Events & Programs

Bring Your Child to Storytime

Yuk Yau Preschool StorytimeThis last week I was talking with some teen moms about what they can do to help their babies get ready to read. I had given them the full presentation about five simple activities - talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing - that help a baby, toddler, and preschool child be ready to read by kindergarten.

One of the teen moms said her favorite memory of libraries was all the storytimes she went to when she was a child. She and her parents went to libraries all over Oakland. Her face changed as she talked about the pleasure of hearing stories with her family. It reminded me that when I was young, I spent weeks one summer listening to my librarian read C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. She talked about "being transported to a different world." Being a very literal child, I was disappointed when we all stayed in the garden of the library. But I still remember that summer and have reread the book over and over again. 

There is something magical about being read to. The imagination can fly free to follow whimsy and visit different  worlds. And the memories of those visits can last as long as a visit to a "real" place. As added benefits, children increase their vocabulary by hearing new words in context, and adults get to visit long-forgotten places, feelings, and memories. 

Oakland Public Library has lots of storytimes. There are seventeen locations that serve children and families, and all of them have at least one storytime a week. We have baby bounces for children 0-18 months, toddler time for children 18 months to 3 years, preschool storytime for those who are getting ready to start kindergarten, and family storytime for the whole family.

Do you have a favorite memory of storytimes? Come make some with your child.

Museum of Children's Art Weekly Workshops

MOCHA at Main Children's RoomCome 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.

81st Avenue Branch

Eastmont Branch

Main Library- Children's Room

Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch

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. Last year the students at two of our branches - 81st Avenue and Elmhurst- created winning projects in the annual ReCreate Art Competition developed and sponsored by Oakland's Public Works Department.

We are pleased to begin another year with MOCHA and its artists. Join us!

 

Award Winning Children's Book Illustrator at César Chávez Branch

Picture of children's book illustrator Sara Palacios

Sara Palacios, award willing children's book illustrator, is visiting the César Chávez branch of the Oakland Public Library on Saturday, August 24 at 3:30. She will share illustrations from her books and answer questions regarding how she creates her images.

Sara Palacios is the recipient of the 2012 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor for her work on Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/MarisolMcDonald no combina (Children's Book Press, 2011), which has been described as "vibrant" and "eclectic." A native of Mexico, Sara graduated from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana with a degree in Graphic Design. She also obtained an Associated Degree in Artistic Illustration from  la Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, and another one in Digital Graphic Techniques  from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico. After graduation in Mexico, she was the recipient of a portfolio grant from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she earned her BFA and MFAdegrees in Illustration .  She works with several publishing houses both in Mexico and the US. She works with a variety of media such as collage, ink, and digital artwork. 

 

Summer's Over?

Our Summer Reading Program is officially over, and so are our free summer lunches, but you can still:

  1. Get free lunch this week at many non-library locations in Oakland, including most Oakland Parks & Recreation Centers. For a location near you, call the Alameda County Community Food Bank "Get Food Today" Hotline at (800) 870-3663. The hotline provides information to all kinds of free food service for everyone, year round. 
  2. Pick up your Summer Reading Program prize at any Oakland Public Library, if you haven't yet, for any hours completed by August 10 (if you didn't get them logged online, just ask library staff for help).    We do start to run low on prizes by the end of the month, but we want you to get yours!  Grand Prizes will be drawn later this week. 
  3. Come this Saturday, August 17th, to OUSD's 10,000 Book Giveaway, at many of your libraries. 81st Ave., Brookfield, Elmhurst, Martin Luther King Jr., Melrose, Piedmont Ave., West Oakland, and the Main Library will host OUSD's book giveaway from 11am to 3pm.   Just show up!

What was your favorite activity at the library this summer? Should we do it again?

Kids at the library

Families enjoying The Bubble Lady at the Eastmont Library this summer

Summer Reading Ends This Saturday!

Sisters ReadingWhat a summer we've had! Together we have read almost 35,000 hours since June 15.

But, wait--that's not all! We have planted seeds in pots we decorated. We have blown bubbles all over Oakland. We have made bracelets and rain sticks. We've planted and eaten vegetables. We have seen performers do magic, blow magical balloons, and take us to magical places through dance. We have met bugs and reptiles and frogs. Puppets have visited us, and we've seen science at its most fun. We have sung and we have danced, and we've seen dogs do both.

Tortoise in the library

Yes, it has been a full summer.

If your child has read for at least eight hours, be sure to log it, either by coming into the branch or by going online to Oakland's Summer Reading page by midnight on August 10. Only reading logged before then will be eligible for our grand prizes - the family membership in Fairyland for children under 5, and the iPad for children 5-14.

If for some reason you cannot log your child's reading by August 10, come by your branch; he or she can still pick up his or her prize.

Swallowing Fire at the Library

Owen Baker-Flynn swallows fire at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library

Summer Reading Celebration at the Oakland Museum's Free First Sunday

Come to our Summer Reading Celebration at the Oakland Museum! Sunday, August 4, 12-4pm.

Join the Oakland Public Library and the Oakland Museum of CA for our 9th Annual Summer Reading Celebration, Reading is So Delicious!  Enjoy storytime with your favorite librarians, hands-on craft activities, face painting, a live art demonstration, and active games with Oakland Parks and Recreation all on the lawn in the beautiful Museum Gardens.  Following a performance by Busy Bee Dogs, children who are participating in the Summer Reading Game will receive a special certificate of achievement. 

First Sundays at the OMCA are free; so bring your appetite for books and come spend the day with us!  The Museum is located at 1000 Oak Street, at 10th, just a few blocks from the Oakland Main Library. 

     

Summer Lunches at Oakland Public Library Branches


Now that summer schools are ending, we want to remind you that eleven OPL branches are offering free lunch for children and teens, in partnership with the Alameda County Community Foodbank and the City of Oakland's Department of Human Services. Lunch is served on weekdays (Tuesday-Friday at branches, Monday-Friday at Main) through August 9.

Participating branches include:

Main Library – Children’s Room and Teen Zone

81st Avenue

César Chávez

Dimond

Eastmont

Elmhurst

Golden Gate

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Melrose

Temescal

West Oakland

For more information or for other FREE lunch sites, call Alameda County Community Food Bank: (800) 870-3663

It's All Happening Here!

Buki the Clown

Looking for something to do with your child this afternoon?  How about:


Author/Illustrator Todd Parr at the Temescal Library
, 12:30pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)

Buki the Clown at the Eastmont Library, 1:30pm!  (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Decorate a Flower Pot & Plant Seeds at the Melrose Library 1pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Children in the garden

"Where does food come from?" Gardening Workshop at the Main Library 3pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)

Weekly Art With MOCHA at the West Oakland Library 3pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Learn to Play Chess at the Dimond Library 3:30pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)

This is just a small sampling of the events hapenning at your library this summer.  For more, check out the full library events listings, or our Summer Reading pages at http://oaklandsummerreading.com/

See you this afternoon!

It's All Happening Here!

Buki the ClownLooking for something to do with your child this afternoon?  How about:


Author/Illustrator Todd Parr at the Temescal Library
, 12:30pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)

Buki the Clown at the Eastmont Library, 1:30pm!  (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Decorate a Flower Pot & Plant Seeds at the Melrose Library 1pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Children in the garden

"Where does food come from?" Gardening Workshop at the Main Library 3pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)

Weekly Art With MOCHA at the West Oakland Library 3pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Learn to Play Chess at the Dimond Library 3:30pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)

This is just a small sampling of the events hapenning at your library this summer.  For more, check out the full library events listings, or our Summer Reading pages at http://oaklandsummerreading.com/

See you this afternoon!

Draw, Read, Eat!

In July and August 2013,  Todd Parr will be dropping in to many Oakland Public Library locations to read and draw with kids. Mr. Parr is the author and illustrator of dozens of books for children.  

All of his Oakland Public Library appearances will include a short read-aloud and tips on how to draw. Additionally, a free, healthy lunch will be served to youths ages 0–18, as part of the Free Summer Lunch Program held at many Oakland Library locations. Free Summer Lunch is provided by the Alameda County Food Bank in partnership with the City of Oakland.

Mr. Parr suggested the series of appearances as a gesture of support for Free Summer Lunch and the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Mr. Parr is donating his time free of charge.   Come see him at:

Temescal BranchThursday July 18, 12:30pm (lunch served 12:30-1:30)

Dimond BranchFriday July 19th, 1pm (lunch served 12:30-1:30)

Melrose BranchWednesdsay July 24, 1pm (lunch served 12-1)

César Chávez BranchThursday July 25, 1:30pm (lunch served 12:30-1:30)

Main Library Children's RoomMonday July 29, 1pm (lunch served 12:30-1:30)

Eastmont BranchTuesday July 30, 1pm (lunch served 12-1)

West Oakland BranchWednesday July 31, 12pm (lunch served 12-1)

Elmhurst BranchWednesday August 7, 1pm (lunch served 12-1)

And check out his books today!