Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Or, occasionally – Young patrons gawp; librarians guess.

Q&A: Children's Librarians answer questions all day, every day, from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers. How do children learn to ask questions?

Q: My child is too shy to ask questions. I want him to be confident, and to ask for what he needs. How do I get him to ask you questions himself? Graphic from the ALA; National Library Week Logo - Lives change @ your library

A: Yes, it's our job – parents, caregivers, and librarians, working together – to model the interactions that we'd like young people to conduct independently someday. Your child is learning a million tiny things by simply observing you as you conduct yourself daily. With very little conscious effort, he's learning by watching what you do.

When you bring a young person to the library, show him (you may not need to tell him) how you wait your turn, make a friendly greeting, ask a question, clarify if we're on the right track or

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National Library Week Continues...

Check out these great titles in our Children's collection. Staff recommendations are a sample from our National Library Week Booklet.

On Monday, I posted a sneak peek at some of the staff reading recommendations in our National Library Week booklet.  Today I've got some recommendations for you from the Children's section, but they aren't just for children.  There are many more where these came from - just pop into your closest OPL branch and pick up a booklet of your own!

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
Two sisters go to live with their eccentric aunt in a creep house, in a town filled with secrets, near an abandoned church that calls to them like

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Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros - Children's Day / Book Day

Don't miss Día (Diversity In Action) activities at the Oakland Public Library.

We are celebrating Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros - Children's Day / Book Day all month long in Oakland. Juan Sanchez, entertainer extraordinaire, brings us joyous music from all over the world. He has a unique performing style full of warmth and humor that stresses audience participation and focuses on themes such as celebrating different cultures, peace building, respect, and self esteem. 

Each child attending a Dia event will receive a book to keep.  Join us:

Temescal   April 16 at 10:30 AM

Martin Luther King, Jr.   April

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It's National Library Week!

Find some great books to read this National Library Week when library staff members recommend some of their favorites.

It's National Library Week! 

You may have been by your local library recently and discovered already our beautiful booklet full of staff reading recommendations for readers of all ages!  If you haven't, you should.   Throughout this week, I'll give you a little teaser of some of the reviews you'll find in the booklet.   Today's titles can all be found in the adult section at the library.  I'll post some great children and teen titles later this week!

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

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Shipping News by Annie Proulx, Notes from the Lakeview Book Club

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx! Notes from the Lakeview Book Club Meeting

First A Little About Annie Proulx:

She was born August 22, 1935 in Connecticut, Educated in history in Vermont and currently lives in Wyoming.

She won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for The Shipping News. She won PEN/Faulkner Award for her first novel, Postcards. She is the first woman to win the PEN/Faulkner Award!

A free spirit, she has divorced three times and has raised alone her three sons and one daughter. She lived many years in small towns in Vermont.

Most of her writing has been nonfiction. She has written both short and long nonfiction. Her controversial and critically acclaimed novella Brokeback Mountain was both a book and a film.

What we thought:

Like The Return of the Native, The Shipping News has “Nature” as a major character. Annie Proulx did a

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Celebrate Bike to Work Month with the Library!

Read a book, ride a bike, and make Oakland a better place! Your library card gets you discounts at a few local shops during May, 2014.

Read and Bike with OPL! OPL has planned an entire month of bike programs around a city-wide read of Elly Blue’s “Everyday Bicycling” for May, 2014 as part of the Book to Action program. We're encouraging everyone to read her book, and take part in a volunteer action around biking. 

Elly Blue lives in Portland, Oregon and has been writing about bicycle transportation since 2006. Her work has appeared in various magazines, and she blogs at http://takingthelane.com/blog/Elly Blue will

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April

Looking for something to read? Here are 10 highly recommended books coming this month.

Cover of The Storied Life of A J FikryCover of RubyCover of Lovers at the Chameleon ClubCover of Frog MusicCover of Family LifeCover of Casebook

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Get That Grant!

The library can help you get funded.

Did you know that the Oakland Public Library is a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network? What does that mean? It means that you, the library user, can come to the Main Libary and access the Foundation Center's databases Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and Foundation Directory Online Professional. The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Foundation Directory Online Professional lists more than 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities in the United States that make grants to non-profit organizations. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online has listings for 6,500 foundations and other charities that provide grants to students, artists, researchers and other individuals seeking funding. Access to these databases -- and the help that goes with them -- is only available at the Main Library. 

At the Main Library we don't just make these databases available to you

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Oakland Reads 2020 - A New Chance for Oakland Youth

Solution - increase the number of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

Did you know that only 42% of Oakland children read at a third grade level by third grade?  Did you know that only 33% of Oakland's socio-economically disadvantaged children read at grade level by the end of third grade? Did you know, further, that the ability to read at grade level by the end of third grade is a prime indicator of a child's likelihood of graduating from high school? 

Oakland Reads 2020 is an initiative of the Oakland Literacy Coalition, a group of service providers who believe that Oakland can double the number of third graders reading at grade level by 2020. 

There are four pillars that support

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Poetry at the Library

April is National Poetry Month.

One of my favorite ways to experience poetry is to hear it read aloud. OPL has a variety of audio recordings of poets reading their works which I've shared with you below, in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Essential Hughes     Leaves of Grass    

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