Educator Resources for Native American History Month

Have you noticed Michael Wertz's ABC Oakland honors Natives with 'O is for Ohlone' ? Oakland was home to the Ohlone Tribe. As we approach November and Native American Indians come to the forefront, we invite you to explore the culture, connect with the community and grow your understanding of Native Americans.

Have you noticed Michael Wertz's ABC Oakland honors Natives with 'O is for Ohlone' ? Oakland is Ohlone land.  As we approach November and Native American Indians come to the forefront, we invite you to explore the culture, connect with the community and grow your understanding of Native Americans.  

Explore three oral histories shared by the California Museum.

Connect with educators at the Oakland Museum Teacher's Lounge 4-7pm Friday, November 2, where with the topic will be 

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Día de los Muertos: A Top 5

While Halloween is celebrated Oct. 31, Día de los Muertos is celebrated right after, on Nov. 2. Many communities that celebrate Día de los Muertos also celebrate Halloween.

While Halloween is celebrated October 31, Día de los Muertos is celebrated right after, on November 2. Many communities that celebrate Día de los Muertos also celebrate Halloween.

FIVE Facts About Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)

  1. It’s not the same as Halloween
  2. It originated in Mexico and Central America
  3. It’s a celebration of life, not death
  4. The ofrenda is a central component
  5. Flowers, butterflies and skulls are typically used as symbols

FIVE BOOKS TO READ for Día de los Muertos

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Two opportunities to see Latin Grammy winners 123 Andrés

Andrés and Christina, both native Spanish speakers, incorporate language seamlessly in this high-energy show. 123 Andrés brings beats and rhythms from all over Latin America that will entice kids to dance, discover, and get the whole family moving, en español y en inglés. Come learn or practice Spanish and see why Billboard magazine called 123 Andrés “a rockstar for little language learners!”

We are pleased to present two family friendly shows with 123 Andrés thanks to the Friends of the Oakland Public Library

On Tuesday, September 11, at 1:30 p.m., Latin Grammy winners 123 Andrés will perform at César E. Chávez Branch Library, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 271. Admission is free

Andrés and Christina, both native Spanish speakers, incorporate language seamlessly in this high-energy show. 123 Andrés brings beats and rhythms from all over Latin America that will entice kids to dance, discover, and get the whole family moving, en español y en inglés. Come learn or practice Spanish and see why Billboard magazine called 123 Andrés “a rockstar for little language learners!”

There will be a second concert on Monday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m., at the

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Kids Summer Reading Success!

What did we do this summer? Where do we start?

Oakland students are back to school, but they sure came to “Explore, Connect & Grow” with the library this summer! 

Activities to Inspire Learners

From learning with real animals to playing musical instruments, from laughing with the Circus of Smiles to dancing with Turf Inc. or rocking with Alphabet Rockers, from making amazing bubbles to reading amazing stories, kids engaged in creative and fun learning every day at the library.  And that means they started the school year ready to learn.  

Outstanding Reading Success

This summer we had a special sign up prize for Kids Summer Reading: 4 tickets to an As game!  Readers turned out: 11,161 children signed up this summer, a 45% increase over last summer.

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Father's Day Books that Aren't Hop on Pop

Dads are complex. Here's some Father's Day literary fare that celebrates dads who are feminist, POC, queer, undocumented, and usually excluded from the mainstream narrative of fatherhood.

For Kids

     

Franny's father is a feminist by Rhonda Leet

Daddies who are feminist allies are just the best.

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Wonder how a book ends up on the shelf? Let me tell ya.

If you're wondering how the Oakland Public Library chooses books, read on!

Child choosing a book off the shelfHave you ever wondered how books end up on the shelves in your library? There’s a whole process behind how librarians select books, and it’s not even a secret!

The Oakland Public Library spends approximately $2,000,000 on materials each year, which includes about 50,000 books. While libraries’ capacity for knowledge, information, and creativity is limitless, our buildings and shelf space are not. Every library practices regular weeding of collections for the simple reason that one can’t put new books on the shelves if there is no room.

I’d like to share with you a great example of how we keep our collection updated. 

A book on Fannie Lou Hamer was withdrawn from

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Read to a Dog!

Children can practice reading to a certified therapy dog in the library.

Girl reading to a dog

Dogs in the Library? Well, sure, when they're working!

Young readers can read aloud to a certified therapy dog who loves listening to stories! Reading to dogs can help increase children's reading confidence, skill, and enjoyment. 

Read to a Dog events are hosted at the following locations/times.  Please call in advance of your planned day to make sure the dog is expected.  Dogs take vacations too sometimes.  

Scout the Dog is ready for a story at:

Elmhurst Library, Every Saturday at 11am

Natasha the Dog is ready for a story at:

81st Avenue Library, First Wednesday of the month at 2pm

Rockridge

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Winter Bingo!

Come play Winter Bingo at your library, for a free book!

It's time for Winter Bingo!

Children can pick up a Winter Bingo card of activities like "Build with blocks," “Go to a storytime,” “Tell a story about your day,” “Tell a librarian what to read,” or “Make someone laugh.”

Complete any 5 of activities in a row, then bring your bingo card to any Oakland Public Library between December 27, 2017 and January 20, 2018 to receive a free book. 

Your libraries have lots of kids events during winter break, so making BINGO is easy!  You can pick up your Winter Bingo card at any Oakland Public Library or print your own.

Winter Bingo  For Grades K thru 5 -

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Books and Dance in honor of Native American Heritage Month

Children's books by and about Native American / First Nations people, recommended by Oakland Public Library, and upcoming performances by Sewam American Indian Dance

OPL is a great source of children's books by and about Native American / First Nations people, perfect for reading and sharing year round. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we're excited to share with you our current list of favorite:

Great Native American Children's Books

Check them out today!

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Kids Bike: A Booklist from the Women Bike Book Club

Books for kids who love bikes!

Did you know that the Oakland Public Library co-hosts a Women Bike Book Club with Bike East Bay? We gather to discuss biking, feminism, and the intersection of the two on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00pm, at our Golden Gate Branch (5606 San Pablo Avenue). The book club was started by Bike East Bay as part of their Women Bike initiative, which brings women and gender nonconforming folks together in social settings to share experiences and resources with each other. 

Ok so the book club sounds awesome but why are we talking about that here?

Our meeting on November 9th will focus on children’s books! We'll have some great selections of bike-related children's literature, and we'll talk about moms, biking, and the next generation of cyclists. Join us to enjoy beautiful illustrations, good conversation, and maybe even pick up some gift ideas for the little feminists in your life. 

If you can’t join us,

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