid at the library, whether in person or online.

Now that you and your child are signed up for Summer Reading...do you need a good book? 

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Check out some of our favorite recommended books for kids at our Great Reads page.

With Beanstack, set up a free account and select your child's age, interests, background, and reading level. You’ll receive a weekly email with recommended books from the Oakland Public Library!

Want to hear a story, or play a game? Try Tumblebooks! You'll need your library card.

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Read, Create, Explore!: It's Summer Reading Time

Events, activities, and rewards for reading await you and your child this summer at your library.

Summer Reading LogoRead, Create, Explore!

Summer Reading for kids runs from June 11-August 6th. Find out all about it at oaklandlibrary.org/summer.

Come to our city-wide Summer Reading Kickoff at the 81st Avenue Library, Friday June 10th from 1pm-3pm. Enjoy arts, Legos, and and Acrobatic show by Coventry & Koluza.  Each child in attendance will receive a free book to start their summer of reading. 

Kids ages 0-14 who read at least 20 days during the summer will receive prizes including a book to keep, a "Super Reader" badge, coupons to Oakland attractions including Chabot Space and Science Center, Children's Fairyland,

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Happy Mother's Day

The best Mother's Day present one can receive, is the gift of making a parents life easier. The Oakland Public Library gives all parents the gift of Tumblebooks for Mother's Day. You're welcome.

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There is this saying that "Motherhood is the hardest job you will ever love."  It's true. I love my children and I love my job.  My love for my job shows whenever I have the oppertunity to read stories to children. I sing, I dance, and I have a great time. Afterwards, it never fails:  several  parents will compliment my reading style, and follow- up with the question/statement: You must read to your children all the time! 

My answer always is: ABSOLUTELY NOT! 

I love my kids don't get me wrong; but at the end of the day I am a momma just like you (unless you're a poppa but you get my point) and I don't want to read a bedtime story every night

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Potty Training Adventures...

When your child is ready for big kid pants, the library is here to help.

Sunday afternoon I walked into the living room and saw this:

As shocking as this sight was, I became very excited. This is the first sign he might be ready to start potty training. The second sign was the next morning when he woke up shouting "Momma, I gotta pee pee!" YEA AGAIN... except, I don't know how to train a child to go pee pee. This is a problem when I have an excited toddler ready to get rid of his diapers. So off to the library I go, and here is what I brought brought home for him:

               

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Oakland Celebrates Día (Diversity in Action)

Celebrate children, books, and diversity at Oakland in April and May!

Día, celebrating its 20th year in 2016, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. We uphold this daily commitment, and this April and May, each Oakland Public Library location will celebrate Día with one of the following performances, followed by a book giveaway. Please join us.

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Words with Wings: Children and National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month and support early readers!

 

"He liked the word - its smallness, its density, the way it rose up at the end as if it had wings.  Poetry."  

-Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo     

April is National Poetry Monthwhat a wonderful excuse to share poems with youth! Story poems filled with adventure and glee, short bite-sized poems to fit in your pocket, classic poems to carry them through school, poems that rhyme and will forever be stuck in your head, and so many more! Language is beautiful and poetry is a wonderful way to encourage youth to play with words. 

                                         

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Radical Princess and Pioneer Barbie

Celebrate Woman History Month by embracing the imagination within our girls.

                                  

March is Women's History Month and OPL is hosting a Women's History Celebration in many libraries across the city.

But did you know that OPL's Womens History celebration was inspired by a costume contest? That's right, a simple game of dress-up resulted in the RADest Women's History celebration OPL has ever seen. 

I am bringing this to your attention because I want to remind you that our little girls play dress-up every day. Disney sells millions of dollars in costumes for Elsa, Ariel, Tianna and Merida et. al. During Woman’s history month, I don't want you to forget the

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Black History Homework Re-Imagined!

Are you looking for a twist to writing your Black History Report?

Yesterday while talking to my friend who is a teacher she was bemoaning how bored she was with Black History and how she wished she could just "cancel the whole thing." 

To say I wasn't thrilled with her comments was an understatement.

But trying to give my soon to be ex-friend the benefit of the doubt, I asked her to clairify her statements. She continues by saying that although she enjoys celebrating Black History and loves the oratorical  competitions, she absolutely HATES reading 25 biographies about President Obama, 5 about Michele Obama and maybe 3 about a current Black celebrity or athlete. 

And just when I was about to shout 

she finished her diatribe with a very interesting

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