It is once again time for Winter Bingo! Your child can earn a free book just for completing fun activities over winter break. There are two Bingo cards available: one for children in grades K-5, and one for pre-readers and their caregivers. On the K-5 card are activities that include “Splash in a puddle,” “Tell a story” and my favorite: “Tell a librarian what to read.” The pre-reader card includes a variety of early literacy activities like “Build with blocks” or “Cuddle while you read.” Just do five activities in a row and you have B-I-N-G-O. Winter Bingo starts December 17, 2016 and ends January 14, 2017. Pick your cards up at any Oakland Public Library or just print your own right now!
Events & Programs
There is only one time of year that is more financally stress-enducing for parents than Christmas: Back to School season. One of my favorite retailers had the Back to School displays up on July 5th. If that is not pressure enough, according to Good Morning America last week parents are anticipated to spend an average of $230-some odd dollars on back to school materials. PER CHILD! Wait...what? $230 per child? I have three children, and I DO NOT HAVE $690 in back to school money. Who did this math anyway? Now we all want our children to start school confident and successful with everything they need, but sometimes our financial situation doesn't support this desire completely. Luckily Oakland has a wealth of resources designed to support parents during the back to school season. I don't know about them all, but here are a few to consider.
Disclaimer: The supplies are offered by indendent orginizations and suppiles are limited. For more information please contact the sponsoring orginization.
If you know about one that is not listed here add it to the comments section, we need all the help we can get.
The H.U.G.S Foundation Back to School Backpack Giveaway
Saturday August 6, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
8711 MacArthur Blvd
Children's Home Society of California, Pull up Your Pants Barbershop & Eastmont Library Present:
A Back to School Reading Celebration. (Clothing closet, school supplies giveaway, free haircuts for children*)
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eastmont Library Children's Area
* For for information about Children's Haircuts please contact the children's librarian at the Eastmont Library*
Roots Community Health Center Back to School Health and Resource Fair (Giveaways include: backpacks, diapers, booster seats and natural soap)
Saturday August 13, 2016
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
2700 International Blvd. (Fruitvale) @ Roots Pediatrics Clinic
Questions? Call 510-777-1177
Put Your Best Foot Forward: Back to School Shoe Giveaway (giving away new shoes and backpacks)
Saturday, September 17, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Oracle Arena & Oakland Alameda Coliseum
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO GET YOUR SHOES!
Right now, stories of racialized violence, images of protestors demanding justice, and discussions about the movement for Black Lives are dominating the media – and people nationwide are struggling to find age-appropriate ways they can talk with youth about current events, race, and racism.
If you’re looking for support with these difficult conversations, come to the library! Oakland Public Library has books, DVDs, and an up-to-date, downloadable #BlackLivesMatter resource series to help spark discussion with kids of all ages.
We also have this powerful audio recording available to stream, from a recent panel discussion that features local parents, caregivers, and educators sharing their thoughts, experiences, and best practices relating to how adults can effectively talk about race and racism with children.
This conversation, which took place May 10th at the West Oakland library, was co-sponsored by the Youth and Families committee of Showing Up for Racial Justice Bay Area.
Lindsay Imai Hong facilitated the panel, which included Shayna Cureton from Abundant Beginnings, Marilyn Hollinquest from the Radical Monarchs, artist and activist Ariel Luckey, and Malaika Parker from PACT, an Adoption Alliance.
Please share this blog post and the audio recording out to your social networks! And contact Miriam Medow at email@example.com if you have any questions about the May 10th event.
Do you have suggestions of how the library can better support equity and justice in our community? Let us know in the comments!
Photos © Rivkah Beth Medow, used here with permission.
Día, celebrating its 20th year in 2016, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. We uphold this daily commitment, and this April and May, each Oakland Public Library location will celebrate Día with one of the following performances, followed by a book giveaway. Please join us.
Alphabet Rockers, a hip hop, rapping, moving kind of group, is Oakland's answer to "Sesame Street." They amplify family fun in their new show: "The Playground Zone." This hit new show for kids age 3-9 and parents uses hot beats, hip hop moves, and rap lyrics.
West Oakland 4/14/16 at 1:15 PM
Golden Gate 4/19/16 at 6:30 PM
Dimond 4/21/16 at 10:15 AM
81st Avenue 4/21/16 at 1:30 PM
César E. Chávez 4/30/16 at 2:00 PM
Mariela Herrera a Chilean-born performer who is well-versed her native country’s folkloric traditions, brings her energetic and exciting bilingual music, dance and storytelling to Oakland Libraries. Especially for ages 2-6.
Melrose 4/7/16 at 10:30 AM
Montclair 4/19/16 at1:00 PM
Brookfield 4/22/16 at 1:00 PM
Main Library, Children's Room 5/14/16 at 10:30 AM
Sean's Shadow Puppet Theatre entrances audiences with folk tales come from Africa, China, or the Caribbean. His stories, hand-made shadow puppets, and instruments from around the world demonstrate the power of tales in every culture.
Lakeview 4/13/16 at 11:00 AM
Elmhurst 4/13/16 at 3:00 PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. 4/14/16 at 10:30 AM
Eastmont 4/14/16 at 2:00 PM
Kamishibai (paper theater) is a story telling form that was popular throughout Japan in the 1920s to 1950s. Join Librarian Erica Siskind as she travels from branch to branch on her bicycle to deliver stories.
Asian 4/6/16 at 10:30 AM
Piedmont Avenue 4/27/16 at 10:15 AM
Temescal 5/18/16 at 10:30 AM
James will introduce many of the amazing films, made by kids around the country, that tell the story of a Newbery book in 90-Seconds or less.
Will he show your film? Not if you don't submit one! The rules are all at http://jameskennedy.com/90-second-newbery/, and the deadline is January 10, 2016
So check out or download your favorite Newbery title for the Thanksgiving break, and start planning your 90-second Newbery. Here's one of my favorites: a musical rendition of Ramona and Her Father:
Cathy Camper, the author of Low Riders in Space, comes to Oakland to present a series of zine-making workshops at five braches. Join us as she shares her process in writing Lowriders in Space and shows how to create zines. These workshops are designed for ages 10 to 14, but all are welcome.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 1:00pm 81st Avenue
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 10:30am Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 3:00pm Elmhurst
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 1:00pm César Chávez
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:00pm Eastmont
Oakland proved we know how to party with our city-wide celebration of the Warriors in June. Now it's time to celebrate something even more important: almost 10,000 children have read this summer in the Oakland Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge. So let's party!
Join us at the Oakland Museum of California on Sunday (August 2) from 12 to 4. All children who've finished the Summer Reading Challenge will receive a signed certificate of completion. Everyone is welcome, and every child will receive a book, thanks to the East Bay Children's Book Project.
But wait... there's more! Chiquy Boom! will bring her unique style of silly magic and movement in two languages with two shows, at 1:30pm and 3pm. We'll have a DJ to dance our sillies away, art projects, and food trucks from Off the Grid. Oakland Parks & Rec will entertain us with games, a bouncy house, and face painting; and of course there will be storytimes, with your favorite librarians.
This is a free day at OMCA. Entry and all the entertainment will cost nothing for the whole family. Prices vary for the food trucks.
It is not too late to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge. You can sign up online, or stop by any Oakland Public Library for a summer reading calendar. Children ages 0-14 are rewarded for reading completed between June 13th and August 8th this summer. Any reading counts, including being read to, because we know that reading for fun makes good readers.
All kids are invited to participate in Oakland's Summer Reading Challenge. But two special events this Friday invite kids to be summer reading heroes!
Join us on Friday, June 19th, from 1pm to 3:30pm at the Martin Luther King Jr Branch, or the 81st Avenue Branch, for a summer reading festival including free books, facepainting, bubbles, popcorn, storytime, a superhero photo booth, and a chance to win a Kindle!
The Summer Reading Super Hero festival celebrates National Summer Learning Day, and is sponsored by Oakland Reads 2020.
The Oakland Public Library has reading, fun, and adventure for children, teens, and adults this summer.
We invite you to hang out, play, meet new people, and read for fun this summer.
Studies show that kids who don’t read during the summer lose approximately two months’ worth of gains made during the school year. But we have you covered, with the kids Summer Reading Challenge.
We know (because studies also show!) that when kids choose their own reading, they enjoy reading more, and when reading is fun, they become better readers. We'd like to celebrate your child's summer experiences by rewarding them for reading, which they can track in their own reading log. Come to any Oakland Library to pick one up.
While you're here, check out our amazing activities and performances. Music, puppets, marble runs, an instrument petting zoo and a live animal petting zoo...there's always something to do at your library.
Celebrate reading with the whole family.
Any child can participate in the Summer Reading Challenge whether they know how to read or not. Even babies are learning important literacy skills when you or another loved one read to them. Read together, read often, it all counts, because it all makes a difference.
You can also get prizes for your own reading, for attending a library program or bringing a friend to the library, or checking out a free Discover & Go pass. Just ask for an Adult Summer Reading raffle card at any location. And, yes, your teenager too!
Start now. Here's our favorite reads.
We love to talk to you and your children at the library to find the perfect book, but your can always browse our favorites at our Great Reads page. We also love OUSD's Elementary Summer Reading list, and hope you will try our new service, Beanstack. Set up a free account and select your child's age, interests, and reading level. You’ll receive a weekly email with recommended books from the Oakland Public Library!
We've got plenty in store...
Don't miss our end of summer extravaganza at the Oakland Museum, or that special event that just right for you and you child. We are also serving free lunch for youth at many of our libraries. Check out out events calendar any day this summer. We can't wait to see you.
Let's face it: everyone who's into illustration, cartooning, design or just plain old fine art is into the art of the picture book. Next Thursday, May 21, the Oakland Public Library is joining the Octopus Literary Salon to show off some of our newest favorites....
It's the Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase! Won't you come on over, buy yourself a drink, and enjoy the show? A surprise musical guest will make an appearance. Copies of the books will be for sale, too.
OPL's Spring 2015 Picture Book Showcase
Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster Street in Oakland
Here's a sneak preview:
What else will make the cut? Who knows! I do. And soon you will too. See you next Thursday!