Lakeview Book Club highly recommends Typical American or any other of Gish Jen's beautifully written, humorous and bittersweet tales of Chinese Americans jumping into the "melting cauldron."
Q&A: Patrons Ask; Librarians Answer: My pre-teen wants to visit the library this summer with her friends. Without me! Is it okay? Is it safe?
Your children are welcome here. REALLY! But before they come, here are some tips to consider when preparing for a successful library visit.
Q: My pre-teen wants to visit the library this summer with her friends. Without me! Is it okay? Is it safe? --- Nervous Parent
A: Hi Nervous Parent. Kids are some of our best customers! Whether they come with parents (or responsible caregivers) or venture into the library alone, they embrace the library as a place of fun and exploration.
According to the our Guidelines for Behavior it is acceptable for minors who are at least 8 years old to visit the library without adult supervision. But please keep in mind that we are not In Loco Parentis: a legal-Latin-term that means “in place of the parent.” In layman’s terms: Unlike school or a community center that takes responsibility for children in place of the parent, the public library is not responsible for your kid, and we don't directly supervise
Whether it's "The Mouse's Marriage," "The Young Man Who Slept for Three Years," or another Japanese folk tale, Megumi has her owns special way of telling it.
Join us at Oakland Public Library as we celebrate Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Month with Megumi. This wonderful bilingual storyteller (English/Japanese) will entertain and move us with tales of all types. She especially delights in sharing Japanese folk tales. Megumi will be at four branches in May:
Looking for tips to conserve water? Check out these books at OPL.
Living in California, we all know about the need to conserve water. Are you wondering how to limit your water footprint? The following books give tips and suggestions to help you reduce and reuse water in your home and garden.
If only Lindsay Lohan had taken advantage of OPL's Arabic language resources before her Instagram fail!
By now you've probably heard about Lindsay Lohan's Instagram gaffe--yesterday, she tweeted a picture of Arabic writing with the English words "You are beautiful" underneath. Except that the Arabic words in the picture don't mean "You are beautiful;" they mean "you're a donkey." Whoops!
If LiLo wanted to build some skills in Arabic, she could very well start at the Oakland Public Library. Did you know that OPL offers language learning courses you can access for free with your library card? Follow this link, and scroll until you see Transparent Language Online. When you sign in with your library card number, you can begin an audio program on any language you like. Great resource for travelers, btw.
But what if Lindsay wants a more intensive course, with a book to go along with her lessons? She could check out one of OPL's language kits, which contain both print
In honor of Record Store Day, Susy Moorhead recommends some books and documentaries that will rock you!
It’s almost Record Store Day! Per their website: “This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.” In the spirit of Record Store Day this coming April 18, I am sharing some of my favorite music memoirs as well as a few documentaries.
It's National Library Week! Although children's librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day, this week is special because we take a minute to appreciate the presence of libraries in our community.
A: Five years old, or in Kindergarten.
Chloe (age 5): [beaming at her mom] I am five!
Librarian: Great! You can get your first card today! You can fill out the registration form on paper, or online, at the computer right next to the desk or at home.
Mom: Should we do it right now?
Chloe: Yes! Let's use the computer! Can I help you type?
Kirk Waller and Mariella Herrera help us celebrate children, books, and language at your library.
Día!: Diversity in Action (formerly known as Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros) celebrates children, families, fun, and the joy of books and language.
In Oakland we celebrate Día for a whole month, at each of your libraries. This year we present two wonderful performers. Bring the whole family. There will be light refreshements, and free book to keep for each child attending.
Kirk Waller - With a lifelong love of story, literature and the performing arts, Kirk Waller summons
Notes from the Lakeview Book Club Discussion of Jane Smiley's novel, Private Life.
Eleven of us had a lively discussion of the 2010 novel, Private Life by Jane Smiley.
Jane Smiley is in her mid-sixties and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel, A Thousand Acres, which is based on King Lear. She was raised in Missouri and obtained a B.A. from Vassar and her M.A. and M.F.A from the University of Iowa. She had a Fulbright scholarship to Iceland while working on her Doctorate.
None of our group had ever read one of her novels. We learned that Smiley is noted for writing books about families. Our novel, Private Life, is loosely based on the lives of her great-uncle and great-aunt. Her great-uncle was an eccentric scientist and her great-aunt a long suffering wife. In this book those characters were Andrew and Martha.
Almost all of us liked this book. One really did not like it and would not recommend it to others. Those who liked it would only