Reading with Others

October is National Reading Group Month. Come read with us!

October is National Reading Group Month (NRGM).  According to the NRGM website, one of the goals of National Reading Group Month is "to increase public awareness of the joy and value of shared reading."  I admit I found my way to book groups slowly and reluctantly.  After spending years discussing assigned reading for school, I didn't necessarily want to read what someone else had chosen for me and I wanted to have my own experience of the books I was reading.  However, I'm now a member of two book groups and I have to say I enjoy being introduced to books I might not necessarily read on my own.   Having a conversation about what I'm reading enhances my reading experience and it helps me to articulate what I liked or didn't like about a book and to see points I may have overlooked.

 

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Bring on the Nerds!

Join us on Monday at Nerd Nite East Bay! Be there and be square!

Hey, it's that fabulous time of the month again...NERD NITE TIME!   I'm super excited to be participating in Nerd Nite East Bay, along with some fabulous colleagues.  There will be librarians in the house!  This month we'll be hearing all about Planets, PIs, and Bees!  I, personally, am super psyched about this one.  

The full titles of each talk are:

  • The Intergalactic Travel Bureau by Mark Rosin
  • Trenchcoat Optional: Tricks of a Corporate Sleuth by Staci Dresher
  • Sex, Wax, and Pollen: The Honeybee Superorganism by Ryan Smith

Monday, September 30th.  
Doors are at 7pm, it starts at 8pm. 
New Parkway,  474 24th Street, Oakland

We'll be there waiting for you with

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Library User Spotlight: Meet Rebecca!

Get to know Rebecca Grove, library patron, literary salon hostess and lover of potato chips. In other words, someone we should all get to know!


I decided it would be fun to use this space to not just highlight the library and all the things we do, but to also shine the spotlight on some of our amazing library users, and all the things they do!  I am so excited to present to you, Rebecca Grove.  

Rebecca describes herself as "a former English teacher/grant writer/development director/budget-balancer/evaluator for public schools."  She goes on to explain, "Now I produce lively interactions with literature for all ages.  Evenings and weekends over the last 15 years, I have been hosting literary book clubs, play and poetry readings, movie nights, “living room shows,” and "pop-up salons," among other musical and homespun performances. I'm now working on opening The Octopus Literary Salon, a cafe/bookstore/

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Tra-La-Laaa! It's Banned Books Week

The book your child chooses for his or her self may not seem the most instructive--but it is a crucial part of their reading success.

Captain UnderpantsIf you don't know the reference in the title of this blog post, then you haven't read the most frequently challenged book of 2012, Captain Underpants

It is Banned Books Week, and you will find many resources online, inside your library or at your bookstore to learn more about celebrating the freedom to read.  But I wanted to use the week as an excuse to think in general about kids making their own reading choices.

It can be intimidating to lead your child through a roadmap to reading, especially with the changes happening in our schools with the Common Core Standards.  But before children can

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Wealth, Youth, Beauty, Misery: Gatsby

James Gatz fell in love with Daisy when he was a soldier and she was a teenage debutant. But James was a "Mr. Nobody from Nowhere" and Daisy couldn't wait around for him to become a somebody from somewhere. Some years later, Jim Gatz became Jay Gatsby, fully realized, a charming, wealthy "Oxford man" and Daisy Fay became Daisy Buchanan, with a summer mansion and a philandering husband and a baby daughter. Murder & mayhem ensues.

I've just finished The Great Gatsby, first time since high school (hey Ms. Mac!) and thanks to John Green, object of my latest author-crush, I have a newfound appreciation. Seriously, you should check out this video.

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Cinderella Stories from Around the World

A culturally diverse list of Cinderella stories available at the Oakland Public Library.

Here’s a bit of library fun for you: pick a fairy tale, any fairy tale. Go see how many variations of that traditional story are available at your local branch. For some, like Rumpelstiltskin or the Ugly Duckling, your options will be relatively few.

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Park(ing) Day at the Library This Friday!

Visit the Reader's Park outside of the Main Library this Friday, Park(ing) Day! Activities and fun all day long!

Perhaps you've already heard of Park(ing) Day, but just in case you haven't, the scoop is as follows:

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

So, what does this have to do with the Oakland Public Library?  I'm so glad you asked!  This year, for the first time ever, the Main Library will be participating in Park(ing) Day with a park of our own -

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LEGO Mania!

Legos in the library? YES.

Did you know that you can play with Legos (R) at Oakland Libraries? Six of our branches have monthly Lego parties. We don't even care if the children make noise!

Dimond Branch - First Fridays at 3:30 

Eastmont Branch - First Tuesdys at 4:00

Lakeview Branch - Second Fridays at 3:00

Main Library/Children's Room - Second Thursdays at 3:00

Piedmont Avenue Branch - First Fridays at 3:00

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Gulp. Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Entertain your inner seventh grader! Pick up the best-selling GULP by Mary Roach at Oakland Public Library.

 

GULP. Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Entertain your inner seventh grader! Pick up the best-selling GULP by Mary Roach.

Mary Roach lives in Oakland and is a science writer with a wicked sense of humor and the obsession to follow a topic to its

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The Right Book, the Right Reader: On Licensed Characters

Sometimes, the right book for a young reader is one about someone they already know.

I had a great children's lit teacher in library school. She assigned huge, huge masses of books each week that I read in tottering stacks at the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library-- I told my friends that I didn't count the books I read for that class in numbers, but in feet. In one of our earliest classes, I remember this teacher going on a rant about how there were so many wonderful children's books that there was never any need for a library to buy any "crap," and she never wanted to come to any of our libraries in the future and see "crap on the shelves." I hiss-whispered to another student, "what does she mean by crap?" She shrugged and said, "like, TV tie-ins and stuff."

TV tie-ins are books based on TV series. I don't know if that is what my teacher meant by "crap" or not, but as my classmate demonstrated, they're often

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