Events & Programs

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!

                        

Growing Readers Gardening Workshops

Have you seen the gardening containers in the front of the Main Library's Children's Room? This summer we have a special series of gardening programs for children on Thursdays. Acta Non Verba; Youth Urban Farm Project is teaching us about soil, seeds, bugs and more. 

In addition to the programming, we also have a new shelf full of gardening books for children. Come to the Main Library Children's Room to both garden and learn about gardening. 

Programs are mostly on Thursdays at 3:00. This week the program will be today (Tuesday) at 3:00. The topic is Weed or Plant? How are weeds and plants different? 

Look at some of the activities! You too could be part of the fun. Come on by!

Growing Readers Gardening Workshops

Have you seen the gardening containers in the front of the Main Library's Children's Room? This summer we have a special series of gardening programs for children on Thursdays. Acta Non Verba; Youth Urban Farm Project is teaching us about soil, seeds, bugs and more. 

In addition to the programming, we also have a new shelf full of gardening books for children. Come to the Main Library Children's Room to both garden and learn about gardening. 

Programs are mostly on Thursdays at 3:00. This week the program will be today (Tuesday) at 3:00. The topic is Weed or Plant? How are weeds and plants different? 

Look at some of the activities! You too could be part of the fun. Come on by!

  

MOCHA at Libraries this Summer

Artists from the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) will continue their workshops at eight branches this summer! See below for the schedules. These weekly programs for preschool up to middle school students have been very popular for the past two years. Each week brings a different art project: sculpture, weaving, painting, collage. Children always leave with art in hand.  

Wednesdays 1-2 and 2-3 Main Library, Children's Room

Wednesdays 2-4              81st Avenue Community Branch 

Wednesdays 1-3:30        César Chávez Branch

Wednesdays 2-4              Eastmont Branch

Fridays 1-3                       Elmhurst Branch

Wednesdays 3-5              Golden Gate Branch

Wednesdays 2-4              Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch

Thursdays 3-4:30            West Oakland Branch

MOCHA at Libraries this Summer

Artists from the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) will continue their workshops at eight branches this summer! See below for the schedules. These weekly programs for preschool up to middle school students have been very popular for the past two years. Each week brings a different art project: sculpture, weaving, painting, collage. Children always leave with art in hand.  

Wednesdays 1-2 and 2-3 Main Library, Children's Room

Wednesdays 2-4              81st Avenue Community Branch 

Wednesdays 1-3:30        César Chávez Branch

Wednesdays 2-4              Eastmont Branch

Fridays 1-3                       Elmhurst Branch

Wednesdays 3-5              Golden Gate Branch

Wednesdays 2-4              Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch

Thursdays 3-4:30            West Oakland Branch

It is Summer and Your Library is Open!

Bubbles at West Oakland libraryThis Saturday kids turned out all over Oakland to help kick-off the Summer Reading Program.   Bubble-parties at many branches let families enjoy the sunshine with each other and their books,  and a bike meet-up at the Main Library pedaled over to the West Oakland branch to enjoy an incredible Scraper Bike workshop with Tyrone "Baybe Champ" Stevenson.   

Scraper Bike Meet up at West Branch

What's next? Check out the listings for your favorite performers and activites, or look to see what's happening this week at your branch.   Branch libraries are closed today, Tuesday June 18th, for the last City of Oakland Mandatory Business Closure Day of the fiscal year; but will reopen on Wednesday, when many of them will start serving Summer Free Lunch for kids and teens.  (The Main Library is open Tuesday).  

But you don't have to wait to sign up for the Summer Reading game to win prizes for your reading!   More than 1,000 children signed up this Saturday.  Have you?

Serenity working on a bike     Bubbles at Montclair

It is Summer and Your Library is Open!

Bubbles at West Oakland libraryThis Saturday kids turned out all over Oakland to help kick-off the Summer Reading Program.   Bubble-parties at many branches let families enjoy the sunshine with each other and their books,  and a bike meet-up at the Main Library pedaled over to the West Oakland branch to enjoy an incredible Scraper Bike workshop with Tyrone "Baybe Champ" Stevenson.   

Scraper Bike Meet up at West Branch

What's next? Check out the listings for your favorite performers and activites, or look to see what's happening this week at your branch.   Branch libraries are closed today, Tuesday June 18th, for the last City of Oakland Mandatory Business Closure Day of the fiscal year; but will reopen on Wednesday, when many of them will start serving Summer Free Lunch for kids and teens.  (The Main Library is open Tuesday).  

But you don't have to wait to sign up for the Summer Reading game to win prizes for your reading!   More than 1,000 children signed up this Saturday.  Have you?

Serenity working on a bikeBubbles at Montclair

Help your library help Oakland youth: Summer Lunch Volunteer Site Coordinators Needed!

Girl Eating LunchDid you know that most Oakland Public Libraries now serve free lunch for children and teens during the summer?

We couldn't do it without the partnership of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which recruits, trains, and places volunteers for the lunch service.  In addition, they train volunteer Site Coordinators, who commit to at least two weeks of coordinating the other volunteers at a single library site, during lunch time.

Could you be a volunteer Summer Lunch Site Coordinator?  While server positions are mostly filled, we still need some committed volunteers to help with this crucial role.  Coordinators work closely with library staff to make sure this is a fun experience, connecting youth with library programs and activities, and making sure the lunch service is seamless and enjoyable. 

Basic training shifts at the food bank are today, tomorrow, and next week.  Sign up here, and email  eburton@accfb.org to indicate your interest in the Coordinator position. 

More details on library volunteer opportunities can be found at http://oaklandlibrary.org/about/support-library/volunteer-library

 

Help your library help Oakland youth: Summer Lunch Volunteer Site Coordinators Needed!

Girl Eating LunchDid you know that most Oakland Public Libraries now serve free lunch for children and teens during the summer?

We couldn't do it without the partnership of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which recruits, trains, and places volunteers for the lunch service.  In addition, they train volunteer Site Coordinators, who commit to at least two weeks of coordinating the other volunteers at a single library site, during lunch time.

Could you be a volunteer Summer Lunch Site Coordinator?  While server positions are mostly filled, we still need some committed volunteers to help with this crucial role.  Coordinators work closely with library staff to make sure this is a fun experience, connecting youth with library programs and activities, and making sure the lunch service is seamless and enjoyable. 

Basic training shifts at the food bank are today, tomorrow, and next week.  Sign up here, and email  eburton@accfb.org to indicate your interest in the Coordinator position. 

More details on library volunteer opportunities can be found at http://oaklandlibrary.org/about/support-library/volunteer-library

 

Free Summer Cinema at Studio One Arts Center

Book coverDo you like to read the book before, or after you see the movie?

Studio One Arts Center is hosting free family movies this summer; coming up this Friday: Matilda!  Based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Check them both out.  

Do you like to read the book before, or after you see the movie?

Studio One Arts Center is hosting free family movies this summer; coming up this Friday: Matilda!  Based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Check them both out.  Movie Poster