Activities & Tips

Every Child Ready to Read - Singing

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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/her get ready to read.

Talk and listen to your child as you prepare meals, do household chores, get ready for bed - any time is a good time for conversation.

Read books. Have them within easy reach. Make a special spot for books somewhere in your house. Come to the library often and find new books to make reading fun. Show your children how important reading is by reading yourself.

Draw & write. Keep paper and crayons or markers on a table where children can return again and again. Use magnetic letters on the refrigerator to spell words and messages.

Play. Have a prop box with inexpensive items that children can use for imaginative play. Bring out a box and pretend it's a spaceship or a train or a volcano and play with your child.

Read to Your Baby!

It is never too early to start reading with your baby; she will associate the security and pleasure of your lap with reading and will want to learn to read when she is older. 

  • Read with your baby every day.
  • Try board books. Board books are books with hard pages your baby can throw, bite, and hit.
  • You don’t need to read the words at all. Just point to the pictures and talk about them.
  • Have him flip the pages. Let him play with the book.
  • Comment as you read. Connect what you read to what's happening in her life.   
  • Keep their board books in the same place as toys.
  • Let your child see you reading for yourself and enjoying it.
  • Come to the library often! Find new books and come to storytime.  

Read to Your Baby!

It is never too early to start reading with your baby; she will associate the security and pleasure of your lap with reading and will want to learn to read when she is older. 

  • Read with your baby every day.
  • Try board books. Board books are books with hard pages your baby can throw, bite, and hit.
  • You don’t need to read the words at all. Just point to the pictures and talk about them.
  • Have him flip the pages. Let him play with the book.
  • Comment as you read. Connect what you read to what's happening in her life.   
  • Keep their board books in the same place as toys.
  • Let your child see you reading for yourself and enjoying it.
  • Come to the library often! Find new books and come to storytime.  

Reading is Soooooooo Delicious

Join 10,000 Oakland children as they eat, er, read their way through the summer. We'll have prizes, entertainment, crafts programs, free lunches, and even books! The fun begins Saturday, June 15 with celebrations at libraries throughout Oakland and ends August 10. 

Children have fun keeping track of stickers and watching performers, but parents know that they are helping their child avoid "Summer Reading Slide" by encouraging reading for pleasure. Children who complete eight hours of reading will choose a book to keep, receive coupons for local attractions, and be entered in a raffle for even more prizes.   

This summer we will host performers: The Bubble Lady, Buki the Clown, Chiquy Boom! , Busy Bee Dogs, Dan Chan the Magic Man, Dance Arts of India, East Bay Vivarium, SaveNature.org (Insect Discovery Lab and Edible EdVentures), Magical Moonshine Theatre, Mr. Shap, the Oakland Zoo Mobile, Owen Baker-Flynn, and last, but not least XTreme Science Magic. Check our events listings, or ask your library for details.

Free lunches for children ages 0-18 will be provided at eleven branches. The Main Library will serve lunches Monday-Friday; the branches Tuesday-Friday. Call your branch for meal times. Participating locations are: Main Library, 81st Avenue Community, César Chávez, Dimond, Eastmont, Elmhurst, Golden Gate, Martin Luther King, Jr., Melrose, Temescal, and West Oakland.

 Stay tuned or go to our summer reading site for the most up-to-date information and instructions for playing the game.

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Major funders: Friends of the Oakland Public Library, Fentons Creamery, William G. Gilmore Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation, and The Bernard Osher Foundation.

Donors: Alameda/Oakland Ferry Services, Chabot Space & Science Center, Children’s Creativity Museum, Children’s Fairyland, Grand Lake Theater, Hometown Buffet, Lake Merritt Boathouse, Lawrence Hall of Science, MOCHA, Oakland A’s, Oakland Ice Center, Oakland Museum of California, and Pasta Pomodoro .

Free lunch is offered in partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bankd and City of Oakland Department of Human Services. 

Reading is Soooooooo Delicious

Join 10,000 Oakland children as they eat, er, read their way through the summer. We'll have prizes, entertainment, crafts programs, free lunches, and even books! The fun begins Saturday, June 15 with celebrations at libraries throughout Oakland and ends August 10. 

Children have fun keeping track of stickers and watching performers, but parents know that they are helping their child avoid "Summer Reading Slide" by encouraging reading for pleasure. Children who complete eight hours of reading will choose a book to keep, receive coupons for local attractions, and be entered in a raffle for even more prizes.   

This summer we will host performers: The Bubble LadyBuki the ClownChiquy Boom! , Busy Bee DogsDan Chan the Magic ManDance Arts of IndiaEast Bay Vivarium, SaveNature.org (Insect Discovery Lab and Edible EdVentures), Magical Moonshine TheatreMr. Shap, the Oakland Zoo MobileOwen Baker-Flynn, and last, but not least XTreme Science Magic. Check our events listings, or ask your library for details.

Free lunches for children ages 0-18 will be provided at eleven branches. The Main Library will serve lunches Monday-Friday; the branches Tuesday-Friday. Call your branch for meal times. Participating locations are: Main Library81st Avenue CommunityCésar ChávezDimondEastmontElmhurstGolden GateMartin Luther King, Jr.MelroseTemescal, and West Oakland.

 Stay tuned or go to our summer reading site for the most up-to-date information and instructions for playing the game.

_______________ 

Major funders: Friends of the Oakland Public Library, Fentons Creamery, William G. Gilmore Foundation, Union Pacific Foundation, and The Bernard Osher Foundation.

Donors: Alameda/Oakland Ferry Services, Chabot Space & Science Center, Children’s Creativity Museum, Children’s Fairyland, Grand Lake Theater, Hometown Buffet, Lake Merritt Boathouse, Lawrence Hall of Science, MOCHA, Oakland A’s, Oakland Ice Center, Oakland Museum of California, and Pasta Pomodoro .

Free lunch is offered in partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bankd and City of Oakland Department of Human Services. 

Music Makes the World Go Round

First 5 California has launched a Kids Station on the online music service "Pandora." This fun new - and free - station targets parents and features music to encourage learning and physical activity.  It includes not only children's music but also examples of other ways to engage and stimulate children's brains -- clapping, dancing, singing, humming!  There are even more suggestions on the First 5 California web site's "Activity Center" geared towards babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Your library also has plenty of CDs for you to check out and listen to at home or in in the car.  Ask your librarian to show you. 

 

Music Makes the World Go Round

First 5 California has launched a Kids Station on the online music service "Pandora." This fun new - and free - station targets parents and features music to encourage learning and physical activity.  It includes not only children's music but also examples of other ways to engage and stimulate children's brains -- clapping, dancing, singing, humming!  There are even more suggestions on the First 5 California web site's "Activity Center" geared towards babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Your library also has plenty of CDs for you to check out and listen to at home or in in the car.  Ask your librarian to show you. 

 

Every Child Ready to Read - Playing

Playing is fun! It is also a necessary part of your child's early experience. In fact, while they play they are busy learning that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. It also helps them express themselves and put thoughts and emotions into words. They can use puppets, stuffed animals, really anything they can find around the house to use for props and develop their imagination. 

"Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisions of the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission."

Every Child Ready to Read - Playing

Playing is fun! It is also a necessary part of your child's early experience. In fact, while they play they are busy learning that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. It also helps them express themselves and put thoughts and emotions into words. They can use puppets, stuffed animals, really anything they can find around the house to use for props and develop their imagination. 

"Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a program of the Association for Library Service to Children and Public Library Association, divisions of the American Library Association. Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® is a registered trademark and is used with permission."

Play and Literacy

Boy playing with LegosPlay has a direct link to early literacy experience. Play and stories work together to encourage creativity, imagination, and dexterity: all skills that help your child learn.  

If you have DUPLOS at home, try some of the acitivities in the the Read! Build! Play! at Home Toolkit developed by LEGO in partnership with The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC).  

We also have DUPLOS and LEGOS for your child to play with  at many library locations. Bring your child of any age in to one of our monthly LEGO Mania! clubs, where they can play and build with others. 

LEGO Mania! Monthly Lego Clubs

First Tuesdays at 4pm at the Eastmont Library

First Fridays at 3:30pm at the Dimond Library

Second Thursdays at 3pm at the Main Library Children's Room

Second Fridays at 3pm at the Lakeview Library 

Third Fridays at 3pm at the West Oakland Library

Ask your Librarian for other ways for your child to play at the library!

Malik Pedraza-Palomino is ready to fly with his LEGO creation at the 81st Avenue Library.