Oakland Celebrates Día (Diversity in Action)

Celebrate children, books, and diversity at Oakland in April and May!

Día, celebrating its 20th year in 2016, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. We uphold this daily commitment, and this April and May, each Oakland Public Library location will celebrate Día with one of the following performances, followed by a book giveaway. Please join us.

Image advertising Alphabet Rockers Alphabet Rockers, a hip hop, rapping, moving kind of group, is Oakland's answer to "Sesame Street." They amplify family fun in their new show: "The Playground Zone." This hit new show for kids age 3-9 and parents uses hot beats, hip hop moves, and rap lyrics.

West Oakland 4/14/16 at 1:15 PM 

Golden Gate 4/19/16 at 6:30 PM

Dimond 4/21/16 at 10:15 AM

81st Avenue 4/21/16 at 1:30 PM

César E. Chávez 4/30/16 at 2:00 PM


Image advertising Mariela HerreraMariela Herrera a Chilean-born performer who is well-versed her native country’s folkloric traditions, brings her energetic and exciting bilingual music, dance and storytelling to Oakland Libraries. Especially for ages 2-6.

Melrose 4/7/16 at 10:30 AM

Montclair 4/19/16 at1:00 PM

Brookfield 4/22/16 at 1:00 PM

Main Library, Children's Room 5/14/16 at 10:30 AM


Image advertising Sean's ShadowsSean's Shadow Puppet Theatre entrances audiences with folk tales come from Africa, China, or the Caribbean. His stories, hand-made shadow puppets, and instruments from around the world demonstrate the power of tales in every culture. 

 Lakeview 4/13/16 at 11:00 AM

Elmhurst 4/13/16 at 3:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. 4/14/16 at 10:30 AM

Eastmont 4/14/16 at 2:00 PM


Kamishibai (paper theater) is a story telling form that was popular throughout Japan in the 1920s to 1950s.  Join Librarian Erica Siskind as she travels from branch to branch on her bicycle to deliver stories.

 Asian 4/6/16 at 10:30 AM

Piedmont Avenue 4/27/16 at 10:15 AM 

Temescal 5/18/16 at 10:30 AM