Sing a Little Song

Singing will improve your mood and will also help your child strengthen his or her prereading skills. OPL has lots of songs in books, cd and online formats for you to try.

musical notesSinging is fun but research has found that it is more than just that; it is also good for your health, lowering stress and releasing endorphins that create a feeling of pleasure.  Singing with your children will make you happy regardless of your musical abilities.  And there is even more reason to sing with them, it puts them on the road to reading success.  How?  Singing helps children, even ones who are very young, hear the sounds that make up words. Researchers call this phonological awareness.  Being able to hear distinct sounds helps children recognize those sounds and syllables when they are learning how to read.

Oakland Public Library can help you find songs and make singing fun in several ways:

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Hands-On Science at Temescal

Starting September 25th BEAM (Berkeley Engineers and Mentors) will be at the Temescal Branch on Thursday at 3:30 to 5:00 doing hands-on science for school aged children.

 Science at Temescal

Last April I was at Cal Day at the UC Berkeley campus and went to many hands-on activities.The standout actvity for me was shooting off water rockets. The group of students who had created this activity was BEAM (Berkeley Enigeers and Mentors). BEAM's goal is to get school age children interest in science and engineering by creating activities for students to work on together.

On September 25th and every Thursday until December 4th at 3:30 BEAM is going to be at the Temescal Branch. Come by and see what is on offer for the day --your kids will have some fun with science that they

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URBAN LIT, NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD @ OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

Urban Lit, Now Available on DVD at Oakland Public Library

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The ‘Reading Minute’ presents: Funny Ladies

The 'Reading Minute' is a new Advice for Readers feature recommending short reads for the busy or easily distracted reader, focusing this week on books by some very funny ladies.

                                                      

I’m only slightly ashamed to say that I am a librarian with little time to read these days. I read some wonderful books with my young children, and there are the informative journal articles I read for work, but my “spare” time is used for sleep, if I’m lucky enough to get some. It could be a good while before I revisit those long lazy days curled up with the perfect novel, I’m afraid. Worse, I don’t even think I have the capacity for sustained concentration anymore, having not had an uninterrupted moment for several years. I suspect my predicament is relatable by many. And so I bring you the 'Reading Minute'.

When I do pick up something to read for leisure I tend to look for the following qualities: Light and easy to digest

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Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Superhero books for my 4-year-old; bad idea or good idea?

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?

Q: My child wants to read about superheroes, but those DC & Marvel comic books are too violent! Do you have anything for younger kids?  He’s only 4 years old. Kapow by O'Connor

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.

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A Single and Most Delightful Found Item!

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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Help Improve the City's Website - Take a Very Short Survey!

The City needs your valuable feedback. Help us help you!

The City of Oakland is undertaking a major project with Code for America to upgrade the City's website to better serve the community. To gather input from the community, we're conducting an online survey of Oakland residents and business owners who use the web. The brief survey can be completed in less than 10 minutes and can be submitted anonymously. Help us improve the City's website by providing your feedback before October 15.

            

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The Roosevelts: an Intimate History

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

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin, A Lakeview Book Club Report

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

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Meet Children's Book Author Andrea Davis Pinkney

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

Martin and MahaliaMs. Pinkney is a Coretta Scott King Award-winning and New York Times best-selling writer of

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