A list of books recommended by Oakland Public Library that help to teach concepts such as the alphabet, numbers and counting, colors, size and shape, opposites, etc.
We found some more stuff. All of it is awesome.
Here's another amazing installment of items found in library books (or just in the library)! Which are your favorites? Some of these just make me ask SO MANY questions. Like who are those well-dressed men? And what about raisin bran? And are all moms exactly the same?
What do you think?
Self publishing secrets! and how one author did it right.
If you're one of the many children's book creators who've turned to self publishing to get their stories out, pay attention! A small change may improve your book's chances of getting picked up by libraries.
Brooklyn based author Zetta Elliott self publishes children's books that are transitional chapter books--longer than easy readers, shorter than middle-grade novels. The Oakland Public Library calls them "Moving Up," and they have their own special place on our shelves.
Notice how they're all about the same size? That's on purpose-- major publishers tend to print them all this way. Transitional chapter books represent a reader's transition from easy readers--which are larger, slimmer, and shorter in text than moving ups, and include color illustrations on almost every spread--to middle grade novels
Resources from the music collection at the Oakland Public Library to get back into playing your instrument, or learn a new one.
Dust Off Your Instrument and Play!
Resources from the music collection at the Oakland Public Library to help you get back into playing your instrument, or learn a new one.
New DVDs for October 2014 at Oakland Public Library
Award-winning Oakland author Nayomi Munaweera recommends some of her favorite books.
The recent release of Oakland author Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel Island of A Thousand Mirrors has generated a lot of excitement around the globe! It won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region and was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Prize. If you haven’t heard about it yet, you can read this review in yesterday’s
Are you searching for book suggestions for your book group? Here are some titles that generated lively discussions in library book groups.
Have you been thinking about joining a book club? Oakland Public Library's Dimond Branch Book Discussion Group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM and the Lakeview Branch's Book Group meets on the third Tuesday, also from 6:30-7:30 PM. The Piedmont Branch is launching a Books and Beer Book Group which will hold it's inaugural meeting on Sunday, September 24th at Cato's Ale House. Library book groups are open to anyone who is interested so feel free to stop by and check them out.
If you're searching for book suggestions for your book
Nick, from the Tool Lending Library at the Temescal Branch, gives an update on all the newest news!
You may have seen our amazing Tool Lending Library in the news recently. Well, today I have the pleasure of giving my blog over to Nick Raymond, the Library Assistant who keeps the Tool Lending Library in tip top shape! He wants to share with you some tool library updates:
This winter will mark the 15th year of operation for the Temescal Tool Lending Library, and business is brisker than ever! This summer we extended the loan period for most of our tools (to 7 days), hosted a visiting scholar (see below), and registered our 20,000th patron!
With a generous gift
Singing will improve your mood and will also help your child strengthen his or her prereading skills. OPL has lots of songs in books, cd and online formats for you to try.
Singing is fun but research has found that it is more than just that; it is also good for your health, lowering stress and releasing endorphins that create a feeling of pleasure. Singing with your children will make you happy regardless of your musical abilities. And there is even more reason to sing with them, it puts them on the road to reading success. How? Singing helps children, even ones who are very young, hear the sounds that make up words. Researchers call this phonological awareness. Being able to hear distinct sounds helps children recognize those sounds and syllables when they are learning how to read.
Oakland Public Library can help you find songs and make singing fun in several ways: