Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: How do I teach my child not to fear the dentist?

Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Question of the day: I’m taking my son to the dentist. I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have! Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?

Q: Do you have any books about visiting the dentist?  It’s my son’s first trip to the dentist, and I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have!  Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?

A: Yes, as a matter of fact we do.  To quote Mr. Rogers, “Learning to take good care cover image of Mr. Rogers book Going to the Dentistof yourself is an important part of growing. No matter how much you grow, though, there will always be times when you’ll need help keeping your body healthy. That’s true for everyone – children and adults.” His is still my favorite book

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Are Your Children Bored this Summer? There's Lots to Do at the Library!

Nothing to do? Here's just a little of what's happening in the next 24 hours at the Oakland Public Library

Busy Bee Dogs at Dimond                    Germar the Magician at Rockridge
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Learn a language online this summer before your travels!

Learn a language online with Transparent Language - includes 81 languages to teach you listening, speaking, reading and writing.

If you're traveling abroad this summer and want to get some conversational mastery in your destination language, check out our online language learning resource called Transparent Language Online. If you're accessing the link from your home computer, you'll need to enter your library card number and PIN to get started. 

This program is fully interactive, and uses various multimedia activities to engage all four language skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The feature I like best is that you can download all the vocabulary from each section as a PDF so you can even study off-line. (If you're an ESL student, it also includes beginner English courses for speakers of other languages and an immersion course for intermediate level English learners.) You can also get this on your smartphone - just search for the Byki app to get started.

Of course, the library also has a number of DVDs, CDs and books to help

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Lakeview Book Club Update: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

This is a synopsis of the Lakeview Branch Library Book Club's discussion of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The seven off us, including new member liked the book, even if it wasn't our typical type of book we usually choose to read. Not everyone finished it. A few thought it slowed down in the middle. We all found parts that made us really laugh, some of us more than others. There was a great deal of laughter during the meeting as we discussed some of the sillier and surprising elements.
 
One member thought the plot was predictable and the humor was because of the way the events were described. That member noted that the translator had to have been exceptionally good.
 
We wondered if Jonas Jonasson was really that funny in real life. (I figure he has to be.)
 
Mr. Jonasson, born in 1961, was a journalist who at one time owned a large publication, which he sold so he could write his

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Percy Jackson Read-Alikes

Recommended books for kids who love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.

Every day in the library, we meet young readers who just can’t get enough of Rick Riordan. The author’s exciting blend of reality and mythology has exploded in popularity, with kids clamoring for books in his Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, as well as his Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus series. Riordan superfans who are hungry for more fantastical action and adventure may want to give these

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Your Library. Your Summer Reading. Your Book Reviews.

Here are some of the books YOU are reading this summer!

Are you participating in our Summer Reading Program yet?  Yes, I'm talking to you - you adult out there who thought summer reading was just for kids!  It's not, and there are prizes to be won!

Also, we want your book reviews...  if you post them on the website, they'll show up right here on the library's website.  Spread the word and help other library users find some new things to read.  Go straight on over to the book review form and let us know what we should (or shouldn't) read this summer.

Here are the reviews we've received so far...

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Krip-Hop Nation Bay Area tour comes to Oakland Public Library

Krip-Hop Nation is a worldwide organization that addresses the discrimination against disabled artists in mainstream hip-hop by publishing articles and hosting events, lectures, and workshops.

Musicians with disabilities have been in the spotlight for decades. Artists such as violinist Itzhak Perlman (polio), singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder (blindness), country singer Clay Walker (multiple sclerosis), percussionist Evelyn Glennie (deafness), and Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen (complete arm amputation): all are major recording artists. And then there is Leroy Moore, Jr., founder of Krip-Hop Nation.

Krip-Hop Nation is a worldwide organization that addresses the discrimination against disabled artists in mainstream hip-hop by publishing articles and hosting events, lectures, and workshops. Moore was first put in the spotlight in the early 2000s, when he coproduced and cohosted a three-part series on what he dubbed "Krip-Hop" on KPFA's Pushing Limits program, which focuses on news, arts, and culture from the disabled community. Moore, who sufffers from cerebral palsy, tirelessly advocates for hip-hop performing artists with disabilities.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July

Place your holds now on these great books coming out this month!

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2nd is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

July 2nd marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson, the Act outlawed discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin and made illegal voter registration requirements such as poll taxes and literacy tests. 

Two new books about this time in history have recently been published and are available at OPL. 

                         An Idea Whose Time Has Come          

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Take a Look! It's in a Book!

Come see the next site of delightful items found in library books!

What have we found lately?  A little bit of everything!  

                                 

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