Well, I think we've always known it, but it's always nice to have some science to back it up. The recent New York Times Article, Bedtime Stories for Young Brains, by Dr. Perri Klass, summarizes a newly published study confirming that reading picture books together with your child develops all parts of their brain, beyond word literacy.
Thousands of Oakland kids read 20 days or more this summer, ensuring they go back to school ready to learn, and with stories and fun to remember.
Congratulations to all summer readers!
Thousands of Oakland kids (4900 and counting) have logged their days of reading this summer and met the Summer Reading Challenge of at least 20 days of reading. If you've not yet collected your prize, stop by your library soon--it's not too late. We want to congratulate each and every one of you.
The challenge officially ended last weekend, and we drew grand prize winners from the raffle. Jeremy Augman is the lucky winner of the iPad, and came with his mom to pick it up at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library.
The one-year family membership
Many organizations in Oakland are accepting donations or giving away school supplies for the start of school.
It's true! Summer's already drawing to a close, and all over Oakland kids are getting ready for school.
Can you volunteer your help or donate supplies?
The Oakland Ed Fund is recruiting volunteers who can help onsite at schools with special projects on August 19, 20, or 21st. They are also accepting donations towards classroom school supplies. http://www.oaklandedfund.org/bts-volunteer
Do you need supplies?
These backpack giveaways each have different sign up details, and pre-registration may not be a guarantee you will receive supplies, so please review information carefully.
Our Youth Matter, Inc. Saturday August 15th, Rainbow Rec Center. Online
Looking for a job? We're posting Help Wanted signs over on Instagram.
We librarians get asked about job openings all the time. In an effort to help answer people’s questions about jobs, Main Library Teen Zone librarian Brian Boies started the oaklandhasjobs Instagram account last September. From a slow beginning where Brian posted one or two help wanted signs a week to a handful of followers, the project has grown. He's now posting at least thirty job opportunities a week. Oaklandhasjobs now has more than 2,000 followers and is gaining about a hundred new followers a week.
You can help us find jobs for these many followers by taking pictures of help wanted signs and sending them, along with the cross streets where you see the signs, to firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s fun! Once you start looking, you’ll see them all over the place, especially along commercial corridors like College, Piedmont, and Lakeshore Avenues and International Boulevard. Brian and the Teen Services team can’t find them all by themselves.
And keep an eye out for
Listening to a story is an enjoyable way to improve literacy skills for children of all ages and reading levels.
Over the past week I have answered the same question many times, so it must be a trending topic in Oakland right now:
My second grader wants to read Diary of a Wimpy Kid but doesn’t read chapter books yet. Do you have any suggestions?
I borrowed The Sorcerer’s Apprentice DVD from the library and my kid loved it. Now she wants to read the book, but she isn’t a strong reader. Do you have any suggestions?
I want to read a book with my child but I am not the best reader, do you have any suggestions?
I want read with my child in English, but I need help with my pronunciation, what do you suggest?
Every one of these questions can be answered with the same answer:
Read along with an audio book!
An audiobook, otherwise known as a recorded book, is an audio recording of a talented thespian (that is a fancy word for actor)
Interested in Harper Lee? Read Paul Theroux's Smithsonian article about the bittersweet past and present of Monroeville, Alabama; the real-life setting for Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
Free fun for the whole family at the Oakland Museum this Sunday celebrates reading, and Summer Reading Challenge finishers!
Oakland proved we know how to party with our city-wide celebration of the Warriors in June. Now it's time to celebrate something even more important: almost 10,000 children have read this summer in the Oakland Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge. So let's party!
Join us at the Oakland Museum of California on Sunday (August 2) from 12 to 4. All children who've finished the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a signed certificate of completion. Everyone is welcome, and every child will receive a book, thanks to the East Bay Children's Book Project.
Even if you aren't planning a vacation this summer, you can still travel with a book.
Last month I highlighted travel memoirs. This month I've gathered together fiction titles in which the protagonists embark on journeys and quests. So even if you aren't planning a vacation this summer, you can still travel with a book.
Featuring ten of our most highly recommended Musician Biographies and Music Memoirs in celebration of the Adult Summer Reading Program's "Read to the Rhythm" theme.
Have you signed up for the OPL “Read to the Rhythm” Adult Summer Reading Program, yet? All you have to do is:
- Pick up a raffle card from any library location.
- Either read a book and write a short description/review OR complete three different activities listed on the card.
- Turn in your completed card at the library.
- Do it again!
Sure, reading is its own reward, but our Summer Reading prizes this year include a variety of gift cards and a Kindle Fire HD, so get those raffle cards in by the program end date of August 8th!
Among the listed activities, in keeping with the musical theme, is to read a book about a musician. To further that goal, here is an annotated list of 10 of the best musician biographies and Music Memoirs we have on our shelves: