Events & Programs

Help your library help Oakland youth: Summer Lunch Volunteer Site Coordinators Needed!

Girl Eating LunchDid you know that most Oakland Public Libraries now serve free lunch for children and teens during the summer?

We couldn't do it without the partnership of the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which recruits, trains, and places volunteers for the lunch service.  In addition, they train volunteer Site Coordinators, who commit to at least two weeks of coordinating the other volunteers at a single library site, during lunch time.

Could you be a volunteer Summer Lunch Site Coordinator?  While server positions are mostly filled, we still need some committed volunteers to help with this crucial role.  Coordinators work closely with library staff to make sure this is a fun experience, connecting youth with library programs and activities, and making sure the lunch service is seamless and enjoyable. 

Basic training shifts at the food bank are today, tomorrow, and next week.  Sign up here, and email  eburton@accfb.org to indicate your interest in the Coordinator position. 

More details on library volunteer opportunities can be found at http://oaklandlibrary.org/about/support-library/volunteer-library

 

Free Summer Cinema at Studio One Arts Center

Book coverDo you like to read the book before, or after you see the movie?

Studio One Arts Center is hosting free family movies this summer; coming up this Friday: Matilda!  Based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Check them both out.  

Do you like to read the book before, or after you see the movie?

Studio One Arts Center is hosting free family movies this summer; coming up this Friday: Matilda!  Based on the book by Roald Dahl.  Check them both out.  Movie Poster

Celebrating Children in Oakland

Germar the MagicianDía de los niños / Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. This year Germar the Magician came to many of our libraries to help us celebrate. He  entertained children of all ages with birds that appeared and disappeared, magic coins that did strange and marvelous things, and more. He did so seamlessly alternating between English and Spanish.

Día de los niños / Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. This year Germar the Magician came to many of our libraries to help us celebrate. He  entertained children of all ages with birds that appeared and disappeared, magic coins that did strange and marvelous things, and more. He did so seamlessly alternating between English and Spanish.

Some of books we gave away

In addition, children at those eleven branches got to choose and take home a free book to keep. 

But we're just getting started! Join us in June as we start our annual celebration of children and books during our Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is "Reading is sooooo Delicious!" Children will be entertained, encouraged to read, and win fabulous prizes. Stay tuned for more information. home a free book to keep. 

In addition, children at those eleven branches got to choose and take home a free book to keep. 

But we're just getting started! Join us in June as we start our annual celebration of children and books during our Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is "Reading is sooooo Delicious!" Children will be entertained, encouraged to read, and win fabulous prizes. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Celebrating Children in Oakland

Germar the Magician

Día de los niños / Día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. This year Germar the Magician came to many of our libraries to help us celebrate. He  entertained children of all ages with birds that appeared and disappeared, magic coins that did strange and marvelous things, and more. He did so seamlessly alternating between English and Spanish.

Some of books we gave awayIn addition, children at those eleven branches got to choose and take home a free book to keep. 

But we're just getting started! Join us in June as we start our annual celebration of children and books during our Summer Reading Program. This year's theme is "Reading is sooooo Delicious!" Children will be entertained, encouraged to read, and win fabulous prizes. Stay tuned for more information.

 

Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros - Children's Day / Book Day

GermarCelebrate 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

Golden Gate Thursday, 4/25/13 3:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, 4/27/13 11:00 AM

Cesar Chavez Saturday, 4/27/13 3:00 PM

Melrose Tuesday, 4/30/13 5:30 PM

Brookfield Wedesday, 5/1/13 10:30 AM

Eastmont, Wednesday 5/8/13 10:30 AM

Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros - Children's Day / Book Day

GermarCelebrate 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

Golden Gate Thursday, 4/25/13 3:00 PM

Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday, 4/27/13 11:00 AM

Cesar Chavez Saturday, 4/27/13 3:00 PM

Melrose Tuesday, 4/30/13 5:30 PM

Brookfield Wedesday, 5/1/13 10:30 AM

Eastmont, Wednesday 5/8/13 10:30 AM

READ! Origami Wall for National Library Week

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. 

Thanks to all of the children who folded origami for this project.

READ! Origami Wall for National Library Week

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. 

Thanks to all of the children who folded origami for this project.

Origami Wall at the Main Library

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” on one of the museum’s exterior walls.  Our installation will remain up for a week.  Come on down and check it out along with some great books.

Here are some pictures of the Wall in waiting.

Preparing the Wall        Origami Installation Waiting to be Hung