Labor Day and Admission Day holiday closures: All library locations will be closed on Monday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 9. The Main Library and the Brookfield and Eastmont branches will be open on Tuesday, September 8; all other locations will be closed that day.
An eclectic assortment of romantic films from Oakland Public Library’s DVD collection.
Volunteer to read in a school, come to a library storytime, or just check out some of our favorite books to read at home
Next week, the Oakland Public Education Fund is sponsoring an African American Literature Read In in the schools and is looking for volunteers. If you can volunteer to read in a school next week, it is not too late to sign up.
Their site includes a great recommended reading list, which we contributed to, and includes many of
If you'd like to read about Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 check out these books.
You may have recently seen the the movie Selma highlighting the civil rights campaign, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to ensure equal voting rights for African Americans. If you'd like to learn more about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the people involved, the books listed below are a great place to start.
All summaries are from the publisher's description.
Celebrate Multicultural Children's Book Day with author profiles and book recommendations.
The push for diversity is one of my favorite things happening in children's books these days, and grassroots organizations like We Need Diverse Books are jumping to support the cause. Add to that list of organizations Multicultural Children's Book Day, which had its first day in celebration of diverse children's books in 2014.
This year, Multicultural Children's Book Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 27. Have a celebration yourself by visiting their blog for Author and Illustrator Spotlights, book suggestions,
DVD Titles coming soon to Oakland Public Library in January 2015.
Oscar-nominated DVD titles at Oakland Public Library.
Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Do you have some books to prepare our child for the new baby we’re expecting?
Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day. Nearly 5,000 babies are born in Oakland every year! Books can help older siblings cope with the transition from rock-star/minor-deity to has-been.
Q: Do you have some books to prepare my child for the new baby we’re expecting?
A: Yes, we do! Different issues come up for kids who are about to have a new sibling. I’d like to share books that include some different angles on the question. I think of them in these 5 rough categories:
Books that simply explain what welcoming a new baby might include. If you don’t know yet what your child is thinking or feeling about the whole thing, simple books without drama may be a good starting place.
"Poetry arrived in search of me."
So wrote Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
Do poems reach out to you?
Tuesday, January 13 is Poetry at Work Day. That's according to publisher Tweetspeak Poetry, and we're on board with it. There's no reason to wait until National Poetry Month in April. Poetry is good for you every day.
Your Main Library has a rich collection of poetry for you. There's so much here it's hard to know where to start.
We have the epic poems of the past -- like Homer and Gilgamesh -- in a translation to suit every reading taste. Poetry from every country and tradition. Or read Neruda: you can't beat him. We enrich the Main Library's collections with the latest publications and award winners, too. You can read the work of United States Poet Laureate Charles Wright or California's Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Early adopters can read the work of Oakland's new
These are the Lakeview Book Club notes from the discussion about 1958 novel, The Leopard by Giuseppi Tomasi di Lampedusa. It is the best selling Italian novel of all time and considered one of the very best historical novels ever written. The Lakeview Book Club recommends it highly!
The picture book everyone's talking about is... not a picture book? Celebrity author B. J. Novak's crowdpleasing hit!
These days I always seem to have a friend on the Caldecott committee, which gives the annual award for best illustration in a children's book, which means every time I go to a bookstore I'm texting pictures of book covers to that friend with a message: "you GOTTA see this one!!"
It's unusual for a book with NO pictures to send me scrambling for my phone. But... have you SEEN this book?
Okay- wrong question. Have you READ this book? It's pretty much the funniest crowd-pleaser of a picture book I've read in years.
Okay okay- still the wrong question. Have you had this book read to you by