We love this photo at SF Gate of Library regulars Cici and Madison Hung-Hass. We know there are more Library & Warrior fans out there! So tweet your photos of Warriors Pride at the Library to
Celebrate National Summer Learning Day at the Library with a Summer Reading Super Hero festival!
All kids are invited to participate in Oakland's Summer Reading Challenge. But two special events this Friday invite kids to be summer reading heroes!
Join us on Friday, June 19th, from 1pm to 3:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr Branch, or the 81st Avenue Branch, for a summer reading festival including free books, facepainting, bubbles, popcorn, storytime, a superhero photo booth, and a chance to win a Kindle!
The Summer Reading Super Hero festival celebrates National Summer Learning Day, and is sponsored by
With an incredible line up of events and activities, the library invites the whole family to the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge: Read to the Rhythm.
The Oakland Public Library has reading, fun, and adventure for children, teens, and adults this summer.
We invite you to hang out, play, meet new people, and read for fun this summer.
Studies show that kids who don’t read during the summer lose approximately two months’ worth of gains made during the school year. But we have you covered, with the kids Summer Reading Challenge.
We know (because studies also show!) that when kids choose their own reading, they enjoy reading more, and when reading is fun, they become better readers. We'd like to celebrate your child's summer experiences by rewarding them for reading, which they can track in their own reading log. Come to any Oakland Library to pick one
You and your child can get personalized reading recommendations using Book Me!, Oakland Public Library's new online reader's advisory service.
At some point, it happens in every reading family: You've worked your way through all the Ramonas and all the Fudge books. You've read all the Wimpy Kids and all the Dork Diaries. Harry Potter is history. Every bit of Narnia has been Chronicled. And you don't know what to read next.
You're in luck! OPL has a new service called Book Me! that will help you find your next family favorite. Fill out the form online, and a librarian will reply with a list of suggested titles. Easy peasy.
If you're looking for children's books, your Book Me! request will go to a children's specialist. We can help you find a chapter book to read at bedtime, a picture book about getting a new baby brother or sister, or an exciting fantasy read for your book-hungry tween. Give it a try! Recommending books is our favorite thing.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series! What is it? Do you have it? Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day, and this question comes up several times a week.
This Frequently Asked Question is VERY easy to answer! Your librarian may use the old-fashioned way if she's standing next to you in the stacks, but if she's in front of a computer, she'll use NoveList, which is seamlessly woven into our online catalog. I'll walk you through both ways, so if the librarian is busy helping someone else at the moment, you can figure it out for yourself!
What has eight legs and some of the best picture books of the season? OPL's Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase at the Octopus Literary Salon, of course!
Let's face it: everyone who's into illustration, cartooning, design or just plain old fine art is into the art of the picture book. Next Thursday, May 21, the Oakland Public Library is joining the Octopus Literary Salon to show off some of our newest favorites....
It's the Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase! Won't you come on over, buy yourself a drink, and enjoy the show? A surprise musical guest will make an appearance. Copies of the books will be for sale, too.
OPL's Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street in Oakland
Here's a sneak preview:
Q&A: Patrons Ask; Librarians Answer: My pre-teen wants to visit the library this summer with her friends. Without me! Is it okay? Is it safe?
Your children are welcome here. REALLY! But before they come, here are some tips to consider when preparing for a successful library visit.
Q: My pre-teen wants to visit the library this summer with her friends. Without me! Is it okay? Is it safe? --- Nervous Parent
A: Hi Nervous Parent. Kids are some of our best customers! Whether they come with parents (or responsible caregivers) or venture into the library alone, they embrace the library as a place of fun and exploration.
According to the our Guidelines for Behavior it is acceptable for minors who are at least 8 years old to visit the library without adult supervision. But please keep in mind that we are not In Loco Parentis: a legal-Latin-term that means “in place of the parent.” In layman’s terms: Unlike school or a community center that takes responsibility for children in place of the parent, the public library is not responsible for your kid, and we don't directly supervise
Whether it's "The Mouse's Marriage," "The Young Man Who Slept for Three Years," or another Japanese folk tale, Megumi has her owns special way of telling it.
Join us at Oakland Public Library as we celebrate Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Month with Megumi. This wonderful bilingual storyteller (English/Japanese) will entertain and move us with tales of all types. She especially delights in sharing Japanese folk tales. Megumi will be at four branches in May:
If only Lindsay Lohan had taken advantage of OPL's Arabic language resources before her Instagram fail!
By now you've probably heard about Lindsay Lohan's Instagram gaffe--yesterday, she tweeted a picture of Arabic writing with the English words "You are beautiful" underneath. Except that the Arabic words in the picture don't mean "You are beautiful;" they mean "you're a donkey." Whoops!
If LiLo wanted to build some skills in Arabic, she could very well start at the Oakland Public Library. Did you know that OPL offers language learning courses you can access for free with your library card? Follow this link, and scroll until you see Transparent Language Online. When you sign in with your library card number, you can begin an audio program on any language you like. Great resource for travelers, btw.
But what if Lindsay wants a more intensive course, with a book to go along with her lessons? She could check out one of OPL's language kits, which contain both print
It's National Library Week! Although children's librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day, this week is special because we take a minute to appreciate the presence of libraries in our community.
A: Five years old, or in Kindergarten.
Chloe (age 5): [beaming at her mom] I am five!
Librarian: Great! You can get your first card today! You can fill out the registration form on paper, or online, at the computer right next to the desk or at home.
Mom: Should we do it right now?
Chloe: Yes! Let's use the computer! Can I help you type?