Oakland Wiki + Oakland Public Library = True Love

Oakland Public Library and Oakland Wiki are working together to help you share what you know about Oakland.

Oakland Wiki is a community website about Oakland that anybody can contribute to.  Including you and me!  We are so very excited about this that we are hosting a series of neighborhood "edit parties" where Oakland Wiki volunteers will help you share what you know about Oakland.

It's very easy.  You don't even need to have computer experience.

You can add information about:

  • What your neighborhood is like
  • Your family's history and experiences
  • Cultural events and history
  • Fun things to do
  • Anything else you think other people should know about Oakland

Come to one or come to them all!  Most of these have a focus for topics to write about, but you can feel free to come and learn about Oakland Wiki and write about

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PAWS to Read at Lakeview

Your child can read to a dog! Bring her to our Lakeview Branch on April afternoons. Sign up is required.

Boy reading to dogIs your child shy about reading out loud? Does your child avoid reading at all? Join us on Wednesday afternoons in April. Therapy Pets in Oakland is bringing dogs to the Lakeview Branch to give your child a fun way to practice reading. These gentle dogs do not judge children; they only love them. 

Research has shows that children gain ease in reading when they read to dogs. And who wouldn't love being around these mellow dogs?

Sign up for 20-minute sessions by calling the branch (510 238-7344) or by dropping by.

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War Ink - Recruiting Tattooed Veterans for Groundbreaking Exhibit

OPL is helping to recruit Iraq and Aghanistan veterans with memorial tattoos of their combat experiences. Can you participate?

War ink LogoOakland Public Library has joined other local libraries to recruit participants for a ground breaking exhibition of War Ink: OIF/ OEF Veteran Memorial Tattoo Artwork.

We’re looking for 18 veterans from San Francisco County down to San Benito County to participate in this effort. If you are a veteran who has a memorial tattoo of your combat experience, please contact Jason Deitch (jasonadeitch@gmail.com | 510-593-8423) directly with your name, contact information, city of residence, branch of service, and, of course, a photo of your tattoo(s). 

This will be for War Ink, an online exhibit of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran 

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The Old and The New

OPL is examining our past at three branch history events. Attend all three and get a prize!

Local history buffs take note!  Three Oakland Public Library branches – Montclair, Dimond, and Brookfield – are offering talks to examine and discuss the history of each respective branch.  Attend all three and you get a small prize.  A PRIZE!  WOOHOO!

 

(Note:  Prize will absolutely NOT be a stuffed bird.)

 

 

These particular branches were chosen because they are each scheduled to undergo improvements over the next couple of years. Funded by private donations, the interior improvements are expected to make these locations more welcoming to the public. When looking towards the future, it is always nice to also remember the past. So, come join us to learn more about the history – and perhaps a bit about the future – of each of these neighborhood libraries.

The first event will be at the

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Lakeview Book Club Update: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

This blog is a random summary of comments from the Lakeview Book Club's December discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior.

Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver

There were eleven of us, including two new members, one who said she had been trying to get here for two years!

A little background about Barbara Kingsolver. She was born in 1955 in Annapolis, Maryland. She was raised in eastern Kentucky, where her options were to be a farmer or a farmer's wife. She knew she wanted out! She has a B.A. in biology and graduate degrees in biology and ecology. During her college years she also took writing courses, but she had been making up stories for her family since she was a child. Obviously, this story rings so true, because the themes and events have been an intimate part of her life.

Insomnia led her to write The Bean Trees, her first book. Her style was honed with journalism writing and science writing. She is aware of the need to compel in

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Moving On Up

A list of 2nd-4th grade level chapter books recommended by Oakland Public’s children’s librarians.

Next time you’re in the children’s area of your library, keep an eye out for the Moving Up and Series Paperback books. These are special sections where you can find beginning chapter books for kids who have graduated out of early readers. Books here typically feature wide margins, short chapters, lots of illustrations, and vocabulary appropriate for 2nd – 4th graders. Super popular books in these sections include Captain Underpants, Mercy Watson,

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March

Place your holds now on these fantastic new books coming this month.

Book coverBook cover Boy Snow BirdBook cover Redeployment

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Find It!

A helpful guide to searching the catalog and finding a book at the Main Library.

Last time I told you a little bit about how the Dewey Decimal System works. So now it’s time to figure out how to use the library catalog, and the Dewey Decimal numbers, to find a specific item on the library’s shelves.

You can always ask a librarian for help, but if you want to search for items on your own here are the basics of finding things in the library:

1. Search the online catalog.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about how to search, but if you need help with this part someone at the reference desk will be happy to help you.

2. Find the item you want, make sure it's the right one, and figure out where to look for it.

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OverDrive tips and tricks...

Some basics to get started with OverDrive, OPL's largest eBook and eAudiobook collection.

OverDrive is OPL's largest collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Here are some tips to get you started. Please ask any librarian for help!

  • Do you know that you can limit your search to ONLY find available titles and in titles in particular formats that work best with your device? Click on the "Advanced Search" option in the upper right side of OPL's ePort page to use various drop-downs and check boxes to limit your results. You might need to scroll down a bit to get to all the various options - especially if you're using a phone. 
  • With eAudiobooks in particular, it's tricky if you're using a computer to get titles on your iPod or other iDevice. If you use a Mac, you can download and transfer only MP3 format titles but if you use a PC, you can download and transfer both MP3 and WMA format titles. Either way, you'll need to download the free software, OverDrive

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Q&A Patrons ask; librarians answer. My middle-grader is refusing to read.

Q&A: As Children's Librarians, it's our job to answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers. Part four puts the focus on the one person in the family who doesn't enjoy reading.

Q: I love to read, my older son loves to read, but my daughter hates it. How can I get her as excited about reading as the rest of us are? I’d be happy if she read anything, but she’d rather do anything else than read. I bring home stacks of books, and she rejects them all. When she’s tested, she can read, but she won’t do it. She’ll start a book, and abandon it. Help!

A: It may be time for a reading intervention if your child consistently answers “What do you want to read?” with; “I don't.” Emergency measures are needed!

It sounds like you did just the right thing with one child, but it's not working with this one. I'm going to suggest that you put aside your expectations about your family's reading characteristics and take some time to observe this child as if you hadn't really done that before. It might help to think of yourself as a personal assistant rather than a parent, teacher, or friend when it comes to reading.

 

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