Events & Programs

Mike the Magician Summer 2019

 Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing.

  • Saturday, June 08, 2019   10:30 AM at Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019  6:30 PM at Montclair Branch Library
  • Monday, June 24, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019   1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019   6:30 PM at Rockridge Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019  4:00PM at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019  10:30 AM at Asian Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019  11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019   10:00 AM at West Oakland Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019  11:00 AM at Temescal Branch Library
  • Monday, July 15, 2019  1:00 PM atEastmont Branch Library

Are you ready for #OPLSummer?

Everyone can register for the OPL Summer Program at oaklandlibrary.org/summer or at any branch of the Oakland Public Library starting Friday, May 24.

The 2019 Summer Program runs from June 1 – August 3, with an end of summer party for families at the Oakland Museum on Sunday, August 4th. 

Friday, May 24 is also the first day library users can receive a special edition Children’s Fairyland library card. Fairyland Library card holders will receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30. Please note: No adult is admitted without a child, and no child is admitted without an adult.

As a reminder, discount/free entry to bay area musuems and attractions is avialable wtih your library card with Discover & Go!

Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association Summer 2019

MDBA is an organization dedicated to promoting beekeeping and educating the public about the vital role of honey and bees in the environment. Learn about bees, hives and get a taste of sweet honey.

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019, 3:00 PM at Piedmont Avenue Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 4:00PM Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 1:30 PM  81st Avenue Branch Library

Xtreme Science Magic Summer 2019

Be prepared to be blown away with the laser lighting, special FX, music...far beyond anything you've even seen in a magic show. 

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 at  10:30am  Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Monday, June 3, 201 at  1:00 pm  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at  11:00 am  King Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm   Rockridge Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10:30 am  Asian Branch Library
  • Monday, June 10, 2019 at  10:30 am  Main Library Children's Room
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm  Dimond Branch Library
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm  81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm  Melrose Branch Library

 

Meet the Ten Amazing Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalists!

The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program is an unprecedented citywide effort to celebrate literacy through poetry and connect young writers to far-reaching opportunities. Each year we accept submissions from talented Oakland writers (ages 13-18) to be considered for the city’s top literary honor. The Laureate earns an educational scholarship and embarks on a year of opportunities as an ambassador for literacy, arts and youth expression.

 

This year we have ten wonderful Finalists. Please join us at the James Moore Theater at the Oakland Museum on California on June 7th, 2019 at 7PM to find out who our next Youth Poet Laureate is! Hear amazing performances from all of our finalists and our current Laureate, Leila Mottley. 

You don't want to miss it!

Every few days leading up to the final event we'll be introducing a Finalist and sharing their work.  Keep an eye on this space to meet all of these incredible young poets.

First up, Hayden Beaulieu, an 18-year-old high school graduate:  

Siara Edmond, 14 years old, goes to Skyline High School:

Darien Em is a 16 year old who goes to Oakland High:

Next, we have Samuel Getachew, who is a 16-year-old at Oakland Technical High School:

Monique Nadine Jonath is a 16-year-old at The College Preparatory School:

Here is Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, a 15-year-old who goes to Oakland Technical High School:

Zouhair Mussa is a 15-year-old who goes to school at Oakland High: 

Here is Jordan Tisnado, a Dewey Academy 17-year old:

Eleanor Wikstrom goes to Skyline High School and is 16 years old:

See video

17-year old Lizette Navarro goes to Oakland School for the Arts:

See video

Early Learning Backpacks

In September 2018,  OPL’s West and Eastmont branches began a pilot program offering an exciting and fun way for kids ages 3-5 to boost their language skills and school readiness.  The First 5 Alameda County funded early learning backpacks available during family storytime and play café are a huge hit. Early literacy specialists understand parents are a child’s first and best teacher.These backpacks are designed to provide opportunities for rich interactions, fun, and learning by providing materials and books for families to use together. 

The backpacks are not part of our traditional collection. Families can simply choose a backpack, sign it out on a clipboard, and enjoy the rich contents inside to explore math, science, literacy and/or social skills at home. The following week families can exchange the backpack for one of the other 30 themed backpacks. The backpacks are see-through and full of educational activities, toys and books in English, Spanish, Chinese and/or Arabic. A child doesn’t need to know that each backpack’s contents were painstakingly put together by experts at First 5 Alameda and are meticulously connected to California kindergarten readiness standards. Children are drawn to the joy of engineering a bridge, examining bugs, taking care of a baby doll, or reading a book about a garden. Many families come back week after week because their child is excited to choose their next backpack. It has become an important part of their weekly routine and something special they do with each other.

Some caregivers ask for advice such as “Which Science backpack will teach my child the life cycle of a butterfly?” or “Which Social Skills backpack will help my child learn how to resolve conflicts with their friends?” Working in partnership with First 5 Alameda children’s librarians meet quarterly to engage with the materials and how they relate to aspects of the California Preschool Curriculum Framework to help make better recommendations. It is a joy to see the pride and excitement in a child’s step as they leave the library with their choice for the week snugly on their back and knowing that it is a tool to help them build the skills they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

~ Celia, West Oakland Children's Librarian

Five Key Areas of School Readiness for Children include:

  • Promoting physical well-being and gross and fine motor development
  • Promoting social, emotional and self-regulation skills
  • Developing approaches to learning (awareness of how one learns best)
  • Fostering literacy and language development
  • Instilling cognitive development and general problem solving skills

The Bubble Lady Summer 2019

Prepare to experience bubbles like you’ve never seen.  Rebecca's routines can be hilarious. Her playlist adds an extra dimension to the magical atmosphere of her performance.  Your imagination will  continue to expand  as   so many bubbles are introduced. Join us!

  • Thursday, June 6  Melrose at 1:00 pm 
  • Tuesday, June 11 King at 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, June 1  Brookfield  at 1:30 pm 
  •  Thursday, June 13  West at 10:30 am
  • Monday, June 17  Eastmont  at 1:00 pm 
  • Thursday, June 20  Temescal at 11:00 am 
  • Wednesday, June 26 81st at 1:30 pm 
  • Wednesday, June 26 Montclair at 6:30 pm 
  • Wednesday, July 3  Chavez at 11:00 am  
  • Tuesday, July 9  Rockridge  at 6:30 pm 
  • Thursday, July 18  Asian  at 10:30 am 
  • Tuesday, July 30  Elmhurst  at 4:00PM 
  • Tuesday, July 30 Dimond at 7:00 

Asheba Summer 2019 Performer

Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of Trinidad, Asheba's homeland. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs, which range from original lullabies to fast tempo tunes to remakes of classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider, Five Little Monkeys, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and You Are My Sunshine.

You and your little ones will be singing and dancing the minute Asheba starts performing. Join us!

  • Saturday, June 1 Chavez at 2:00 pm
  • Monday, June 3  Children's Room at 10:30 am 
  •  Tuesday, June 4  Dimond at 7:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, June 5  Montclair at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, June 8  Lakeview  at 11:00 am 
  • Monday, June 10  Eastmont  at 1:00 pm  
  • Tuesday, June 11  Elmhurst  at 4:00 pm 
  • Thursdays, June 13 Melrose  at 1:00 pm 

El día de los niños/El día de los libros

OPL celebrates Día with two community artists: 

Mariela Herrera will bring energetic bilingual music and storytelling to the library in April to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros

Learn about the art of repujado with artist Rachel-Anne Palacios!

Repujado is the Spanish craft of pushing metal to give it an embossed look.

Maker March at the Library!

March is Maker Month, a time for all of us to explore our creativity, our curiosity, and take joy in our capacity for innovation. The Oakland Public Library has many events and workshops for kids this month to celebrate!

A highlight of Maker Month is our first Family STEAM Night! The Main Library Children's Room has been awarded a Friends of the Library (FOPL) grant to fund special, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) workshops for kids 8-12 and their adult caregivers, with dinner included! RSVP is required, as space is limited. Call 510-238-3615 to sign up your kids for this community and team-building event!

What else is happening this month? Check out the list below and join the fun!

3/2/19, 2:00pm, Dimond Branch: Virtual Reality Demonstration -- Experience Virtual Reality (VR) during this special visit from NewPathVR, a local company that educates communities about the benefits of VR for emotional wellness. Ages 8+.

3/5/19, 3:30pm, MLK Branch: 3D Printing - learn how a 3D printer works! Call (510) 615-5728 for more information.

3/6/19, 3:00pm, Children's Room, Main Library: Shrinky Dinks - Create your own designs and watch them shrink in a toaster oven.

3/9/19, 3:30pm, Dimond Branch: Scientific Adventures Create, discover, design, build, and have fun with your friends and family! Scientific Adventures presents a new STEAM project each month, inspired by favorite children's books and designed to test your creative, collaborative mind. 

3/12/19, 3:30pm, MLK Branch: 3D Printing - learn how a 3D printer works! Call (510) 615-5728 for more information.

3/14/19, 3:00pm, Children's Room, Main Library: LEGO Mania - Play and build with a mountain of LEGO bricks.

3/16/19, 10:30am, Dimond Branch: Slime Time

3/21/19, 3:00pm, Children's Room, Main Library: Marble Run - We'll make a giant marble obstacle course together!

3/26/19, 3:30pm, MLK Branch: Make an LED Minecraft Torchlight. Call (510) 615-5728 for more information.

3/27/19, 6:00pm, Children's Room, Main Library: Family STEAM Night - Play-Well Teknologies will lead a special LEGO project for kids ages 8-12 and their adult caregivers. Dinner provided. RSVP is required.

3/29/19, 3:00pm, Children's Room, Main Library: Blue Blocks Imagination Playground - Build huge structures with giant blue blocks.