Hands-on Summer Reading!

The library's Summer Reading activities include visits this week from the Oakland Zoomobile!

Summer at the library is for reading, sure, but that's only part of it.  We have all kinds of activites planned to engage you and your children when you stop by for a visit.  Check out our full events page, or our daily events calendar to see what's in store.

We know that reading during the summer is important to a child's reading and learning success, but this has to be a part of a variety of engaging learning opportunities.  And fun!  At your library you'll find hands-on craft activites, fabulous magic and theatrical performances, and--in the spirit of this year's

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Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: What counts for Summer Reading?

Q&A: Children's Librarians have been talking up the Summer Reading Program all over the city, generating excitement that approached a frenzy this week. Things have changed since last year, so...what's the deal? What does a kid have to do to get a prize for reading this summer?

Q. What counts for the Summer Reading Challenge? My kids are 3, 6, and 11 years old. What's expected of them in this game?

A. So, your three kids signed up for the Summer Reading Game, got their reading logs & stickers, picked out some stuff to read, and now you all want to know what really counts, right? Here's what matters about summer reading:

  1. Daily habit    Iron-on badge for the Summer Reading Program

  2. Personal

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Summer Begins Early in Oakland

Whether you are a child, a teen, or an adult, Oakland Public Library has something for you this summer. Here are just a few of the services and activities for children.

 Summer Reading Challenge - Paws to ReadWild About Books cover

Your child does not have to lose her or his reading skills over the summer. Studies have shown that by reading just 20 minutes a day, a child retains, and can even increase, reading levels. We once again offer two fabulous grand prizes: one family membership in Children's Fairyland (ages 0-4) and one iPad (ages 5-14). 

Our 2014 Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 14 through August 9. See our blog from last week for suggestions for books to read on this year's theme. 

How to Play

  1. Sign up

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PAWS to Read: Summer Reading Recommendations for Kids

A list of books for kids featuring animals, recommended by Oakland Public’s Children’s Librarians.

Here at the library, we’re busy preparing for our annual Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme? PAWS to Read! You can’t sign up for the program until Saturday, but you *can* spark the Summer Reading spirit by getting your paws on some of our favorite animal books at the library:

Nonfiction

Bone by Bone book cover

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Selfies!

Have you self-published a children's book?

If you've ever uttered the words "I have this great idea for a children's book!", you're in good company. And bad company. And, well, just lots of company. Seems like just about everyone is trying their hand at writing children's books these days, and thanks to the plethora of self-publishing platforms that exist, it's never been easier to turn that gleam in your imagination into a real, honest-to-goodness book.

Which is not to say that it's easy. In many ways, self-publishing is more difficult than the traditional method of working with an established publisher. The question I hear most in my role as children's collection management librarian for Oakland Public Library is "how do I get my book into your library?" It's a complicated answer,

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Summer Means Activity at Oakland Public Library

Oakland Library revs up for the lazy days of summer. Take the reading challenge, and join us for lots of performers, crafts, free lunches, and other activities.

Our children's Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 14 through August 9. There are some changes this year. We have changed both the rules and the prizes. We are counting days read instead of hours. And we are awarding coupons at ten days and a badge (see right), a book, and raffle entry at twenty days.

How to Play

  1. Sign up online (starting on June 14th), or come to your neighborhood library.
  2. Choose whatever you want to read, and start reading.
  3. Track your progress online and add optional book reviews to share with friends. For every day you read or are read to, add an online sticker or put one in your reading log.
  4. Pick up your coupon prize packet after 10 days of reading.
  5. Choose your free book and get a badge and a raffle ticket when you complete the 20-

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Parenting a Baby Part 2: Parenting Collections @ OPL

Oakland's libraries have parenting materials that will answer questions you may have about raising a baby.

Is your baby having trouble sleeping through the night?  Is breastfeeding not going well?  How and when do you introduce food to babies?  What are the appropriate developmental stages babies go through and when should babies go through them?  Can babies learn sign language?  And, of course, a topic close to my heart, how do you read to a baby?

Raising a baby is hard work and we are here to help.  Last month I highlighted  some of the programs we offer babies and their families.  This month, we look at some of the materials we offer.  All of Oakland's libraries have parenting books, magazines and DVDs that can help you figure out how to best care for a baby and answer any questions you might have.  In fact, we have parenting materials for all ages of children and all kinds of families.   Just go to our home page at

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Yuyi Morales is Coming to Oakland

Psst! Have you heard? Yuyi's coming to Oakland!

Yuyi MoralesThe Oakland Public Library (OPL) will be hosting Yuyi Morales at the César Chávez Branch on Tuesday, May 27th, at 6:00pm.

Yuyi Morales is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include Niño Wrestles the World, Just in Case, Little Night/Nochecita, and

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Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Can picture books fix my kid’s behavior problems?

Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Today; Can you find me a story to make my kid stop biting her preschool friends?

Q: Is there a Berenstain Bears book about not biting people? My daughter has been biting other kids at preschool. Her teachers say it’s getting worse! Is there a book I could read to her showing how wrong this is?

A: Yes! Your question is a profound one. Children’s authors, publishers, teachers, parents, therapists, and children themselves have been seeing books as bibliotherapy for generations. As a result, there are a variety of books both silly and profound that could help in this si

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Bike to the Library!

OPL's Bike to Action Month activities include plenty for the whole family

On Saturday I bicycled with a bunch of Oaklanders from the Chavez Library to the 81st Avenue Library to hear Elly Blue talk about Everyday Bicycling.  It was great to have kids join us for the ride, and meet us along the way.  During Bike Month, OPL supports and promotes family bicycling. If you haven't checked out our full listing of events for the month, don't wait.  Some family-friendly events on the horizon include:

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