Wonder how a book ends up on the shelf? Let me tell ya.

If you're wondering how the Oakland Public Library chooses books, read on!

Child choosing a book off the shelfHave you ever wondered how books end up on the shelves in your library? There’s a whole process behind how librarians select books, and it’s not even a secret!

The Oakland Public Library spends approximately $2,000,000 on materials each year, which includes about 50,000 books. While libraries’ capacity for knowledge, information, and creativity is limitless, our buildings and shelf space are not. Every library practices regular weeding of collections for the simple reason that one can’t put new books on the shelves if there is no room.

I’d like to share with you a great example of how we keep our collection updated. 

A book on Fannie Lou Hamer was withdrawn from

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Read to a Dog!

Children can practice reading to a certified therapy dog in the library.

Girl reading to a dog

Dogs in the Library? Well, sure, when they're working!

Young readers can read aloud to a certified therapy dog who loves listening to stories! Reading to dogs can help increase children's reading confidence, skill, and enjoyment. 

Read to a Dog events are hosted at the following locations/times.  Please call in advance of your planned day to make sure the dog is expected.  Dogs take vacations too sometimes.  

Scout the Dog is ready for a story at:

Elmhurst Library, Every Saturday at 11am

Natasha the Dog is ready for a story at:

81st Avenue Library, First Wednesday of the month at 2pm

Rockridge

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Winter Bingo!

Come play Winter Bingo at your library, for a free book!

It's time for Winter Bingo!

Children can pick up a Winter Bingo card of activities like "Build with blocks," “Go to a storytime,” “Tell a story about your day,” “Tell a librarian what to read,” or “Make someone laugh.”

Complete any 5 of activities in a row, then bring your bingo card to any Oakland Public Library between December 27, 2017 and January 20, 2018 to receive a free book. 

Your libraries have lots of kids events during winter break, so making BINGO is easy!  You can pick up your Winter Bingo card at any Oakland Public Library or print your own.

Winter Bingo  For Grades K thru 5 - English

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Books and Dance in honor of Native American Heritage Month

Children's books by and about Native American / First Nations people, recommended by Oakland Public Library, and upcoming performances by Sewam American Indian Dance

OPL is a great source of children's books by and about Native American / First Nations people, perfect for reading and sharing year round. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we're excited to share with you our current list of favorite:

Great Native American Children's Books

Check them out today!

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Kids Bike: A Booklist from the Women Bike Book Club

Books for kids who love bikes!

Did you know that the Oakland Public Library co-hosts a Women Bike Book Club with Bike East Bay? We gather to discuss biking, feminism, and the intersection of the two on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00pm, at our Golden Gate Branch (5606 San Pablo Avenue). The book club was started by Bike East Bay as part of their Women Bike initiative, which brings women and gender nonconforming folks together in social settings to share experiences and resources with each other. 

Ok so the book club sounds awesome but why are we talking about that here?

Our meeting on November 9th will focus on children’s books! We'll have some great selections of bike-related children's literature, and we'll talk about moms, biking, and the next generation of cyclists. Join us to enjoy beautiful illustrations, good conversation, and maybe even pick up some gift ideas for the little feminists in your life. 

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Books for Wider Horizons - Taking Storytimes to Young Children

Be a rock star to Oakland children. Volunteer for Books for Wider Horizons.

"She is fantastic. She brings every story to life. The children just love her storytelling...The staff loves her as well."

"Our reader is amazing. She ranks as one of the top five activities for students and teachers. We love her stories, songs, enthusiasm, and calm. Thank you for bringing her into our lives!"

"He is an excellent storyteller. The children, staff, and parents love him. He is unique in his own way."

These are just some of the reactions we received from the teachers of the preschool classes that our Books for Wider Horizons (BWH) volunteers read to this past school year. These 67 BWH volunteers are changing the lives of Oakland children, one week at a time.

If you want to be a hero in a child's life and are interested in volunteering for BWH, please call our coordinator, Rochelle Venuto, at (510) 238-7453. She will be happy to sign you up. 

We hold

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The OPL Kids' Summer Reading Fairyland Winner Is...

Announcing the 2017 OPL Children's Summer Reading grand prize - Fairyland family membership

Tiago! Tiago is 3 years old and goes to the Piedmont Avenue Branch when he wants to find good book. He's not all that fond of getting his picture taken but loves the glow-in-the- dark Fairyland key he received as part of his prize. In addition to the glow-in-the-dark key, he also won a Fairyland family membership. Congratulations Tiago!

Every child who played the game got to choose a book to keep and received a packet of coupons and a chance to win in this raffle. 

Of course, the real prize was the time he and every player spent reading, singing, talking, playing, and writing with friends and family during the summer.

Clifford with Winning Pre-Reader CardClifford

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Storytime on the Bus!: Saturday July 15th

The library becomes a bus stop for a very special storytime!

We're excited to welcome AC Transit to our libraries on Saturday July 15th!  Visit one of these stops to climb on board the parked bus for children's storytime with your very own children’s librarian:

 

Storytime on the Bus will be visiting:

Main Library Children's Room (facing Oak) at 10:30 am

81st Avenue Library at 2pm

West Oakland Library at 3:30pm

 

Explore AC Transit:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch at 12:30pm

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Summer Reading for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

This summer children 0-4 can play their very own kind of Summer Reading. Ask at any OPL library.

Oakland Public Library is always full of fun things to do during the summer, with performers, crafts, science, dance, martial arts and free lunches for youth at many branches, and of course, Kids' Summer Reading

Babies and toddlers can do summer reading too, and this year we've created a special Pre-Reader card for parents and caregivers to do with them. Talking, Reading, Singing, Writing, and Playing, are all activities that support the youngest children to be ready

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Summer at Oakland Public Library for Kids

Kids' Summer Reading runs June 10-August 5 at OPL

Kids' Summer Reading Logo

It's summer in Oakland. And you know what that means? Kids' Summer Reading at Oakland Public Library. 

Sign up at our Summer page to register up for the Kids', Teen, or Adult Summer Program, or ask for help at any of our locations

Children under 5 and their caregivers have a different game to play; just ask at the library for a Pre-Reader Card. 

After kids read for 20 days, they can come to the library to get a prize: a book to keep and a packet of coupons for Fentons ice cream, Round Table pizza, ice skating, Fairyland, and Chabot Space and Science Center. And you will be entered into our raffles. Raffle prizes come from lots of

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