Living in California, we all know about the need to conserve water. Are you wondering how to limit your water footprint? The following books give tips and suggestions to help you reduce and reuse water in your home and garden.
If only Lindsay Lohan had taken advantage of OPL's Arabic language resources before her Instagram fail!
By now you've probably heard about Lindsay Lohan's Instagram gaffe--yesterday, she tweeted a picture of Arabic writing with the English words "You are beautiful" underneath. Except that the Arabic words in the picture don't mean "You are beautiful;" they mean "you're a donkey." Whoops!
If LiLo wanted to build some skills in Arabic, she could very well start at the Oakland Public Library. Did you know that OPL offers language learning courses you can access for free with your library card? Follow this link, and scroll until you see Transparent Language Online. When you sign in with your library card number, you can begin an audio program on any language you like. Great resource for travelers, btw.
But what if Lindsay wants a more intensive course, with a book to go along with her lessons? She could check out one of OPL's language kits, which contain both print
In honor of Record Store Day, Susy Moorhead recommends some books and documentaries that will rock you!
It’s almost Record Store Day! Per their website: “This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.” In the spirit of Record Store Day this coming April 18, I am sharing some of my favorite music memoirs as well as a few documentaries.
It's National Library Week! Although children's librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day, this week is special because we take a minute to appreciate the presence of libraries in our community.
A: Five years old, or in Kindergarten.
Chloe (age 5): [beaming at her mom] I am five!
Librarian: Great! You can get your first card today! You can fill out the registration form on paper, or online, at the computer right next to the desk or at home.
Mom: Should we do it right now?
Chloe: Yes! Let's use the computer! Can I help you type?
Kirk Waller and Mariella Herrera help us celebrate children, books, and language at your library.
Día!: Diversity in Action (formerly known as Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros) celebrates children, families, fun, and the joy of books and language.
In Oakland we celebrate Día for a whole month, at each of your libraries. This year we present two wonderful performers. Bring the whole family. There will be light refreshements, and free book to keep for each child attending.
Kirk Waller - With a lifelong love of story, literature and the performing arts, Kirk Waller summons
Notes from the Lakeview Book Club Discussion of Jane Smiley's novel, Private Life.
Eleven of us had a lively discussion of the 2010 novel, Private Life by Jane Smiley.
Jane Smiley is in her mid-sixties and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel, A Thousand Acres, which is based on King Lear. She was raised in Missouri and obtained a B.A. from Vassar and her M.A. and M.F.A from the University of Iowa. She had a Fulbright scholarship to Iceland while working on her Doctorate.
None of our group had ever read one of her novels. We learned that Smiley is noted for writing books about families. Our novel, Private Life, is loosely based on the lives of her great-uncle and great-aunt. Her great-uncle was an eccentric scientist and her great-aunt a long suffering wife. In this book those characters were Andrew and Martha.
Almost all of us liked this book. One really did not like it and would not recommend it to others. Those who liked it would only
How to find that hard-to-find book
Q: I know exactly what kind of book my son/daughter likes but it is kind of hard to describe. Can you help me find some good titles that we would like?
A: Yes, we would love to help! One of the best book requests I ever heard from a parent was for picture books "where there is a lot of things to look at." It turned out her four year old son loved pouring over elaborate illustrations with lots of little details to explore. And guess what? There are lots of children's picture books that fit the bill! The tricky part for this parent was to find those types of books on the shelf when there isn't a keyword for "detailed pictures" or "lots to see" in the library catalog. So how do we find something her son will enjoy?
Looking for books with a certain feel, tone, or specific trait can sometimes be tough. We
Become a roller coaster engineer, April 2nd, 3:30 at the 81st Avenue Library!
Do you love roller coasters? The loops, the speed, the excitement, the wind in your hair? Have you ever wondered why some coasters are faster or scarier than others? How roller coaster cars stay on the track? If you answered yes to any of these questions, have we got something special for you!
On Thursday, April 2nd at 3:30, Lawrence Hall of Science is coming to the 81st Avenue Library to teach kids all about the science and engineering of roller coasters with hands-on experiementing and table-top creations!