Growing Readers Gardening Workshops

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!

  

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i scream SANDWICH! and Other Summer Treats

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

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Meet Manny Hernandez

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

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Awesome Early Readers

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!:

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Hot Summer Street (Lit)

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.

Moll Flanders book coverStreet Literature, a sub genre of Urban Fiction, found its beginnings with stories which were serialized in newspapers. The works of Daniel DefoeCharles Dickens and Jacob Riis are early examples of the genre.  Although many of today's stories are released by major publishing houses

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MOCHA at Libraries this Summer

What to do this summer? How about art? MOCHA artists bring painting, and sculpting and more to Oakland children at Oakland libraries.

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It is Summer and Your Library is Open!

Books, bikes, and bubbles were at your library this weekend.

Bubbles at West Oakland libraryThis Saturday kids turned out all over Oakland to help kick-off the Summer Reading Program.   Bubble-parties at many branches let families enjoy the sunshine with each other and their books,  and a bike meet-up at the Main Library pedaled over to the West Oakland branch to enjoy an incredible Scraper Bike workshop with Tyrone "Baybe Champ" Stevenson.   

Scraper Bike Meet up at West Branch

What's next? Check out the listings for your favorite performers and activites, or look to see what's happening

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The Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot

A letter from Mary Farrell, Branch Manager of Lakeview, to the Lakeview Book Club about The Season of the Witch by David Talbot. It's one we all REALLY liked!

Hello Everyone,

Ten of us were at Lakeview to discuss The Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot and all liked it!
 

We started out discussing the writing style of David Talbot. Three of us mentioned it was difficult to track at times and maybe more editing could have helped that. One pointed out that most of it was based on interviews Talbot had done with participants and observers of these events. The rest thought there was no problem with the writing at all and that the book was gripping and the

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Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Fantasy series recommendations for kids who love Harry Potter -- in celebration of the series' 15th anniversary.

Can you believe that the first Harry Potter book is now celebrating its 15th anniversary of publication in the U.S.? Go ahead and celebrate by reading the whole groundbreaking series! Or, if you're craving something similarly awesome, check out the first book in another excellent fantasy series:

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Read to Your Baby!

How old does your child need to be to be enrolled in Summer Reading, you ask? You can enroll him as soon as he is born!

It is never too early to start reading with your baby; she will associate the security and pleasure of your lap with reading and will want to learn to read when she is older. 

  • Read with your baby every day.
  • Try board books. Board books are books with hard pages your baby can throw, bite, and hit.
  • You don’t need to read the words at all. Just point to the pictures and talk about them.
  • Have him flip the pages. Let him play with the book.
  • Comment as you read. Connect what you read to what's happening in her life.   
  • Keep their board books in the same place as toys.
  • Let your child see you reading for yourself and enjoying it.
  • Come to the library often! Find new books and come to storytime.  

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