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Join us for National / Neighbors Night Out at Main this Tuesday, August 5, from 5:30 PM to 8 PM. Fun activities for families!
For the first time ever, the Main Library will host festivities for National Night Out (NNO), a nation-wide celebration on Tuesday, August 5, to encourage communites to connect over various activities. National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, started in 1984. We're calling it Neighbors Night Out to encourage you to come meet your neighbors and librarians at Main. We will have the following family friendly activities: sidewalk chalk art, button making, rubber-band bracelet making, book swap, photo booth with fun props, and a bike tube craft. We'll also have a film screening. For the book swap, please bring a almost-new book to trade for another. Because the library itself closes at 5:30 PM, please enter the auditorium on the Madison St. side of the building.
You can look up other NNO events in Oakland here: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/nno. Hope to see you Tuesday night at Main!
What have you been reading this summer?
We posted the first set of your submitted book reviews right here, and now it's time for some more. Thanks to everyone who has participated so far, and don't forget to submit your review before Summer Reading ends!
So, what have y'all been reading?
With performances by Germar the Magician, appearances by the animals of Little Explorers Petting Zoo, and the caricature art of Rad Sanza, you cannot afford to miss this annual summer event.
It’s fun for the entire family as the Oakland Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Challenge finishes up with its 10th annual Summer Reading celebration at the Oakland Museum of California on Sunday, August 3, from 12 to 4 p.m. The party will take place in the Museum Gardens, 1000 Oak Street, just two blocks from the Main Library.
The celebration links two fantastic summer events – the library’s Summer Reading Challenge and the Oakland Museum of California’s Free First Sundays – for a wonder-filled day of culture, entertainment, learning, and fun. Admission is free!
Planning to see the movie? Read the book first!
Earlier in the year I highlighted books made into films during the first half of 2014. Many more book-based movies are scheduled to release in the coming months. Here are just a few, all available at Oakland Public Library, so you can check them out before seeing the movie!
A new study found that attending storytimes in which reading, singing, talking, writing and playing with your child took place had a positive impact on the child's literacy levels.
I recently returned from sweltering Las Vegas where the American Library Association Annual Convention was taking place. One of the programs I attended looked at whether or not the five activities developed by Every Child Ready to Read 2 - reading, singing, talking, writing and playing with children aged 0-5 had a statistical impact on that child's literacy levels. A research grant in Washington State looked at the literacy levels of kids who attended storytimes where those practices were modeled.
The results? Yes they do! Children who attended library storytimes that incorporated those activities did have higher literacy rates. Just another reason to come to the storytimes offered here at the library and practice these activities at home.
For more information about the study, check out:
New research supports reading for fun, and reading by choice during the summer.
This new survey from Reading is Fundamental tells us that kids are spending 3 times as much time watching TV or playing video games then they are reading during the summer. Even so, we know that Oakland kids are reading: so far, 1000 more kids are participating in Oakland's Summer Reading Challenge than at this time last year.
A couple of bullets jump out to me from the report:
- Last summer, children who read because they wanted to were twice as likely to read than children who read because they had to.
- Parents who consider reading to be extremely or very important are twice as likely to have a child who reads every day
Making reading fun is what
With your Oakland Public Library card, you can request any LINK+ book that isn't available from OPL.
Guess how many books you have access to at OPL. Go ahead, guess. A million? 5 million? Go....higher. Yes, we do have over a million print titles in our collection and, with a service known as LINK+, an extension of our Interlibrary Loan service, you can choose from over 11 million print titles from participating public and academic libraries in the area.
Like Manga? Link+ has 10,000 listings.
Need textbooks? Link+ has thousands.
Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Question of the day: I’m taking my son to the dentist. I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have! Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?
Q: Do you have any books about visiting the dentist? It’s my son’s first trip to the dentist, and I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have! Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?
A: Yes, as a matter of fact we do. To quote Mr. Rogers, “Learning to take good care of yourself is an important part of growing. No matter how much you grow, though, there will always be times when you’ll need help keeping your body healthy. That’s true for everyone – children and adults.” His is still my favorite book
Nothing to do? Here's just a little of what's happening in the next 24 hours at the Oakland Public Library