#OPLSummer Week 2: Let's Play! Social Distance Sidewalk Arcade

How do you play from far away? Miss Annabelle from the César E. Chávez Branch shares a fun idea using recycled materials.

8 years ago, there was a YouTube video about Caine's Arcade. Remember that? Ever since then, I've wanted to host an arcade program at the library, using all our delivery boxes and regular office supplies.

All these years, I was never able to make that happen at the library, but working from home with a bored child created the perfect situation to finally make this dream a reality. 

Here's how we did it:

STEP 1 - Collect Recycling

Collecting our recycling became a time to brainstorm as well. Should we throw this away? What could we use this for? Anything that sparked an idea was set aside. When the pile took over too much space, we knew it was time to get started. Cardboard boxes, egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, and plastic bottles were our main materials. 

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Read, Watch, & Listen: Kickoff to Summer Media List

Welcome to our first summer reading media list! OPL children's librarians have selected some titles (available both online and, once our branches reopen, in person) for you to read with us during this first week of summer.

Join the fun online this summer with OPL!

Welcome to our first summer reading media list! OPL children's librarians have selected some titles (available both online and, once our branches reopen, in person) for you to read with us during this first week of summer. Looking for something to read or watch on your own or as a family to get your summer started off? Let us know if you want more recommendations—you can submit a request through Book Me!, or email us with other questions at eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org. If you'd prefer, you can leave a voice mail with your full name and details at 510-238-3134. And for even more ebooks, eaudiobooks, and more, you can browse

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Bridging the Learning Gap / Cerrando La Brecha de Aprendizaje

Even though the school year is over, learning doesn’t have to stop. Here’s what your Oakland Public Library has available for learning 365 days a year! Aunque el año escolar ha terminado el aprendizaje no tiene que parar. ¡Aquí encontraras lo que la Biblioteca Pública de Oakland tiene disponible para aprender los 365 días del año!

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Even though the school year is over, learning doesn’t have to stop.  

Here’s what your Oakland Public Library has available for learning 365 days a year: 

Tutor.com:

The library provides free one-on-one tutoring with live tutors through tutor.com. The site can be accessed directly at www.tutor.com/opl. For instructions on how to connect with a live tutor, check out thi

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Kid's Summer Reading 2020

#OPLSummer 2020 begins Saturday, May 30, 2020. Join us for 9 weeks of family fun!

OPL Summer Reading begins May 30th and ends on August 1st. To kick off the summer reading season, the Alphabet Rockers will host a family concert on the OPL Facebook page Saturday, May 30 at 12 noon.

 

We invite everyone to register and participate online at oakland.beanstack.org *. Paper logs will be available online for downloading from the Kid's Summer Reading page.
 
During this

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Storytime You Can Watch From Home

Where can you find online storytime?

Oakland library locations are closed until further notice, but with today's technology, that doesn't stop storytime! OPL children's librarians are presenting germ-free virtual storytimes weekly on our Facebook page:

  • Mondays 10:30 AM: Play & Learn
  • Wednesdays 11 AM: Bilingual Storytime (Spanish)
  • Saturdays 10:30 AM: Family Storytime

We have gathered a list of free online stories, music, art, and more for kids and families to enjoy while practicing social distancing.

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Día! 2020 - a virtual celebration

Celebrate children, books, and music with Your Library.

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Día! - Diversity in Action is how we celebrate  Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros - book joy with families. OPL was scheduled to present Día with these four fabulous performers. Please enjoy their online videos (click the highlighted links).

Alphabet Rockers is an Oakland based, Grammy-nominated hip-hop group that focuses on youth activism. 

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Tutor.com Offers FREE, Live, and One-on-One Homework Help for Students and Parents

Tutor.com offers free online tutoring, homework help, and test preparation for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Live Spanish-speaking support is also available for math, science, and social studies subjects.

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Oakland Public Library is happy to now provide access to tutor.com, a trusted resource for students and adult learners that offers live and FREE one-on-one tutoring in a variety of subjects. Live one-on-one assistance is available everyday from 12pm (noon) until 12am (midnight). 

You will need an Oakland Public Library card and a computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access to get connected to a tutor 

Help is available

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Screen-Free Activities for Family Fun

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. When you're ready to cut down on the screens for a bit, visit the links below for recommended activities. 

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Screen-Free Activities for Kids : Rest

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. Let us help! We're posting suggestions each day this week for how to get away from the screens for a little while.

You've been working hard! Don't forget the importance of downtime. While cooped up unexpectedly, tempers can run short and anxieties high. Both kids and adults need time without screens to recharge.

  • Try meditation. If you (or your kids) haven't done this before, no sweat. Find a comfortable position, close your eyes, and think of a place where you feel completely comfortable or safe. Imagine what it looks like, what you can hear, touch, smell, and taste. Sit with that experience as long as you like. (For kids,

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Screen-Free Activities for Kids : Experiment

If you're trying to stay away from screens for a while, check out these ideas and then turn off the device to have some physical fun.

Sheltering in place (while perhaps working from home with kids out of school/daycare) can lead to a lot of screen time. Don't feel guilty about that; these are difficult times and parents need to do what they need to do. Let us help! We're posting suggestions each day this week for how to get away from the screens for a little while.

Children, especially under age 5 or so, learn SO much from the world around them. As they get older, you can add some formal structure to everyday exploration, such as first making a hypothesis and then observing closely to see what happens. Try something slightly different, and record the results. You can get as detailed as your child wants to, and use digital technology only when you choose. It's so rewarding seeing them learn! 

Experiment.

  • Start 

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