AAMLO Hosts Saturday Morning Children’s Story Hour; Book Giveaway Dec. 7

Release Date

Fri, 11/08/2019
Picture of author Breanna J. McDaniel with book cover.

Oakland, CA – The African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO), which earlier this summer launched a Saturday morning children’s story hour on the first and third Saturdays of each month, will provide a special book giveaway at its Saturday, December 7 story hour.

Author Breanna J. McDaniel will read and discuss Hands Up, her 2019 publication illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Copies of Hands Up will be provided as door prizes for the young visitors, and AAMLO will issue certificates of participation to all attendees. The story hour starts at 11 a.m.

“For many people, the phrase ‘hands up’ brings forward difficult emotions like anger, sadness, frustration, and fear,” noted McDaniel. “With this story, I wanted to emphasize the ways I’ve experienced that phrase as part of my everyday life: at home, at play, in church, and at protests with young people leading the way.”

The AAMLO Children’s Story Hour is designed for young visitors, ages five through eight. AAMLO’s lesson plan for each book aligns with the kindergarten through third-grade content standards for English language arts, history and social studies, and visual art as outlined by the Department of Education for the State of California.

Library assistant Marco Frazier, who coordinates the initiative says, “We want our children to travel across time and visit different parts of the country through the magic of reading. Our books acquaint young AAMLO patrons with people, places, and events – both real and fictional – that shape an understanding of African American life and creative expression.

The selected books are announced on AAMLO’s monthly program calendar printed each month and available online at www.oaklandlibrary.org/aamlo.

Saturday Children’s Story Hour Upcoming Readings

Saturday, November 16 – 11 a.m.
Anna McQuinn shares a story, Lola at the Library, about a little girl who loves to read and check out books from the special section designed just for children.

Saturday, December 7 – 11 a.m.
Special guest Breanna J. McDaniel reads her new book, Hands Up, and notes we raise “hands up” when reaching for adults to lift us, stretching for books on the top shelf, worshipping in church, playing basketball, and protesting with members of our community.

Saturday, December 21 – 11 a.m.
Juwanna G. Ford writes K is for Kwanzaa, an alphabet book that explains everything about the special season, from A to Z. The book is an introduction for those who celebrate the holiday for the first time. For others, it reminds and reinforces what we should know that makes Kwanzaa great.

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations. The archives include over 160 collections documenting prominent families, pioneers, churches, social and political organizations. AAMLO has a unique non-circulating reference library for researchers, students and anyone interested in African American history, in addition to a second-floor museum that regularly hosts traveling and original exhibitions exploring the art, history and culture of African Americans. Highlights of AAMLO's collections include the Ronald V. Dellums Congressional Papers, the Oakland Post Photograph Collection documenting African American politicians, entertainers, athletes and community leaders from the Bay Area during the 1960s, '70s, and ‘80s, studio portraits of Oaklanders by the photographer E.F. Joseph, and the papers of Oakland cartoonist and illustrator Morrie Turner. Located at 659 14th St., AAMLO is housed in the former Charles S. Greene Library, a historic 1902 Carnegie building.

About OPL
The Oakland Public Library is a part of the City of Oakland in California and has been in existence since 1878. Locations include 16 neighborhood branches, a Main Library, a Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Oakland Tool Lending Library, and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO). On April 1, 2019, OPL expanded its hours for the first time since 2004 thanks to the passage of Measure D. As of July 1, 2019, OPL no longer collects fines for overdue materials. The Oakland Public Library empowers all people to explore, connect, and grow.