June is Pride month for the lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender / queer community – a perfect time to explore these books with LGBTQ themes available at the Oakland Public Library. If you want more recommendations, check out the Rainbow Book lists for children and teens…and let us know here in the comments if you have any favorites to share! Happy reading, and happy Pride!
Free family outdoor summer cinema at Studio One Arts Center in Oakland.
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
Oakland Library loves children! Look at these pictures from our Día de los niños / Día de los libros celebrations.
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 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
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:
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 "
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:
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 Library.
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,
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.