Family Programs This Thursday

Most children's programs will continue at the library tomorrow despite the schools' closure, but children should not be left unattended for long periods, and children 7 and under must be attended at all times.

Girl making art in the libraryOUSD has decided to close tomorrow due to the storm.  Your libraries will be open, and most of our regularly scheduled programs will proceed, but we include some updates and advice here.

Please come with your children to events tomorrow if you decide it is safe to travel.  Please do not leave your children unnattended at the library.  

We cannot supervise children, and all children become bored, restless, or hungry at the library after a certain amount of time. Children 7 and under must be supervised at all times by a parent or responsible caregiver.

Mitali Perkins' appearance at the Dimond library has been cancelled.

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New DVDs for December 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

New DVDs coming to Oakland Public Library in December 2014.

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Books for Wider Horizons - The Anniversary Celebration Continues

Books for Wider Horizons has graduated a new class of volunteer storyreaders, developed a new logo, and is planning a party!

Books for Wider Horizons has had a busy couple of months.    

Congratulations Class of 2014!

OurBWH graduating class 21st class of Books for Wider Horizons volunteers graduated in November. These hardy souls spent 21 1/2 hours in training and observing, only to commit to spending 2-3 hours per week preparing and presenting storytimes at Oakland Head Starts, OUSD Childhood Development Centers, and other preschool sites for the rest of the school year. Gluttons for punishment, some of this year's volunteers actually came to both graduation days, so they could get more ideas on what books to choose, songs to sing, and ways to present!

Volunteering for BWH

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Dora, Hello Kitty and Malcolm X - What We've Found

Check out our latest found items.

Here are some more things we've found in library books lately!  Make sure you flip through the Dora book - the contents are a delight!


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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in December 2014

Ready to curl up with some great stories? Here are 10 books to look forward to this December.

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Winter Crafts at the Library

Come in out of the rain and get crafty the Library will be having several Winter Time crafts happening in month of December.



This month at the Library we are offering two festive Winter Crafts. If you like glitter then you should come make a Snow Globe. We will have plenty of glitter and other fixings to let you create a winter wonderland in a jar. (If you have an extra jam jar or two at home please bring it with you!) 

If you prefer frosting to glitter,  you may want to make a Graham Cracker House.  We have loads of sweets and plenty of Graham Crackers for you to design and create the home of your dreams.


Hope to see you at the library this December!

Snow Globes

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Why You Should Watch "Central Station" DVD from OPL This Weekend

Why you should watch the film, Central Station, on DVD from OPL this weekend.

I love this film. Central Station (click title to go to OPL's catalog) is a 1998 Brazilian–French drama film set in Brazil. It tells the story of a young boy's friendship with a jaded middle-aged woman. But it’s about so much more. The film features Fernanda Montenegro and Vinícius de Oliveira in the lead roles. Montenegro was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. She plays “Dora,” a cynical, joyless woman who crosses paths with an abandoned young boy, Oliveira’s “Josue.” Gorgeously filmed and featuring two outstanding performances by both lead actors, Central Station observes this “odd couple” as they develop an

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Shaking Your Family Tree

Genealogical resources at Oakland Main Library

In the latest issue of The Live Oak, the East Bay Genealogical Society's newsletter, Kimberly Powell clears up a some key questions genealogists present to library staff. In the article, "Understanding Cousin Relationships," she explains that second cousins have the same great grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents. With a third cousin, you'd share the same great, great grandparents. A "cousin once removed" means that the cousin is one generation older or younger than you, for example, your mother's first cousin would be your "first cousin, once removed." 

Learning about family relationships and about one's own family history used to be a daunting task. But with the ready availability of genealogy databases, video apps like Skype, TV programs like PBS' Finding Your Roots, and easy-to-use DNA kits, genealogy research has become more popular than ever. The Oakland

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It's Time for Winter Bingo @ Your Library!

Your library's new winter reading incentive is easy and fun.

There's no excuse to be bored over the winter holiday break:  stop by your library and pick up a Winter Bingo card for your child.  

Complete five activities in a row, and bring the card back to the library anytime between December 18 and January 31 to receive a free book. There is a card for children in grades K-5, and one for you to do with your younger children.

Children can “Listen to a story” or “Read about your favorite thing,”  “Make someone laugh,” or “Bring a friend to the library,” “Dance” or “Play outside.”  Activities for you to do with your baby or preschooler include “Use a recipe to make a snack,” and “Ask your child to turn the page.”  There is plenty to choose from, so everyone can be a winner.

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Beyond Nanowrimo

Nanowrimo may be ending, but these books will help you to develop your novel throughout the year.

National Novel Writing Month may be coming to an end, but work on your novel is only just beginning. These books will help you develop your craft and provide ideas and support for your existing and future projects.

All summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.

Writing Open the Mind     Archetypes for Writers     

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