What Are We Reading Right Now?

A list of children’s books that Oakland librarians are currently reading.

Children’s librarians tend to hold in our hearts a deep and abiding love of children’s literature. We read kid's books for work, but we read them for pleasure too! Check out the variety of books that Oakland Public Library’s Children’s Librarians are reading, and let us know which books you're excited about right now:

Amy Martin, Eastmont Branch

Center of Everything book coverThe Center of Everything

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Summer Lunches at Oakland Public Library Branches

Summer lunch at the Oakland Public Library is available at eleven locations.


Now that summer schools are ending, we want to remind you that eleven OPL branches are offering free lunch for children and teens, in partnership with the Alameda County Community Foodbank and the City of Oakland's Department of Human Services. Lunch is served on weekdays (Tuesday-Friday at branches, Monday-Friday at Main) through August 9.

Participating branches include:

Main Library – Children’s Room and Teen Zone

81st Avenue

César Chávez

Dimond

Eastmont

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It's All Happening Here!

Events happening for children this afternoon at your Oakland Public Library!

Buki the ClownLooking for something to do with your child this afternoon?  How about:


Author/Illustrator Todd Parr at the Temescal Library
, 12:30pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)

Buki the Clown at the Eastmont Library, 1:30pm!  (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Decorate a Flower Pot & Plant Seeds at the Melrose Library 1pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

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Mysteries of the Unknown

Recommended books for kids about Bigfoot, UFOs, and other mysterious phenomena at the Oakland Public Library.

Come explore real-life ghost stories and other paranormal mysteries at the library…if you dare! They’re shelved together at the very start of the non-fiction section – look for the 001s and 133s or ask a staff member to point the way.

Ghosts book cover  

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Draw, Read, Eat!

Author/Illustrator Todd Parr will visit many Oakland Public Library locations in July and August, during the Free Summer Lunch program.

In July and August 2013,  Todd Parr will be dropping in to many Oakland Public Library locations to read and draw with kids. Mr. Parr is the author and illustrator of dozens of books for children.  

All of his Oakland Public Library appearances will include a short read-aloud and tips on how to draw. Additionally, a free, healthy lunch will be served to youths ages 0–18, as part of the Free Summer Lunch Program held at many Oakland Library locations. Free Summer Lunch is provided by the Alameda County Food Bank in partnership with the City of Oakland.

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75 years of the Caldecott Medal

Celebrating 75 years of distinguished picture books for children!

Caldecott Anniversary LogoThe Caldecott Medal turned 75 this year, and the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) celebrated last week at the ALA national conference in Chicago, where the 2013 Caldecott Medal was presented to Jon Klassen for This is Not My Hat.

You can celebrate at home or at your library!  Free resources at the Caldecott 75th Anniversary webpage include downloadable bookmarks with clues and answers about the special anniversary logo created by

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Oh Say Can You Sing?

Recommended, singable picture books at the Oakland Public Library.

Want to discover a library secret? Go ahead and take a trip to the 782 section of the children’s nonfiction shelves and you’ll discover something amazing. Hidden treasures! Picture books that are meant to be SUNG! Some are traditional, others are silly – but all are crowdpleasing. Here are a few recommendations to warm up your singing voice:

Baby Beluga book cover  

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Growing Readers Gardening Workshops

Mary Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? Come to Oakland Public Library's Children's Room to find out!

Have you seen the gardening containers in the front of the Main Library's Children's Room? This summer we have a special series of gardening programs for children on Thursdays. Acta Non Verba; Youth Urban Farm Project is teaching us about soil, seeds, bugs and more. 

In addition to the programming, we also have a new shelf full of gardening books for children. Come to the Main Library Children's Room to both garden and learn about gardening. 

Programs are mostly on Thursdays at 3:00. This week the program will be today (Tuesday) at 3:00. The topic is Weed or Plant? How are weeds and plants different? 

Look at some of the activities! You too could be part of the fun. Come on by!

  

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Meet Manny Hernandez

Manny Hernandez is a Library Aide in the Main Library Children's Room, with a career goal of being a Children's Librarian.

Manny Hernandez is a Library Aide who works in several locations, including the Main Library Children's Room.  Library Aides are the backbone of your library: they touch every book checked in and out  in the whole system, and are often the first smiling face you see.  But let's hear about it from Manny.

What brought you to the Main Library Children’s Room?

I was drawn to the Main library Children’s Room because it was my local childhood library growing up in the Lake Merritt area. My career goal is to become a children’s librarian and what better place to receive experience, guidance and motivation.

 Give us an example of what a day at work looks like for you?

On regular day at work I have assigned duties which consist of organizing and shelving books. Doesn’t sound too interesting does it? You’ll be surprised. Library Aides work

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Awesome Early Readers

Recommended books for beginning readers at the Oakland Public Library.

It’s not always easy finding the right books to place in the hands of brand new readers. Letting kiddos choose their own books is a surefire strategy for creating excitement about reading – you can use the five finger rule to decide if a book is too hard for a child. If you want some tried and true favorites, take a look at the Geisel Award winners and mosey on over to your library to find these awesome early readers!:

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