Summer at the library is for reading, sure, but that's only part of it. We have all kinds of activites planned to engage you and your children when you stop by for a visit. Check out our full events page, or our daily events calendar to see what's in store.
We know that reading during the summer is important to a child's reading and learning success, but this has to be a part of a variety of engaging learning opportunities. And fun! At your library you'll find hands-on craft activites, fabulous magic and theatrical performances, and--in the spirit of this year's theme "Paws to Read"--lots of animals! This week, for instance, you can catch the Oakland Zoomobile at:
See you soon! And while you're here, ask us for something fun to read. We'll find it.
Summer Reading Challenge - Paws to Read
Your child does not have to lose her or his reading skills over the summer. Studies have shown that by reading just 20 minutes a day, a child retains, and can even increase, reading levels. We once again offer two fabulous grand prizes: one family membership in Children's Fairyland (ages 0-4) and one iPad (ages 5-14).
Our 2014 Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 14 through August 9. See our blog from last week for suggestions for books to read on this year's theme.
How to Play
Performers and Crafts and Parties, oh my!
We started strong with a Bubble Party at Melrose, Magic Dan at Elmhurst, Bodac Drumming at Martin Luther King, Jr. Busy Bee Dogs at the Main Children's Room, and Arts & Crafts at Brookfield. But wait, there's more, lots more. In just the next two days (Tuesday, June 17 and Wednesday June 18) we have many more activities for children and the whole family.
Golden Gate hosts Bodac Drumming at 10:30 am June 18
Main, Eastmont, and 81st Avenue host MOCHA Art Workshops 2:00 June 18
And there's more where all this came from. Check our kids' events page to find out what's going on from day to day.
And last, but not least, summer lunches at ten branches for children 0 to 18.
81st Avenue Tuesday-Friday from 12-1
Cesar Chavez Tuesday-Friday from 12:30-1:30
Dimond Tuesday-Friday from 12:30-1:30
Eastmont Monday-Friday from 12-1
Elmhurst Tuesday-Friday from 12-1
Golden Gate Monday-Friday from 12:30-1:30
Main Library (basement & second floor) Monday-Friday from 12:30-1:30
Martin Luther King, Jr. Tuesday-Friday from 12:30-1:30
Melrose Tuesday-Friday from 12-1
Temescal Tuesday-Friday from 12:30-1:30
Our children's Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 14 through August 9. There are some changes this year. We have changed both the rules and the prizes. We are counting days read instead of hours. And we are awarding coupons at ten days and a badge (see right), a book, and raffle entry at twenty days.
Branches will have raffle drawings throughout the summer, and on August 11 we will have the grand prize raffle drawings - a yearlong family membership in Children's Fairyland for children 0-4 and an iPad for children 5-14.
The Oakland Public Library (OPL) will be hosting Yuyi Morales at the César Chávez Branch on Tuesday, May 27th, at 6:00pm.
Yuyi Morales is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include Niño Wrestles the World, Just in Case, Little Night/Nochecita, and Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Her books have won a total of four Pura Belpré Awards, the Américas Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, The Golden Kite Award, the Christopher Award, the Jane Addams Award and the Tomás Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award.
As a Spanish-speaking immigrant and new mother who migrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1994, Yuyi struggled with English and adapting to a new home. She found support in public libraries, where she and her son practiced English by reading children’s books. There she found her life passion writing and illustrating children’s stories.
She writes on her web page's bio, "When I grow old I dream in becoming a professional liar. You know, those kind of people that tell stories and everybody goes, “Ahh, Ohh!"'
On Tuesday, May 27th, at 6:00pm, Yuyi will read her work and talk about her personal history and Mexican children’s folklore at the César Chávez Branch of the Oakland Public Library (3301 East 12th Street, Suite 271). She will be available to answer questions and to autograph books which will be for sale at the event. The library will be closed that day and will open only in the evening for this very special program.
This will be Yuyi’s only East Bay appearance during a Bay Area tour that includes presenting the prestigious Effie Lee Morris lecture at the San Francisco Public Library. This is a rare chance to see this visiting author/illustrator.
Sean's Shadows brings shadow puppet stories from all over the world. This month we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with two stories from China: Fool me Once and Bloom Tree. After each performance he shows and demonstrates musical instruments he used during the show.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Tuesday, May 20 at 4:00 PM
Dimond Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 PM
West Oakland Wednesday May 21 at 10:30 AM
Being a brand new parent is a joyous but sometimes scary event. After all, you have to pass a test to drive a car but no test is required to become a parent. You want to do your best for your baby and that best is probably pretty sleep deprived right now. But do not fear - the library is here to help you.
We offer baby storytimes every week. These lapsit storytimes, called "Baby Bounces" are 15- minutes long and filled with gentle rhymes, songs and movement that will start your baby on the path to reading. After each Baby Bounce, there is a play time with age-appropriate toys. This is a great chance to get out of the house, stimulate your baby's brain, meet other babies and their caregivers, share information, and make new friends. Check out our Baby Bounces at the following times and places:
We are celebrating Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros - Children's Day / Book Day all month long in Oakland. Juan Sanchez, entertainer extraordinaire, brings us joyous music from all over the world. He has a unique performing style full of warmth and humor that stresses audience participation and focuses on themes such as celebrating different cultures, peace building, respect, and self esteem.
Each child attending a Dia event will receive a book to keep. Join us:
Temescal April 16 at 10:30 AM
Martin Luther King, Jr. April 19 at 12:00 PM
César Chávez April 19 at 2:00 PM
81st Avenue April 25 at 4/25/14 10:45 AM
Main Library, Children's Room April 25 at 1:00 PM
Elmhurst April 26 at 2:30 PM
Melrose April 29 at 3:00 PM
Rockridge April 29 at 7:00 PM
Eastmont April 30 at 10:30 AM
Lakeview April 30 at 3:30 PM
"Hickory, dickory, dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock."
Did you know that "Hickory, Dickory, Dock," other nursey rhymes, and even many children's songs such as the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" are also poems? April is one of my favorite months of the year because it's National Poetry Month, a time when we focus on appreciating poetry in its many, many forms.
This year, the entire Main Library, including the Children's Room, is going to be celebrating Poetry Month in a variety of ways.
Climbing up the stairs in the building to get some exercise and/or to get to another part of the library? Don't forget to look at the stairs as you climb them and read our staircase poems!
Have you ever seen a poem that is written in the shape of the poem's subject? These are called "concrete poems" and lots of our favorites, like poems from the book, "A Poke in the I," will be on display throughout the building.
So, visit us, take a tour, make a rhyme and sing a song! You'll be happy you did. The Main Library is located at 125 14th St. and the Children's Room is in the basement of the building.
Is your child shy about reading out loud? Does your child avoid 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 shows that children gain ease in reading when they read to dogs. And who wouldn't love being around these mellow dogs?
Sign up for 20-minute sessions by calling the branch (510 238-7344) or by dropping by.