Family gatherings and chilly weather make the holiday season a perfect time to cook and bake with kids. Come on over to the library and feast your eyes on these cookbooks, designed specifically for children!:
Are you looking for gift ideas? How about a snow globe?
Do you miss the snow? Have you never been to the snow but dream of going? Do you simply to look at the snow glitter as it drifts down to a winter scene? Whatever your reason, celebrate winter with us by making a snow globe. You can give it as a gift or keep it for yourself. We'll never tell.
Friday, December 13 at 3:00 PM Elmhurst
Friday, December 13 at 3:30 PM César Chávez
Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 PM 81st Avenue
Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 PM Rockridge
Tuesday, December 17 at 4:00 PM
Your library has plenty of ideas and activities for things to make with your kids.
Want to make something with your kids, but need some ideas? If you're tired of browsing online, come in and ask our staff to show you the arts and crafts section. You'll find plenty of books to page through for ideas.
You can also check out our events listings this month for arts and crafts, knitting, and other hands-on activities. Tomorrow, try:
Weekly Art with MOCHA, Wednesdays at 2pm (this month through December 18th), at the 81st Avenue Branch, the
What am I grateful for? I'll tell you.
Two of my favorite books in the Oakland Public Library children's collection are Thank You by Felicia Walker and Giving Thanks: a Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp. The gratitude expressed is with different words and for different things, but it is real and heartfelt. It occurs to me that this is a good time of the year for giving thanks.
So, here goes. Thank you to the
Your library offers a variety of play for your child, rain or no rain.
As fall weather sets in and we get news of that rare thing called rain, it gets harder to plan for outdoor play with your child. How about stopping at your library?
Check out our kids events listings for storytimes for your baby, toddler, or preschooler...or just come in play with them in our picture book areas, where you'll find comfy floor space and toys near the picture books. Ask the librarian for a new book to read with your child--though it's good for them to hear their favorites over and over, it's also good for them to hear you having fun with a story.
We also offer all kinds of out-of-school activities for your school-age child, from art
Board Books are best when they use images and words that appeal to babies and create a playful experiences for caregiver and child.
As a children's services librarian, I am always thrilled to see anything about children's books or children's literacy get major news coverage. So I woke up fast when I caught the New York Times article just over a week ago on the front page, below the fold (for those of who still read the paper paper) about board books. Board books! The overlooked and unappreciated format for, as the NYTimes put it, "the teething set." Yet, my heart sank as I read on.
A list of favorite scary books for kids compiled by Oakland Public’s children’s librarians.
Most kids love a good scare, and Halloween is the perfect time to give it to them. Find these spooky stories at a library near you, and let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorites!
Slightly Spooky (for younger kids):
Scary stories from China for Halloween!
Are you tired of ghosts, goblins, and scary pumkins? Do you want to hear and see a scary story you've never seen or heard before? Come celebrate Halloween with a frightening tale from China. The Scary Temple will send shivers down your spine. But don't be too afraid; they are only puppets.
Monday, October 28 at 7:00 PM Piedmont Avenue
Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 PM Lakeview
Wednesday, October 30 at 10:30 AM Golden Gate
Wednesday, October 30 at 3:30 PM Elmhurst
Thursday, October 31 at 4:00 PM César Chávez