Q&A Patrons ask; librarians answer: Starting School

Q&A: Children's Librarians answer questions all day, every day, from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers. It's August, people always ask for starting-school and back-to-school stories, of course!

Q: My daughter is starting school in a few days...what books about school do you have that we could read together?

A: We have so many!* No matter what age or grade, we've got something for you to read abocover of Richard Scarry's Great Big Schoolhouseut school, to set the stage so that your child's anticipation is more likely to stay positive. Some kids need to know exactly what will happen, some are looking forward to joining

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The Roving Eye: Scenes from Summer

Summer scenes captured at our libraries. It looks like Oakland had a great summer!

Yuyi MoralesYuyi Morales helped us kick off summer when she visited the César Chávez Library in May. She shared her "bolsa de sorpresas" (bag of surprises) with toys from her childhood in Mexico. And she read her newest book Niño Wrestles the World to musical accompaniment.

 

 

Summer wouldn't be summer without the Bubble Lady. She combines clowning, bubbles, and science into a child (and parent) pleasing performance. We've had her in Oakland every summer for as long as anyone can remember

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Great Graphic Novels for Kids

A list of recommended graphic novels and comic books for kids that are available at the Oakland Public Library.

From superheroes to manga to comic strips and beyond, we have all sorts of excellent graphic novels and comic books for kids in the library. Ask library staff to help you find the 741.5s! Here, young readers will find interesting characters, awesome art, and fascinating stories full of humor, action, adventure, history, mystery, and emotion. Graphic novels are incredibly popular, especially among kids who like stories but aren't ready for long chapter books and students who are visual learners.
Here are some of our favorite / most popular graphic novels for kids. Let us know in the comments which of your favorites we may have missed!:

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Summer Reading Challenge Celebration - Come to OMCA to Party!

With performances by Germar the Magician, appearances by the animals of Little Explorers Petting Zoo, and the caricature art of Rad Sanza, you cannot afford to miss this annual summer event.

Paws to Read! LogoIt’s fun for the entire family as the Oakland Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Challenge finishes up with its 10th annual Summer Reading celebration at the Oakland Museum of California on Sunday, August 3, from 12 to 4 p.m. The party will take place in the Museum Gardens, 1000 Oak Street, just two blocks from the Main Library.

The celebration links two fantastic summer events – the library’s Summer Reading Challenge and the Oakland Museum of California’s Free First Sundays – for a wonder-filled day of culture, entertainment, learning, and fun. Admission is free!

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Reading, Talking, Singing, Writing and Playing Works

A new study found that attending storytimes in which reading, singing, talking, writing and playing with your child took place had a positive impact on the child's literacy levels.

picture of babyI recently returned from sweltering Las Vegas where the American Library Association Annual Convention was taking place.  One of the programs I attended looked at whether or not the five activities developed by Every Child Ready to Read 2 - reading, singing, talking, writing and playing with children aged 0-5 had a statistical impact on that child's literacy levels.  A research grant in Washington State looked at the literacy levels of kids who attended storytimes where those practices were modeled.  

The results?  Yes they do!  Children who attended library storytimes that incorporated those activities did have higher literacy rates.  Just another reason to come to the storytimes offered here at the library and practice these activities at home.

For more information about the study, check out: 

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Fun, Essential, and Free: Summer Reading

New research supports reading for fun, and reading by choice during the summer.

Girl with BooksThis new survey from Reading is Fundamental tells us that kids are spending 3 times as much time watching TV or playing video games then they are reading during the summer.  Even so, we know that Oakland kids are reading: so far, 1000 more kids are participating in Oakland's Summer Reading Challenge than at this time last year.  

A couple of bullets jump out to me from the report:

  • Last summer, children who read because they wanted to were twice as likely to read than children who read because they had to.
  • Parents who consider reading to be extremely or very important are twice as likely to have a child who reads every day

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Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: How do I teach my child not to fear the dentist?

Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Question of the day: I’m taking my son to the dentist. I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have! Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?

Q: Do you have any books about visiting the dentist?  It’s my son’s first trip to the dentist, and I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have!  Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?

A: Yes, as a matter of fact we do.  To quote Mr. Rogers, “Learning to take good care cover image of Mr. Rogers book Going to the Dentistof yourself is an important part of growing. No matter how much you grow, though, there will always be times when you’ll need help keeping your body healthy. That’s true for everyone – children and adults.” His is still my favorite book

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Are Your Children Bored this Summer? There's Lots to Do at the Library!

Nothing to do? Here's just a little of what's happening in the next 24 hours at the Oakland Public Library

Busy Bee Dogs at Dimond                    Germar the Magician at Rockridge
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Percy Jackson Read-Alikes

Recommended books for kids who love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.

Every day in the library, we meet young readers who just can’t get enough of Rick Riordan. The author’s exciting blend of reality and mythology has exploded in popularity, with kids clamoring for books in his Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, as well as his Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus series. Riordan superfans who are hungry for more fantastical action and adventure may want to give these

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!*

OPL's Discover & Go program allows you to explore attractions throughout the Bay Area.

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School's out for summer and it's a great time for you and your family to explore the      many attractions the Bay Area has to offer.  OPL's Discover & Go program makes it easy  and cheaper to do just that.

1. Go to: discover.oaklandlibrary.org cheap to do just that.  Here's how it works:

2. Enter your library card and your PIN numbers.

3. Search either by the date you want to visit a museum ("what's available next Tuesday?") or by the place itself ("when can we go to the Lawrence Hall of Science?").

4. Pick where and when you want to go.  When you are ready, click on "Reserve Pass" and print it out.  It's that simple.

Oh, the Places You'll Go.*  Here

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