Q&A: Patrons Ask; Librarians Answer. How do you know if a person is cheating on the Summer Reading Challenge?

In the thick of the Summer Reading Challenge, not everyone believes we should trust the readers...they ask us; How do you know if someone is cheating; filling in their reading log with stickers without actually reading anything at all?!?!!

Q: How do you know if a person is just cheating by filling in all the stickers but not reading?A volunteer (unnamed) looking sneaky with her reading log.

A: We don’t know!

Of the approximately 500 kids who have signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge at my branch library, only 3 have had the audacity to ask this question.

However, at the beginning of June, when I visited classrooms at a number of Oakland Public Schools (all the children's librarians do this every May & June) to tell kids about the Summer Reading Program, another dozen kids asked the same question. At every school, there is always at least one person, usually in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, who asks me, "What if someone

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Your Library is Warrior's Ground!

Where better to celebrate than at your library?

We love this photo at SF Gate of Library regulars Cici and Madison Hung-Hass. We know there are more Library & Warrior fans out there!  So tweet your photos of  Warriors Pride at the Library to

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Be a Summer Reading Super Hero!

Celebrate National Summer Learning Day at the Library with a Summer Reading Super Hero festival!

OR2020 LogoAll kids are invited to participate in Oakland's Summer Reading Challenge. But two special events this Friday invite kids to be summer reading heroes!

Join us on Friday, June 19th, from 1pm to 3:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr Branch, or the 81st Avenue Branch, for a summer reading festival including free books, facepainting, bubbles, popcorn, storytime, a superhero photo booth, and a chance to win a Kindle!

The Summer Reading Super Hero festival celebrates National Summer Learning Day, and is sponsored by

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Happily Ever After?

Bill Willingham's celebrated comic series comes to a close this year. If you've missed Fables for the last 13 years, now's the time to binge.

fables jacket Fairest jacket  Wolf Among Us jacket  1001 nights of snowfall jacket 

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, A Lakeview Branch Book Club Review

A Lakeview Branch Book Club of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.

This may have been the best meeting ever! 19 of us were there. There were several new people who came just because of this wonderful book. Not all had finished it, but all planned to do so. A couple had not yet started, but planned to read it. We all LOVED this book and recommend it highly to everyone.
Our group was very diverse and the stories in this extremely well researched history and the personal stories of three different people who left the South and moved to what was hoped to be a better life, affected us all in their universality.
Isabel Wilkerson, is the first Black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. She has won many, many other awards for her writing and many for The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

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June Is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month!

June 2015 Is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month

Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat — or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!

TOP TEN CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT:

  1. If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
  2. Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours.
  3. Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
  4. Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before s/he comes home.
  5. Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat..
  6. Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
  7. Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2015

Looking for something terrific to read? We've got you covered! Here are 10 great novels and story collections coming out this month.

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It's Summer at Your Library!

With an incredible line up of events and activities, the library invites the whole family to the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge: Read to the Rhythm.

The Oakland Public Library has reading, fun, and adventure for children, teens, and adults this summer.

Smiling girlWe invite you to hang out, play, meet new people, and read for fun this summer.

Studies show that kids who don’t read during the summer lose approximately two months’ worth of gains made during the school year.  But we have you covered, with the kids Summer Reading Challenge.  

We know (because studies also show!) that when kids choose their own reading, they enjoy reading more, and when reading is fun, they become better readers.  We'd like to celebrate your child's summer experiences by rewarding them for reading, which they can track in their own reading log.  Come to any Oakland Library to pick one up.

While you

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Science, Yoda, Explosions

"What sort of logistic anomalies would you encounter in trying to raise an army of apes?" This question answered, or not in What If?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions

What If titles with T-Rex at the end of a crane

What if?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions, by Randall Munroe, is a collection of the best and sometimes worst of Mr. Munroe's blog posts on XKCD, an informative and hilarious web comic. Munroe started out as a NASA roboticist but I guess that job wasn't nerdy enough so now he draws stick figure explainers that explore science's quirkier side. He also got famous enough to have a star named for him,"citation needed" (that's an inside joke for after you've read the book). XKCD, by the way, is an unpronounceable (according to the author) word which is neither an acronym nor a word with any meaning. 

The questions in the book and on the blog are user-submitted and the answers are researched

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Don't know what to read? Try Book Me!

You and your child can get personalized reading recommendations using Book Me!, Oakland Public Library's new online reader's advisory service.

At some point, it happens in every reading family: You've worked your way through all the Ramonas and all the Fudge books. You've read all the Wimpy Kids and all the Dork Diaries. Harry Potter is history. Every bit of Narnia has been Chronicled. And you don't know what to read next.

You're in luck! OPL has a new service called Book Me! that will help you find your next family favorite. Fill out the form online, and a librarian will reply with a list of suggested titles. Easy peasy.

If you're looking for children's books, your Book Me! request will go to a children's specialist. We can help you find a chapter book to read at bedtime, a picture book about getting a new baby brother or sister, or an exciting fantasy read for your book-hungry tween. Give it a try! Recommending books is our favorite thing.

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