Family, Food and Travel

The Children's Outreach Librarian shares recommended reads for the Fall season.

Hello November, a month when we celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)Veteran’s Day Native American Heritage Month and GRATITUDE

It’s also a time when many travel to visit family and

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Focus on Early Learning

Children's Services Outreach Librarian, Pat Toney shares FREE community resources for early learning.

When I went to library school in 2008, I knew I wanted to be a Children’s Librarian because I wanted to share the joy of reading. As my career develops my focus on early learning and parent engagement is clear, thus I was super excited to hear Pamela Paul’s recent interview on KQED Forum discussing her new book, co-written with her colleague Maria Russo, "How to Raise a Reader." Pamela shares family literacy tips on creating read-aloud routines, "championing genre fiction" and nurturing a love of books in kids of all age.

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Cascada de Flores

Join us for a bilingual performance that includes traditional songs and music from Mexico and Central America with unforgettable storytelling for the whole family.

Cascada de Flores transforms the nostalgic song and traditions of Mexico and its neighbors into simple and beautiful arrangements that allow space for both improvisation and pure expression.

Come celebrate Latinx Cultural Heritage with musical stories for children and their families:

  • Tuesday, September 24  -  Brookfield Branch @ 1:30pm
  • Saturday, September 28 - Golden Gate Branch @ 10:30am 
  • Saturday, September 28 -  Lakeview Branch @ 2:00pm 

The duo will also be peforming later this fall:

  • Wednesday, October 23 -  West Branch @ 10:00am 

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Online Learning for Kids

Children who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library for lifelong learning.

One might say your library card is the most valuable card in your wallet. For the price of FREE, you get access to books, movies, music and numerous learning resources.  Check them out:

Online encyclopedia and research resources 

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Learning from the Process of Art

Relax about artistic mistakes – there’s nothing wrong with them! Your child does not learn by creating a Pinterest-perfect replica of the teacher’s example.

Gone are the days when every student in the art class had to produce an identical still life. But sometimes a kid will melt down when faced with a new artistic challenge because "mine doesn't look like yours". It doesn't need to look just like anyone else's, though. That’s not how kids learn! And it’s certainly not how they have fun.

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Many educators and caregivers encourage children in what we call “process art” – where the process of making something is more important than the end result. That’s a valuable perspective at any age – but especially with preschool ages because of its importance for a developing brain and body

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Circus of Smiles Summer 2019

Join Mr. Quick and Mr. Mustache on a comical circus adventure. Their interactive performance appeals to audiences of all ages. This action-packed romp into the world of silliness and wonder will leave you in stitches.

Join Mr Quick and Mr. Mustache on a comical circus adventure. These jugglers are are one part Charlie Chaplin, one part Loony Toons, and 100 parts hilarious. Their interactive performance appeals to audiences of all ages and even invites willing attendees to participate in the spectacle. This action-packed romp into a world of silliness and wonder will leave you in stitches. You'll walk away thinking "is there anything they can't juggle!?”

  • Saturday, July 20 at 10:30 am Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 23 at 1:30 pm Brookfield Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 am Lakeview Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 27 2 at 2:00pm Chavez Branch Library
  • Monday, July 29 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, July 29 at 1:00 pm  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00 am West Oakland Branch Library
  • Thursday, August 1 at 1:00 pm Melrose Branch Library
  • Tuesday, August 6  at 5:30 pm 81st Avenue Community Library

 

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OPL Fairyland Free Day - Tuesday, July 30th

Children’s Fairyland library card holders are eligible to receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

OPL Children’s Fairyland library card holders are eligible to receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Please NOTE: No adult is admitted without a child, and no child is admitted without an adult.

If you can't make it on Tuesday, July 30th and/or don't have the limited edition Fairyland Library Card, Fairyland passes are available via Discover & Go, and Kids' Summer Reading program finishers receive "BOOK BUCKS" which admit one child with one paying adult

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Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater! July 2019

Be a part of this fun, interactive family friendly improv comedy!

Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater! is a fast-paced, interactive, outrageously funny, theatrical experience for heroes of all ages! Created and performed by veteran improviser, this improvised play  casts attendees as the stars of the show. Audience members provide the sound effects, become the scenery, and suggest exciting plot twists.

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019  1:30 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019  6:30 PM at Montclair Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019  1:00 PM at Melrose Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library

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Juan Sanchez Summer 2019

Bilingual Singer-songwriter, educator, recording artist

Singer, songwriter, recording artist, and educator Juan Sanchez will bring songs for kids in both English and Spanish. Always a favorite in Oakland, Juan will share songs on themes of tolerance, peace, and multicultural celebration.

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019   11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019   4:00PM at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Monday, July 1, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, July 1, 2019  1:00 PM at  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019  7:00P M  at Dimond Branch Library

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East Bay Parks Naturalist Summer 2019

Come discover what hops, crawls, hides, flies and grows from the hills to the bay with a naturalist from the East Bay Regional Park District. You’ll meet live animals and get to touch skulls, pelts and more!

Come discover what hops, crawls, hides, flies and grows from the hills to the bay with a naturalist from the East Bay Regional Park District. You’ll meet live animals and get to touch skulls, pelts and more!

  • Wednesday, June 19 at 1:30 pm 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, June 27 at 3:00 pm Piedmont Avenue Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 2 at 1:30 pm at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 9 at 11:00 am at  Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16 at 4:00 pm at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Monday, July 22 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Thursday, July 25 at 1:00 pm Melrose Branch Library

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