Soul Soup with Amber Hines Summer 2019

Amber invites a magic that lifts the spirit, builds social emotional literacy and creates community

Soul Soup with Amber Hines presents a family-style music ritual with live drum accompaniment that inspires you to sing, dance and play! Utilizing traditional and contemporary music, games and story. 

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019  Rockridge Branch Library  at 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019  Temescal Branch Library at 10:30 AM
  • Monday, July 08, 2019  Eastmont Branch Library at 1:00 PM
  • Monday, July 08, 2019  Main Library Children's Room at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019  Golden Gate Branch Library at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, August 03, 2019  Elmhurst Branch Library 3:00 PM

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Emily Butterfly Summer 2019

Younger children will love Emily Butterfly, an interstellar storyteller, who delights children with her magical form of puppetry, story sharing and song.

Emily Butterfly is an interstellar story teller who lives to delight children with her magically unique form of puppetry, storytelling and song. She  has had the honor of creating shows and performing for thousands  of preschool and elementary school students and feels blessed to have the abilities to create her own puppet friends, write and perform inspirational tales and direct troupes of puppeteers.

  • Thursday, June 6 at 3:00pm Piedmont Avenue Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 6 at 11:00 am Temescal Branch Library
  • Monday, June 17 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Saturday, June 22 at 10:30am Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Wednesday, June 26 at 10:00 am West Oakland Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 27 at 10:30 am Rockridge Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 29 at 2:00pm Chavez Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July2 11:00 am King Branch Library

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Musician David Grashton Summer 2019

Music to both entertain and inspire joy and compassion. David’s original children’s songs encourage us to acknowledge and share our feelings. You’ll also enjoy timeless classics by Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Raffi, and The Beatles

David's music will entertain and inspire both joy and compassion. His original children’s songs encourage us to acknowledge and share our feelings. You’ll also enjoy timeless classics by Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Raffi, and The Beatles.

  • Saturday, June 15 at 10:30am Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25 at 11:00 am Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11 at 10:30 Rockridge Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am Lakeview Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 18 11:00 am Temescal Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 23 at 4:00PM Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 25 at 10 am West Oakland Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Wednesday, July 31 at 10:15 Piedmont Aven Branch Library

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Weekends @ OPL!

Looking for free things to do this weekend? Every week, we'll be posting our picks of weekend events at OPL. Don't forget to follow us on social media @oaklibrary for latest updates!

We love weekends here at OPL. Every week, we post up a small selection of events we think you might find useful or enjoy. You can find the full list of events here. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @oaklibrary! 

For a complete list of all events at OPL, visit: www.oaklandlibrary.org/events
For #BikeMonth events @ OPL, visit our Bike Month blog.

 

 

Friday 6/14: 

Print Workshops with Grace Rosario Perkins

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Little Explorers Petting Zoo Summer 2019

Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo provides hands on experiences with a variety of friendly farm animals ,

Come experience various barnyard animals -- to pet NOT hold. Who knows what you will see; it could be an Alpaca, some chickens, or a pot-bellied pig!

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019  2:00 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019  11:00 AM at Temescal Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019  10:30 AM at Dimond  Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019  2:00 PM at Chavez Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019  11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Saturday, July 6, 2019  10:30 AM at Rockridge  Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019   2:00 PM at Melrose Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019  10:00 AM at West Oakland  Branch Library
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019  National Night Out at Piedmont Avenue  Branch

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Magical Moonshine Summer 2019

Magical Moonshine will be offer several different puppet shows at the branches. Come and enjoy classic stories brought to life through puppets.

Magical Moonshine will be offer several different puppet shows at the branches. Come and enjoy classic stories brought to life through puppets.

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019  6:30 PM at Rockridge  Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019  10:30 AM at Asian Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 09, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield  Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019  7:00 PM at Dimond  Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019  1:30 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019  11:00 AM at Temescal  Branch Library

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Magic Nathaniel Summer 2019

Magical Nathaniel, a Bay Area native, presents a high energy show with audience interaction.

Magical Nathaniel presents a high energy show loaded of audience interaction! Each kid will leave the show will a big smile on their face and the feeling that they had an important part to play in the show. Special magic activity books provided!

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2:00 PM  at Chavez Branch Library                                                         
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 7:00 PM  at Dimond Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019, 1:00 PM at Melrose Branch Library
  • Monday, July 15, 2019,  10:30 AM at  Main Library Children's Room
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019,  11:00 AM at ML King Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 ,  6:30 PM at  Rockridge Branch Library                                               

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2019

There are so many great books arriving in June! Here are just ten of them.

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Mike the Magician Summer 2019

Mike the Magician is silly, funny, and he'll make you go WOW!

 Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing.

  • Saturday, June 08, 2019   10:30 AM at Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019  6:30 PM at Montclair Branch Library
  • Monday, June 24, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019   1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019   6:30 PM at Rockridge Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019  4:00PM at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019  10:30 AM at Asian Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019  11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019   10:00 AM at West Oakland Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019  11:00 AM at Temescal Branch Library

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Practically Perfect in Every Way

Is it time to visit (or revisit) the Mary Poppins series of books? I think yes.

Mary Poppins book jacket

I'm finding myself reading books that I somehow missed in my childhood and am now about halfway through the Mary Poppins series. This set was started in the 1950's by P.L. Travers. It focusses on Jane and Michael Banks, two children living in London, their family and neighbors, and their new nanny, Mary Poppins. After a series of unsuitable (or fed up) nannies, Mary Poppins materializes from the sky to put the Banks household right. She takes the children on exciting adventures on regales them of fanciful stories that might just be true.

Here are some things that I love about Mary Poppins:

  • One of the Subject Headings is "Magic in the Real

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