All Library locations will be closed on November 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving Holidays.
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Laurie Willhalm
Nothing to do? Here's just a little of what's happening in the next 24 hours at the Oakland Public Library
Posted on July 10, 2014 by Miriam Medow
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
Posted on June 26, 2014 by Helen Bloch
OPL's Discover & Go program allows you to explore attractions throughout the Bay Area.
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
Posted on June 24, 2014 by Nina Lindsay
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
Posted on June 19, 2014 by Erica Siskind
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:
Posted on June 17, 2014 by Laurie Willhalm
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 Read
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
Posted on June 12, 2014 by Miriam Medow
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:
Posted on June 9, 2014 by Amy Martin
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,
Posted on June 3, 2014 by Laurie Willhalm
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.
Posted on May 22, 2014 by Helen Bloch
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