Have you discovered the children’s magazine section of your local library?
Playing is one of the five activities that help prepare children to read.
Playing is fun! It is also a necessary part of your child's early experience. In fact, while they play they are busy learning that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. It also helps them express themselves and put thoughts and emotions into words. They can use puppets, stuffed animals, really anything they can find around the house to use for props and develop their imagination.
Enter a contest to win Ghana Must Go, the debut novel by Taiye Selasi.
Ghana Must Go is the story of an immigrant family of Ghanaian and Nigerian descent headed by a successful doctor living the American Dream in Boston with his wife and four children. But when he leaves his family for another woman, the family splits apart. Sixteen years later estranged family members meet again in Accra, reunited by the patriarch’s funeral. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls it “gorgeous” and “driven by eloquent prose.” You can read more about it
Information about David Macaulay, including books by the author found at Oakland Public Library.
When kids have questions, the books of David Macaulay are a solid place to start seeking answers. Macaulay’s nonfiction explores the art, design, and mechanics of buildings, technology, the human body, and more. His books are heavily illustrated and visually engaging, with clear writing that respects the interests and abilities of children. Come to the library to browse his fascinating work for yourself!
Come celebrate children and books at Oakland Public Library!
Celebrate children and books with bilingual magician Germar the Magician! In this fun show, Germar delights children and invites them to participate. If you miss him at your local branch, you can catch him at another!
Refreshments will be served at many locations (check your local branch), and each child will leave with a new book!
Lakeview Saturday, 4/20/13 11:00 AM
Elmhurst Saturday, 4/20/13 2:00 PM
Dimond Tuesday, 4/23/13 7:00 PM
Asian Wednesday, 4/24/13 10:30 AM
The Main Library Children's Room "READ" installation, in honor of National Library Week, is constructed entirely of origami.
It's National Library Week! Last week you got a sneak peek at preparations for the origami installation at the Main Library. It went up on Saturday, and now the Oak street face of the library (with the entrance to the Children's Room) reminds you of just one of the many fun things you can do inside or outside your library. A group of preschoolers are checking it out...arriving for Monday morning storytime. Come see it for yourself...but don't wait! The installation will stay up through Saturday April 20th.
How many of the nominees for this year's IMPAC Dublin Literary Award have you read?
Looking for a great book? Earlier this week, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award announced its 2013 shortlist.
A list of recommended poetry books for children held by the Oakland Public Library.
The library circulates poetry books all year long, but April, National Poetry Month, is their time to shine. Whether you’re looking for a traditional poem in picture book form to share with preschoolers, or a collection of silly rhymes for older kids, the library has you covered! Make a visit to the nonfiction section of your local branch – especially the 811.54s – to discover these and other wonderful poetry books for children: