Oscar-nominated DVD titles at Oakland Public Library.
Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Do you have some books to prepare our child for the new baby we’re expecting?
Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day. Nearly 5,000 babies are born in Oakland every year! Books can help older siblings cope with the transition from rock-star/minor-deity to has-been.
Q: Do you have some books to prepare my child for the new baby we’re expecting?
A: Yes, we do! Different issues come up for kids who are about to have a new sibling. I’d like to share books that include some different angles on the question. I think of them in these 5 rough categories:
Books that simply explain what welcoming a new baby might include. If you don’t know yet what your child is thinking or feeling about the whole thing, simple books without drama may be a good starting place.
"Poetry arrived in search of me."
So wrote Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.
Do poems reach out to you?
Tuesday, January 13 is Poetry at Work Day. That's according to publisher Tweetspeak Poetry, and we're on board with it. There's no reason to wait until National Poetry Month in April. Poetry is good for you every day.
Your Main Library has a rich collection of poetry for you. There's so much here it's hard to know where to start.
We have the epic poems of the past -- like Homer and Gilgamesh -- in a translation to suit every reading taste. Poetry from every country and tradition. Or read Neruda: you can't beat him. We enrich the Main Library's collections with the latest publications and award winners, too. You can read the work of United States Poet Laureate Charles Wright or California's Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Early adopters can read the work of Oakland's new
These are the Lakeview Book Club notes from the discussion about 1958 novel, The Leopard by Giuseppi Tomasi di Lampedusa. It is the best selling Italian novel of all time and considered one of the very best historical novels ever written. The Lakeview Book Club recommends it highly!
The picture book everyone's talking about is... not a picture book? Celebrity author B. J. Novak's crowdpleasing hit!
These days I always seem to have a friend on the Caldecott committee, which gives the annual award for best illustration in a children's book, which means every time I go to a bookstore I'm texting pictures of book covers to that friend with a message: "you GOTTA see this one!!"
It's unusual for a book with NO pictures to send me scrambling for my phone. But... have you SEEN this book?
Okay- wrong question. Have you READ this book? It's pretty much the funniest crowd-pleaser of a picture book I've read in years.
Okay okay- still the wrong question. Have you had this book read to you by
January 15th is Hat Day! Come to the Library and display your favorite hat or drop in and make a hat to wear.
Start the New Year off in style by celerating Hat Day at the Library.
Come to the Main Library or the Elhmurst Branch on January 15 at 3:30pm and celebrate Hat Day. We will provide everything needed to create memorable headgear. Once your hat is finished you and the other milliners can parade your headgear through the Library and see what the staff are wearing on their heads. Looking for inspiration? Take a peek at Origination's
The Books for Wider Horizons birthday party year continues with an interview with one of our long-term volunteers.
Books for Wider Horizons (BWH) employs a corps of dedicated volunteers who take weekly storytimes to about forty preschools (Head Starts, CDCs, and private preschools) around Oakland. A couple of months ago, we introduced Gay Ducey, librarian, storyteller extraordinaire, and member of the team that originally thought of and implemented the Books for Wider Horizons (BWH) volunteer program over twenty years ago.
Today we meet Dr. Karen Lum-Nackley, one of those intrepid volunteers. Karen has been with BWH since 2001. She made time for us the week before Christmas to answer our questions regarding her experience with the program.
What attracted you to Books for Wider Horizons fourteen years ago?
My own love for books as a child. I grew up in Oakland and visited the Glenview Library on Park Blvd. when I
From jealousy to farting, these 2014 kids' books capture the little uncomfortable moments of adult life.
Gerald (the elephant) sees Piggie playing with her new bat friend, and he is JEALOUS. Gerald, I know the sting you feel all too well: maybe Piggie will have so much fun with Bat, she won't need you anymore. I'm sure we'll outgrow these insecurities someday.
Read it to: the BFF who keeps breaking brunch plans.
2. Sam and Dave
Check out the 57th Grammy nominees with free streaming and downloads from Freegal.
The 57th Grammy nominations are in and many of the artists and albums nominated can be streamed or downloaded for free with Freegal. The library has also purchased many of the physical CDs for the collection too!
Here is a small sampling of titles available from Freegal:
G I R L / Pharrell Williams
Best Album of the Year