Perhaps you've already heard of Park(ing) Day, but just in case you haven't, the scoop is as follows:
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!
So, what does this have to do with the Oakland Public Library? I'm so glad you asked! This year, for the first time ever, the Main Library will be participating in Park(ing) Day with a park of our own - Reader's Park! Come and visit on the Oak Street side of the building - right in front of the Children's Room entrance. We'll be taking over a parking space or three, and will be easy to find - we plan to have a "lawn," some furniture, and all kinds of activities going on. There might be some children's books to giveaway and we're hoping to have some Friends of the Oakland Public Library members there selling some books!
Park(ing) Day is THIS FRIDAY (9/20/13)! So excitingly soon! I mean, that's just two days away! Can you wait?
The library is closed on Friday morning, so this is a special opportunity for EXTRA library time. Come and read with us, get ideas from librarians for books to read next, see ebook demonstrations and enjoy our temporary park all day long!
Don't miss extra special storytimes for the little ones at 10:30am and 2:00pm.
We'll be there from 10:00am - 4:00pm. It should be a beautiful day, so do stop by and say hi.