Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: What’s your opinion on this movie?

Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day. Sometimes our help is needed to make serious ethical decisions...What movie should we watch tonight?

Q: What do you think about this movie for my kids?

A: Here’s what goes through my mind when I hear this question, which happens a few times a week:

  1. I really appreciate your effort to figure out what’s best for your children!  

  2. Image that made Isabel cry in Schoolhouse Rock.

Click here to read more

Heartburn by Nora Ephron and Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu, A Lakeview Book Club Report

Lakeview Book Club Report on the discussion of Heartburn by Nora Ephron and Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu.

Eight of us met to discuss these two quickly read books. Heartburn had been on our list for a long time, but we added Leaving Mother Lake, because we wanted to discuss another book with a strong woman. Heartburn was fiction based on fact and Leaving Mother Lake was a memoir, "as told to" anthropologist, Christine Mathieu. Christine Mathieu also added her anthropological analysis of Yang Erche Namu's community in Yunan Province. Our discussion leader for Leaving Mother Lake shared very thorough notes, which brought us all up on the major details.

Yang Erche Namu was born in 1966 in a very remote village in the mountains of Yunnan Province, China. Her isolated community developed a "matrilineal" society over hundreds of years. Anthropologist, Christine Mathieu, conjectures that this evolved from a feudal society

Click here to read more

Travel Books for Kids

A list of recommended travel books for children available at the Oakland Public Library.

If you’re looking for a little adventure this season, check out the library’s selection of travel books for kids! They describe lands both near and far, highlighting aspects of each destination that young readers are especially interested in exploring. Take an armchair tour through California, Mexico, and beyond with some of these exciting informational books:

For younger readers

All Aboard! book cover

Click here to read more

Family Programs This Thursday

Most children's programs will continue at the library tomorrow despite the schools' closure, but children should not be left unattended for long periods, and children 7 and under must be attended at all times.

Girl making art in the libraryOUSD has decided to close tomorrow due to the storm.  Your libraries will be open, and most of our regularly scheduled programs will proceed, but we include some updates and advice here.

Please come with your children to events tomorrow if you decide it is safe to travel.  Please do not leave your children unnattended at the library.  

We cannot supervise children, and all children become bored, restless, or hungry at the library after a certain amount of time. Children 7 and under must be supervised at all times by a parent or responsible caregiver.

Mitali Perkins' appearance at the Dimond library has been cancelled.  

Click here to read more

New DVDs for December 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

New DVDs coming to Oakland Public Library in December 2014.

Click here to read more

Books for Wider Horizons - The Anniversary Celebration Continues

Books for Wider Horizons has graduated a new class of volunteer storyreaders, developed a new logo, and is planning a party!

Books for Wider Horizons has had a busy couple of months.    

Congratulations Class of 2014!

OurBWH graduating class 21st class of Books for Wider Horizons volunteers graduated in November. These hardy souls spent 21 1/2 hours in training and observing, only to commit to spending 2-3 hours per week preparing and presenting storytimes at Oakland Head Starts, OUSD Childhood Development Centers, and other preschool sites for the rest of the school year. Gluttons for punishment, some of this year's volunteers actually came to both graduation days, so they could get more ideas on what books to choose, songs to sing, and ways to present!

Volunteering for BWH does take commitment and time and enough energy to

Click here to read more

Dora, Hello Kitty and Malcolm X - What We've Found

Check out our latest found items.

Here are some more things we've found in library books lately!  Make sure you flip through the Dora book - the contents are a delight!

  

Click here to read more

10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in December 2014

Ready to curl up with some great stories? Here are 10 books to look forward to this December.

Click here to read more

Winter Crafts at the Library

Come in out of the rain and get crafty the Library will be having several Winter Time crafts happening in month of December.

 

 

This month at the Library we are offering two festive Winter Crafts. If you like glitter then you should come make a Snow Globe. We will have plenty of glitter and other fixings to let you create a winter wonderland in a jar. (If you have an extra jam jar or two at home please bring it with you!) 

If you prefer frosting to glitter,  you may want to make a Graham Cracker House.  We have loads of sweets and plenty of Graham Crackers for you to design and create the home of your dreams.

 

Hope to see you at the library this December!

Snow Globes

Click here to read more

Why You Should Watch "Central Station" DVD from OPL This Weekend

Why you should watch the film, Central Station, on DVD from OPL this weekend.

I love this film. Central Station (click title to go to OPL's catalog) is a 1998 Brazilian–French drama film set in Brazil. It tells the story of a young boy's friendship with a jaded middle-aged woman. But it’s about so much more. The film features Fernanda Montenegro and Vinícius de Oliveira in the lead roles. Montenegro was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. She plays “Dora,” a cynical, joyless woman who crosses paths with an abandoned young boy, Oliveira’s “Josue.” Gorgeously filmed and featuring two outstanding performances by both lead actors, Central Station observes this “odd couple” as they develop an emotional bond that changes

Click here to read more