Oakland Public Library's 2013 Summer Reading Program was a great success, setting a record for children's reading hours.
Though it may seem a distant memory; we wanted to take a moment to tell you about the great accomplishments of Oakland children in our Summer Reading Program:
6,196 children recorded reading for 8 hours or more this summer, a record! That's two-thirds of the 9,372 who signed up to participate. Reading during the summer helps children retain and enhance their reading skills.
Attendance at our special summer programs for children was 13,813. Wow! Were you there for one of our Bubble parties? Did you catch the Scraper Bike Workshop at West Oakland? Did you garden at the Main Library? Or decorate a flower pot to plant your Summer Reading seed quarters?
Information about author and nature photographer Nic Bishop, including his books that may be found at the Oakland Public Library.
Vivid. Colorful. Captivating. Nic Bishop’s nature photography is all this and more! His exciting insect and animal books, effectively designed for young readers, feature eye-popping images that satisfy children’s curiosity about the natural world. These are, quite simply, some of today’s best science books published for kids, and they’re available at your local library!
Bishop has been creating kids’ books for over 25 years, and is an experienced photographer both in the studio and in the field. Check out the trailer for his book, Spiders, for a glimpse into his creative process:
Dogs in Lakeview Library??? Bark!
Is your child shy about reading out loud? Is he or she shy about reading at all? Join us on Wednesday afternoons in October. Therapy Pets in Oakland is bringing dogs to the Lakeview Branch to give your child a easy way to practice reading. These gentle dogs do not judge children; they only love them. Research has shown that children gain ease in reading when they read to dogs.
Sign up for a 20-minute session at Lakeview.
Introducing a cartoon series of readers I've worked with as an Oakland librarian. First up: two sisters who rhyme.
This week, I'm starting something new: cartoon portraits of some of my favorite readers. Readers, get to know your librarian-- knowing you is one of the best things about this job.
For those interested, the book we're reading is DON'T SQUISH THE SASQUATCH, a small marvel by Kent Redeker.
The book your child chooses for his or her self may not seem the most instructive--but it is a crucial part of their reading success.
If you don't know the reference in the title of this blog post, then you haven't read the most frequently challenged book of 2012, Captain Underpants.
It is Banned Books Week, and you will find many resources online, inside your library or at your bookstore to learn more about celebrating the freedom to read. But I wanted to use the week as an excuse to think in general about kids making their own reading choices.
It can be intimidating to lead your child through a roadmap to reading, especially with the changes happening in our schools with the Common Core Standards.
A culturally diverse list of Cinderella stories available at the Oakland Public Library.
Here’s a bit of library fun for you: pick a fairy tale, any fairy tale. Go see how many variations of that traditional story are available at your local branch. For some, like Rumpelstiltskin or the Ugly Duckling, your options will be relatively few.
Legos in the library? YES.
Did you know that you can play with Legos (R) at Oakland Libraries? Six of our branches have monthly Lego parties. We don't even care if the children make noise!
Dimond Branch - First Fridays at 3:30
Eastmont Branch - First Tuesdys at 4:00
Lakeview Branch - Second Fridays at 3:00
Main Library/Children's Room - Second Thursdays at 3:00
Piedmont Avenue Branch - First Fridays at 3:00
Sometimes, the right book for a young reader is one about someone they already know.
I had a great children's lit teacher in library school. She assigned huge, huge masses of books each week that I read in tottering stacks at the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library-- I told my friends that I didn't count the books I read for that class in numbers, but in feet. In one of our earliest classes, I remember this teacher going on a rant about how there were so many wonderful children's books that there was never any need for a library to buy any "crap," and she never wanted to come to any of our libraries in the future and see "crap on the shelves." I hiss-whispered to another student, "what does she mean by crap?" She shrugged and said, "like, TV tie-ins and stuff."
TV tie-ins are books based on TV series. I don't know if that is what my teacher meant by "crap" or not, but as my classmate demonstrated, they're often
Create art with us at the library.
Come 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.
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