What Are We Reading Right Now?

A list of children’s books that Oakland librarians are currently reading.

Children’s librarians tend to hold in our hearts a deep and abiding love of children’s literature. We read kid's books for work, but we read them for pleasure too! Check out the variety of books that Oakland Public Library’s Children’s Librarians are reading, and let us know which books you're excited about right now:

Amy Martin, Eastmont Branch

Center of Everything book coverThe Center of Everything

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Summer Lunches at Oakland Public Library Branches

Summer lunch at the Oakland Public Library is available at eleven locations.


Now that summer schools are ending, we want to remind you that eleven OPL branches are offering free lunch for children and teens, in partnership with the Alameda County Community Foodbank and the City of Oakland's Department of Human Services. Lunch is served on weekdays (Tuesday-Friday at branches, Monday-Friday at Main) through August 9.

Participating branches include:

Main Library – Children’s Room and Teen Zone

81st Avenue

César Chávez

Dimond

Eastmont

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Have You Borrowed a Tool Lately?

Check out our very own Tool Lending Library in the press.

ToolsOur amazing Tool Lending Library has gotten a little bit of well-deserved attention lately.  The Washington Post published a great article about libraries across the country lending things other than books, and included Oakland Public Library. 

From the article:

“We can’t be everything to everyone, but we can provide a lot of opportunities to people to try out new things,” Choate said.

That’s exactly what happened at the Oakland library following a 1991 firestorm that ravaged the Oakland Hills section of the San Francisco Bay area, destroying 3,000 homes and killing 25 people.

The library’s Temescal

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Comic-Con is on!

Geek out! The 44th annual Comic-Con International is underway in San Diego. The winners for the Will Eisner awards, considered the Oscars of the comics industry, will be announced today.

The 44th annual Comic-Con International is underway in San Diego.  The winners for the Will Eisner awards, considered the Oscars of the comics industry, will be announced today.  Nominees for titles published in 2012 are truly exceptional.

Titles with the most nominations are:

Building StoriesBuilding stories by Chris Ware with nominations for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/artist, Best Coloring, Best Lettering, and Best Publication Design.

This work, made of many small books, posters and cards, and encased in a box the size of a large board game, tells the story of the residents

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It's All Happening Here!

Events happening for children this afternoon at your Oakland Public Library!

Buki the ClownLooking for something to do with your child this afternoon?  How about:


Author/Illustrator Todd Parr at the Temescal Library
, 12:30pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)

Buki the Clown at the Eastmont Library, 1:30pm!  (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Decorate a Flower Pot & Plant Seeds at the Melrose Library 1pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

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Mysteries of the Unknown

Recommended books for kids about Bigfoot, UFOs, and other mysterious phenomena at the Oakland Public Library.

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.

Ghosts book cover  

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The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

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!

The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford is considered one of the best 100 best novels of all time. One reviewer called it the "finest French novel in the English language." This alludes to the complex plot, fascinating involvements and constant surprises. It recreates the difficult relations between two "perfect" Victorian couples who leisurely travel and stay at the finest European luxury gathering places.
 
While "weeding" our collection, I came across this title. I was unfamiliar with it, but the preface sounded fascinating. I thought I'd give it a try that weekend while I went up the coast to bask in the beauty of the ocean crashing on the cliffs. My weekend went totally differently than I had planned. I holed up in a bed and breakfast and read nonstop. I could not put this book down. Sometimes a classic is a classic for a

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Draw, Read, Eat!

Author/Illustrator Todd Parr will visit many Oakland Public Library locations in July and August, during the Free Summer Lunch program.

In July and August 2013,  Todd Parr will be dropping in to many Oakland Public Library locations to read and draw with kids. Mr. Parr is the author and illustrator of dozens of books for children.  

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.

Mr. Parr suggested the

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75 years of the Caldecott Medal

Celebrating 75 years of distinguished picture books for children!

Caldecott Anniversary LogoThe 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 Brian Selznick, and

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Oh Say Can You Sing?

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:

Baby Beluga book cover  

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