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Free family outdoor summer cinema at Studio One Arts Center in Oakland.
Do you like to read the book before, or after you see the movie?
Studio One Arts Center is hosting free family movies this summer; coming up this Friday: Matilda!
Looking for a book to take on vacation with you this summer? Check out our list of suggestions.
Each year, as summer approaches, I find myself thinking about vacation even if I’m not taking one. When I do travel, I like to read fiction set in the places to which I’m traveling. And if there’s no vacation on the horizon, I still love to get carried away with a good book set in a location I’d like to visit.
I know many library patrons also enjoy reading fiction set in other locales. Listed below are some titles I’ve recommended to patrons and other that that have been recommended to me.
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
A contemporary story set in a small Mexican village. After most of the men in her village have moved North for work, nineteen-year old Natalia,
Oakland Library loves children! Look at these pictures from our Día de los niños / Día de los libros celebrations.
Día de los niños / Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. This year Germar the Magician came to many of our libraries to help us celebrate. He entertained children of all ages with birds that appeared and disappeared, magic coins that did strange and marvelous things, and more. He did so seamlessly alternating between English and Spanish.
Día de los niños / Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. This year Germar the Magician came to many of our libraries to
A round-up of books for babies, featuring…babies!
Babies LOVE gazing at faces. Parents and caregivers have always known this; brain research now backs it up as fact. Even the youngest of kiddos are hardwired to recognize faces, and will tend to look at pictures of faces longer than images of other objects.
Want to stimulate your baby's brains? Head on over to the library and find these board books featuring photographs of baby faces:
Three Bay Area authors give thier take on your expanding waistline.
First 5 California offers a Kids Station on the free online music service Pandora!
First 5 California has launched a Kids Station on the online music service "Pandora." This fun new - and free - station targets parents and features music to encourage learning and physical activity. It includes not only children's music but also examples of other ways to engage and stimulate children's brains -- clapping, dancing, singing, humming! There are even more suggestions on the First 5 California web site's "
Brand new books for kids, recommended by OPL staff.
Do you know where the newest and shiniest books are kept in your local library? If not, ask a staff member to show you the way! Most branches have a “new book” shelf where you can find these and other fresh, fantastic books for kids:
Meet Sharon McKellar, Oakland's Community Relations Librarian, and welcome to our Community Relations Blog!
I have a confession to make. I've put off writing this first post for weeks because I haven't been able to come up with a good title for this blog. What is Community Relations? Well, I suppose it is an official sounding way to describe broadly what I do - which is to work, in any way imaginable, on connecting the library and the community we serve. What it isn't, though, is a fun and sassy name for a blog that the community might actually want to read.
This is going to be a great space where I can share all the different ways that we are working together. I have videos and photos to show you, and an abundance of stories to tell.
I'm going to give us some time to get to know this blog and then we're going to come up with a name for it, you and I. If something brilliant comes to you, keep it in mind and when I'm ready, I'll let you know. I'm thinking about a blog-naming contest in the next couple of weeks and I don't want you to give away your best ideas too soon.
Go "Wild" with Cheryl Strayed in her memoir of her 1,000 mile hike of the Pacific Coast Trail!!! You will feel like you walked beside her!
When is nonfiction better than fiction?
When the writer makes you feel like you lived it alongside her...When you are happily exhausted and you did none of the work....When you "Can't-Put-It-Down."
The name "Cheryl Strayed," is a chosen name which captures the reality and the spirit of the story. At 23, Cheryl was on the verge of the abyss emotionally and literally when she hikes, ALONE, 1,000 miles on the Pacific Coast Trail from Mojave to Oregon. She