Daddies who are feminist allies are just the best.
All library locations will be closed on Monday February, 18, and all locations except Eastmont, Brookfield, and the Main Library will be closed on Tuesday, February 19, for President's Day.
Posted on June 15, 2018 by Amy Martin
Dads are complex. Here's some Father's Day literary fare that celebrates dads who are feminist, POC, queer, undocumented, and usually excluded from the mainstream narrative of fatherhood.
Daddies who are feminist allies are just the best.
Posted on May 11, 2018 by Amy Martin
If you're wondering how the Oakland Public Library chooses books, read on!
Have you ever wondered how books end up on the shelves in your library? There’s a whole process behind how librarians select books, and it’s not even a secret!
The Oakland Public Library spends approximately $2,000,000 on materials each year, which includes about 50,000 books. While libraries’ capacity for knowledge, information, and creativity is limitless, our buildings and shelf space are not. Every library practices regular weeding of collections for the simple reason that one can’t put new books on the shelves if there is no room.
I’d like to share with you a great example of how we keep our collection updated.
A book on Fannie Lou Hamer was withdrawn from
Posted on March 15, 2018 by Nina Lindsay
Children can practice reading to a certified therapy dog in the library.
Young readers can read aloud to a certified therapy dog who loves listening to stories! Reading to dogs can help increase children's reading confidence, skill, and enjoyment.
Read to a Dog events are hosted at the following locations/times. Please call in advance of your planned day to make sure the dog is expected. Dogs take vacations too sometimes.
Elmhurst Library, Every Saturday at 11am
81st Avenue Library, First Wednesday of the month at 2pm
Posted on December 22, 2017 by Nina Lindsay
Come play Winter Bingo at your library, for a free book!
It's time for Winter Bingo!
Children can pick up a Winter Bingo card of activities like "Build with blocks," “Go to a storytime,” “Tell a story about your day,” “Tell a librarian what to read,” or “Make someone laugh.”
Complete any 5 of activities in a row, then bring your bingo card to any Oakland Public Library between December 27, 2017 and January 20, 2018 to receive a free book.
Your libraries have lots of kids events during winter break, so making BINGO is easy! You can pick up your Winter Bingo card at any Oakland Public Library or print your own.
Posted on November 7, 2017 by Amy Martin
Children's books by and about Native American / First Nations people, recommended by Oakland Public Library, and upcoming performances by Sewam American Indian Dance
OPL is a great source of children's books by and about Native American / First Nations people, perfect for reading and sharing year round. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we're excited to share with you our current list of favorite:
Check them out today!
Posted on November 1, 2017 by Emily Weak
Books for kids who love bikes!
Did you know that the Oakland Public Library co-hosts a Women Bike Book Club with Bike East Bay? We gather to discuss biking, feminism, and the intersection of the two on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00pm, at our Golden Gate Branch (5606 San Pablo Avenue). The book club was started by Bike East Bay as part of their Women Bike initiative, which brings women and gender nonconforming folks together in social settings to share experiences and resources with each other.
Ok so the book club sounds awesome but why are we talking about that here?
Our meeting on November 9th will focus on children’s books! We'll have some great selections of bike-related children's literature, and we'll talk about moms, biking, and the next generation of cyclists. Join us to enjoy beautiful illustrations, good conversation, and maybe even pick up some gift ideas for the little feminists in your life.
Posted on September 7, 2017 by Laurie Willhalm
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.
We hold one training session a
Posted on September 5, 2017 by Laurie Willhalm
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.
Posted on July 11, 2017 by Nina Lindsay
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:
Posted on June 19, 2017 by Laurie Willhalm
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