These are the Lakeview Book Club notes from the discussion about 1958 novel, The Leopard by Giuseppi Tomasi di Lampedusa. It is the best selling Italian novel of all time and considered one of the very best historical novels ever written. The Lakeview Book Club recommends it highly!
The picture book everyone's talking about is... not a picture book? Celebrity author B. J. Novak's crowdpleasing hit!
These days I always seem to have a friend on the Caldecott committee, which gives the annual award for best illustration in a children's book, which means every time I go to a bookstore I'm texting pictures of book covers to that friend with a message: "you GOTTA see this one!!"
It's unusual for a book with NO pictures to send me scrambling for my phone. But... have you SEEN this book?
Okay- wrong question. Have you READ this book? It's pretty much the funniest crowd-pleaser of a picture book I've read in years.
Okay okay- still the wrong question. Have you had this book read to you by
January 15th is Hat Day! Come to the Library and display your favorite hat or drop in and make a hat to wear.
Start the New Year off in style by celerating Hat Day at the Library.
Come to the Main Library or the Elhmurst Branch on January 15 at 3:30pm and celebrate Hat Day. We will provide everything needed to create memorable headgear. Once your hat is finished you and the other milliners can parade your headgear through the Library and see what the staff are wearing on their heads. Looking for inspiration? Take a peek at Origination's
The Books for Wider Horizons birthday party year continues with an interview with one of our long-term volunteers.
Books for Wider Horizons (BWH) employs a corps of dedicated volunteers who take weekly storytimes to about forty preschools (Head Starts, CDCs, and private preschools) around Oakland. A couple of months ago, we introduced Gay Ducey, librarian, storyteller extraordinaire, and member of the team that originally thought of and implemented the Books for Wider Horizons (BWH) volunteer program over twenty years ago.
Today we meet Dr. Karen Lum-Nackley, one of those intrepid volunteers. Karen has been with BWH since 2001. She made time for us the week before Christmas to answer our questions regarding her experience with the program.
What attracted you to Books for Wider Horizons fourteen years ago?
My own love for books as a child. I grew up in Oakland and visited the Glenview Library on Park Blvd. when I
From jealousy to farting, these 2014 kids' books capture the little uncomfortable moments of adult life.
Gerald (the elephant) sees Piggie playing with her new bat friend, and he is JEALOUS. Gerald, I know the sting you feel all too well: maybe Piggie will have so much fun with Bat, she won't need you anymore. I'm sure we'll outgrow these insecurities someday.
Read it to: the BFF who keeps breaking brunch plans.
2. Sam and Dave
Check out the 57th Grammy nominees with free streaming and downloads from Freegal.
The 57th Grammy nominations are in and many of the artists and albums nominated can be streamed or downloaded for free with Freegal. The library has also purchased many of the physical CDs for the collection too!
Here is a small sampling of titles available from Freegal:
G I R L / Pharrell Williams
Best Album of the Year
OPL staff looks back on their favorite books of 2014.
You’ve seen them everywhere—end of the year Best Books lists in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Amazon, to name just a few—now it’s time for us to weigh in. Here are a few of our favorite books published in 2014.
We’d love to hear from you, too! Please tell us about your favorite books of 2014 in the comments.
Entries are still welcome for the 4th Annual 90-Second Newbery Festival, which will screen at the Rockridge Library on February 7th, 2015.
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is once again coming to Oakland on Saturday February 7, 2015, 12 noon-1pm at the Rockridge Branch Library.
It is not too late to submit your entry! The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 16, 2015, which means that you can spend your winter break working on your video, of 90 seconds or less, that tells the entire story of a Newbery-winning book.
We'd love to see your
Across the country #BlackLivesMatter is inspiring action and conversation. Oakland librarians have compiled some resources to support these conversations.
Across the country, a movement to stop violence and uplift Black humanity -- embodied in the phrase #BlackLivesMatter -- is inspiring action and conversation. To support these conversations I've compiled a series of resource guides.
Whether you're a parent, a student, a community organizer or a concerned neighbor, this Resource Series offers books, articles and videos to prompt discussion and action: