Free Summer Cinema at Studio One Arts Center

Free family outdoor summer cinema at Studio One Arts Center in Oakland.

Book coverDo you like to read the book before, or after you see the movie?

Studio One Arts Center is hosting free family movies this summer; coming up this Friday: Matilda!  Based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Check them both out.  

Do you like to read the book before, or after you see the movie?

Studio One Arts Center is hosting free family movies this summer; coming up

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Celebrating Children in Oakland

Oakland Library loves children! Look at these pictures from our Día de los niños / Día de los libros celebrations.

Germar the MagicianDía de los niños / Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. This year Germar the Magician came to many of our libraries to help us celebrate. He  entertained children of all ages with birds that appeared and disappeared, magic coins that did strange and marvelous things, and more. He did so seamlessly alternating between English and Spanish.

Día de los niños / Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. This year Germar the Magician came to many of our libraries to

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Baby Faces

A round-up of books for babies, featuring…babies!

Babies LOVE gazing at faces. Parents and caregivers have always known this; brain research now backs it up as fact. Even the youngest of kiddos are hardwired to recognize faces, and will tend to look at pictures of faces longer than images of other objects.

Want to stimulate your baby's brains? Head on over to the library and find these board books featuring photographs of baby faces:

Global Babies book cover   

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Music Makes the World Go Round

First 5 California offers a Kids Station on the free online music service Pandora!

First 5 California has launched a Kids Station on the online music service "Pandora." This fun new - and free - station targets parents and features music to encourage learning and physical activity.  It includes not only children's music but also examples of other ways to engage and stimulate children's brains -- clapping, dancing, singing, humming!  There are even more suggestions on the First 5 California web site's "

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Hot Off the Presses!

Brand new books for kids, recommended by OPL staff.

Do you know where the newest and shiniest books are kept in your local library? If not, ask a staff member to show you the way! Most branches have a “new book” shelf where you can find these and other fresh, fantastic books for kids:

Picture Books

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons book cover

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Meet Miriam Medow

Meet Miram Medow, children's librarian at the Lakeview Branch Library!

Today, let's head over to Lake Merritt and meet Miriam Medow, the children's librarian at the Lakeview Branch LibraryPicture of Miriam

Miriam, what brought you to the Lakeview Library?

I was drawn to the Lakeview branch because of its awesome location in the vibrant and beautiful Grand Lake neighborhood. As you could guess from the branch name, we can see Lake Merritt from our front door!

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

On the very best days, my work involves singing and dancing and sharing books with kiddos. Each day also includes a lot of asking, "how can I help you?" Last week, I found myself ordering Lego pieces off eBay -- it's fair to say that no days here are identical. But it's typically a satisfying balance of face-to-face,

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Children’s Magazines

Oakland Public Library has an awesome selection of magazines for kids. Here are some highlights.

Have you discovered the children’s magazine section of your local library?

Zoobooks magazine cover    Babybug magazine coverBoys' Life magazine cover    

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Every Child Ready to Read - Playing

Playing is one of the five activities that help prepare children to read.

Playing is fun! It is also a necessary part of your child's early experience. In fact, while they play they are busy learning that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. It also helps them express themselves and put thoughts and emotions into words. They can use puppets, stuffed animals, really anything they can find around the house to use for props and develop their imagination. 

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A favorite author

E.L. Konisgburg passed away Tuesday. Which is your favorite of her books?

 Book cover From the Mixed up FilesE.L. Konigsburg, the author of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and many other  books, died earlier this week

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Children’s Author Spotlight: David Macaulay

Information about David Macaulay, including books by the author found at Oakland Public Library.

When kids have questions, the books of David Macaulay are a solid place to start seeking answers. Macaulay’s nonfiction explores the art, design, and mechanics of buildings, technology, the human body, and more. His books are heavily illustrated and visually engaging, with clear writing that respects the interests and abilities of children. Come to the library to browse his fascinating work for yourself!

Classic Macaulay

New Way Things Work book cover   

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