Summer Begins Early in Oakland

Whether you are a child, a teen, or an adult, Oakland Public Library has something for you this summer. Here are just a few of the services and activities for children.

 Summer Reading Challenge - Paws to ReadWild About Books cover

Your child does not have to lose her or his reading skills over the summer. Studies have shown that by reading just 20 minutes a day, a child retains, and can even increase, reading levels. We once again offer two fabulous grand prizes: one family membership in Children's Fairyland (ages 0-4) and one iPad (ages 5-14). 

Our 2014 Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 14 through August 9. See our blog from last week for suggestions for books to read on this year's theme. 

How to Play

  1. Sign up

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Resource spotlight: the Alameda County Law Library

Learn what's available at the Alameda County Law Library - such as an upcoming program on bankruptcy issues.

The Alameda County Law Library (ACCL) is one of 58 county law libraries that serve Californians. The Main Library is a neighbor and we shares an address: the Law Library is located at 125 12th Street, while the Main Library is at 125 14th Street, so we often refer patrons to each other. 

The Alameda County Law Library offers regular programs that go in-depth on legal topics; you can find out details and upcoming events on their calendar. One upcoming event will be held Tuesday, June 24th, at the Hayward Branch of the ACCL. It's entiteld "In Debt? The Basics of Declaring Bankruptcy". In this program for the general public, a practicing attorney will discuss the basics of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, how to determine which is right, and the specific qualifications for filing each. The program will

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Lakeview Book Club Update: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Lakeview Book Club reviews The Golden Notebook by Nobel Prize Winner, Doris Lessing.

Another fascinating book and discussion!  

 There were 10 of us. Most had not finished it. Not all planned to finish it, because of the length of the novel, while several planned to finish it. All liked parts of it. Some LOVED it all the way through. One had read it three times!

A little background:
Doris Lessing was born in 1919 in Kermanshah, Persia  (Iran) and died in London last November. Her family moved to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, when she was little. She left her Catholic school when she was 14 to work and  was self-educated by reading classics. She joined a Communist Book Club, married and moved to England. She married several times and had several children.

 Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007 and was the eleventh woman and the oldest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy described her as "that

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PAWS to Read: Summer Reading Recommendations for Kids

A list of books for kids featuring animals, recommended by Oakland Public’s Children’s Librarians.

Here at the library, we’re busy preparing for our annual Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme? PAWS to Read! You can’t sign up for the program until Saturday, but you *can* spark the Summer Reading spirit by getting your paws on some of our favorite animal books at the library:

Nonfiction

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World Cup starts today!

The 2014 World Cup starts today! Who are you rooting for and where are you watching the games?

Today marks the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Held every four years,  this highly popular international men's soccer tournament takes place in Brazil, through July 13. (Back in 2010, 3.5 BILLION people, or 46% of the world's population, watched the finals.) The host nation automatically gets a spot, and the other 31 teams qualified through a series of qualifying tournaments which started in June, 2011. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 cities across Brazil. For the first time in World Cup finals history, electronic devices will be used to track goals. Read more about the teams and matches, and stream the games online or visit one of these venues to watch the games. 

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Selfies!

Have you self-published a children's book?

If you've ever uttered the words "I have this great idea for a children's book!", you're in good company. And bad company. And, well, just lots of company. Seems like just about everyone is trying their hand at writing children's books these days, and thanks to the plethora of self-publishing platforms that exist, it's never been easier to turn that gleam in your imagination into a real, honest-to-goodness book.

Which is not to say that it's easy. In many ways, self-publishing is more difficult than the traditional method of working with an established publisher. The question I hear most in my role as children's collection management librarian for Oakland Public Library is "how do I get my book into your library?" It's a complicated answer,

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Step by Step Instructions for OverDrive eBooks: Android Tablets and Smartphones

Get detailed instructions on downloading an eBook from OverDrive to your Android Smartphone or tablet!

Oakland Public Library offers a variety of eBooks and eAudioBooks. You can download digital content any time, to a computer, or a variety of devices. I'll post detailed instructions for various collections, using different devices, over the next few days. Although the steps might seem a bit daunting, once you get your first title, the rest are easy! And remember that e-materials NEVER accrue fines. 

Today, we'll look at downloading eBooks to an Android tablet or a Nexus smartphone - bascially any Android device that can download apps from the Google Play store. First, you'll need to download the free OverDrive app at the Google Play Store. Please search for and download "OverDrive Media Console."

To checkout EPUB eBooks, you will need to create a free Adobe ID account. The library uses this to manage licenses of our digital books in OverDrive and another collection called Enki. It's entirely free - you just need an email address to set this up. Please follow the instructions in the app to complete this step

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June

Ready for your first great book of the summer? Here are 10 great titles coming out in June.

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Summer Means Activity at Oakland Public Library

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

  1. Sign up online (starting on June 14th), or come to your neighborhood library.
  2. Choose whatever you want to read, and start reading.
  3. 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.
  4. Pick up your coupon prize packet after 10 days of reading.
  5. Choose your free book and get a badge and a raffle ticket when you complete the 20-day reading challenge.

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How does your garden grow?

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 book coverKiss my aster : a graphic guide to creating a fantastic yard totally tailored to you by Amanda Thomsen
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