Make a 90 Second Newbery Video!

The 90 Second Newbery festival is once again accepting submissions!

Book CoverThis past Sunday I went to the East Bay Mini Maker Faire at Studio One Art Center, where I saw kids making new clothes out of of old clothes, rockets out of toilet paper rolls, giant milk crate structures (while strapped into a harness in a crane), terrariums, butter, and more. 

So who is primed and ready to make a "90 Second Newbery" video?  This online contest and festival is starting up its third year.   Upload your video and share it (check out the instructions here) before December 10, to

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Let's-Go-Oak-Land!

Reggie Jackson played for our hometown Athletics from 1967–1975 and then again in 1987. His phenomenal success led him to be dubbed "Mr. October" and what's even better, in my opinion, he got a candy bar named for him. How Amazin' is that?

picture of book cover - Becoming Mr. OctoberWhen I started this post a few weeks ago, the A's were riding high on a wave of victory, sadly, the season is over for us now, but there's always next year.  Here's a look a one of the best players our team has ever seen:

Reggie Jackson played for our hometown Athletics from 1967–1975 and then again in 1987.  His phenomenal success led him to be dubbed "Mr. October" and what's even better (in my opinion) he got a candy bar named for him.  How Amazin' is that?  
In his book

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Sign Language for Kids

Books and information about sign language for children available at the Oakland Public Library.

For Babies

Adapted from American Sign Language (ASL, the primary form of communication in Deaf communities), baby sign allows children as young as 8-10 months to communicate when they are hungry, thirsty, sleepy, want more of something, are finished with an activity, and much more. Teaching babies to sign can be enjoyable, and presents a chance for adult-child bonding. Best of all, babies who are able to communicate their needs through sign may experience less frustration, which can reduce fussiness. That’s a benefit for everyone!

If you’re interested in exploring sign with your baby, come to the Dimond branch on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 10:00 am for a Baby Sign Language Introductory Workshop. To learn more, call Rebekah Eppley at (510) 482-7844 or

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Bring Your Child to Storytime

Storytime is for everyone, from babies to adults.

Yuk Yau Preschool StorytimeThis last week I was talking with some teen moms about what they can do to help their babies get ready to read. I had given them the full presentation about five simple activities - talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing - that help a baby, toddler, and preschool child be ready to read by kindergarten.

One of the teen moms said her favorite memory of libraries was all the storytimes she went to when she was a child. She and her parents went to libraries all over Oakland. Her face changed as she talked about the pleasure of hearing stories with her family. It reminded me that when I was young, I spent weeks one summer listening to my librarian read C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She talked about "being transported to a different world." Being a very literal child, I was disappointed when we all stayed in the garden of the library

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Lakeview Book Club Update: Too Close To The Falls by Catherine Gildiner

Savor the memories of a young, precocious girl on the 1950s, so fresh and real you can taste the Niagra Falls snow and feel the magic of her strength, invincibilty and intelligence.

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Search Saving = YAY!

Now you can save a preferred search and be notified when new materials are added to the catalog. Isn't that exciting?

You know how it is when you just LOVE an author and you want to make sure you know the instant one of their new books comes out?  Well, now we can help you with that!  

As of this week, our users are able to save up to 25 preferred searches in the catalog.  This is, basically, a way of letting us know your preferences, and giving us the chance to email you when new materials that match your preferences are added to the catalog.  What a great way to get to the front of the holds queue!

So, how do you do it?  First of all, this doesn't work in Encore, and only works in the Classic Catalog.   So, take yourself over to the Classic Catalog and log yourself in.   Then just follow these steps:

  1. Search for your favorite author

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Readers I Know #2

Meet Boris, a reader who got an early start at the library.

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Summer Reading Successes

Oakland Public Library's 2013 Summer Reading Program was a great success, setting a record for children's reading hours.

Bubble PartyThough it may seem a distant memory; we wanted to take a moment to tell you about the great accomplishments of Oakland children in our Summer Reading Program:

6,196 children recorded reading for 8 hours or more this summer, a record!  That's two-thirds of the 9,372 who signed up to participate.  Reading during the summer helps children retain and enhance their reading skills.

Attendance at our special summer programs for children was 13,813.  Wow!  Were you there for one of our Bubble parties? Did you catch the Scraper Bike Workshop at West Oakland?  Did you garden at the Main Library?  Or decorate a flower pot to plant your Summer Reading seed quarters?

8,500 free lunches were

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Children’s Author Spotlight: Nic Bishop

Information about author and nature photographer Nic Bishop, including his books that may be found at the Oakland Public Library.

Vivid. Colorful. Captivating. Nic Bishop’s nature photography is all this and more! His exciting insect and animal books, effectively designed for young readers, feature eye-popping images that satisfy children’s curiosity about the natural world. These are, quite simply, some of today’s best science books published for kids, and they’re available at your local library!

Bishop has been creating kids’ books for over 25 years, and is an experienced photographer both in the studio and in the field. Check out the trailer for his book, Spiders, for a glimpse into his creative process:

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Found, Library Style

You find amazing things inside books, and not just the way you might think I mean!

The little things found in library books and left around the library often give me pause.  I can't help but wonder who created them and why.  I think about where these people might be now, and wonder if they ever noticed they had lost the object I had found.  So many stories can be invented to explain these tiny glimpses into someone's life.

I've collected quite a few things from staff around the library system, and thought it might be fun to share them with you, bit by bit over time.  

So, to start, here is a small selection of items found in the Oakland Public Library by library staff members.  Most were found in books, but some were just left behind in the library.  All of them could tell quite a story.  More to come!

(This is my personal favorite.  Poor CJ!)

       

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