Any serious student of California history will encounter the name of Delilah Beasley, African American author of the 1919 classic work, “Negro Trail Blazers of California.” Her natural curosity about Black life and culture led her to writing early in her life. As a teen, she wrote articles for the Cleveland Gazette, the Catholic Tribune, and the Ohio State Tribune. Ms. Beasley came to California from her native Ohio in 1910 at the age of 39. To support herself, she found work as a nurse, a masseuse, and maid. Soon after her arrival, she began to immerse herself in the study of Blacks in California.
My hands are full, my meter just ran out, my kids are knocking things off shelves, I can't remember if we read that already, I have to take the little one to the bathroom...but I need your librarian skills - HELP!
Q: I love coming in to my local library to get one-on-one help from a children's librarian, but I only have a few minutes! How can I get your expert help faster? My middle-school-age daughter is dyslexic, her younger brother is an avid reader of comic books - exclusively, and my toddler has just figured out how to undo her seat belt on the stroller. I need book recommendations for all three of them, and I have to get to the market before dinner. Actually, forget it, I have to take this call from the pediatrician. We'll come back next week!
A: We love it when you come in person to the library, because speaking with you one-on-one allows us to be our most effective. Getting to know you helps us figure out which materials will be right for you. First of all, thanks for making
Local author Alex Gino shares a good reason to hope your book is boring -- and gives us a totally awesome new heroine.
Local author Alex Gino has a new book with a powerful message: “Be Who You Are.”
That’s easier said than done in the 4th grade. But it’s especially hard for Melissa, because everyone still calls her George (her birth name) and they don’t know what she knows: She is a girl.
Melissa is transgender and the book George, published by Scholastic, is one of the first middle grade books to give voice to a transgender heroine.
We introduced you to George in a post last week
Joke books might just be the coolest thing around.
How hot is it in Oakland right now? Well, this morning I saw two trees fighting over a dog!* LOL
If that joke made you want to punch me in the face, chances are you're a lil' cranky over this heat wave we're having. And if that is the case, for the love of pickles, do NOT let your child anywhere NEAR this number:
That is the Dewey Decimal number for joke books. Your local OPL branch has a treasure trove of irritating, groanworthy jokes that are sure to make your kids howl with laughter, while you howl in pain. Whatever you do, keep your child away from 793.735, or risk getting pummeled with awesome jokes like these:
Q. Why don't cookies go to the library when it's hot out?
A. Because they feel too crummy.*
Q. Why did the lady leave her purse open when she went outside?
A. Because the newscaster said there would be some change in the weather.*
Q. Why do we
Today is International Literacy Day! What are you doing to observe the day? We have an idea...
Celebrate literacy today by doing some homework: For the next 30 minutes try to count the number of times you have to read or write something to go about your day.
How many street signs or bus routes? Text messages or Facebook posts? Menus or store prices? Bills or important mail? Job applications or work-related emails? Instructions from a teacher, doctor or pharmacy? What else?
What did you notice? How did you feel? Ask a friend to do the same and talk about your experiences.
I'll never forget the book Push by Sapphire (which inspired the movie
Main Library Jewelry-Making Workshop, September 12, 3:00-4:30pm
Who doesn't love jewelry? People all over the world adorn themselves for many reasons. Jewelry can be worn to convey social status, express cultural heritage and individuality, or simply make a fashion statement. Some even believe jewelry has physical and spiritual healing properties. Making your own jewelry in not only fun, it also makes people feel good. Whether jewelry-making is a relaxing, solitary activity or a vibrant social gathering, it relieves stress and gets those creative juice flowing. Here is a few of books to get you started:
Here are ten of the most exciting novels arriving in September. Hope you have room on your hold list...
Is reading to your baby becoming a chore instead a fun activity? Here are some tips to consider to bring the joy back into reading with your baby.
Q: I'ma keep it 100%. I love my baby, but I really don't want to read to her every night at bedtime. And I don't want to feel pressured and called a bad parent!
A: I'm a momma too, so I got you. I'd never call anyone a bad parent. I understand all the well-meaning advice about what you "should be" doing with your children and how to "do it right" is unwelcome and unnecessary. That's why I'm not gonna add to it – much.
Reading to your baby is very important, we all know that. So as a professional I can't say “don’t read to your child." But I will say, reading is supposed to be a fun way to bond with your child. In short, your baby needs words, not a nightly ritual you dread. So if you don't want to read tonight don't stress about it; sing to her. If you don't want to sing, play with her. If you don't want
Curious about Cuba? Check out one of these titles to learn more about the country's history.
Cuba has frequently been in the news this year. Earlier this month the U.S. Embassy reopened after 54 years. Although it may still be a while before you can travel to Cuba, you can journey with a book and learn about the country's history from various perspectives through the titles listed below.
Oaklander Alex Gino's new middle grade novel about a transgender girl is a sweet delight.
There's a new girl in town: George, a fourth grader who loves acting and dreams of playing with makeup. George was assigned male at birth, but knows she is really a girl--but how can she tell her best friend, her teachers, the classmates who bully her, and most importantly, her family?
Oakland resident Alex Gino's new middle grade novel is a realistic narrative of life as a transgender child. The writing is honest and kid-friendly; it doesn't water down the hardships George faces, but there's no content that's inappropriate for a very young reader. It would be a great family or classroom readaloud.