READ! Origami Wall for National Library Week

The Main Library Children's Room "READ" installation, in honor of National Library Week, is constructed entirely of origami.

Origami spells READ on library wallIt'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. 

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READ! Origami Wall for National Library Week

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Finalists Announced for 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

How many of the nominees for this year's IMPAC Dublin Literary Award have you read?

Looking for a great book? Earlier this week, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award announced its 2013 shortlist.

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Tis the season…For poetry!

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:

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Tis the season…For poetry!

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Origami Wall at the Main Library

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

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Origami Wall at the Main Library

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Play and Literacy

Yes, we have LEGOS at the library. Come by one of many locations for monthly LEGO Mania! Clubs.

Boy playing with LegosPlay 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 

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Play and Literacy

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