Reading While Sheltering in Place

Here are some e-books and e-audiobooks available at OPL and links to free online resources that are available to you while sheltering in place.

You may know that Hoopla offers movies, but it's also a great resource for books and the best part is that they're available any time. No holds, no waiting. In case you missed last week's post where OPL librarian Christy Thomas highlighted fiction titles available on Hoopla you can find it here.

If you're looking for books on managing stress and self care or books to help you get started on the creative projects you've been wanting to do you can also find those on Hoopla. I've listed a few to help you get started. Just download the free app and you're on your way.

Managing Stress & Self Care

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Screen-Free Activities for Kids : Get the Wiggles Out

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.

Getting those wiggles out is important! It can help with stress, stretch muscles that aren't getting their usual daily activity right now, improve the ability to listen and follow directions, and just be fun.

  • What songs and fingerplays do you remember from library storytime? Here's somewhere to get started:

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Commemorate Women's History Month with Electronic Resources

In honor of Women's History Month, here is a selection of electronic books and films celebrating women's achievements in and contributions to society.

As we shelter in place during this global health emergency, let's not forget the contributions of women out there who keep us safe, directed, inspired, and moving forward. It's Women's History Month, after all! In this unpredictable time, I'm thinking about the nurses, doctors, home health workers, domestic workers, agricultural workers, and government officials who are holding it down every day for family and community.

You can celebrate women's important societal contributions and learn about our ongoing struggles by checking out these e-books available through the Oakland Public Library.

A Black Women's History of the United States/ by Daina Ramey Berry

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Local Resources During COVID-19

We're building a list of resources Oaklanders can turn to for help during the COVID-19 crisis.

While our branches and many public services are closed, there are still local agencies, organizations, and businesses that want to help during uncertain times. This guide will be updated continuously.

Know of a local business, group, or organization providing goods or services to the community? Please list them in the comments below!

For a more comprehense Bay Area -wide list, visit PLAN's Bay Area Resource List

From Your Library

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10 Great Fiction eReads Available Right Now

Here are some excellent fiction offerings available from Hoopla you can download and start reading right away.

If you haven’t used Hoopla yet, it’s easy—just download the free app, and it gives you access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, comics, music, movies and television shows. Best of all, there are no waitlists—all content is always available. Right now your library card will get you 10 downloads a month.

I’ve been browsing Hoopla for great reads, and here are 10 fiction picks for you.

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Weekends @ OPL!

Looking for fun & free things to do indoors this weekend? Check out this weekly blog for a small sampling of what Your Library has to offer.

Spend your weekend with us!

Now that we're all doing our best to stay in and avoid becoming exposed -- or exposing others -- to COVID-19, we'll be highlighting a few of our favorite online services, books, and other resources to help keep you (and your loved ones) educated and entertained during physical distancing. If you have any questions about getting a library card or accessing our resources, please email: .

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The Influenza Pandemic of 1918

Over 100 years ago, Oaklanders faced another worldwide health crisis.


(Above) The Oakland Municipal Auditorium in use as a temporary hospital during the 1918 flu epidemic.

This week we all became players in a global drama brought on by the COVID-19 coronavirus. How we respond in the coming weeks will help determine our survival rates. But, as unique as this experience seems, it’s really just another case of history repeating.

A little more than a century ago, the world was gripped by another pandemic which left our country and the city of Oakland in fear. It was called the Spanish influenza epidemic. This was before the time of antibiotics and respirators and healthcare plans. The flu spread quickly and reached pandemic proportions due, in large part, to the global conflict of World War I. Though Americans only joined the war in 1917, three years after it began, they were among the virus’ major carriers.

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How to Learn at Home During School Closure

Learn something new every day! A list of online resources to help newly-minted homeschoolers.

So schools are closed! Possibly for several weeks or months. First things first: Don't panic. You can do this. Kids are made to learn; they learn new things every day just by interacting with their world. You can help them by providing a little structure and access to tools that will encourage their curiosity. (Read this article from KQED to get started.)

Know that you don't have to recreate a school classroom in your kitchen. Start with whatever work your child's school has sent home. It might not take very long to complete worksheets or do assigned reading. What else can you do to keep your family occupied? Well, we know that kids learn when they are interested and having fun. The topic almost doesn't matter. Try one of these free educational sites to find more of what they like.

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Write a book for Children's Fairyland!

Hello, young writers and artists. Children's Fairyland is looking for books written and drawn by YOU!

Update: Due to COVID-19, Turn the Page has been postponed. We do encourage kids to continue writing!


Dear kids and teens,

Imagine you're at a book festival at Children's Fairyland. As you walk around you see authors and illustrators sitting at tables with their names on them, talking with families and sharing their books. You recognize some names -- there's Lemony Snicket, there's Innosanto Nagara, there's Gennifer Choldenko... but look! YOUR name is on a table! Why? Because you wrote and illustrated a story for children, and you entered it in Fairyland's Children's Book Contest, and you won!Young author posing with copies of her book

If you are younger than 18, now's your chance to create your own book. Children's Fairyland is looking for books written and illustrated by teens and

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March 2020

Ready for some fresh fiction? Here are 10 fantastic books coming out this month.

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