OPL has lots going on for children and families in the next couple of months. For Lunar New Year we are bringing both Chabot Space & Science's portable planetarium (Star Lab) and Goof Ball, a magician who will amaze us with his Eastern Magic. We are celebrating African American Heritage month by presenting Kirk Waller, storyteller extraordinaire. And we are happy once again to host workshops for Oakland's 2014 Re-Create art contest. We'll spend the next couple of weeks highlighting these special events.
Lakeview Branch Children's Librarian Miriam Medow is serving on this year's Caldecott Award Committee. She tells us a little about her experiences this year so far, in anticipation of the award announcement later in January.
Have you ever wondered how those shiny gold and silver embossed medals wind up on the year's most distinguished picture books?
The Caldecott Medal has been awarded each year by ALSC, a division of the American Library Association, since 1938. A different committee of ALSC members is elected and appointed every year to decide which picture book, by an American illustrator, will win the award. You can watch the live webcast of the award announcments at 5 a.m. on Monday January 27th, and check in with us throughout that week for reports on the
A list of recommended chapter books for families to read aloud together, available at the Oakland Public Library.
Kids are off school and the holiday season is drawing to a close. Tis the season for digging into a great all-ages read-aloud! Cuddle up with your kiddos, try some of these favorites, and tell us in the comments about the beloved books in your family:
Are you tired of buy, buy, buy? Do you just want to have fun? So does your child. Here are some free toys for you both to play with.
With the holidays upon us, pressure is on to buy expensive toys. However, for babies and toddlers, play = the chance to smell, taste, hear, touch and see different things. That is how babies and toddlers explore their new, exciting world. Here are some tips for simple and almost free things you can make for your toddler this holiday season (with thanks to Rachel Payne at Brooklyn Public Library):
- Cover a table with a sheet of contact paper sticky side up. It teaches your child the meaning of sticky.
- Make a set of blocks out of cardboard boxes you already have at home. Think about those empty cereal boxes and spaghetti boxes you plan to throw out or recycle and repurpose them.
- Stuff a scarf into a paper towel tube and what do you have, an instant game of peek-a-boo.
- Tape some bubble wrap to the floor and let your child walk
A book brings comfort when nothing else can.
Peace to you and yours this holiday season. --Miss Amy
*The book is Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, ed. Dan Wakefield
**Thumbnail image via sarahpanic on flickr
The 90 Second Newbery Film Festival is coming to Oakland in February, co-hosted by Newbery Honor winning author Jennifer Holm! It is not too late for kids or teens to submit their entries to the festival.
The 90 Second Newbery Film Festival is coming to Oakland!
We posted back in October about how kids and teens can enter their video creations to the 90 Second Newbery Film Festival. Since then, the deadline for entries been extended to January 20th, giving kids that precious time over winter break to work on their entries.
And, we are very pleased to announce that the Film Festival will be coming to Oakland on Saturday, February 8th, at 12 noon, at the Rockridge Branch Library. It will be co-hosted by
A list of recommended cookbooks for kids available at the Oakland Public Library.
Family gatherings and chilly weather make the holiday season a perfect time to cook and bake with kids. Come on over to the library and feast your eyes on these cookbooks, designed specifically for children!:
Are you looking for gift ideas? How about a snow globe?
Do you miss the snow? Have you never been to the snow but dream of going? Do you simply to look at the snow glitter as it drifts down to a winter scene? Whatever your reason, celebrate winter with us by making a snow globe. You can give it as a gift or keep it for yourself. We'll never tell.
Friday, December 13 at 3:00 PM Elmhurst
Friday, December 13 at 3:30 PM César Chávez
Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 PM 81st Avenue
Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 PM Rockridge
Tuesday, December 17 at 4:00 PM
Your library has plenty of ideas and activities for things to make with your kids.
Want to make something with your kids, but need some ideas? If you're tired of browsing online, come in and ask our staff to show you the arts and crafts section. You'll find plenty of books to page through for ideas.
You can also check out our events listings this month for arts and crafts, knitting, and other hands-on activities. Tomorrow, try:
Weekly Art with MOCHA, Wednesdays at 2pm (this month through December 18th), at the 81st Avenue Branch, the
What am I grateful for? I'll tell you.
Two of my favorite books in the Oakland Public Library children's collection are Thank You by Felicia Walker and Giving Thanks: a Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp. The gratitude expressed is with different words and for different things, but it is real and heartfelt. It occurs to me that this is a good time of the year for giving thanks.
So, here goes. Thank you to the