Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Can picture books fix my kid’s behavior problems?

Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Today; Can you find me a story to make my kid stop biting her preschool friends?

Q: Is there a Berenstain Bears book about not biting people? My daughter has been biting other kids at preschool. Her teachers say it’s getting worse! Is there a book I could read to her showing how wrong this is?

A: Yes! Your question is a profound one. Children’s authors, publishers, teachers, parents, therapists, and children themselves have been seeing books as bibliotherapy for generations. As a result, there are a variety of books both silly and profound that could help in this si

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks

Look at these beautiful photos. We need diverse books, and you can help!

We need diverse books.  This isn't news, except lately it seems to have become news, with articles all over the place, including the New York Times.  Our very own Nina Lindsay even went on Forum to discuss the topic and then continued the discussion in a blog post.

Some amazing people decided to turn this need into a national campaign to build some awareness, and from that came #WeNeedDiverseBooks.  We knew we needed to take part.  Check out our

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Bike to the Library!

OPL's Bike to Action Month activities include plenty for the whole family

On Saturday I bicycled with a bunch of Oaklanders from the Chavez Library to the 81st Avenue Library to hear Elly Blue talk about Everyday Bicycling.  It was great to have kids join us for the ride, and meet us along the way.  During Bike Month, OPL supports and promotes family bicycling. If you haven't checked out our full listing of events for the month, don't wait.  Some family-friendly events on the horizon include:

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The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, Notes from the Lakeview Book Club

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, Notes from the Lakeview Book Club

We started with a few interesting facts about Thomas Hardy, who like the "Native" in his novel, loved his "heath" wilderness and rual community more than any other place he could choose to live. Hardy has said that he never wanted to grow up. He wanted to stay in the world he lived in when he was 6 years old. Many can relate to that from time to time.

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and died in 1928. He lived 88 years! During those years life changed drastically in his world, with major industrialization, the changes brought to rural life. The major big thinkers, Freud, Marx, Darwin, Einstein changed the world. Two major authors of his time were Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
For a person who loved his roots, his wilderness, his neighbors, the outside world was alien to him. This was a theme in this wonderful classic. Hardy's wife was probably very much like Eustasia, strong

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Play with your Words

A list of recommended word play books available at the Oakland Public Library.

Kids love to play, and librarians love to see kids playing with words! Visit your local library to find these books full of palindromes, puns, spoonerisms, homophones, and much more. And let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorites!

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Sean's Shadows

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrations at Oakland Public Library

Sean's Shadows brings shadow puppet stories from all over the world. This month we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with two stories from China: Fool me Once and Bloom Tree. After each performance he shows and demonstrates musical instruments he used during the show.

Join us.  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tuesday, May 20 at 4:00 PM

Dimond  Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 PM

West Oakland Wednesday May 21 at 10:30 AM

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We Keep Finding Stuff!

More found objects - some art, some notes, and an amazing rejection letter.

Here are some more items found in library books (or in the library)!   We've got some good ones today!

But first- I've gone a bit "Found Item" crazy lately and have made some buttons and magnets created out of the items we've found and posted here!  So, look for me when the library is out and about (Nerd Nites, for example).  I'll bring these along and you can have one for your very own with a teeny small donation to our amazing wonderful supportive Friends of the Oakland Public Library.

For now, let's check out some items...

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Friends?

Dear Nathan.  This is probably my favorite find ever.  Sorry, Nathan.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May

Looking for your next great read? Here are ten terrific novels coming out in May.

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DÍA: Great Kids' Books about Asian-Americans

Celebrate DIA, Diversity in Action, with these children's books featuring characters who are Asian or Asian-American.

Holy beans, what a DIA week it's been! The whole world is talking about how #WeNeedDiverseBooks. We hope you've enjoyed the pictures and comments from OPL. We take great pride in our beautiful city, one of the most diverse in the nation.

Now that we've seen how many people want diverse books.... the next step is to buy them. I know that may sound strange coming from a librarian--of COURSE I want you to check out books from our libraries. My dream is that one day I will walk into a library and there will be NOTHING LEFT on the shelves because everything is out there in your living rooms and on your nightstands. But for those times when you want to buy books for yourself or give them as gifts, take a look at the Diversify Your

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DÍA: Great Kids' Books about Differently Abled People

Celebrate DIA, Diversity in Action, with these children's books featuring characters who are differently abled.

Extra extra, bonus list! This afternoon, some great recent children's books about young people who live with disabilities. More on Pinterest!

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