What is Community Relations?

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.

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Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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!

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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

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Meet Miriam Medow

Meet Miram Medow, children's librarian at the Lakeview Branch Library!

Today, let's head over to Lake Merritt and meet Miriam Medow, the children's librarian at the Lakeview Branch LibraryPicture of Miriam

Miriam, what brought you to the Lakeview Library?

I was drawn to the Lakeview branch because of its awesome location in the vibrant and beautiful Grand Lake neighborhood. As you could guess from the branch name, we can see Lake Merritt from our front door!

Give us an example of what a day at work looks like for you.

On the very best days, my work involves singing and dancing and sharing books with kiddos. Each day also includes a lot of asking, "how can I help you?" Last week, I found myself ordering Lego pieces off eBay -- it's fair to say that no days here are identical. But it's typically a satisfying balance of face-to-face,

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May

Here's a preview of 10 great novels coming this month.

And the Mountains Echoed book coverAmericanah book coverA Constellation of Vital Phenomena book cover

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Children’s Magazines

Oakland Public Library has an awesome selection of magazines for kids. Here are some highlights.

Have you discovered the children’s magazine section of your local library?

Zoobooks magazine cover    Babybug magazine coverBoys' Life magazine cover    

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Every Child Ready to Read - Playing

Playing is one of the five activities that help prepare children to read.

Playing is fun! It is also a necessary part of your child's early experience. In fact, while they play they are busy learning that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. It also helps them express themselves and put thoughts and emotions into words. They can use puppets, stuffed animals, really anything they can find around the house to use for props and develop their imagination. 

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Book Giveaway: Ghana Must Go

Enter a contest to win Ghana Must Go, the debut novel by Taiye Selasi.


Book Cover of Ghana Must Go

 

Ghana Must Go is the story of an immigrant family of Ghanaian and Nigerian descent headed by a successful doctor living the American Dream in Boston with his wife and four children. But when he leaves his family for another woman, the family splits apart. Sixteen years later estranged family members meet again in Accra, reunited by the patriarch’s funeral. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls it “gorgeous” and “driven by eloquent prose.” You can read more about it 

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A favorite author

E.L. Konisgburg passed away Tuesday. Which is your favorite of her books?

 Book cover From the Mixed up FilesE.L. Konigsburg, the author of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and many other  books, died earlier this wee

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Children’s Author Spotlight: David Macaulay

Information about David Macaulay, including books by the author found at Oakland Public Library.

When kids have questions, the books of David Macaulay are a solid place to start seeking answers. Macaulay’s nonfiction explores the art, design, and mechanics of buildings, technology, the human body, and more. His books are heavily illustrated and visually engaging, with clear writing that respects the interests and abilities of children. Come to the library to browse his fascinating work for yourself!

Classic Macaulay

New Way Things Work book cover   

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2013 Pulitzer Prizes Announced

Earlier this week the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced. Are you feeling inspired to read any of this year’s award winners?

Earlier this week the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced.

Orphan Master's Son book coverEmbers of War book coverBlack Count book cover

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