A: Yes, we do! Here's a list of titles you can read aloud to your kids today – all of them about superheroes, most aimed at younger kids, ages 3 to 6.
This question comes up frequently: Do you have any superhero books for my preschool-age child? Sometimes it's followed by this: Is it okay to read this stuff to such a young person?
One young library user has a LOT of opinions about Matilda.
Hmmm... Actually, it's hard to decide if this is a single found item, or almost 100 found items, but in either case, someone REALLY had a lot to say about the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was returned to the 81st Avenue Branch quite annotated! We don't encourage you returning your books with so many notes for library staff to have to remove, but in this case the adorableness can not be denied!
Here's a Flickr Album with all the annotations. This thing will scroll like a slideshow, or you can click off to see them larger on Flickr.
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Use the Main Library to learn more about the Roosevelts.
On Sunday night PBS broadcast the first episode of Ken Burns’s latest documentary series, The Roosevelts: an Intimate History, documenting the lives and careers of Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Did you catch it? If you did, keep watching. The series is sure to whet your interest in all things Roosevelt. Your Main Library is a great place to learn more about this iconic American family.
What can you find here? Plenty of books, of course, from the current bestseller, The Bully Pulpit to Eleanor Roosevelt's 1938
This is a summary of the Lakeview Book Club discussion of the American Classic, The Awakening by Kate Chopin.
Kate Chopin was from St. Louis and married a wealthy man from New Orleans. She lived in New Orleans and was soon a widow with six children. She supported her family by writing and lost her popularity, because of the scandalous nature of The Awakening. She died in 1905.
We discussed that Guy de Maupassant was an influence on her and she was an influence on many of the upcoming great authors of the 20th century. Her style is called "naturalism," which one member explained meant that the stories contain the hard parts of life, the seamy or gritty parts.
Eight of us brought many opinions about this short novel. There seemed to be a consensus in the group that those who had never read this before were really surprised by the ending. We didn't ask if people liked it, but everyone seemed to have really been caught up in it and had strong feelings about the story. I think everyone really liked it on many levels, if not all the way through.
Author and Publisher Andrea Davis Pinkney will be appearing at the Oakland Main Library on Monday September 22nd
Did you know there are many award-winning children's book authors coming to town next week for the sold-out ALSC National Institute? That's where a lot of us will be, but we jumped at the chance to ask Andrea Davis Pinkney to stay a little longer in town to meet with you at your Main Library, on Monday September 22nd at 1:30pm.
Ms. Pinkney is a Coretta Scott King Award-winning and New York Times best-selling writer of
New DVDs for September 2014 @ Oakland Public Library
MOCHA is coming to 8 different locations for a weekly art program in the library!!! That is 8 different chances for you to explore both art and a different Branch Library.
MOCHA in the Library
Starting this week MOCHA, the Museum of Children’s Art, is going to be coming to Oakland Libraries to share art with children. Your family will not want to miss this exceptional program that Oakland and MOCHA have been offering together for over 5 years. Children of all ages have the opportunity to create and engage their minds with music, math, and art. With MOCHA happening in the Library in 8 different locations on 3 different days of the week, you will have plenty of chances to make art with us. Bring your children to this program!!!
Oakland Public Library is one of 43 libraries throughout California participating in California Reads this year. Learn about veterans issues and various programs planned at OPL this fall.
Oakland Public Library is participating in California Reads this year. California Reads is a state-wide read, and provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to our state.
This year, the theme is the veteran experience, with two goals:
- increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served
- spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating our veterans into the fabric of civilian life
We're one of 43 libraries throughout California to be awarded the grant, and we're working with some partner agencies to plan programs and a essay contest with Veterans for Peace East Bay and the Unsung Heroes Oral History Project.
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