The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson, A Lakeview Branch Book Club Review
A Lakeview Branch Book Club of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson.
June 2015 Is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month
Each spring during “kitten season,” thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters across the country. That means your local shelter has tons of cute, cuddly newborns, in addition to all the mellow, older cats and everything in between. And the shelter staff are ready to help you adopt your very first cat — or to bring home a friend for another beloved cat!
TOP TEN CHECKLIST FOR ADOPTING A CAT:
- If you’re thinking about adopting a cat, consider taking home two.
- Find a cat whose personality meshes with yours.
- Pick out a veterinarian ahead of time and schedule a visit within the first few days following the adoption.
- Make sure everyone in the house is prepared to have a cat before s/he comes home.
- Budget for the short- and long-term costs of a cat..
- Stock up on supplies before the cat arrives.
- Cat-proof your home. A new cat will quickly teach you not to leave things lying
With an incredible line up of events and activities, the library invites the whole family to the 2015 Summer Reading Challenge: Read to the Rhythm.
The Oakland Public Library has reading, fun, and adventure for children, teens, and adults this summer.
We invite you to hang out, play, meet new people, and read for fun this summer.
Studies show that kids who don’t read during the summer lose approximately two months’ worth of gains made during the school year. But we have you covered, with the kids Summer Reading Challenge.
We know (because studies also show!) that when kids choose their own reading, they enjoy reading more, and when reading is fun, they become better readers. We'd like to celebrate your child's summer experiences by rewarding them for reading, which they can track in their own reading log. Come to any Oakland Library to pick one
"What sort of logistic anomalies would you encounter in trying to raise an army of apes?" This question answered, or not in What If?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions
What if?: serious scientific answers to absurd hypothetical questions, by Randall Munroe, is a collection of the best and sometimes worst of Mr. Munroe's blog posts on XKCD, an informative and hilarious web comic. Munroe started out as a NASA roboticist but I guess that job wasn't nerdy enough so now he draws stick figure explainers that explore science's quirkier side. He also got famous enough to have a star named for him,"citation needed" (that's an inside joke for after you've read the book). XKCD, by the way, is an unpronounceable (according to the author) word which is neither an acronym nor a word with any meaning.
The questions in the book and on the blog are user-submitted and the answers are researched
You and your child can get personalized reading recommendations using Book Me!, Oakland Public Library's new online reader's advisory service.
At some point, it happens in every reading family: You've worked your way through all the Ramonas and all the Fudge books. You've read all the Wimpy Kids and all the Dork Diaries. Harry Potter is history. Every bit of Narnia has been Chronicled. And you don't know what to read next.
You're in luck! OPL has a new service called Book Me! that will help you find your next family favorite. Fill out the form online, and a librarian will reply with a list of suggested titles. Easy peasy.
If you're looking for children's books, your Book Me! request will go to a children's specialist. We can help you find a chapter book to read at bedtime, a picture book about getting a new baby brother or sister, or an exciting fantasy read for your book-hungry tween. Give it a try! Recommending books is our favorite thing.
Famous, and not-so-famous, people are featured in these new fictional biographies.
During the past few years, biographical fiction featuring historical and literary figures has become increasingly popular. Novels such as Paula McLain's The Paris Wife, which captures the story of Ernest Hemingway's relationship with his first wife Hadley Richardson during their years as expatriates in 1920s Paris and Fever, a retelling of the life of Mary Mallon, also known as "Typhoid Mary," by Mary Beth Keane are just a few examples.
The popularity of biographical fiction continues in 2015. Olympic athletes, artists, architects, inventors, actors, gamblers, and writers are featured in these new novels released this year. These books not only capture the people, but also the time periods and areas in which they lived. From the Ottoman Empire to Belle Èpoque
I can’t wait for the next book in the series! What is it? Do you have it? Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day, and this question comes up several times a week.
This Frequently Asked Question is VERY easy to answer! Your librarian may use the old-fashioned way if she's standing next to you in the stacks, but if she's in front of a computer, she'll use NoveList, which is seamlessly woven into our online catalog. I'll walk you through both ways, so if the librarian is busy helping someone else at the moment, you can figure it out for yourself!
Always Available Classics is a collection of over 200 Classic eBook titles open to anyone to download at any time.
Attention Classics Readers: In addition to the many Classic eBooks you can browse on our Overdrive platform, we now link from our catalog to Always Available Classics, a collection of over 200 works of classic literature
What has eight legs and some of the best picture books of the season? OPL's Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase at the Octopus Literary Salon, of course!
Let's face it: everyone who's into illustration, cartooning, design or just plain old fine art is into the art of the picture book. Next Thursday, May 21, the Oakland Public Library is joining the Octopus Literary Salon to show off some of our newest favorites....
It's the Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase! Won't you come on over, buy yourself a drink, and enjoy the show? A surprise musical guest will make an appearance. Copies of the books will be for sale, too.
OPL's Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street in Oakland
Here's a sneak preview: