I've just finished The Great Gatsby, first time since high school (hey Ms. Mac!) and thanks to John Green, object of my latest author-crush, I have a newfound appreciation. Seriously, you should check out this video.
James Gatz fell in love with Daisy when he was a soldier and she was a teenage debutant. But James was a "Mr. Nobody from Nowhere" and Daisy couldn't wait around for him to become a somebody from somewhere. Some years later, Jim Gatz became Jay Gatsby, fully realized, a charming, wealthy "Oxford man" and Daisy Fay became Daisy Buchanan, with a summer mansion and a philandering husband and a baby daughter. Murder & mayhem ensues.
A culturally diverse list of Cinderella stories available at the Oakland Public Library.
Here’s a bit of library fun for you: pick a fairy tale, any fairy tale. Go see how many variations of that traditional story are available at your local branch. For some, like Rumpelstiltskin or the Ugly Duckling, your options will be relatively few.
Visit the Reader's Park outside of the Main Library this Friday, Park(ing) Day! Activities and fun all day long!
Perhaps you've already heard of Park(ing) Day, but just in case you haven't, the scoop is as follows:
PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!
So, what does this have to do with the Oakland Public Library? I'm so glad you asked! This year, for the first time ever, the Main Library will be participating in Park(ing) Day with a park of our own -
Legos in the library? YES.
Did you know that you can play with Legos (R) at Oakland Libraries? Six of our branches have monthly Lego parties. We don't even care if the children make noise!
Dimond Branch - First Fridays at 3:30
Eastmont Branch - First Tuesdys at 4:00
Lakeview Branch - Second Fridays at 3:00
Main Library/Children's Room - Second Thursdays at 3:00
Piedmont Avenue Branch - First Fridays at 3:00
Entertain your inner seventh grader! Pick up the best-selling GULP by Mary Roach at Oakland Public Library.
Sometimes, the right book for a young reader is one about someone they already know.
I had a great children's lit teacher in library school. She assigned huge, huge masses of books each week that I read in tottering stacks at the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library-- I told my friends that I didn't count the books I read for that class in numbers, but in feet. In one of our earliest classes, I remember this teacher going on a rant about how there were so many wonderful children's books that there was never any need for a library to buy any "crap," and she never wanted to come to any of our libraries in the future and see "crap on the shelves." I hiss-whispered to another student, "what does she mean by crap?" She shrugged and said, "like, TV tie-ins and stuff."
TV tie-ins are books based on TV series. I don't know if that is what my teacher meant by "crap" or not, but as my classmate demonstrated, they're often
Create art with us at the library.
Come join us as we create art with MOCHA. The programs, for children from 3 to 18, travel to OPL libraries every Wednesday at 2:00 pm. MOCHA's brand new home is not opening until November, but you can do art with their fabulous artists at four of our branches right now.
MOCHA artist workshops have been weekly events at OPL branches for over three years now. The programs have been very popular at all the sites
A list featuring craft books that may be found at the Oakland Public Library.
Have you ever stumbled upon the library’s collection of craft books for children? They’re in the 700s (near the art books), and chock full of great ideas for creative kiddos of all ages. Origami? Absolutely. Knitting? Indeed. Sewing? Mask-making? Scrapbooking? Ceramics? Yes, it’s all there! Check out some of these favorites, and let us know which craft books your kids adore:
Obasi Davis, Oakland's incredible new Youth Poet Laureate, attended the Bay Bridge opening with Juan Felipe Herrera.
On Labor Day,
Singing soothes the savage beast (and also helps prepare your child to be ready to read).
Songs are a wonderful way for children to learn about language and pick up new words. Singing also slows down language so they can hear the different sounds that make up words. This helps when children begin to read printed language. There are some easy and fun things you can do with your child with songs and music.
- Sing the alphabet song to learn about letters
- Sing nursery rhymes so children hear the different sounds in words
- Clap along to the rhythm in songs so children hear the syllables in words
- Sing your own favorite songs so your child can share your passions
You are your child's first teacher, and your home is where your child begins to learn. Help your child get ready to read by providing early literacy opportunities around your home. In addition to singing, you can talk, read, write, and play with your child to help him