Books for Wider Horizons - Taking Storytimes to Young Children

Be a rock star to Oakland children. Volunteer for Books for Wider Horizons.

"She is fantastic. She brings every story to life. The children just love her storytelling...The staff loves her as well."

"Our reader is amazing. She ranks as one of the top five activities for students and teachers. We love her stories, songs, enthusiasm, and calm. Thank you for bringing her into our lives!"

"He is an excellent storyteller. The children, staff, and parents love him. He is unique in his own way."

These are just some of the reactions we received from the teachers of the preschool classes that our Books for Wider Horizons (BWH) volunteers read to this past school year. These 67 BWH volunteers are changing the lives of Oakland children, one week at a time.

If you want to be a hero in a child's life and are interested in volunteering for BWH, please call our coordinator, Rochelle Venuto, at (510) 238-7453. She will be happy to sign you up. 

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The OPL Kids' Summer Reading Fairyland Winner Is...

Announcing the 2017 OPL Children's Summer Reading grand prize - Fairyland family membership

Tiago! Tiago is 3 years old and goes to the Piedmont Avenue Branch when he wants to find good book. He's not all that fond of getting his picture taken but loves the glow-in-the- dark Fairyland key he received as part of his prize. In addition to the glow-in-the-dark key, he also won a Fairyland family membership. Congratulations Tiago!

Every child who played the game got to choose a book to keep and received a packet of coupons and a chance to win in this raffle. 

Of course, the real prize was the time he and every player spent reading, singing, talking, playing, and writing with friends and family during the summer.

Clifford with Winning Pre-Reader CardClifford

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Storytime on the Bus!: Saturday July 15th

The library becomes a bus stop for a very special storytime!

We're excited to welcome AC Transit to our libraries on Saturday July 15th!  Visit one of these stops to climb on board the parked bus for children's storytime with your very own children’s librarian:

 

Storytime on the Bus will be visiting:

Main Library Children's Room (facing Oak) at 10:30 am

81st Avenue Library at 2pm

West Oakland Library at 3:30pm

 

Explore AC Transit:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch at 12:30pm

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Summer Reading for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

This summer children 0-4 can play their very own kind of Summer Reading. Ask at any OPL library.

Oakland Public Library is always full of fun things to do during the summer, with performers, crafts, science, dance, martial arts and free lunches for youth at many branches, and of course, Kids' Summer Reading

Babies and toddlers can do summer reading too, and this year we've created a special Pre-Reader card for parents and caregivers to do with them. Talking, Reading, Singing, Writing, and Playing, are all activities that support the youngest children to be ready

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Summer at Oakland Public Library for Kids

Kids' Summer Reading runs June 10-August 5 at OPL

Kids' Summer Reading Logo

It's summer in Oakland. And you know what that means? Kids' Summer Reading at Oakland Public Library. 

Sign up at our Summer page to register up for the Kids', Teen, or Adult Summer Program, or ask for help at any of our locations

Children under 5 and their caregivers have a different game to play; just ask at the library for a Pre-Reader Card. 

After kids read for 20 days, they can come to the library to get a prize: a book to keep and a packet of coupons for Fentons ice cream, Round Table pizza, ice skating, Fairyland, and Chabot Space and Science Center. And you will be entered into our raffles. Raffle prizes come from lots of

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JUST READ PART DEUX: COMIC BOOKS!

I want you and your kids to read comic books. ALL THE COMIC BOOKS. In fact, we librarians at OPL want you to read comic books so badly we are giving them away.

On Saturday May 6th 2017 visit ANY OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY during open hours and get a free comic book. Eastmont and Brookfield branches are closed on Saturday so you can get yours tomorrow: Friday May 5th.

Someone might be asking: is this like giving away candy? They are fun to read but bad for you if you have too much of it? Nope! Actually comic books are more like giving away free homemade carrot cake muffins made with applesauce instead of oil; and you snuck some shredded zucchini in it. All the fun and flavor of a tasty treat, and it’s good for you too. So enjoy. 

What, you don’t believe me? Is it that you don’t believe that I have a really delicious recipe for a healthier carrot cake muffin, or that comic books are a good reading choice? Both are true.  To quote my favorite book referral resource, “but you don’t have to take my word for it.” Check out

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Just Read!

To encourage our children to become avid readers, we must first eliminate our own biases to their reading choices. In other words: let'em read what they want!

It is my rare evening alone without my children.  I decide to go to the local Mermaid Cafe for my favorite pseudo-Italian caffeinated beverage and read a new book by my favorite author; one that I have been anticipating for months. 

While enjoying this book and sipping my caffeine a random person approaches me to criticize my reading selection and ask if I have read the latest Michael Eric Dyson book. When I state I have no interest in reading Mr. Dyson's book, this person tells me I should put my "drivel" away and “

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Black History Homework

Get your students Black History Homework books asap! Supplies are limited!

Library Kid:   I have the hardest person EVER!!!!

Me: Who? 

Library Kid: I'll never find annnnnnything on herrrr... 

Me: Who?

Library Kid: Fannie Lou Hamer. 

Me: What about this book?  ( I pulled it out of our newly created Black History Books Display) 

Library Kid:  umm.... I wrote my

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Challenge Extended: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Challenge Extended: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! You can do it!

Shhh.  Listen.  Did you hear that? 

Yes, it was the sound of librarians everywhere shouting hooray while reading about Daliyah Marie Arana. This amazing young book worm visited the Library of Congress, met with the newest Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and was Guest Librarian for the day, a most prestigious title, especially when bestowed upon an impeccably dressed 4 year old! Daliyah's special afternoon was in celebration of a big reading accomplishment that her family celebrated with their local public library.

 

When Daliyah was 3, her mom enrolled her in her public library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program in Georgia. This program encourages families to read 1000 books before the first day of kindergarten and when her family completed this most impressive feat, her mother

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No More Lost Books, My New Years Re(solution)!

Your child will never lose a library book again! Okay that statement is a bit premature, so read further and decide if this solution will work for you.

 

                                        

I’ll admit it, I am sick of my kids losing library books! Every week between 10-30 library books and movies enter my house, and it seems like every month or so one book or movie gets lost in the “black hole” never to be seen again.

So this year, I have a solution; not a resolution, but a solution. We are borrowing more electronic library books this year. I found a great deal on tablets for my children and got each of them one as a holiday gift.  The very first thing I did before giving them the tablets was download the following library apps, and enter their library card numbers so that they could enjoy the free online resources we offer. You have read my

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