All library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th, for Thanksgiving.
The best Mother's Day present one can receive, is the gift of making a parents life easier. The Oakland Public Library gives all parents the gift of Tumblebooks for Mother's Day. You're welcome.
Picture courtesy of ElvisKennedy.com via Flickr Commons.
There is this saying that "Motherhood is the hardest job you will ever love." It's true. I love my children and I love my job. My love for my job shows whenever I have the oppertunity to read stories to children. I sing, I dance, and I have a great time. Afterwards, it never fails: several parents will compliment my reading style, and follow- up with the question/statement: You must read to your children all the time!
My answer always is: ABSOLUTELY NOT!
I love my kids don't get me wrong; but at the end of the day I am a momma just like you (unless you're a poppa but you get my point) and I don't want to read a
Celebrate National Bike Month with the Library!
May is National Bike Month, one of our favorite times of the year at Oakland Public Library. Did you know that bike usage has tripled in Oakland since 2000? We are a leading metro area for bicycle commuting nationwide. In fact, 4% of all Oakland commuters traveling to work and school go by bike. In celebration, and to encourage even more Oaklanders to get out and ride, we have a full slate of bike-related events for you!
First things first: If you don't currently have a bike, the Library can help you get one! We're partnering with Cycles of Change to get more people on bikes - all you have to do is sign up at the West Oakland branch before May 21, and attend a safety training on May 27th at
Short story collections.
I haven't had much time for reading lately so I've been checking out short stories by my favorite authors. Short stories are a good way to satisfy my reading needs without committing to a lengthy novel. They're also fun to read aloud in book clubs or to share with a loved one before going to sleep. And May is short story month so what better time to pick up a short story collection. I've listed some of my favorites below.
Meet employers in person, have your resume reviewed, and learn about paid internship opportunities at our Job Fair on Saturday April 30.
If you're currently in the market for a new job, the following may sound familiar: You're in the midst of a job search, feeling the pressure of making your resume or application stand out from the crowd. But in your efforts to shine, you start to feel lost in the shuffle: poring over job postings, submitting applications online, trying to make real contacts in a virtual world. If only you had the opportunity to give your resume to a hiring manager face-to-face, shake hands and make an impression in person!
You can do just that at the upcoming Oaklandhasjobs Job Fair at the Main Library on Saturday, April 30, 10:30am-12:30pm. There's a long list of local employers ready to meet you. Dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and prepare to impress! So far, the list of employers includes Starbucks, Manpower, IKEA, Home Depot, Alliance Staffing, Oakland Private Industry Council, Whelan Security, Select Staffing, State Farm Insurance, Claremont Resort,
Local author recommends her favorite “activist fiction.”
Oakland resident Barbara Rhine is a lawyer, activist and writer whose work has appeared in The SF Chronicle, Oakland Tribune and Counterpunch. Her vast personal history as an activist reaches back to her college years and has included participation in Martin Luther King’s demonstrations in Skokie, an attempt to travel to Cuba with a National Lawyers Guild delegation that ended in imprisonment and deportation from Mexico, and service as staff attorney with the United Farmworkers Union during the largest agricultural strike in California history.
So it comes as no surprise that the theme of social justice looms large in her 2014 novel Tell
When your child is ready for big kid pants, the library is here to help.
Sunday afternoon I walked into the living room and saw this:
As shocking as this sight was, I became very excited. This is the first sign he might be ready to start potty training. The second sign was the next morning when he woke up shouting "Momma, I gotta pee pee!" YEA AGAIN... except, I don't know how to train a child to go pee pee. This is a problem when I have an excited toddler ready to get rid of his diapers. So off to the library I go, and here is what I brought brought home for him:
Sixteen transforming tales.
One of the fun things about being a librarian is getting juicy readers advisory questions, so when Rockridge librarian Emily Weak was asked by a young woman, "What fiction have you read that changed your life?” she instantly sprang into action, sending the query around the library system. We nerded out about it for a while, giving it all the weight deserved by a question regarding the transformation of one’s very life. Emily compiled a list of nearly 100 titles. That ought to prepare our young friend for the rest of her life, no? Here is a mere sampling, with a focus on less current titles:
Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund
A rich epic, drawn from the classic
Celebrate children, books, and diversity at Oakland in April and May!
Día, celebrating its 20th year in 2016, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. We uphold this daily commitment, and this April and May, each Oakland Public Library location will celebrate Día with one of the following performances, followed by a book giveaway. Please join us.
Alphabet Rockers, a hip hop, rapping, moving kind of group, is Oakland's answer to "Sesame Street." They amplify family fun in their new show: "The Playground Zone." This hit new show for kids age 3-9 and parents uses hot beats, hip hop moves, and rap lyrics.
Celebrate National Poetry Month and support early readers!
"He liked the word - its smallness, its density, the way it rose up at the end as if it had wings. Poetry."
-Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
April is National Poetry Month, what a wonderful excuse to share poems with youth! Story poems filled with adventure and glee, short bite-sized poems to fit in your pocket, classic poems to carry them through school, poems that rhyme and will forever be stuck in your head, and so many more! Language is beautiful and poetry is a wonderful way to encourage youth to play with words.