A list of recommended graphic novels and comic books for kids that are available at the Oakland Public Library.
With performances by Germar the Magician, appearances by the animals of Little Explorers Petting Zoo, and the caricature art of Rad Sanza, you cannot afford to miss this annual summer event.
It’s fun for the entire family as the Oakland Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Challenge finishes up with its 10th annual Summer Reading celebration at the Oakland Museum of California on Sunday, August 3, from 12 to 4 p.m. The party will take place in the Museum Gardens, 1000 Oak Street, just two blocks from the Main Library.
The celebration links two fantastic summer events – the library’s Summer Reading Challenge and the Oakland Museum of California’s Free First Sundays – for a wonder-filled day of culture, entertainment, learning, and fun. Admission is free!
A new study found that attending storytimes in which reading, singing, talking, writing and playing with your child took place had a positive impact on the child's literacy levels.
I recently returned from sweltering Las Vegas where the American Library Association Annual Convention was taking place. One of the programs I attended looked at whether or not the five activities developed by Every Child Ready to Read 2 - reading, singing, talking, writing and playing with children aged 0-5 had a statistical impact on that child's literacy levels. A research grant in Washington State looked at the literacy levels of kids who attended storytimes where those practices were modeled.
The results? Yes they do! Children who attended library storytimes that incorporated those activities did have higher literacy rates. Just another reason to come to the storytimes offered here at the library and practice these activities at home.
For more information about the study, check out:
New research supports reading for fun, and reading by choice during the summer.
This new survey from Reading is Fundamental tells us that kids are spending 3 times as much time watching TV or playing video games then they are reading during the summer. Even so, we know that Oakland kids are reading: so far, 1000 more kids are participating in Oakland's Summer Reading Challenge than at this time last year.
A couple of bullets jump out to me from the report:
- Last summer, children who read because they wanted to were twice as likely to read than children who read because they had to.
- Parents who consider reading to be extremely or very important are twice as likely to have a child who reads every day
Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Question of the day: I’m taking my son to the dentist. I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have! Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?
Q: Do you have any books about visiting the dentist? It’s my son’s first trip to the dentist, and I don’t want him to have the same phobias I have! Do you have any great books that will put both of us at ease?
A: Yes, as a matter of fact we do. To quote Mr. Rogers, “Learning to take good care of yourself is an important part of growing. No matter how much you grow, though, there will always be times when you’ll need help keeping your body healthy. That’s true for everyone – children and adults.” His is still my favorite book
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Recommended books for kids who love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.
Every day in the library, we meet young readers who just can’t get enough of Rick Riordan. The author’s exciting blend of reality and mythology has exploded in popularity, with kids clamoring for books in his Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, as well as his Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus series. Riordan superfans who are hungry for more fantastical action and adventure may want to give these
OPL's Discover & Go program allows you to explore attractions throughout the Bay Area.
School's out for summer and it's a great time for you and your family to explore the many attractions the Bay Area has to offer. OPL's Discover & Go program makes it easy and cheaper to do just that.
1. Go to: discover.oaklandlibrary.org cheap to do just that. Here's how it works:
2. Enter your library card and your PIN numbers.
3. Search either by the date you want to visit a museum ("what's available next Tuesday?") or by the place itself ("when can we go to the Lawrence Hall of Science?").
4. Pick where and when you want to go. When you are ready, click on "Reserve Pass" and print it out. It's that simple.
Oh, the Places You'll Go.* Here
The library's Summer Reading activities include visits this week from the Oakland Zoomobile!
Summer at the library is for reading, sure, but that's only part of it. We have all kinds of activites planned to engage you and your children when you stop by for a visit. Check out our full events page, or our daily events calendar to see what's in store.
We know that reading during the summer is important to a child's reading and learning success, but this has to be a part of a variety of engaging learning opportunities. And fun! At your library you'll find hands-on craft activites, fabulous magic and theatrical performances, and--in the spirit of this year's
Q&A: Children's Librarians have been talking up the Summer Reading Program all over the city, generating excitement that approached a frenzy this week. Things have changed since last year, so...what's the deal? What does a kid have to do to get a prize for reading this summer?
Q. What counts for the Summer Reading Challenge? My kids are 3, 6, and 11 years old. What's expected of them in this game?
A. So, your three kids signed up for the Summer Reading Game, got their reading logs & stickers, picked out some stuff to read, and now you all want to know what really counts, right? Here's what matters about summer reading: