Last month I highlighted travel memoirs. This month I've gathered together fiction titles in which the protagonists embark on journeys and quests. So even if you aren't planning a vacation this summer, you can still travel with a book.
Featuring ten of our most highly recommended Musician Biographies and Music Memoirs in celebration of the Adult Summer Reading Program's "Read to the Rhythm" theme.
Have you signed up for the OPL “Read to the Rhythm” Adult Summer Reading Program, yet? All you have to do is:
- Pick up a raffle card from any library location.
- Either read a book and write a short description/review OR complete three different activities listed on the card.
- Turn in your completed card at the library.
- Do it again!
Sure, reading is its own reward, but our Summer Reading prizes this year include a variety of gift cards and a Kindle Fire HD, so get those raffle cards in by the program end date of August 8th!
Among the listed activities, in keeping with the musical theme, is to read a book about a musician. To further that goal, here is an annotated list of 10 of the best musician biographies and Music Memoirs we have on our shelves:
It can be hard for preschool-aged kiddos to sit through an entire picture book.... Here are suggestions for fun, interactive books that will leave them asking for more!
Q: My Preschool-aged child is having trouble paying attention while I read her an entire picture book. Can you suggest books that will better hold her interest?
A: First of all, don’t get frustrated if your child isn’t paying attention to books as long as you would like them to—it’s totally normal for kiddos to tire of a book or get distracted before you think reading time should be over. The important thing is to make reading a fun and special time, so if your child becomes restless go ahead and move on to another activity! You can always return and finish the book when your child is ready.
Oakland Public Library also has MANY interactive and sensory-friendly read-aloud picture books that will grab your kiddo’s attention and not let go! Interactive picture books are a great way to involve your child in the story, by asking them questions, inviting them to dance or move around, or providing flaps to lift.
Check out these super fun and interactive picture books at your local Oakland Public Library branch—or put these on hold in our online catalog using your
The little known histories of the United States
July 4th is over and we have celebrated the independence of the United States from Britain once again. There are many stories, legends, and myths surrounding the birth and past of our country.They generally tell the story of those in power. The days leading up to Independence Day got me thinking about the stories of those who weren't in power or the stories of the regular folks. Here are a few.
OPL is proud to announce... Beanstack! Get weekly emails with recommended books, apps, and events for your kids.
Are you looking for a way to find new books for your kids, or keep track of your favorites? How about adding to your little ones' excitement about reading with digital badges? Wondering what apps will be best for your family? Sounds like you should give Beanstack a try!
When you sign up for Beanstack, you'll start getting weekly emails with recommended books, apps, and events based on your child's interests and age. Click the link in your email and go straight to OPL's online catalog, where you can place the book on hold to pick up at your nearest branch. Couldn't be simpler! Click here for instructions and a helpful (and cute) video.
As you and your child read, you can save the books to their profile and earn animal and superhero badges.
Here at OPL, we especially love that Beanstack helps families find books with diverse characters doing everything things, and its emphasis on
Reading should be fun. The benefits of children reading anti-hero stories.
Q: My child only wants to read Junie B. Jones and Junie B is a bad influence. How can I encourage my child to read more substantial literature?
A:. I don’t know when it happens, but somewhere along the process of raising children and wanting only the best for them, we forget that sometimes kids just need to have fun. Unlike too much television and video games that have a negative effect on a child’s physical and intellectual development, excessive reading will only have the opposite effect. Kids who read regularly perform well in school, become critical thinkers, have quality writing skills, continually improve grammar and vocabulary, and a host of other benefits. The only way to develop a voracious reader is to allow the child to read what interests them. So if you want the best for your children, (and I know you do) my professional advice is to relax and let the kid read any age appropriate material they want to.
A coming attraction blog post for Mr. Turner, the DVD
From IMDB: Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito with in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.
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Take a journey with a book this summer!
For some of us summer means vacation and travel, but you don't have to go further than OPL to enjoy a trip across the country, an adventure in the Sierras or a journey to the other side of the world. Just take a look at our collection of travel writing. Wherever you'd like to go, let a book take you there.
Q&A: Patrons Ask; Librarians Answer. How do you know if a person is cheating on the Summer Reading Challenge?
In the thick of the Summer Reading Challenge, not everyone believes we should trust the readers...they ask us; How do you know if someone is cheating; filling in their reading log with stickers without actually reading anything at all?!?!!
Q: How do you know if a person is just cheating by filling in all the stickers but not reading?
A: We don’t know!
Of the approximately 500 kids who have signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge at my branch library, only 3 have had the audacity to ask this question.
However, at the beginning of June, when I visited classrooms at a number of Oakland Public Schools (all the children's librarians do this every May & June) to tell kids about the Summer Reading Program, another dozen kids asked the same question. At every school, there is always at least one person, usually in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, who asks me, "What if someone cheats and fills