Come in out of the rain and get crafty the Library will be having several Winter Time crafts happening in month of December.
This month at the Library we are offering two festive Winter Crafts. If you like glitter then you should come make a Snow Globe. We will have plenty of glitter and other fixings to let you create a winter wonderland in a jar. (If you have an extra jam jar or two at home please bring it with you!)
If you prefer frosting to glitter, you may want to make a Graham Cracker House. We have loads of sweets and plenty of Graham Crackers for you to design and create the home of your dreams.
Hope to see you at the library this December!
Why you should watch the film, Central Station, on DVD from OPL this weekend.
I love this film. Central Station (click title to go to OPL's catalog) is a 1998 Brazilian–French drama film set in Brazil. It tells the story of a young boy's friendship with a jaded middle-aged woman. But it’s about so much more. The film features Fernanda Montenegro and Vinícius de Oliveira in the lead roles. Montenegro was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. She plays “Dora,” a cynical, joyless woman who crosses paths with an abandoned young boy, Oliveira’s “Josue.” Gorgeously filmed and featuring two outstanding performances by both lead actors, Central Station observes this “odd couple” as they develop an emotional bond that changes
Genealogical resources at Oakland Main Library
In the latest issue of The Live Oak, the East Bay Genealogical Society's newsletter, Kimberly Powell clears up a some key questions genealogists present to library staff. In the article, "Understanding Cousin Relationships," she explains that second cousins have the same great grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents. With a third cousin, you'd share the same great, great grandparents. A "cousin once removed" means that the cousin is one generation older or younger than you, for example, your mother's first cousin would be your "first cousin, once removed."
Learning about family relationships and about one's own family history used to be a daunting task. But with the ready availability of genealogy databases, video apps like Skype, TV programs like PBS' Finding Your Roots, and easy-to-use DNA kits, genealogy research has become more popular than ever. The Oakland
Your library's new winter reading incentive is easy and fun.
There's no excuse to be bored over the winter holiday break: stop by your library and pick up a Winter Bingo card for your child.
Complete five activities in a row, and bring the card back to the library anytime between December 18 and January 31 to receive a free book. There is a card for children in grades K-5, and one for you to do with your younger children.
Children can “Listen to a story” or “Read about your favorite thing,” “Make someone laugh,” or “Bring a friend to the library,” “Dance” or “Play outside.” Activities for you to do with your baby or preschooler include “Use a recipe to make a snack,” and “Ask your child to turn the page.” There is plenty to choose from, so
Nanowrimo may be ending, but these books will help you to develop your novel throughout the year.
National Novel Writing Month may be coming to an end, but work on your novel is only just beginning. These books will help you develop your craft and provide ideas and support for your existing and future projects.
All summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.
Buy a book at your local independent bookstore to donate to an Oakland child in need of a holiday gift. While you're at it, use our shopping list for the children in your life too!
The library is partnering with the Oakland Mayor's Toy Drive to ensure that a new book is included in every gift bag. You can help by shopping at your participating local independent bookstore. The following stores will be selling books for the Oakland Mayor's Toy Drive. Stop by, buy a book or more and leave it with the store for donation to the Toy Drive!
Laurel Book Store 1423 Broadway
Pegasus Books Oakland, 5560 College Ave
Marcus Bookstore, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave
ZINIO. JUST. GOT. BETTER.
“Do you carry the New Yorker digitally?" "When are you going to get Wired online?” FINALLY, we can respond “YES!”, “and “NOW”! With Zinio, our popular e-magazine platform highlighted in a blog post last June by Magazine & Newspaper Librarian Kirsten Baldock, Oakland Library cardholders can download and keep digital editions of the current issues of popular magazine titles, now including Condé Nast magazines! Since OPL began subscribing to Zinio over a year ago, patrons have been asking for many of these formerly-not-available-to-libraries titles. Condé Nast and Zinio struck a deal this fall, and our patrons now have access to (drum roll):
Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day. The kindergarten teacher tells my child to read on her own at home, but the "Readers" she's capable of reading bore her. How can I keep her interested and still do what the teacher says?
A: Maybe! First let’s take a look at that section, to make sure you’ve seen the ones that young readers enjoy the most. Children’s Librarian Miriam Medow posted a great list online about a year ago, and we can
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright tells you more than you'd ever thought you'd learn about the pseudo-science beliefs of Scientology and the enforcement of its secrets by its creepy hierarchy. Stranger than Science Fiction!