Online Learning for Kids

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:

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Learning from the Process of Art

Relax about artistic mistakes – there’s nothing wrong with them! Your child does not learn by creating a Pinterest-perfect replica of the teacher’s example.

Gone are the days when every student in the art class had to produce an identical still life. But sometimes a kid will melt down when faced with a new artistic challenge because "mine doesn't look like yours". It doesn't need to look just like anyone else's, though. That’s not how kids learn! And it’s certainly not how they have fun.

group of kids working with art supplies group of kids working with art supplies

Many educators and caregivers encourage children in what we call “process art” – where the process of making something is more important than the end result. That’s a valuable perspective at any age – but especially with preschool ages because

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Circus of Smiles Summer 2019

Join Mr. Quick and Mr. Mustache on a comical circus adventure. Their interactive performance appeals to audiences of all ages. This action-packed romp into the world of silliness and wonder will leave you in stitches.

Join Mr Quick and Mr. Mustache on a comical circus adventure. These jugglers are are one part Charlie Chaplin, one part Loony Toons, and 100 parts hilarious. Their interactive performance appeals to audiences of all ages and even invites willing attendees to participate in the spectacle. This action-packed romp into a world of silliness and wonder will leave you in stitches. You'll walk away thinking "is there anything they can't juggle!?”

  • Saturday, July 20 at 10:30 am Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 23 at 1:30 pm Brookfield Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 am Lakeview Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 27 2 at 2:00pm Chavez Branch Library
  • Monday, July 29 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, July 29 at 1:00 pm  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00 am West Oakland Branch Library
  • Thursday, August 1 at 1:00 pm Melrose Branch Library
  • Tuesday, August 6  at 5:30 pm 81st Avenue Community Library

 

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OPL Fairyland Free Day - Tuesday, July 30th

Children’s Fairyland library card holders are eligible to receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

OPL Children’s Fairyland library card holders are eligible to receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Please NOTE: No adult is admitted without a child, and no child is admitted without an adult.

If you can't make it on Tuesday, July 30th and/or don't have the limited edition Fairyland Library Card, Fairyland passes are available via Discover & Go, and Kids' Summer Reading program finishers receive "BOOK BUCKS" which admit one child with one paying adult

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Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater! July 2019

Be a part of this fun, interactive family friendly improv comedy!

Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater! is a fast-paced, interactive, outrageously funny, theatrical experience for heroes of all ages! Created and performed by veteran improviser, this improvised play  casts attendees as the stars of the show. Audience members provide the sound effects, become the scenery, and suggest exciting plot twists.

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019  1:30 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019  6:30 PM at Montclair Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019  1:00 PM at Melrose Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library

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Juan Sanchez Summer 2019

Bilingual Singer-songwriter, educator, recording artist

Singer, songwriter, recording artist, and educator Juan Sanchez will bring songs for kids in both English and Spanish. Always a favorite in Oakland, Juan will share songs on themes of tolerance, peace, and multicultural celebration.

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019   11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019   4:00PM at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Monday, July 1, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, July 1, 2019  1:00 PM at  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019  7:00P M  at Dimond Branch Library

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East Bay Parks Naturalist Summer 2019

Come discover what hops, crawls, hides, flies and grows from the hills to the bay with a naturalist from the East Bay Regional Park District. You’ll meet live animals and get to touch skulls, pelts and more!

Come discover what hops, crawls, hides, flies and grows from the hills to the bay with a naturalist from the East Bay Regional Park District. You’ll meet live animals and get to touch skulls, pelts and more!

  • Wednesday, June 19 at 1:30 pm 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, June 27 at 3:00 pm Piedmont Avenue Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 2 at 1:30 pm at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 9 at 11:00 am at  Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16 at 4:00 pm at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Monday, July 22 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Thursday, July 25 at 1:00 pm Melrose Branch Library

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Soul Soup with Amber Hines Summer 2019

Amber invites a magic that lifts the spirit, builds social emotional literacy and creates community

Soul Soup with Amber Hines presents a family-style music ritual with live drum accompaniment that inspires you to sing, dance and play! Utilizing traditional and contemporary music, games and story. 

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019  Rockridge Branch Library  at 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019  Temescal Branch Library at 10:30 AM
  • Monday, July 08, 2019  Eastmont Branch Library at 1:00 PM
  • Monday, July 08, 2019  Main Library Children's Room at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019  Golden Gate Branch Library at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, August 03, 2019  Elmhurst Branch Library 3:00 PM

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Emily Butterfly Summer 2019

Younger children will love Emily Butterfly, an interstellar storyteller, who delights children with her magical form of puppetry, story sharing and song.

Emily Butterfly is an interstellar story teller who lives to delight children with her magically unique form of puppetry, storytelling and song. She  has had the honor of creating shows and performing for thousands  of preschool and elementary school students and feels blessed to have the abilities to create her own puppet friends, write and perform inspirational tales and direct troupes of puppeteers.

  • Thursday, June 6 at 3:00pm Piedmont Avenue Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 6 at 11:00 am Temescal Branch Library
  • Monday, June 17 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Saturday, June 22 at 10:30am Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Wednesday, June 26 at 10:00 am West Oakland Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 27 at 10:30 am Rockridge Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 29 at 2:00pm Chavez Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July2 11:00 am King Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July2 at 7:00pm

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Musician David Grashton Summer 2019

Music to both entertain and inspire joy and compassion. David’s original children’s songs encourage us to acknowledge and share our feelings. You’ll also enjoy timeless classics by Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Raffi, and The Beatles

David's music will entertain and inspire both joy and compassion. His original children’s songs encourage us to acknowledge and share our feelings. You’ll also enjoy timeless classics by Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Raffi, and The Beatles.

  • Saturday, June 15 at 10:30am Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25 at 11:00 am Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11 at 10:30 Rockridge Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 13 at 11:00 am Lakeview Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 18 11:00 am Temescal Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 23 at 4:00PM Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 25 at 10 am West Oakland Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Wednesday, July 31 at 10:15 Piedmont Aven Branch Library

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