Full Steam Ahead: Picture Books about Trains

A list of recommended picture books on the topic of trains at Oakland Public Library.

Here’s an understatement for you: train books are popular at the library. They have the power to capture the attention and imagination of wiggly toddlers, curious preschoolers, and knowledgeable school-aged kids alike. They inspire squeals of delight when discovered and, sometimes, tears of despair when returned! Come find these tried-and-true books at the library for the train lover in your life:

Trains book cover

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Summer Reading Ends This Saturday!

Take a look at Oakland's Children's Summer Reading accomplishments. And don't forget to log your reading, either online or at one of Oakland's 17 branches.

Sisters ReadingWhat a summer we've had! Together we have read almost 35,000 hours since June 15.

But, wait--that's not all! We have planted seeds in pots we decorated. We have blown bubbles all over Oakland. We have made bracelets and rain sticks. We've planted and eaten vegetables. We have seen performers do magic, blow magical balloons, and take us to magical places through dance. We have met bugs and reptiles and frogs. Puppets have visited us, and we've seen science at its most fun. We have sung and we have danced, and we've seen dogs do both.

Tortoise in the library

Yes, it has been a full summer.

If your child has read for at least eight hours, be sure to log it, either by coming into the branch or by

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The Right Book for the Right Reader: Introductions

Is there such a thing as the right book for the right reader? Join Miss Amy on her quest, which is not at all monomaniacal.

Greetings! Many of you already know me as Miss Amy, especially if you are under three feet tall and have attended a storytime at Montclair Branch, the Main Library Children's Room, or Eastmont Branch in the last six years. I'm one of your friendly children's librarians, and in this series I will discuss a topic that drives children's librarians and keeps us invested in our profession. A thing that keeps us hard at work, hour upon hour, day after day, and I'm not talking about googling "is Kadir Nelson married*"-- no, it's our guiding principle, the beacon we follow when all else is dim.

It is the concept of the right book

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Summer Reading Celebration at the Oakland Museum's Free First Sunday

Sunday August 4th, from 12-4pm, enjoy a slew of free family activities at the Oakland Museum, celebrating Summer Reading!

Come to our Summer Reading Celebration at the Oakland Museum! Sunday, August 4, 12-4pm.

Join the Oakland Public Library and the Oakland Museum of CA for our 9th Annual Summer Reading Celebration, Reading is So Delicious!  Enjoy storytime with your favorite librarians, hands-on craft activities, face painting, a live art demonstration, and active games with Oakland Parks and Recreation all on the lawn in the beautiful Museum Gardens.  Following a performance by Busy Bee Dogs, children who are participating in the Summer Reading Game will receive a special certificate of achievement. 

First

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What Are We Reading Right Now?

A list of children’s books that Oakland librarians are currently reading.

Children’s librarians tend to hold in our hearts a deep and abiding love of children’s literature. We read kid's books for work, but we read them for pleasure too! Check out the variety of books that Oakland Public Library’s Children’s Librarians are reading, and let us know which books you're excited about right now:

Amy Martin, Eastmont Branch

Center of Everything book coverThe Center of Everything

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Summer Lunches at Oakland Public Library Branches

Summer lunch at the Oakland Public Library is available at eleven locations.


Now that summer schools are ending, we want to remind you that eleven OPL branches are offering free lunch for children and teens, in partnership with the Alameda County Community Foodbank and the City of Oakland's Department of Human Services. Lunch is served on weekdays (Tuesday-Friday at branches, Monday-Friday at Main) through August 9.

Participating branches include:

Main Library – Children’s Room and Teen Zone

81st Avenue

César Chávez

Dimond

Eastmont

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It's All Happening Here!

Events happening for children this afternoon at your Oakland Public Library!

Buki the ClownLooking for something to do with your child this afternoon?  How about:


Author/Illustrator Todd Parr at the Temescal Library
, 12:30pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)

Buki the Clown at the Eastmont Library, 1:30pm!  (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Decorate a Flower Pot & Plant Seeds at the Melrose Library 1pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)

Children in the garden

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Mysteries of the Unknown

Recommended books for kids about Bigfoot, UFOs, and other mysterious phenomena at the Oakland Public Library.

Come explore real-life ghost stories and other paranormal mysteries at the library…if you dare! They’re shelved together at the very start of the non-fiction section – look for the 001s and 133s or ask a staff member to point the way.

Ghosts book cover  

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Draw, Read, Eat!

Author/Illustrator Todd Parr will visit many Oakland Public Library locations in July and August, during the Free Summer Lunch program.

In July and August 2013,  Todd Parr will be dropping in to many Oakland Public Library locations to read and draw with kids. Mr. Parr is the author and illustrator of dozens of books for children.  

All of his Oakland Public Library appearances will include a short read-aloud and tips on how to draw. Additionally, a free, healthy lunch will be served to youths ages 0–18, as part of the Free Summer Lunch Program held at many Oakland Library locations. Free Summer Lunch is provided by the Alameda County Food Bank in partnership with the City of Oakland.

Mr. Parr suggested the

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75 years of the Caldecott Medal

Celebrating 75 years of distinguished picture books for children!

Caldecott Anniversary LogoThe Caldecott Medal turned 75 this year, and the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) celebrated last week at the ALA national conference in Chicago, where the 2013 Caldecott Medal was presented to Jon Klassen for This is Not My Hat.

You can celebrate at home or at your library!  Free resources at the Caldecott 75th Anniversary webpage include downloadable bookmarks with clues and answers about the special anniversary logo created by Brian Selznick, and

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