Summer Reading Successes

Oakland Public Library's 2013 Summer Reading Program was a great success, setting a record for children's reading hours.

Bubble PartyThough it may seem a distant memory; we wanted to take a moment to tell you about the great accomplishments of Oakland children in our Summer Reading Program:

6,196 children recorded reading for 8 hours or more this summer, a record!  That's two-thirds of the 9,372 who signed up to participate.  Reading during the summer helps children retain and enhance their reading skills.

Attendance at our special summer programs for children was 13,813.  Wow!  Were you there for one of our Bubble parties? Did you catch the Scraper Bike Workshop at West Oakland?  Did you garden at the Main Library?  Or decorate a flower pot to plant your Summer Reading seed quarters?

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Children’s Author Spotlight: Nic Bishop

Information about author and nature photographer Nic Bishop, including his books that may be found at the Oakland Public Library.

Vivid. Colorful. Captivating. Nic Bishop’s nature photography is all this and more! His exciting insect and animal books, effectively designed for young readers, feature eye-popping images that satisfy children’s curiosity about the natural world. These are, quite simply, some of today’s best science books published for kids, and they’re available at your local library!

Bishop has been creating kids’ books for over 25 years, and is an experienced photographer both in the studio and in the field. Check out the trailer for his book, Spiders, for a glimpse into his creative process:

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Found, Library Style

You find amazing things inside books, and not just the way you might think I mean!

The little things found in library books and left around the library often give me pause.  I can't help but wonder who created them and why.  I think about where these people might be now, and wonder if they ever noticed they had lost the object I had found.  So many stories can be invented to explain these tiny glimpses into someone's life.

I've collected quite a few things from staff around the library system, and thought it might be fun to share them with you, bit by bit over time.  

So, to start, here is a small selection of items found in the Oakland Public Library by library staff members.  Most were found in books, but some were just left behind in the library.  All of them could tell quite a story.  More to come!

(This is my personal favorite.  Poor CJ!)

       

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Therapy Pets Dogs Help Children Learn to Love to Read

Dogs in Lakeview Library??? Bark!

Child reading to dogIs your child shy about reading out loud? Is he or she shy about reading at all? Join us on Wednesday afternoons in October. Therapy Pets in Oakland is bringing dogs to the Lakeview Branch to give your child a easy way to practice reading. These gentle dogs do not judge children; they only love them. Research has shown that children gain ease in reading when they read to dogs.

Sign up for a 20-minute session at Lakeview

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It's Almost October!

October at OPL is busy, exciting, and spooooky! Come see what there is to see!

It's almost October, which is shaping up to be one of our most amazing event-filled months ever at the Oakland Public Library!  With author talks galore, a travel program, Affordable Health Care Act information, Teen Read Week, Halloween and Día de los Muertos events for children and exhibits at several locations, you do not want to miss out!

You can always find our events listed on our website, and you can also grab a print calendar at any of our library locations.  You can also see a PDF version of our October 2013 calendar here.  You might notice it looks a bit different than

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New Series: Readers I Know

Introducing a cartoon series of readers I've worked with as an Oakland librarian. First up: two sisters who rhyme.

This week, I'm starting something new: cartoon portraits of some of my favorite readers. Readers, get to know your librarian-- knowing you is one of the best things about this job.

For those interested, the book we're reading is DON'T SQUISH THE SASQUATCH, a small marvel by Kent Redeker.

--Miss Amy

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Reading with Others

October is National Reading Group Month. Come read with us!

October is National Reading Group Month (NRGM).  According to the NRGM website, one of the goals of National Reading Group Month is "to increase public awareness of the joy and value of shared reading."  I admit I found my way to book groups slowly and reluctantly.  After spending years discussing assigned reading for school, I didn't necessarily want to read what someone else had chosen for me and I wanted to have my own experience of the books I was reading.  However, I'm now a member of two book groups and I have to say I enjoy being introduced to books I might not necessarily read on my own.   Having a conversation about what I'm reading enhances my reading experience and it helps me to articulate what I liked or didn't like about a book and to see points I may have overlooked.

 

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Bring on the Nerds!

Join us on Monday at Nerd Nite East Bay! Be there and be square!

Hey, it's that fabulous time of the month again...NERD NITE TIME!   I'm super excited to be participating in Nerd Nite East Bay, along with some fabulous colleagues.  There will be librarians in the house!  This month we'll be hearing all about Planets, PIs, and Bees!  I, personally, am super psyched about this one.  

The full titles of each talk are:

  • The Intergalactic Travel Bureau by Mark Rosin
  • Trenchcoat Optional: Tricks of a Corporate Sleuth by Staci Dresher
  • Sex, Wax, and Pollen: The Honeybee Superorganism by Ryan Smith

Monday, September 30th.  
Doors are at 7pm, it starts at 8pm. 
New Parkway,  474 24th Street, Oakland

We'll be

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Library User Spotlight: Meet Rebecca!

Get to know Rebecca Grove, library patron, literary salon hostess and lover of potato chips. In other words, someone we should all get to know!


I decided it would be fun to use this space to not just highlight the library and all the things we do, but to also shine the spotlight on some of our amazing library users, and all the things they do!  I am so excited to present to you, Rebecca Grove.  

Rebecca describes herself as "a former English teacher/grant writer/development director/budget-balancer/evaluator for public schools."  She goes on to explain, "Now I produce lively interactions with literature for all ages.  Evenings and weekends over the last 15 years, I have been hosting literary book clubs, play and poetry readings, movie nights, “living room shows,” and "pop-up salons," among other musical and homespun performances. I'm now working on opening The Octopus Literary Salon

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Tra-La-Laaa! It's Banned Books Week

The book your child chooses for his or her self may not seem the most instructive--but it is a crucial part of their reading success.

Captain UnderpantsIf you don't know the reference in the title of this blog post, then you haven't read the most frequently challenged book of 2012, Captain Underpants

It is Banned Books Week, and you will find many resources online, inside your library or at your bookstore to learn more about celebrating the freedom to read.  But I wanted to use the week as an excuse to think in general about kids making their own reading choices.

It can be intimidating to lead your child through a roadmap to reading, especially with the changes happening in our schools with the Common Core Standards.  

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