Yuyi Morales helped us kick off summer when she visited the César Chávez Library in May. She shared her "bolsa de sorpresas" (bag of surprises) with toys from her childhood in Mexico. And she read her newest book Niño Wrestles the World to musical accompaniment.
Summer wouldn't be summer without the Bubble Lady. She combines clowning, bubbles, and science into a child (and parent) pleasing performance. We've had her in Oakland every summer for as long as anyone can remember. This short video from Eastmont will show you why.
Lotus Bloom's Room to Bloom
OPL's own QB Williams, drummer extraordinaire, performed at Lotus Bloom's celebration at Room to Bloom on the Castlemont campus. There were hundreds of children and adults there. Everyone had a great time on that very hot day. Lotus Bloom has been a wonderful partner for us. They bring the play; we bring the books; and we meet at the middle.
Little Explorers Petting Zoo at Melrose in June.
One of our newest performers, Little Explorers Petting Zoo brought farm animals for Oakland children to pet and watch. What is it about a bunny munching grass that is so engrossing?
Summer Lunch at César Chávez Library.
For the third year, we offered free lunch for youth at many of our library locations. You can hear about it from KQED's California Report.
We paired our lunch program with tons of fun crafts and other activities. Here are just a few of the pet rocks the children at the Chávez library made.
Elmhurst celebrated summer with face painting and ice cream.
And the Main Library Children's Room hosted the Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association (and their bees!) for a workshop in the "growing readers" library garden.
We hope you enjoyed your summer with the library! Stayed tuned for the results of our Summer Reading Challenge.