When kids have questions, the books of David Macaulay are a solid place to start seeking answers. Macaulay’s nonfiction explores the art, design, and mechanics of buildings, technology, the human body, and more. His books are heavily illustrated and visually engaging, with clear writing that respects the interests and abilities of children. Come to the library to browse his fascinating work for yourself!
Come celebrate children and books at Oakland Public Library!
Celebrate children and books with bilingual magician Germar the Magician! In this fun show, Germar delights children and invites them to participate. If you miss him at your local branch, you can catch him at another!
Refreshments will be served at many locations (check your local branch), and each child will leave with a new book!
Lakeview Saturday, 4/20/13 11:00 AM
Elmhurst Saturday, 4/20/13 2:00 PM
Dimond Tuesday, 4/23/13 7:00 PM
Asian Wednesday, 4/24/13 10:30 AM
The Main Library Children's Room "READ" installation, in honor of National Library Week, is constructed entirely of origami.
It's National Library Week! Last week you got a sneak peek at preparations for the origami installation at the Main Library. It went up on Saturday, and now the Oak street face of the library (with the entrance to the Children's Room) reminds you of just one of the many fun things you can do inside or outside your library. A group of preschoolers are checking it out...arriving for Monday morning storytime. Come see it for yourself...but don't wait! The installation will stay up through Saturday April 20th.
A list of recommended poetry books for children held by the Oakland Public Library.
The library circulates poetry books all year long, but April, National Poetry Month, is their time to shine. Whether you’re looking for a traditional poem in picture book form to share with preschoolers, or a collection of silly rhymes for older kids, the library has you covered! Make a visit to the nonfiction section of your local branch – especially the 811.54s – to discover these and other wonderful poetry books for children:
Cranes and planes will soon decorate the wall outside the Children's Room at the Main Library. Come take a look!
Children at libraries throughout Oakland have been busily folding pieces of paper. Why, you may wonder? Well, National Library Week is coming and, as part of the celebration, on April 13th the Main Library's Children’s Room staff will be mounting an origami installation on the outside of the library’s Oak Street entrance. The colorful installation, using more than a thousand origami pieces of varying shapes and sizes, will be attached to the wall so that all can see that Oakland’s kids love to “READ.” The installation was inspired by the street art posted on the Asian Museum in San Francisco this past August. The group Upside Up used 550 origami butterflies to write the word “fly
Yes, we have LEGOS at the library. Come by one of many locations for monthly LEGO Mania! Clubs.
Play has a direct link to early literacy experience. Play and stories work together to encourage creativity, imagination, and dexterity: all skills that help your child learn.
If you have DUPLOS at home, try some of the acitivities in the the Read! Build! Play! at Home Toolkit developed by LEGO in partnership with The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC).
We also have DUPLOS and LEGOS for your child to play with at many library locations. Bring your child of any age in to one of our monthly LEGO Mania! clubs, where they can play and build with others.
LEGO Mania! Monthly Lego Clubs
First Tuesdays at 4pm at the Eastmont Library
First Fridays at 3:30pm at the
Your child can read to a dog! Bring her to Lakeview on April afternoons (sign up requred).
Is your child shy about reading out loud? Is your child shy about reading at all? Join us on Wednesday afternoons in April. Therapy Pets in Oakland is bringing dogs to the Lakeview Branch to give your child a fun way to practice reading. These gentle dogs do not judge children; they only love them. Research has shown that children gain ease in reading when they read to dogs.
Sign up for a 20-minute session at Lakeview.
Have you met Elmhurst Library's new branch manager?
Today let's head over to 88th Avenue and meet Ana-Elba Pavon, now Branch Manager of the Elmhurst library.
Ana, What brought you to the Elmhurst library?
I was assigned to work at the Elmhurst Library when I first became an on-call Children’s Librarian here. I went to visit the library a few days before my first assignment, and like many people visiting this library for the first time, I went right by it because it blends in so well with the houses in the neighborhood!
Give us an example of what a day at work looks like for you.
I often prepare for the day’s activities before we open. During our open hours, I may do a storytime, visit a school, have a meeting, and, of course, help people find things in the library. At Elmhurst we are small enough
Books similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid that may be found at the Oakland Public Library.
So far, Jeff Kinney has released seven volumes of his phenomenally popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid books – a series that I have seen 2nd to 7th grade students enthusiastically devour. Want more illustrated chapter books? Try handing these to young readers hooked by Greg Heffley’s comic missteps: