Museum of Children's Art Weekly Workshops

Create art with us at the library.

MOCHA at Main Children's RoomCome join us as we create art with MOCHA. The programs, for children from 3 to 18, travel to OPL libraries every Wednesday at 2:00 pm. MOCHA's brand new home is not opening until November, but you can do art with their fabulous artists at four of our branches right now.

81st Avenue Branch

Eastmont Branch

Main Library- Children's Room

Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch

MOCHA artist workshops have been weekly events at OPL branches for over three years now. The programs have been very popular at all the sites

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Crafty Kids

A list featuring craft books that may be found at the Oakland Public Library.

Have you ever stumbled upon the library’s collection of craft books for children? They’re in the 700s (near the art books), and chock full of great ideas for creative kiddos of all ages. Origami? Absolutely. Knitting? Indeed. Sewing? Mask-making? Scrapbooking? Ceramics? Yes, it’s all there! Check out some of these favorites, and let us know which craft books your kids adore:

Create with Maisy book cover

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Every Child Ready to Read - Singing

Singing soothes the savage beast (and also helps prepare your child to be ready to read).

Every Child Ready to Read Logo

Songs are a wonderful way for children to learn about language and pick up new words. Singing also slows down language so they can hear the different sounds that make up words. This helps when children begin to read printed language. There are some easy and fun things you can do with your child with songs and music.

  • Sing the alphabet song to learn about letters
  • Sing nursery rhymes so children hear the different sounds in words
  • Clap along to the rhythm in songs so children hear the syllables in words
  • Sing your own favorite songs so your child can share your passions

You are your child's first teacher, and your home is where your child begins to learn. Help your child get ready to read by providing early literacy opportunities around your home. In addition to singing, you can talk, read, write, and play with your child to help him

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The Right Book, the Right Reader: Science Guy

What will happen when a young reader discovers a kind of book he didn't know existed? True love, perhaps? Read--this week in comics form!

A friend and I have been doing a 30 Day Drawing Challenge; every day we draw from a prompt, then post the pictures to each others' Facebook walls. Results are somewhere between poignant and hilarious. In that spirit, I decided to draw today's story about a reluctant reader who finds a kind of book he'd never dreamed existed...... Enjoy!

        

     

     

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Congratulations Summer Readers!

Results of the grand prize drawings for the children's Summer Reading Program

Fairyland Membership Winner

More than 5000 kids read for more than 8 hours each this summer in the Oakland Public Library Summer Reading Program, and collected wonderful rewards including a book of their own, and coupons to attractions all over Oakland.  

Two lucky kids are the recipients of this year's city-wide grand prizes.  For the under-5 category, Children's Fairyland generously donated a one-year family membership, and the lucky recipient is Kiran Beattie, age 4.  Here she is with her older sister Amba, who likes Fairyland too. Since the whole family helped Kiran read this summer, we're glad they all get to share in the prize.

Temuge BaatarIn the 5-14

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Off the Page: Children’s Audiobooks

A list of recommended books on CD for kids of all ages that can be found at the Oakland Public Library.

If you’re looking for something to captivate youngsters during an end-of-summer road trip, OPL has you covered! Each of our library locations carries a selection of children’s audiobooks to engage even the wiggliest of passengers. Ask library staff to help you find book/CD kits, too; these are books that include a CD so kiddos can read along with the audio.

Have you tried audiobooks with your kids? Let us know which ones they have especially enjoyed!

Classic Tales

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland book on CD cover

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Award Winning Children's Book Illustrator at César Chávez Branch

Sara Palacios is coming to Oakland Public Library!

Picture of children's book illustrator Sara Palacios

Sara Palacios, award willing children's book illustrator, is visiting the César Chávez branch of the Oakland Public Library on Saturday, August 24 at 3:30. She will share illustrations from her books and answer questions regarding how she creates her images.

Sara Palacios is the recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor for her work on Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/MarisolMcDonald no combina (Children's Book Press, 2011), which has been described as "vibrant" and "eclectic." A native of Mexico, Sara graduated from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana with a degree in Graphic Design. She also obtained an Associated Degree in Artistic Illustration from  la Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, and another one in Digital Graphic Techniques  from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico. After graduation in

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The Right Book, the Right Reader: Last, She Bowed

The right book for one reluctant child reader turns her into a reader, author, and illustrator.

My first story of finding the book that made someone a reader is one of my favorites.

I work closely with classes at Markham Elementary, and last year one class began visiting me at Eastmont every two weeks. They were a small class, first and second grade special ed, with a warm and attentive teacher who worked hard to help each student find a book they wanted to check out. 

One girl, a child of six I'll call Josefina, had not yet learned to read, and was not interested in doing so. 

It's not hard to identify the reluctant readers in a class visit. They're the ones who, every time you show them a book, look at you something like this:


A reluctant reader throws shade on an EXCELLENT book suggestion 

Josefina's very kind teacher was showing her books that she might

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Summer's Over?

Updates on library activities following the conclusion of the Summer Reading Program and Free Summer Lunch at the library

Our Summer Reading Program is officially over, and so are our free summer lunches, but you can still:

  1. Get free lunch this week at many non-library locations in Oakland, including most Oakland Parks & Recreation Centers. For a location near you, call the Alameda County Community Food Bank "Get Food Today" Hotline at (800) 870-3663. The hotline provides information to all kinds of free food service for everyone, year round. 
  2. Pick up your Summer Reading Program prize at any Oakland Public Library, if you haven't yet, for any hours completed by August 10 (if you didn't get them logged online, just ask library staff for help).    We do start to run low on prizes by the end of the month, but we want you to get yours!  Grand Prizes will be drawn later this week. 
  3. Come this Saturday, August 17th, to

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Full Steam Ahead: Picture Books about Trains

A list of recommended picture books on the topic of trains at Oakland Public Library.

Here’s an understatement for you: train books are popular at the library. They have the power to capture the attention and imagination of wiggly toddlers, curious preschoolers, and knowledgeable school-aged kids alike. They inspire squeals of delight when discovered and, sometimes, tears of despair when returned! Come find these tried-and-true books at the library for the train lover in your life:

Trains book cover

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