Q&A: Patrons Ask; Librarians Answer: What book comes next in the series?

I can’t wait for the next book in the series! What is it? Do you have it? Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day, and this question comes up several times a week.

This Frequently Asked Question is VERY easy to answer! Your librarian may use the old-fashioned way if she's standing next to you in the stacks, but if she's in front of a computer, she'll use NoveList, which is seamlessly woven into our online catalog. I'll walk you through both ways, so if the librarian is busy helping someone else at the moment, you can figure it out for yourself!

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Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase

What has eight legs and some of the best picture books of the season? OPL's Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase at the Octopus Literary Salon, of course!

Let's face it: everyone who's into illustration, cartooning, design or just plain old fine art is into the art of the picture book. Next Thursday, May 21, the Oakland Public Library is joining the Octopus Literary Salon to show off some of our newest favorites....

It's the Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase! Won't you come on over, buy yourself a drink, and enjoy the show? A surprise musical guest will make an appearance. Copies of the books will be for sale, too.

OPL's Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street in Oakland

Here's a sneak preview:

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Q&A: Patrons Ask; Librarians Answer: My pre-teen wants to visit the library this summer with her friends. Without me! Is it okay? Is it safe?

Your children are welcome here. REALLY! But before they come, here are some tips to consider when preparing for a successful library visit.

Q: My pre-teen wants to visit the library this summer with her friends. Without me!  Is it okay? Is it safe?  --- Nervous Parent

A: Hi Nervous Parent. Kids are some of our best customers! Whether they come with parents (or responsible caregivers) or venture into the library alone, they embrace the library as a place of fun and exploration.

According to the our Guidelines for Behavior it is acceptable for minors who are at least 8 years old to visit the library without adult supervision. But please keep in mind that we are not In Loco Parentis: a legal-Latin-term that means “in place of the parent.” In layman’s terms: Unlike school or a community center that takes responsibility for children in place of the parent, the public library is not responsible for your kid, and we

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OPL Celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Megumi!

Whether it's "The Mouse's Marriage," "The Young Man Who Slept for Three Years," or another Japanese folk tale, Megumi has her owns special way of telling it.

Picture of MegumiJoin us at Oakland Public Library as we celebrate Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Month with Megumi. This wonderful bilingual storyteller (English/Japanese) will entertain and move us with tales of all types. She especially delights in sharing Japanese folk tales. Megumi will be at four branches in May:

 

 

Tuesday May 5 at 12:30pm at the Martin Luther King, Jr Branch

Wednesday May 6 at 10:30am at the Asian Branch

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Oh, LiLo! Arabic Resources at OPL

If only Lindsay Lohan had taken advantage of OPL's Arabic language resources before her Instagram fail!

By now you've probably heard about Lindsay Lohan's Instagram gaffe--yesterday, she tweeted a picture of Arabic writing with the English words "You are beautiful" underneath. Except that the Arabic words in the picture don't mean "You are beautiful;" they mean "you're a donkey." Whoops! 

If LiLo wanted to build some skills in Arabic, she could very well start at the Oakland Public Library. Did you know that OPL offers language learning courses you can access for free with your library card? Follow this link, and scroll until you see Transparent Language Online. When you sign in with your library card number, you can begin an audio program on any language you like. Great resource for travelers, btw.

But what if Lindsay wants a more intensive course, with a book to go along with her lessons? She could check out one of OPL's language kits, which contain both print

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Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: How old do you have to be to get a library card?

It's National Library Week! Although children's librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day, this week is special because we take a minute to appreciate the presence of libraries in our community.

Q: How old do you have to be to get a library card?

A: Five years old, or in Kindergarten.

Chloe (age 5): [beaming at her mom] I am five!

Librarian: Great! You can get your first card today! You can fill out the registration form on paper, or online, at the computer right next to the desk or at home.

Mom: Should we do it right now?

Chloe: Yes! Let's use the computer! Can I help you type?

Mom: Sure!

[After

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Día!: Diversity in Action

Kirk Waller and Mariella Herrera help us celebrate children, books, and language at your library.

Día!: Diversity in Action (formerly known as Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros) celebrates children, families, fun, and the joy of books and language.

In Oakland we celebrate Día for a whole month, at each of your libraries. This year we present two wonderful performers.  Bring the whole family. There will be light refreshements, and free book to keep for each child attending. 

Picture of Kirk WallerKirk Waller - With a lifelong love of story, literature and the performing arts, Kirk Waller summons

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Hey kids, get cooking!

Come in today and grab a cookbook to share with your kids!

There are two cookbooks seeing heavy rotation in my kitchen right now: Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry and Thug Kitchen.

   

Mmm-mmm! Please try the peach-pomegranate barbecue sauce in

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Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: I know what kind of book I want but I can't find it!

How to find that hard-to-find book

Kids looking for booksQ: I know exactly what kind of book my son/daughter likes but it is kind of hard to describe.  Can you help me find some good titles that we would like?

A:  Yes, we would love to help!  One of the best book requests I ever heard from a parent was for picture books "where there is a lot of things to look at."  It turned out her four year old son loved pouring over elaborate illustrations with lots of little details to explore.  And guess what?  There are lots of children's picture books that fit the bill!  The tricky part for this parent was to find those types of books on the shelf when there isn't a keyword for "detailed pictures" or "lots to see" in the library catalog.  So how do we find something her son will enjoy?

Looking for books with a certain feel, tone, or specific trait can

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Wheeee! Roller Coasters....At the Library?

Become a roller coaster engineer, April 2nd, 3:30 at the 81st Avenue Library!


Do you love roller coasters?  The loops, the speed, the excitement, the wind in your hair?  Have you ever wondered why some coasters are faster or scarier than others?  How roller coaster cars stay on the track?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, have we got something special for you!

 

On Thursday, April 2nd at 3:30, Lawrence Hall of Science is coming to the 81st Avenue Library to teach kids Lawrence Hall of Science logoall about the science and engineering of roller coasters with hands-on experiementing and table-top creations! 

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