First Day of School = Your First Library Card

The start of the school year is a great time to bring in your five-year-old to get a first library card and start exploring all that the library offers.

If your child started kindergarten this week, bring him or her in to any Oakland Public Library branch to get a personal library card. Any child, 5 or older, who lives in CA, can get a first card for FREE! Getting a library card will allow your child to check out all of the materials the library offers as well as give your child access to all of the library’s electronic resources. We promise to make a big ceremony out of it too, sticker and all. 

Aside from all of the books, movies, music, and other materials you can take home from the library, your child’s library card opens up a world of electronic resources you can access from home.  Through our website, you can look at: lists of recommended books, electronic games for kids, our calendar of events, resources for homework help,  and Tumblebooks, e-books you can watch and/or read online.  The

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FIERCE SISTAHS!

Oakland Pride and the Bay Area Lesbian History Archives Project

This month the Main Library is hosting FIERCE SISTAHS! Bay Area Lesbians of Color 1975 - 1995, an exhibition of historical ephemera and photos curated by Lenn Keller, archivist, curator, photographer, filmmaker, and founder of the Bay Area Lesbian History Archives Project. The exhibit is in conjunction with and in celebration of Oakland Pride 2014. It will be on display through September 2nd.

Keller writes about her personal archive, "I had an instinct that it was important to save these things, but I did [it] not knowing how or when they would have significance in the future. I wish I had saved and documented more." 

Is it really important to save and preserve the paper ephemera* all around us? You bet it is! Library collections like the one we have in the Oakland History Room, academic and organizational archives, and

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And The Winners Are...

Every year about this time, children in Oakland wait in anticipation for the call. Will they be the winners of the Summer Reading Challenge Grand Prize? Here are the lucky two.

Paws to Read logoEvery child who reads during the summer wins!

This summer the Oakland Public Library awarded prizes to children for reading 20 days during the summer.  9873 children participated, and so far 5203 reported reading 20 days or more.  If you have not finished logging the days your child read June 14 - August 8, please stop by your library and we will help you.

In addition to picking out a book, getting a cool badge, and receiving coupons for Oakland attractions, children also received one chance in our raffle for the first 20 days they read (and an additional chance for each additional ten days).  There were many prizes available in the raffle, but we drew our city-wide grand prize raffle after the reading challenge ended on August 8th.

 This year's grand prize winners are:

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Literary Romances

What was it like to be married to William Shakespeare or Zelda Fitzgerald? Check out these fictionalized accounts of famous literary couples.

Did you know that August is National Romance Awareness Month?  I didn't, but I recently came across this article in the Huffington Post, which inspired me to highlight literary romances in this post.  During the past few years fiction titles focusing on famous literary couples have been popular.  Here are a few available at OPL. 

 A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald       

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Q&A Patrons ask; librarians answer: Starting School

Q&A: Children's Librarians answer questions all day, every day, from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers. It's August, people always ask for starting-school and back-to-school stories, of course!

Q: My daughter is starting school in a few days...what books about school do you have that we could read together?

A: We have so many!* No matter what age or grade, we've got something for you to read abocover of Richard Scarry's Great Big Schoolhouseut school, to set the stage so that your child's anticipation is more likely to stay positive. Some kids need to know exactly what will happen, some are looking forward to joining

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New DVDs For August 2014 @ Oakland Public Library!

New DVDs for August 2014 at Oakland Public Library

Get ready to place your Holds!  We have a great selection of new DVD titles arriving shortly at Oakland Public Library.  Besides blockbusters and foreign films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle, Captain America:  Winter Soldier, Nymphomaniac, pts. 1 & 2,

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The Roving Eye: Scenes from Summer

Summer scenes captured at our libraries. It looks like Oakland had a great summer!

Yuyi MoralesYuyi Morales helped us kick off summer when she visited the César Chávez Library in May. She shared her "bolsa de sorpresas" (bag of surprises) with toys from her childhood in Mexico. And she read her newest book Niño Wrestles the World to musical accompaniment.

 

 

Summer wouldn't be summer without the Bubble Lady. She combines clowning, bubbles, and science into a child (and parent) pleasing performance. We've had her in Oakland every summer for as long as anyone can remember

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Upcoming Branch Schedule Change!

Beginning November 1st, 2014, the Golden Gate and Piedmont Ave. Branches will revert to a Tuesday - Saturday schedule.

Effective November 1, 2014,  days of service at two Oakland Public Library branches—Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue—will revert to Tuesday to Saturday.

The change is the result of a pilot program that began in September 2013 to offer library hours on Mondays in more areas of Oakland. Library Administration encouraged public feedback on the new schedules through an online and paper survey (April 15-May31), comment cards, and community meetings. Administration’s evaluation of the community’s responses and data on library usage at the pilot branches led to the decision to end the new schedules at the Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue branches.

Two additional branches were part of the pilot.  Brookfield and Eastmont branches will remain on the Monday to Friday schedule.  As always, you can see branch schedules on our website

Thanks to everyone

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Let Books & Authors find that next great read for you

Books & Authors is a database at Oakland Public Library that can help you explore titles, authors, and various subjects, to find that next great read.

In May, I posted about Novelist Plus, and the variety of ways it connects readers with the right books for them. This month, Andrew Demcak tells us about another OPL database just for book lovers. Take it away, Andrew....

Avid and casual readers know that feeling: You’ve just finished a great book and you want to start a new one. But which book will be your next book?  Books & Authors is a database at Oakland Public Library that can help you explore titles (both fiction and nonfiction,) authors, and various subjects, to find that next great read.

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Great Graphic Novels for Kids

A list of recommended graphic novels and comic books for kids that are available at the Oakland Public Library.

From superheroes to manga to comic strips and beyond, we have all sorts of excellent graphic novels and comic books for kids in the library. Ask library staff to help you find the 741.5s! Here, young readers will find interesting characters, awesome art, and fascinating stories full of humor, action, adventure, history, mystery, and emotion. Graphic novels are incredibly popular, especially among kids who like stories but aren't ready for long chapter books and students who are visual learners.
Here are some of our favorite / most popular graphic novels for kids. Let us know in the comments which of your favorites we may have missed!:

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