Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Antidotes to teen romances for my precocious pre-teen?

Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day. Will my daughter lose her unique identity, trying to fit into the images she sees modeled in teen novels? The strong female characters all fall in love in the end! Can we get some strong-female novels appropriate for a 6th grade reader?

Q: My daughter is in 6th grade, and she’s an avid reader. She’s choosing teen stories that seem to actually be romances - vampires, warriors, rebels, detectives - they all seem to focus on the love interest in the end! I feel Twilight is one of the books the 6th-grader had read.like it might be influencing her behavior toward the boys in her school - in a way that to me seems vulnerable. Do you have any good stories about strong female characters without the romance? Akata Witch - See below for details.

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It's Pi Day!

March 14 is Pi Day! Time to celebrate math and more!

Yay! It's Pi Day! March 14, when the first three digits of π, 3/14 are the date. Pi Day is exciting more than the usual amount of nerdy interest this year because today is the Pi Day of the Century, the only date this century when the first five digits of Pi will line up in a row: 3/14/15. And at 9:26 and 53 seconds you'll get to experience pi in ten digits. 

So what is π, besides a Greek letter and something good to eat with ice cream? Pi, also called Archimedes' Constant, represents the ratio between the circumference and the diameter of a circle, or roughly 3.14. That's about 22/7 so for those of you who like multiple celebrations,you could also celebrate Pi Approximation Day on July 22. 

The pi ratio, though not named π until the early 18th century, was known to the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians as a way of calculating the area of a circle. It was the

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A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit: A Lakeview Branch Book Club Review

This is the Lakeview Book Club Review of A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit.

 
In spite of the seasonal craziness, daily pressures and weeks of heavy rain, five of us came to discuss A Paradise Build in Hell by Rebecca Solnit!
 
We just launched in and barely took a breath talking about parts that really impressed us. By the time we looked up we had gone over our time! We all agreed that we REALLY liked this book. The only criticism is that it had so much detail and analysis that it slowed the reading down so that the reader had to really think about the concepts. Another member thought that the detail and the analysis was the best part. Not everyone finished this title, but they might finish it. Several of the group tabbed passages that were excellently written and inspiring, with many, many post-it papers!
 
As a

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You Can Throw Your Pizza On MY Roof

There's no need to "break bad" when you have great picture books about pizza to read!

You know, we all get a little mad sometimes. But throwing perfectly good pizza onto the roof of your house is NOT an okay way to show your anger! It makes me cry to think of the tragic--TRAGIC--scene in the TV series Breaking Bad when Walter White hurls a delicious-looking pizza onto the roof, instead of directly into his mouth where it belongs. 

I'm not the only one weeping. According to Buzzfeed, the people who live in the house where the show was filmed would really like you to stop throwing pizza onto their roof, please. They have backing from the show's creator, Vince Gilligan, who says

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New TV Series On DVD Coming To Oakland Public Library in March 2015

New TV Series Coming To Oakland Public Library in March 2015

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March 2015

There are some tempting books coming out in March. Here are ten of them!

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Streaming Video Now @ Oakland Public Library

Streaming Video is now at Oakland Public Library.

Now you can stream feature films and TV shows directly from Oakland Public Library’s website through OverDrive.  We currently have about 1,300 titles for you to watch.  Everything from Romance, Comedy, Drama, Indie & Foreign films, Horror, Sci-Fi, and even Teen and Children’s content.  
To get started, borrow an available video from OverDrive. If you're using a web browser (like Chrome or Safari) or

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Listen, Learn, Particiate: #BlackLivesMatter Event Series

Today, Oakland Public Library kicks off a series of events to foster discussion on racial inequity in policing, prisons and society.

This week Oakland Public Library kicks off a series of events on policing, prisons, racial justice and social change in the United States.

The goals of the series are to foster learning, dialogue, collaboration and action, foregrounding creative, community solutions to racial inequity.

Last Saturday, we kicked off with the documentary film Ferguson: Race and Justice in the U.S. produced by Sweta Vohra of FaultLines at Martin Luther King Jr Library. Following the film, Michael Bell of InPartnership Consulting facilitated a rich and important conversation with attendees.

Over the next few months, we’ll be partnering with community agencies to host other guest speakers, events for parents/children, and book discussions.

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Goodbye Mr. Spock

In which we celebrate the life and work of Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's iconic Mr. Spock.

Today we acknowledge the passing of Leonard Nimoy, forever to be remembered as Mr. Spock. 

Nimoy a Boston native, began acting at the age of 8 in a production of Hansel and Gretel. Before Star Trek Nimoy enjoyed an active career in film and television. His first science fiction film role, foreshadowing Spock, was as the Martian Narab in the 1952 Republic serial Zombies of the Stratosphere. 

After Star Trek, he contiued to act until 2013 when, in his final film role, he reprised Spock again as Spock Prime in Star Trek Into Darkness.

How did Nimoy feel about his unshakeable identification with Spock? The answer may lie in the titles of his two published memoirs, I am Not Spock in 1975 followed by I am Spock in 1995. His identification with Spock became part of

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On "The Stupid Dress" and Other Optical Illusions

Is it white/gold or blue/black? WHO CARES! Check out these other awesome optical illusions and then make your own dress.

There is a lot of conflict going on in the world these days, but none of it is as divisive as....THE DRESS!!!  

Which side are you on?  Is it white and gold?  Or blue and black?  Can you even believe that people can see it differently than you can?  Did it change colors before your eyes making you doubt everything you believe (like it did to me)?

THIS DRESS IS EVERYTHING!  At least it is everything, according to the Internet yesterday.  But let me tell you, there are better less frustrating optical illusions out there!  Like this spiral.

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