Embodying Peace with Young Children

Using Books to Embody Peace with Young Children

"We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built” - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Dreams of Brighter Tomorrows," Ebony Magazine, March 1965 

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, I am inspired to explore how his thoughts on peace can be embodied by young children and the people who love them. With the frantic pace of modern life, it is easy for all of us to feel stretched thin, distracted, and overwhelmed. When we are reacting to the ups and downs of our day without preserving moments to slow down and feel grounded in our bodies it can be more difficult to treat ourselves and others with the patience and kindness needed to make this world a more peaceful place.  

Luckily there are books that introduce even the youngest children to mindfulness practices that will have the whole family breathing and moving in ways that calm the

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Free Reading Apps for Kids

Are you using these FREE apps to access online content?

After the holidays families may have new devices to explore, connect with online resources or create new content. Below are FREE apps you can download to enjoy books, music and movies from our library collection. 

  • Enki -  This collection includes kid's comics, graphic novels, study guides and more kids of all ages. 
  • Hoopla  - Download or stream ebooks, music, audiobooks, movies, comics, and television. You can apply KIDS MODE which only show kid-appropriate content in browse and search results.
  • Libby

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Winter Reads!

Suggested reading material during the winter break.

Winter break is short and sweet; and it is nothing like a cold winter's day that makes you want to curl up in you favorite fuzzy socks, with a good book, while enjoying the seasonal festivities.  The biggest question is, what can you read that is quick and enjoyable?  Using our winter bingo card as a guide, we have some books for you to consider:

Remember that we want to you enjoy the break, it doesn't matter what you do. So if you enjoy

writing poems, 

telling jokes for big belly laughs,

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Winter Bingo 2019

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, 2019 and January 18, 2020 to receive a free book of your choice.

If you would like 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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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.

group of kids working with art supplies group of kids working with art supplies

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

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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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