10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in October

Looking for your next great read? Here are 10 great novels coming out this month. Place your holds now!

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New DVDs for October 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

New DVDs for October 2014 at Oakland Public Library

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Nayomi Munaweera’s List of Inspiring Books

Award-winning Oakland author Nayomi Munaweera recommends some of her favorite books.

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The recent release of Oakland author Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel Island of A Thousand Mirrors has generated a lot of excitement around the globe! It won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region and was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Prize. If you haven’t heard about it yet, you can read this review in yesterday’s

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Books for Book Clubs

Are you searching for book suggestions for your book group? Here are some titles that generated lively discussions in library book groups.

Have you been thinking about joining a book club?  Oakland Public Library's Dimond Branch Book Discussion Group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM and the Lakeview Branch's Book Group meets on the third Tuesday, also from 6:30-7:30 PM.  The Piedmont Branch is launching a Books and Beer Book Group which will hold it's inaugural meeting on Sunday, September 24th at Cato's Ale House.  Library book groups are open to anyone who is interested so feel free to stop by and check them out.

If you're searching for book suggestions for your book

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Fix a Bike, Take a Survey, and Keep the Rubber Side Down

Nick, from the Tool Lending Library at the Temescal Branch, gives an update on all the newest news!

You may have seen our amazing Tool Lending Library in the news recently.  Well, today I have the pleasure of giving my blog over to Nick Raymond, the Library Assistant who keeps the Tool Lending Library in tip top shape!  He wants to share with you some tool library updates:

This winter will mark the 15th year of operation for the Temescal Tool Lending Library, and business is brisker than ever! This summer we extended the loan period for most of our tools (to 7 days), hosted a visiting scholar (see below), and registered our 20,000

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Sing a Little Song

Singing will improve your mood and will also help your child strengthen his or her prereading skills. OPL has lots of songs in books, cd and online formats for you to try.

musical notesSinging is fun but research has found that it is more than just that; it is also good for your health, lowering stress and releasing endorphins that create a feeling of pleasure.  Singing with your children will make you happy regardless of your musical abilities.  And there is even more reason to sing with them, it puts them on the road to reading success.  How?  Singing helps children, even ones who are very young, hear the sounds that make up words. Researchers call this phonological awareness.  Being able to hear distinct sounds helps children recognize those sounds and syllables when they are learning how to read.

Oakland Public Library can help you find songs and make singing fun in several ways:

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Hands-On Science at Temescal

Starting September 25th BEAM (Berkeley Engineers and Mentors) will be at the Temescal Branch on Thursday at 3:30 to 5:00 doing hands-on science for school aged children.

 Science at Temescal

Last April I was at Cal Day at the UC Berkeley campus and went to many hands-on activities.The standout actvity for me was shooting off water rockets. The group of students who had created this activity was BEAM (Berkeley Enigeers and Mentors). BEAM's goal is to get school age children interest in science and engineering by creating activities for students to work on together.

On September 25th and every Thursday until December 4th at 3:30 BEAM is going to be at the Temescal Branch. Come by and see what is on offer for the day --your kids will have some fun with science that they could
 remember for years to come.

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URBAN LIT, NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD @ OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

Urban Lit, Now Available on DVD at Oakland Public Library

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The ‘Reading Minute’ presents: Funny Ladies

The 'Reading Minute' is a new Advice for Readers feature recommending short reads for the busy or easily distracted reader, focusing this week on books by some very funny ladies.

                                                      

I’m only slightly ashamed to say that I am a librarian with little time to read these days. I read some wonderful books with my young children, and there are the informative journal articles I read for work, but my “spare” time is used for sleep, if I’m lucky enough to get some. It could be a good while before I revisit those long lazy days curled up with the perfect novel, I’m afraid. Worse, I don’t even think I have the capacity for sustained concentration anymore, having not had an uninterrupted moment for several years. I suspect my predicament is relatable by many. And so I bring you the 'Reading Minute'.

When I do pick up something to read for leisure I tend to look for the following qualities: Light and easy to digest

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Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Superhero books for my 4-year-old; bad idea or good idea?

This question comes up frequently: Do you have any superhero books for my preschool-age child? Sometimes it's followed by this: Is it okay to read this stuff to such a young person?

Q: My child wants to read about superheroes, but those DC & Marvel comic books are too violent! Do you have anything for younger kids?  He’s only 4 years old. Kapow by O'Connor

A: Yes, we do! Here's a list of titles you can read aloud to your kids today – all of them about superheroes, most aimed at younger kids, ages 3 to 6.

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