OPL Summer 2021 Kids Raffle

OPL Summer closes with Circus Saturday 10:30am - 12:30pm July 31 ***** Kids raffle winners will be selected Thursday, August 12th.

Thank you for joining us for OPL Summer! Our End of Summer Kids Party will be held Saturday, July 31, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Attendees can enjoy stories, songs, a juggling lesson with Unique Derique, and circus arts with Coventry and Kaluza.

We know you've got questions about the RAFFLE!

Everyone who has earned 9 badges in Beanstack or completed 9 stars on

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Recent Books by Bay Area Authors

The Bay Area has a rich literary history and has been home to some of the most well-known writers of the last century - Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alice Walker, Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s also home to an exciting array of literary voices today. Here are a few books from the last two years by Bay Area authors.

Fiction:


How much of these hills is gold 
/ C Pam Zhang

Ba dies in the night; Ma is

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#OPLSummer Week 9: Nature Close at Hand

We live by calm bay and tree-topped hills, busy shorebirds and hawks gliding above. This week we finish summer by focusing on the nature we find close at hand.

As we all emerge from our collective isolation, the weather improves and  calls us outdoors. The sun hangs high in the  sky, and we discover what we have missed.  

But one thing we never lost was nature, ever present.  

Dog on hike surrounded by redwood treesWe see nature in the pets we welcome into our homes... and the pests we fight to keep out!

We see nature in the potted herbs that line a neighbor’s balcony and the  overturned trashcan, showing signs of a wily possum in the night.

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Libros y claves para una buena amistad

El 30 de julio es el Día Internacional de la Amistad, y nos preguntamos, ¿cuáles son las claves para una buena relación de amistad? y ¿qué libros tiene la biblioteca sobre estos temas?

El 30 de julio es el Día Internacional de la Amistad, un día para reflexionar en estas tan significativas relaciones y celebrar la felicidad y unión. Pero ¿cuáles son las claves para una buena relación de amistad? Como muchas otras relaciones en la vida, la amistad es una 

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New Social Justice Books

A selection of new books on social justice.

In this week's blog post we're highlighting some of the new social justice titles received by OPL during the first half of the year. These books cover a range of topics from education, to spirituality, to art, to political organizing. In Four Hundred Souls, edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blane, ninety different writers share essays and short stories that capture the four hundred year history of African Americans from 1619 to the present. In The Sum of Us Heather McGhee challenges the idea that "progress for some must come at the expense of others" and explores how people coming together across race benefits us all. We Do This 'til We Free Us is a collection of interviews and essays by Mariame Kaba reflecting on the power of ordinary people working toward social justice and Bree Picower discusses ways that social justice and anti-racism practices can be built into teacher training programs and school curriculum in Reading, Writing and Racism. These books and many more are featured in the list below.  

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#OPLSummer Week 8: Do-it-Yourself

When kids do experiments and projects alone or with family and friends, it encourages independence and builds confidence. Join us for these fun online events, check out some books, and get your creativity flowing!

Welcome to Week 8 of Summer Reading!

When kids do experiments and projects alone or with family and friends, it encourages independence and builds confidence. Join us for these fun online events, check out some books, and get your creativity flowing!

 

READ:

Looking for ideas and inspiration? Check out these books and fill the rest of your summer with cooking, gardening, crafts and more!

 

WATCH:

July 17th @ 10:30am

Hands On Science with Kits Cubed

Kits Cubed

Grab a science kit from any of our libraries and learn some exciting hands on

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El mes de julio es el mes nacional del parque y la recreación

Celebre el mes de los parques nacionales y la recreación explorando los parques cercanos a usted. Aquí proporcionamos una lista de parques en Oakland, junto con algunos libros divertidos para leer.


(En esta foto se ve el Parque Regional Reinhardt Redwood) 

 

Explore la belleza natural que ofrecen los parques de la área de la bahía. Hay varios parques que nos rodean en OaklandDescubran estos parques a través de “East Bay Regional Park District” (Distrito de Parques Regionales de East Bay). 

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#OPLSummer Week 7: Reach Out

Take a little time out your busy day to give encouragement, reconnect with a loved one or volunteer in your community.

Welcome to Week 7! We invite you to reach out to others and make connections. Consider how can we practice empathy as we engage others with the intent to learn from each other and about each other.

READ

WATCH 10:30am Saturday, July 10

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2021

Calling all fiction lovers: here come more summer books!

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#OPLSummer Week 6: Wellness

The definition of wellness varies for each individual. The focus this week is on mind, body and spirit. What make you happy? What makes you feel good? What can you do to promote a healthy lifestyle?

Someone asked a librarian what is "wellness week" - could we just walk around the block or eat some kale? The answer is YES!  The definition of wellness varies for each individual. The focus this week is on mind, body and spirit. What make you happy? What makes you feel good? What can you do to promote a healthy lifestyle? 

These are the activities you can do to earn a star on the paper log or badge in Beanstack.

READ * (you can read whatever you want, these are just suggestions)

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