Hot off the Presses

A list of our Children’s Librarians’ favorite new books for kids.

Look in the “new” area of your local library to find these and other fresh, excellent books for kids. Let us know in the comments if we missed any of your faves!

Picture Books

Bully book cover

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KALW's Hear Here is Sharing Library Users' Stories

Listen to some short and lovely life stories from some of our library users.

For a couple of years, KALW 91.7FM’s Hear Here radio producers have been asking OPL patrons to share their personal stories on tape. From Golden Gate to Temescal, César Chávez and 81st Avenue, our patrons have shared stories about the trials they’ve faced and the happiness that they’ve found.  Hear Here is designed to illuminate life in San Francisco and Oakland, drawing out the common threads that tie us together. 

In the last two weeks, two new stories have popped up on the KALW site that have come from our own library patrons.  The first features Visalia Stanley at the 81st Avenue Branch Library.  Click through to listen to her tale of how she found a way to feed herself during

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Sociopaths, Psychopaths and Antisocials, Oh My!!!!

Four titles on Evil: The Sociopath Next Door, The Psychopath Test, Confessions of a Sociopath, and Dark Nature: A Natural History of Evil

Lately books on these topics have been all the rage...rage from the victims!
 
We semi-normals, i.e. empaths (having empathy) are trying to figure out why Sociopaths, Psychopaths and Antisocials are the way they are and how we can protect ourselves from them. It's not just the mean kids we endured in grade school, middle school and high school!  Those people grew up and they not only are they still out there, they are all around us, in fact they are running the world through politics and business, or they are a sibling, a spouse, a coworker, a boss, a neighbor, even a best friend! Yikes.
 
So which book to start with? So many to choose from!
 
How about:
The Sociopath Next Door: The Ruthless Versus the Rest of Us by Martha Stout. Martha Stout is a

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Readers I Know #3: Heaven

Part of an ongoing series of cartoon blog posts on OPL readers.

Part of an ongoing series of cartoon blog posts on OPL readers.

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Happy 135th Birthday, OPL!

Today is the 135th birthday of the Oakland Public Library!

Today is the 135th birthday of the Oakland Public Library!

You can learn a little about the history of the Oakland Public Library on our website, and you can learn A LOT in the Oakland History Room. So, I learned that although the library existed even earlier, it was founded as a municipal entity on November 7, 1878 and was the second public library system in California. I also learned that the first librarian, Ina Coolbrith was not only the first California Poet Laureate, she was also a MAJOR cat lover.

With the help of the wonderful librarians who know the Oakland History Room inside and out I was able to find some of the oldest library-related things we still have

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The Beauty of Board Books

Board Books are best when they use images and words that appeal to babies and create a playful experiences for caregiver and child.

Book coverAs a children's services librarian, I am always thrilled to see anything about children's books or children's literacy get major news coverage.  So I woke up fast when I caught the New York Times article just over a week ago on the front page, below the fold (for those of who still read the paper paper) about board books.  Board books!  The overlooked and unappreciated format for, as the NYTimes put it, "the teething set."    Yet, my heart sank as I read on. 

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Library User Spotlight: Meet Nakia!

Today, I'm very excited to introduce you to Nakia M. White. Nakie is not only an active library user, but she is an active member of the community in a variety of other inspiring ways.

It is finally time for the second in a series of blog posts that let you meet some of our most amazing library patrons. Today, I'm very excited to introduce you to Nakia M. White. Nakie is not only an active library user, but she is an active member of the community in a variety of other inspiring ways. Oakland is lucky to have her, and we are so happy she shared a little bit of herself with us here today!

Nakia works for a public agency in Oakland, but outside of that is involved as both a reader and writer in her community. Nakia describes herself in her own words:

"Reading is my first love, so much so that I have a blog dedicated to my favorite authors: Zora Neale Hurston,

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Spooky Stories! Mwah-hah-hahhh

A list of favorite scary books for kids compiled by Oakland Public’s children’s librarians.

Most kids love a good scare, and Halloween is the perfect time to give it to them. Find these spooky stories at a library near you, and let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorites!

Slightly Spooky (for younger kids):

Humbug Witch book cover

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Sean's Shadows Bring Halloween

Scary stories from China for Halloween!

Sean's ShadowsAre you tired of ghosts, goblins, and scary pumkins? Do you want to hear and see a scary story you've never seen or heard before? Come celebrate Halloween with a frightening tale from China. The Scary Temple will send shivers down your spine. But don't be too afraid; they are only puppets.

Monday, October 28 at 7:00 PM  Piedmont Avenue

Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30 PM Lakeview

Wednesday, October 30 at 10:30 AM Golden Gate

Wednesday, October 30 at 3:30 PM Elmhurst

Thursday, October 31 at 4:00 PM César Chávez

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Nerd Nite East Bay October and Nerd Nite at Sea!

Come see us at Nerd Nite East Bay on Monday, or at Nerd Nite at Sea on Wednesday!

Well, it's almost time for another Nerd Nite, but this month the library has the opportunity to participate in double Nerd Nite nerdy awesomeness!

First, on Monday, is the regularaly scheduled Nerd Nite East Bay at the New Parkway beginning at 8pm (doors at 7pm).  OPL staff will be there, as usual, making library cards, replacing lost cards, regaling you with fine facts about all the things you can do and find at the library, and distributing our newest Nerd Nite Reading List.  The October talks will cover Supercomputers, Lake Merritt, and DNA Sequencing.  Fascinating stuff, right??  Check out the Reading List below, or hit our Nerd Nite Pinterest Board to see the covers and click straight through the the catalog.  

      

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