We started out discussing the writing style of David Talbot. Three of us mentioned it was difficult to track at times and maybe more editing could have helped that. One pointed out that most of it was based on interviews Talbot had done with participants and observers of these events. The rest thought there was no problem with the writing at all and that the book was gripping and the
A letter from Mary Farrell, Branch Manager of Lakeview, to the Lakeview Book Club about The Season of the Witch by David Talbot. It's one we all REALLY liked!
Fantasy series recommendations for kids who love Harry Potter -- in celebration of the series' 15th anniversary.
Can you believe that the first Harry Potter book is now celebrating its 15th anniversary of publication in the U.S.? Go ahead and celebrate by reading the whole groundbreaking series! Or, if you're craving something similarly awesome, check out the first book in another excellent fantasy series:
How old does your child need to be to be enrolled in Summer Reading, you ask? You can enroll him as soon as he is born!
It is never too early to start reading with your baby; she will associate the security and pleasure of your lap with reading and will want to learn to read when she is older.
- Read with your baby every day.
- Try board books. Board books are books with hard pages your baby can throw, bite, and hit.
- You don’t need to read the words at all. Just point to the pictures and talk about them.
- Have him flip the pages. Let him play with the book.
- Comment as you read. Connect what you read to what's happening in her life.
- Keep their board books in the same place as toys.
- Let your child see you reading for yourself and enjoying it.
- Come to the library often! Find new books and come to storytime.
The Oakland Public Library needs your help to coordinate free summer lunch for children and teens!
Did you know that most Oakland Public Libraries now serve free lunch for children and teens during the summer?
We couldn't do it without the partnership of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which recruits, trains, and places volunteers for the lunch service. In addition, they train volunteer Site Coordinators, who commit to at least two weeks of coordinating the other volunteers at a single library site, during lunch time.
Could you be a volunteer Summer Lunch Site Coordinator? While server positions are mostly filled, we still need some committed volunteers to help with this crucial role. Coordinators work closely with library staff to make sure this is a fun experience, connecting youth
LGBTQ-themed children’s books at the Oakland Public Library.
June is Pride month for the lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender / queer community – a perfect time to explore these books with LGBTQ themes available at the Oakland Public Library. If you want more recommendations, check out the Rainbow Book lists for children and teens…and let us know here in the comments if you have any favorites to share! Happy reading, and happy Pride!
Free family outdoor summer cinema at Studio One Arts Center in Oakland.
Do you like to read the book before, or after you see the movie?
Studio One Arts Center is hosting free family movies this summer; coming up
Looking for a book to take on vacation with you this summer? Check out our list of suggestions.
Each year, as summer approaches, I find myself thinking about vacation even if I’m not taking one. When I do travel, I like to read fiction set in the places to which I’m traveling. And if there’s no vacation on the horizon, I still love to get carried away with a good book set in a location I’d like to visit.
I know many library patrons also enjoy reading fiction set in other locales. Listed below are some titles I’ve recommended to patrons and other that that have been recommended to me.
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
A contemporary story set in a small Mexican village. After most of the men in her village have moved North for work, nineteen-year old Natalia,
Oakland Library loves children! Look at these pictures from our Día de los niños / Día de los libros celebrations.
Día de los niños / Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. This year Germar the Magician came to many of our libraries to help us celebrate. He entertained children of all ages with birds that appeared and disappeared, magic coins that did strange and marvelous things, and more. He did so seamlessly alternating between English and Spanish.
Día de los niños / Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. This year Germar the Magician came to many of our libraries to
A round-up of books for babies, featuring…babies!
Babies LOVE gazing at faces. Parents and caregivers have always known this; brain research now backs it up as fact. Even the youngest of kiddos are hardwired to recognize faces, and will tend to look at pictures of faces longer than images of other objects.
Want to stimulate your baby's brains? Head on over to the library and find these board books featuring photographs of baby faces: