I Don't Want To Hug Aunt Myrtle: A Consent Lesson From Kids To The Adults Who Love Them.

Some kids in my branch asked me to tell you this grown-ups. Please listen.

The children in my branch have asked me to tell you this: They don't want to be required to be hugged, kissed, pinched, or petted by family this holiday season.

This is an important worry for some kids during the holiday season. Relatives from all over the world meet up and everyone loves the children, but the children are not comfortable (yet) around the extended family members.

Here are some examples I was given (family members names changed of course):

  • Your kid doesn't want to hug Aunt Myrtle.
  • They hate it when Grandpa Joe pinches their cheeks or rubs their hair.
  • They don't want to want give Grandma Martha any "suga".
  • And your kid don't care if cousin Pam hasn't seen the family since last

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OPL 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: #ownvoices children's books

Gifts for the readers in your life recommended by OPL librarians.

Wondering what books your OPL librarians would give as gifts? Here's what we recommend! As always, you'll want to buy these titles from your local bookseller. Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of indie bookstores in Oakland.

This year, our children's book list is entirely #ownvoices--books with diverse characters created by authors or illustrators of the same group. Please enjoy and share widely.  

This page has recommendations for children. Check out our gift guide for teen and adults here. 

OPL 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Children's List 

Board Books

   

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Bad Words

Did your child learn bad word? Mine did, and I needed a book help my kid learn not to use it.

Y'all!

Y'all!!

Y'ALL!  

This election has gone off the chain! I had to stop watching the news. The 6 am/pm news! Because thanks to a leaked Access Hollywood video, and some exhaustive news coverage, my 4-year old son asked me to explain a 5-letter word that begins with the letter "P."

I am not linking  the video. If by some chance you haven't seen or heard about it because you were living off the grid for the past two months, just Google: "Donald Trump,"  "Access Hollywood," and "Video." 

It's bad enough that my 4-year old son with autism, who is just learning to talk, quickly learns to say THAT WORD, but he wants a definition too? 

Yes Oakland I am upset. When I was 4- years old the only reference I had to that "P-word" was this guy:

 

               

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Sesame Street Presents: Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

Resources for helping a child deal with a challenging situation, an incarcerated parent.

Last month a child I know personally came to me crying because she learned her mother was incarcerated. After sobbing her heart out to me her last request was:

"... and don't give me a book Ms. Nichole. Every time I have a problem you are always giving me a book to read!"

I replied something like, "Sweetheart I'm a librarian, not a shrink. I can listen but I can't help, not really. Maybe reading a book can help?"

She said "no. I'm too sad to read."

Since books were not an option at that time, I sat her down with my tablet and headphones and let her watch this:

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Homework hint...

Melania Trump taught my son a new word.

Creative Commons photo "Homework" by Roberto Faccenda is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

This has been a really interesting political season. I'll be the first to admit I am enjoying watching the process unfold. All of the plot twists are better than any night-time

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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.

Disclaimer: The supplies are offered by indendent orginizations and suppiles are limited. For more information please contact

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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.

We also have 

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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? 

Girl with binoculars

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.

                                 Picture courtesy of ElvisKennedy.com via Flickr Commons.

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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