Oakland Library revs up for the lazy days of summer. Take the reading challenge, and join us for lots of performers, crafts, free lunches, and other activities.
Our children's Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 14 through August 9. There are some changes this year. We have changed both the rules and the prizes. We are counting days read instead of hours. And we are awarding coupons at ten days and a badge (see right), a book, and raffle entry at twenty days.
How to Play
- Sign up online (starting on June 14th), or come to your neighborhood library.
- Choose whatever you want to read, and start reading.
- Track your progress online and add optional book reviews to share with friends. For every day you read or are read to, add an online sticker or put one in your reading log.
- Pick up your coupon prize packet after 10 days of reading.
- Choose your free book and get a badge and a raffle ticket when you complete the 20-
If you’re like me, the most successful plant is your garden is some variety of weed. I’m really good at growing those. In my attempt to tame the jungle, I’ve turned to these two books.
What color is your thumb? According to the USDA, June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, it’s also a great time to get into your garden. What better way to boost the fruit and veg in your diet than to grow your own!? If you’re like me, the most successful plant is your garden is some variety of weed. I’m really good at growing those. In my attempt to tame the jungle, I’ve turned to these two books, they are both fun and practical.
Kiss my aster : a graphic guide to creating a fantastic yard totally tailored to you by Amanda Thomsen
Remembering Maya Angelou
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
Essayist, poet, actress, director, activist, raconteur Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86. Her zest for life was legendary. She was a role model and mentor to generations of writers, students, and women.
The honors Dr. Angelou was awarded during her lifetime go on and on. Grammy winner and holder of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Pulitzer and Tony award nominee. She received dozens of honorary degrees, including one from Mills College. Rollins College in Florida has a library named in her honor. Bill Clinton asked her to recite her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at his1993 inauguration.
In a lighter mood, she endeared herself to a generation of Sesame Street viewers with her appearances in the 1990s, including this one.
May is Short Stories Month and OPL has stories for you!
May is Short Stories Month so why not dive into some newly released short fiction. The following is just a sampling of the short story collections released in 2014 available at OPL. All summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.
Oakland's libraries have parenting materials that will answer questions you may have about raising a baby.
Is your baby having trouble sleeping through the night? Is breastfeeding not going well? How and when do you introduce food to babies? What are the appropriate developmental stages babies go through and when should babies go through them? Can babies learn sign language? And, of course, a topic close to my heart, how do you read to a baby?
Raising a baby is hard work and we are here to help. Last month I highlighted some of the programs we offer babies and their families. This month, we look at some of the materials we offer. All of Oakland's libraries have parenting books, magazines and DVDs that can help you figure out how to best care for a baby and answer any questions you might have. In fact, we have parenting materials for all ages of children and all kinds of families. Just go to our home page at
Psst! Have you heard? Yuyi's coming to Oakland!
The Oakland Public Library (OPL) will be hosting Yuyi Morales at the César Chávez Branch on Tuesday, May 27th, at 6:00pm.
Novelist Select is transforming our online catalog into a place for book discovery beyond the library walls. Find personalized recommendations, reviews and more right in the catalog.
You may have noticed that our online catalog is looking snazzier these days. We have enhanced it with Novelist Select, offering over 5 million reading suggestions to help you find your next book.
The Readers' Advisory database known as Novelist Plus is not new to us, as we have offered it for several years. OPL patrons have often been delighted to find a NoveList match made in reading heaven for their interests. Here you will find "read-alikes" for favorite titles, authors, and series, or browse by topic or genre for lists of recommended titles. Access to NoveList Plus is also
DVDs are all now requestable! Browse our catalog, place a hold on your favorite titles and have them delivered to your home branch.
You've been asking us about this for years and finally, DVDs are now requestable - that means you can place a hold on any movie or TV series DVD, just like with a book! You can call any branch to place a hold, or do this on your own on our online catalog; your requested items will be delivered to the branch you choose. So if you see the "Request it" banner next to your item, that means you can place a hold. You can have up to 10 holds total - this includes both books and DVDs. If someone has it checked out and you place a request, you'll get the item when it's returned. Once you hear from us that your requested item is available, you have one week to pick them up or they'll be returned for others to check out.
Also, please note that DVDs are now renwable - so if you can't finish watching those ten DVDs, you can renew for one additional week.
Enjoy this new service and our wide range of DVDs - we have
Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Today; Can you find me a story to make my kid stop biting her preschool friends?
Q: Is there a Berenstain Bears book about not biting people? My daughter has been biting other kids at preschool. Her teachers say it’s getting worse! Is there a book I could read to her showing how wrong this is?
A: Yes! Your question is a profound one. Children’s authors, publishers, teachers, parents, therapists, and children themselves have been seeing books as bibliotherapy for generations. As a result, there are a variety of books both silly and profound that could help in this si