Off the Page: Children’s Audiobooks

A list of recommended books on CD for kids of all ages that can be found at the Oakland Public Library.

If you’re looking for something to captivate youngsters during an end-of-summer road trip, OPL has you covered! Each of our library locations carries a selection of children’s audiobooks to engage even the wiggliest of passengers. Ask library staff to help you find book/CD kits, too; these are books that include a CD so kiddos can read along with the audio.

Have you tried audiobooks with your kids? Let us know which ones they have especially enjoyed!

Classic Tales

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland book on CD cover

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Award Winning Children's Book Illustrator at César Chávez Branch

Sara Palacios is coming to Oakland Public Library!

Picture of children's book illustrator Sara Palacios

Sara Palacios, award willing children's book illustrator, is visiting the César Chávez branch of the Oakland Public Library on Saturday, August 24 at 3:30. She will share illustrations from her books and answer questions regarding how she creates her images.

Sara Palacios is the recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor for her work on Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/MarisolMcDonald no combina (Children's Book Press, 2011), which has been described as "vibrant" and "eclectic." A native of Mexico, Sara graduated from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana with a degree in Graphic Design. She also obtained an Associated Degree in Artistic Illustration from  la Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, and another one in Digital Graphic Techniques  from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico. After graduation in

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Who owns your parts?

Henrietta Lacks was a poor black Virginia farmer born in 1920. She was one of ten children and went on to have five, herself. But she was more than that, Henrietta was also said to have been beautiful, generous and kind. And though she died at the age of 31, part of her is still very much alive and with us, some 62 years later.

 Henrietta Lacks in the 1940s.The Lacks family saga has recently resurfaced in the news.

Henrietta Lacks was a poor black Virginia farmer born in 1920. She was one of ten children and went on to have five, herself. But she was more than that, Henrietta was also said to have been beautiful, generous and kind. And though she died at the age of 31, part of her is still very much alive and with us, some 62 years later.

Mrs. Lacks was diagnosed with cervical cancer, she had a mass of rapid-growing tumors caused by HPV. After her death, it was discovered that the tumors had spread throughout her body. Cells from her tumors were harvested without her knowledge and sent to a researcher. Unlike other cells used in

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The Right Book, the Right Reader: Last, She Bowed

The right book for one reluctant child reader turns her into a reader, author, and illustrator.

My first story of finding the book that made someone a reader is one of my favorites.

I work closely with classes at Markham Elementary, and last year one class began visiting me at Eastmont every two weeks. They were a small class, first and second grade special ed, with a warm and attentive teacher who worked hard to help each student find a book they wanted to check out. 

One girl, a child of six I'll call Josefina, had not yet learned to read, and was not interested in doing so. 

It's not hard to identify the reluctant readers in a class visit. They're the ones who, every time you show them a book, look at you something like this:


A reluctant reader throws shade on an EXCELLENT book suggestion 

Josefina's very kind teacher was showing her books that she might

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Summer's Over?

Updates on library activities following the conclusion of the Summer Reading Program and Free Summer Lunch at the library

Our Summer Reading Program is officially over, and so are our free summer lunches, but you can still:

  1. Get free lunch this week at many non-library locations in Oakland, including most Oakland Parks & Recreation Centers. For a location near you, call the Alameda County Community Food Bank "Get Food Today" Hotline at (800) 870-3663. The hotline provides information to all kinds of free food service for everyone, year round. 
  2. Pick up your Summer Reading Program prize at any Oakland Public Library, if you haven't yet, for any hours completed by August 10 (if you didn't get them logged online, just ask library staff for help).    We do start to run low on prizes by the end of the month, but we want you to get yours!  Grand Prizes will be drawn later this week. 
  3. Come this Saturday, August 17th, to

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Branch Schedule Change - All the Facts!

In order to increase the public's access to neighborhood library branches, OPL will be implementing a schedule change at the Brookfield, Eastmont, Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue Branches.

As you may have heard by now, Oakland Public Library is changing the schedule at some of our locations beginning on Saturday, September 14th.  You can read the press release about it here, which gives a lot of the background information.  The short version is that we are implementing a schedule change at 4 of our branches, switching them to a Monday - Friday schedule in order to increase the public's access to neighborhood library branches.  

The branches with a changing schedule are the following:

All other branches will

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Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon, Lakeview Book Club Notes

Michael Chabon lyrically writes a novel of Oakland in the recent past and the multiracial, troubled and loving small community of family members and friends.

    

Hello Everyone,

 What a great meeting about Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon!

 There were 10 of us and our leader did a great job! She had done research on Michael Chabon and told us about his early life in Columbia, Maryland in an almost utopian middle class Black and White community. This background gave credence to his depicting a multiracial/multicultural world on Telegraph Avenue. One member told us that she knows Michael Chabon, because their children attended the same school. She said he is a really nice person. Other members have heard him speak at other venues and thought he seemed shy, almost childlike, but seemed really nice.

 Our discussion leader set the stage for us by finding a play list of 126 of the 128 musical mentions in the book. We sat down to the

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Full Steam Ahead: Picture Books about Trains

A list of recommended picture books on the topic of trains at Oakland Public Library.

Here’s an understatement for you: train books are popular at the library. They have the power to capture the attention and imagination of wiggly toddlers, curious preschoolers, and knowledgeable school-aged kids alike. They inspire squeals of delight when discovered and, sometimes, tears of despair when returned! Come find these tried-and-true books at the library for the train lover in your life:

Trains book cover

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National Night Out

Six Oakland Public Libraries are hosting National Night Out parties tonight. We hope to see you at some of them.

Tonight (8/6/13) is National Night Out and all over the country people will gather with neighbors to promote community.  Just here in Oakland there will be over 100 block parties tonight, and 6 of them are taking place outside of Oakland Public Library branches!  Stop by and say hi to your friendly library staff and your fellow library lovers.  Turn your neighbors into friends!

The 81st Avenue Branch's party will be happening between 6 and 8:30pm and features food, fun and live music.

At the Dimond Branch, the party starts at 7pm and includes a performance by Dan Chan Magic Man.

Snacks, games, an outdoor storytime and lots of sidewalk chalk will be found at the

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Summer Reading Ends This Saturday!

Take a look at Oakland's Children's Summer Reading accomplishments. And don't forget to log your reading, either online or at one of Oakland's 17 branches.

Sisters ReadingWhat a summer we've had! Together we have read almost 35,000 hours since June 15.

But, wait--that's not all! We have planted seeds in pots we decorated. We have blown bubbles all over Oakland. We have made bracelets and rain sticks. We've planted and eaten vegetables. We have seen performers do magic, blow magical balloons, and take us to magical places through dance. We have met bugs and reptiles and frogs. Puppets have visited us, and we've seen science at its most fun. We have sung and we have danced, and we've seen dogs do both.

Tortoise in the library

Yes, it has been a full summer.

If your child has read for at least eight hours, be sure to log it, either by coming into the branch or by going online to Oakland's

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