With the holidays fast approaching you may be looking for creative gift ideas. Why not make something? We have many new books in our collection to help you with canning, sewing, crocheting, candlemaking, baking, candy making and even creating your own wrapping paper. Take a look and happy crafting!
Winter Bingo is an easy way to have fun and stimulate literacy and learning during the winter break.
It's time again for Winter Bingo!
Get your Winter Bingo card, complete five activities in a row, and bring the card back to the library anytime between December 19, 2015 and January 16, 2016 to receive a free book. There is a card for children in grades K-5, and one for you to do with your younger children.
Children can “Listen to a story” or “Read about your favorite thing,” “Make someone laugh,” or “Bring a friend to the library,” “Dance” or “Play outside.” Activities for you to do with your baby or preschooler include “Use a recipe to make a snack,” and “Ask your child to turn the page.” There is plenty to choose from, so everyone can be a winner.
Winter Bingo cards will be available at your library Dec 12th,or you can print your own if you can't wait to start!
One-on-One eBook help is now available at OPL at four different locations and four different times.
We are happy to announce that OPL Librarians are now offering hands-on, one-on-one eBook Help at four of our libraries (by appointment):
Eastmont - Mondays 5-6:30pm
Eastmont Town Center
7200 Bancroft Ave.
Rockridge - Tuesdays 6-7:30pm
Now accepting submissions to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival!
James will introduce many of the amazing films, made by kids around the country, that tell the story of a Newbery book in 90-Seconds or less.
Will he show your film? Not if you don't submit one! The rules are
Kiyoko Shiosaki shares the joyous experience of discovering a blazing new talent: Chinelo Okparanta, Author of Under the Udala Trees.
By Kiyoko Shiosaki, OPL Collection Development Intern
As NoViolet Bulawayo says in her interview with Chinelo Okparanta, “When you encounter a good storyteller you want to find all of [their] work and inhale it.”
Q&A: Patrons Ask; Librarians Answer: Which is your favorite book about Thanksgiving for ages 3 to 7?
Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day. It's harvest time all around the northern hemisphere. What books could we read to our children?
Q: What's your favorite book about Thanksgiving for ages 3 to 7?
A: Any question that begins with "What is your favorite..." is hard for me to answer, because my moods change, my tastes change, and new things are constantly coming into my consciousness. Also, it's my job to imagine what might be someone else's favorite.
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
This fall brings us a new biography of Joan Didion and an occasion to sing a love song to her. One of my own favorite writers, Joan Didion has published extensively since the early 1960s. She is perhaps best known today for The Year of Magical Thinking, a memoir of grief that she wrote after her husband’s sudden death in 2003 and for which she won the National Book Award in 2005. Didion’s elegant and precise writing spans many genres: fiction, essays, memoirs, and screenwriting.
Some of her most intriguing work, for this Californian, are the ones whose subject is California itself. From
Our holiday advice? Give a book!
What would a librarian recommend as a great holiday gift? A book of course! And we're proud to help with our first ever Holiday Gift Guide, featuring some of our favorite books this season. And as if that weren't great enough, we're capping it off with a list of local indie bookstores where you can buy these gems. (Call ahead to confirm availability!)
Books For Adults
Gifts for the readers in your life recommended by OPL librarians.
We have a confession to make: we librarians LOVE IT when you buy books. LOVE!! And we know you want to give exactly the right book.
So, without further ado, OPL is proud to present its first ever Holiday Gift Guide. These are books we love and want you and your loved ones to read, ones that are 99% guaranteed not to garner this reaction. And as if that weren't great enough, we're capping it off with a list of local indie bookstores where you can buy these gems. (Call ahead to confirm availability!)
Click here for our Graphic Novel Gift Guide!
Click here for suggestions for adult and YA readers!
OPL 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Children's List
For babies and
It's been a banner couple-of-years for comics. Here are some of our favorites.
We loved so many graphic novels lately, we gave them their own list! Try Dr. Comics and Mr. Games of Oakland for these, though a couple are self published and can be purchased directly from the artists. Follow the links!
We've grouped them under the age of the youngest appropriate reader, but any of the kids' and YA titles may be loved by adults too.
For kids' books that aren't comics, click here.