New DVDs for September 2014 @ Oakland Public Library
MOCHA is coming to 8 different locations for a weekly art program in the library!!! That is 8 different chances for you to explore both art and a different Branch Library.
MOCHA in the Library
Starting this week MOCHA, the Museum of Children’s Art, is going to be coming to Oakland Libraries to share art with children. Your family will not want to miss this exceptional program that Oakland and MOCHA have been offering together for over 5 years. Children of all ages have the opportunity to create and engage their minds with music, math, and art. With MOCHA happening in the Library in 8 different locations on 3 different days of the week, you will have plenty of chances to make art with us. Bring your children to this program!!!
Oakland Public Library is one of 43 libraries throughout California participating in California Reads this year. Learn about veterans issues and various programs planned at OPL this fall.
Oakland Public Library is participating in California Reads this year. California Reads is a state-wide read, and provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to our state.
This year, the theme is the veteran experience, with two goals:
- increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served
- spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of civilian life
We're one of 43 libraries throughout California to be awarded the grant, and we're working with some partner agencies to plan programs and a essay contest with Veterans for Peace East Bay and the Unsung Heroes Oral History Project.
The title selected for the read is
Hello Kitty's just another human child... who can be found at your local library.
Did you see the news? Turns out Hello Kitty is not a cat.
I know. I'm shocked too.
Surprising. However, if you're a parent of a kid who's obsessed with the red-bowed paragon of cuteness, you probably don't give a Bad Badtz-Maru what she is--you just want to silence the demand for Hello Kitty products that echoes through your home day and night. And you'd
Is "truthiness" acceptable in non fiction? An essayist and a fact-checker hash it out.
Humorist Stephen Colbert coined the term "truthiness" in 2005, it means the quality of feeling that something is true even if it really isn't. The Lifespan of a Fact is a conversation between the author of an essay, John D'Agata and the fact checker, Jim Fingal. The magazine that originally commissioned the work later refused to publish due to factual inaccuracies, but it became the basis for D'Agata's 2011 book "
The start of the school year is a great time to bring in your five-year-old to get a first library card and start exploring all that the library offers.
If your child started kindergarten this week, bring him or her in to any Oakland Public Library branch to get a personal library card. Any child, 5 or older, who lives in CA, can get a first card for FREE! Getting a library card will allow your child to check out all of the materials the library offers as well as give your child access to all of the library’s electronic resources. We promise to make a big ceremony out of it too, sticker and all.
Aside from all of the books, movies, music, and other materials you can take home from the library, your child’s library card opens up a world of electronic resources you can access from home. Through our website, you can look at: lists of recommended books, electronic games for kids, our calendar of events, resources for homework help, and Tumblebooks, e-books you can watch and/or read
Oakland Pride and the Bay Area Lesbian History Archives Project
This month the Main Library is hosting FIERCE SISTAHS! Bay Area Lesbians of Color 1975 - 1995, an exhibition of historical ephemera and photos curated by Lenn Keller, archivist, curator, photographer, filmmaker, and founder of the Bay Area Lesbian History Archives Project. The exhibit is in conjunction with and in celebration of Oakland Pride 2014. It will be on display through September 2nd.
Keller writes about her personal archive, "I had an instinct that it was important to save these things, but I did [it] not knowing how or when they would have significance in the future. I wish I had saved and documented more."
Is it really important to save and preserve the paper ephemera* all around us? You bet it is! Library collections like the one we have in the Oakland History Room, academic and organizational archives, and personal archives like this
Every year about this time, children in Oakland wait in anticipation for the call. Will they be the winners of the Summer Reading Challenge Grand Prize? Here are the lucky two.
Every child who reads during the summer wins!
This summer the Oakland Public Library awarded prizes to children for reading 20 days during the summer. 9873 children participated, and so far 5203 reported reading 20 days or more. If you have not finished logging the days your child read June 14 - August 8, please stop by your library and we will help you.
In addition to picking out a book, getting a cool badge, and receiving coupons for Oakland attractions, children also received one chance in our raffle for the first 20 days they read (and an additional chance for each additional ten days). There were many prizes available in the raffle, but we drew our city-wide grand prize raffle after the reading challenge ended on August 8th.
This year's grand prize winners are:
What was it like to be married to William Shakespeare or Zelda Fitzgerald? Check out these fictionalized accounts of famous literary couples.
Did you know that August is National Romance Awareness Month? I didn't, but I recently came across this article in the Huffington Post, which inspired me to highlight literary romances in this post. During the past few years fiction titles focusing on famous literary couples have been popular. Here are a few available at OPL.
Q&A: Children's Librarians answer questions all day, every day, from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers. It's August, people always ask for starting-school and back-to-school stories, of course!
Q: My daughter is starting school in a few days...what books about school do you have that we could read together?
A: We have so many!* No matter what age or grade, we've got something for you to read about school, to set the stage so that your child's anticipation is more likely to stay positive. Some kids need to know exactly what will happen, some are looking forward to joining