November is National Native American Month! Celebrate Native history with OPL. All events are free and open to the public!
November is National Native American Month!
OPL has relevant programming planned for October (see "Beyond Recognition") and continues the theme in early November with events that are likely to be popular. All events are free and open to the public. Make your plans now!
Children's Services Outreach Librarian, Pat Toney shares FREE community resources for early learning.
When I went to library school in 2008, I knew I wanted to be a Children’s Librarian because I wanted to share the joy of reading. As my career develops my focus on early learning and parent engagement is clear, thus I was super excited to hear Pamela Paul’s recent interview on KQED Forum discussing her new book, co-written with her colleague Maria Russo, "How to Raise a Reader." Pamela shares family literacy tips on creating read-aloud routines, "championing genre fiction" and nurturing a love of books in kids of all age.
New Black Speculative Fiction books.
In honor of Black Speculative Fiction month here are some new titles from OPL to keep you reading throughout the month and year. For a more comprehensive listing of Black Speculative Fiction available at OPL, please visit this post.
Happy reading and Happy Black Speculative Fiction Month! If there are titles missing from our shelves that you'd like to read, please leave a message below. We'll do our very best to purchase them for our collection.
It's Banned Books Week! Celebrate the freedom to read.
It's 2019, and people are still trying to ban books? Or burn books?
Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read the books you want to read. People ask libraries to get rid of books they don't like (we call this a "challenge"), and when they do, libraries send a report to the American Library Association (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom. Every year, the OIF creates a list of the books that get challenged the most.
Want to see the list for 2018? We have all of them.
- George by Alex Gino
Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “
There are so many great books arriving in September! Here are ten titles that will clog your to-read list.
Join us for a bilingual performance that includes traditional songs and music from Mexico and Central America with unforgettable storytelling for the whole family.
Cascada de Flores transforms the nostalgic song and traditions of Mexico and its neighbors into simple and beautiful arrangements that allow space for both improvisation and pure expression.
Come celebrate Latinx Cultural Heritage with musical stories for children and their families:
- Tuesday, September 24 - Brookfield Branch @ 1:30pm
- Saturday, September 28 - Golden Gate Branch @ 10:30am
- Saturday, September 28 - Lakeview Branch @ 2:00pm
The duo will also be peforming later this fall:
- Wednesday, October 23 - West Branch @ 10:00am
Books for moving towards personal, interpersonal and collective peace.
August is International Peace Month.
Founded on August 16, 1926 when delegates at the Fifth International Democratic Peace Conference gathered on France's former battlefields, the goal of the first Peace Month was to study international peace work to better understand the mistakes made during the war. As a believer that peace begins with ourselves and develops through our relationships with each other, I've gathered together some titles that focus on moving toward peace personally, interpersonally and collectively.
To learn more about these books, click the links below. Happy reading!
Children who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library for lifelong learning.
One might say your library card is the most valuable card in your wallet. For the price of FREE, you get access to books, movies, music and numerous learning resources. Check them out: