Maker March at the Library!

Celebrate Maker Month at OPL by attending events and workshops that promote kids' innovation, curiosity and creativity.

March is Maker Month, a time for all of us to explore our creativity, our curiosity, and take joy in our capacity for innovation. The Oakland Public Library has many events and workshops for kids this month to celebrate!

A highlight of Maker Month is our first Family STEAM Night! The Main Library Children's Room has been awarded a Friends of the Library (FOPL) grant to fund special, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) workshops for kids 8-12 and their adult caregivers, with dinner included! RSVP is required, as space is limited. Call 510-238-3615 to sign up your kids for this community and team-building event!

What else is happening this month? Check out the list below and join the fun!

3/2/19, 2:00pm, Dimond Branch: Virtual Reality Demonstration -- Experience Virtual Reality (VR) during this special

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Library Lovers' Month

Happy National Library Lover’s Month! You can celebrate by enjoying your library or consider volunteering your time. If you don’t have a library card, it’s never too late, visit your local library to get one!

This is our Valentine's to you!  Thank you for YOUR SUPPORT and thank you to our FRIENDS!

In case you missed it, in Janaury OPL launched Kanopy, an online video platform, and there's more to come in 2019... stay tuned! For now we invite you to enjoy a few titles that celebrate library love:

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African Drumming and February Favorites

Famous February birthdays and African drumming to commemorate Black History Month.

Happy Birthday Bob!  Today is the Bob Marley’s birthday.

During  Black History month  we also wish a happy birthday to:

February 1 - Langston Hughes

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It's Time to Talk Summer Camps!

January is the perfect time to start researching summer camp options. Learn tips for finding the perfect camp and the scholarship and financial aid options available for affording camp.

It’s mid-January, the winter holidays are over and school is back in session...which means it is the perfect time to start researching summer learning options and making plans for your child’s summer experiences.

Surprised? It may feel like it’s too early to plan out attendance at camps and classes that are still five to six months away, but enrollment for many local camps begins this month. In addition, many camps that offer scholarships, financial aid, and/or sliding scale tuition based on a family’s finances have early spring application deadlines for awarding aid.

As a children's librarian, I often get families asking about these resources in May and early June; parents and caregivers are surprised and disappointed when I inform them that the camps they are interested in are fully enrolled and all available financial aid has already been awarded.

By getting an early start on planning for the summer, you can increase your chances at landing a spot at the camp of your choice!

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Play Café - a place for your little one and you

Colder winter weather can encourage us to stay inside more, but there's no reason to be stuck in the house with your little one all day! Come visit your local library, and see if there's a Play Café near you.

Play Café is what we call our storytime and playgroup for toddlers (ages 1-3) and their adult caregivers. It's like Toddler Time, but longer and with bonus coffee!

Whether you're a relative, nanny, or friendly neighbor lending a hand, you are welcome to bring the child in your care to play! Perhaps you will meet some new friends to invite to a playdate! There are several Play Café sessions around Oakland, with different songs and stories at each one. You can find one that works best for you, try a new one each week, or visit several in the same week if you like.

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Winter Craft : Snow Globes

It may not snow in Oakland but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a little winter wonder. Mix a little glitter, glycerin, and water, pour into a jar and you have a Snow Globe.

It may not snow in Oakland but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a little winter wonder. Mix a little glitter, glycerin, and water, pour into a jar and you have a Snow Globe.

We will have all the supplies necessary but if you have an extra or special jar and lid bring it in to use for your own Snow Globe.

Join us!

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Winter Bingo 2018

We invite children (recommended ages 0-12) to play Winter Bingo at OPL over the holiday break. Visit your local library to pick up a Winter Bingo card, complete any 5 activities in a row and win a FREE Book.

It's that time of year again!  We invite children (recommended ages 0-12) to play Winter Bingo at OPL over the holiday break. Visit your local library to pick up a Winter Bingo card, complete any 5 activities in a row and win a FREE Book. You may return completed Winter Bingo cards to any Oakland Public Library between December 26, 2018 and January 20, 2019 to receive a free book of your choice.

If you want to get started before your next visit to OPL you can print your own Winter Bingo card using the links below:

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Where Does OPL Stand on Screen Time for Kids?

Will the library restrict my child's screen time? (Or judge me if I do?)

child and parent using computerIn the last few weeks, articles have been swirling online about Silicon Valley parents banning all screen time for their children, including this New York Times article from October 26. (Blocked by the paywall? Click here.) Some parents who work in the tech industry have decided that the products they create are not safe for children, even in small doses--even if the child is simply observing, not actually using the device.

So, where does the Oakland Public Library stand on screens for kids?

First and foremost, we believe all parents want the best outcomes for their children, and we support families choosing for their own children whether--and how much--they use smartphones, tablets, and

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Educator Resources for Native American History Month

Have you noticed Michael Wertz's ABC Oakland honors Natives with 'O is for Ohlone' ? Oakland was home to the Ohlone Tribe. As we approach November and Native American Indians come to the forefront, we invite you to explore the culture, connect with the community and grow your understanding of Native Americans.

Have you noticed Michael Wertz's ABC Oakland honors Natives with 'O is for Ohlone' ? Oakland is Ohlone land.  As we approach November and Native American Indians come to the forefront, we invite you to explore the culture, connect with the community and grow your understanding of Native Americans.  

Explore three oral histories shared by the California Museum.

Connect with educators at the Oakland Museum Teacher's Lounge 4-7pm Friday, November 2, where with the topic will be 

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Día de los Muertos: A Top 5

While Halloween is celebrated Oct. 31, Día de los Muertos is celebrated right after, on Nov. 2. Many communities that celebrate Día de los Muertos also celebrate Halloween.

While Halloween is celebrated October 31, Día de los Muertos is celebrated right after, on November 2. Many communities that celebrate Día de los Muertos also celebrate Halloween.

FIVE Facts About Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)

  1. It’s not the same as Halloween
  2. It originated in Mexico and Central America
  3. It’s a celebration of life, not death
  4. The ofrenda is a central component
  5. Flowers, butterflies and skulls are typically used as symbols

FIVE BOOKS TO READ for Día de los Muertos

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