Come explore real-life ghost stories and other paranormal mysteries at the library…if you dare! They’re shelved together at the very start of the non-fiction section – look for the 001s and 133s or ask a staff member to point the way.
The classic, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford,has nothing to do with war, but everything to do with love, deception, manipulation, glamour, gentility and death. Prepare to be haunted by the four well-mannered Victorians in beautiful Europe, politely destroying each others' lives!
Author/Illustrator Todd Parr will visit many Oakland Public Library locations in July and August, during the Free Summer Lunch program.
All of his Oakland Public Library appearances will include a short read-aloud and tips on how to draw. Additionally, a free, healthy lunch will be served to youths ages 0–18, as part of the Free Summer Lunch Program held at many Oakland Library locations. Free Summer Lunch is provided by the Alameda County Food Bank in partnership with the City of Oakland.
Celebrating 75 years of distinguished picture books for children!
The Caldecott Medal turned 75 this year, and the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) celebrated last week at the ALA national conference in Chicago, where the 2013 Caldecott Medal was presented to Jon Klassen for This is Not My Hat.
You can celebrate at home or at your library! Free resources at the Caldecott 75th Anniversary webpage include downloadable bookmarks with clues and answers about the special anniversary logo created by
Recommended, singable picture books at the Oakland Public Library.
Want to discover a library secret? Go ahead and take a trip to the 782 section of the children’s nonfiction shelves and you’ll discover something amazing. Hidden treasures! Picture books that are meant to be SUNG! Some are traditional, others are silly – but all are crowdpleasing. Here are a few recommendations to warm up your singing voice:
Mary Mary, quite contrary How does your garden grow? Come to Oakland Public Library's Children's Room to find out!
Have you seen the gardening containers in the front of the Main Library's Children's Room? This summer we have a special series of gardening programs for children on Thursdays. Acta Non Verba; Youth Urban Farm Project is teaching us about soil, seeds, bugs and more.
In addition to the programming, we also have a new shelf full of gardening books for children. Come to the Main Library Children's Room to both garden and learn about gardening.
Programs are mostly on Thursdays at 3:00. This week the program will be today (Tuesday) at 3:00. The topic is Weed or Plant? How are weeds and plants different?
Look at some of the activities! You too could be part of the fun. Come on by!
Learn to make tasty summer treats including ice cream sandwiches, paletas, gelato, and sorbetto.
For many of us, summer brings memories of rushing to greet the ice cream truck or enjoying a dripping cone at the beach. My favorite childhood summer treat was the ice cream sandwich, vanilla ice cream wedged between two chocolately cookies, so I was delighted to discover Jennie Schacht's new book i scream SANDWICH!
The recipes include classics such as S'mores and the Better-Than-It, Ms. Schacht's version of the famous San Francisco It's It Ice Cream Sandwich first sold at Playland at the Beach in 1928. The author also explores flavors of the world with treats such as Latin Love, which is Dulce de Leche ice cream on Brown
Manny Hernandez is a Library Aide in the Main Library Children's Room, with a career goal of being a Children's Librarian.
Manny Hernandez is a Library Aide who works in several locations, including the Main Library Children's Room. Library Aides are the backbone of your library: they touch every book checked in and out in the whole system, and are often the first smiling face you see. But let's hear about it from Manny.
What brought you to the Main Library Children’s Room?
I was drawn to the Main library Children’s Room because it was my local childhood library growing up in the Lake Merritt area. My career goal is to become a children’s librarian and what better place to receive experience, guidance and motivation.
Give us an example of what a day at work looks like for you?
On regular day at work I have assigned duties which consist of organizing and shelving books. Doesn’t sound too interesting does it? You’ll be surprised. Library Aides work
Recommended books for beginning readers at the Oakland Public Library.
It’s not always easy finding the right books to place in the hands of brand new readers. Letting kiddos choose their own books is a surefire strategy for creating excitement about reading – you can use the five finger rule to decide if a book is too hard for a child. If you want some tried and true favorites, take a look at the Geisel Award winners and mosey on over to your library to find these awesome early readers!:
The winners for the Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) have been announced for 2012 titles. If you're a K'wan Foye fan, you'll be pleased.