April 2023 at OPL

Welcome to April abloom at the Oakland Public Library! Get out your checkered blankets and enjoy some quality family time at Soul Soup, Mariela’s Music Time, or our other song filled family activities that children will love! ??

Or join us for the launching of Montclair Branch’s new seed lending library! ? And so many more programs to kick start your garden ?

Soul Soup with Amber Hines

various locations & dates

Come celebrate Día by dancing to the beat of Amber Hines’ drums! ?Soul Soup is a musical feast that will nurture the spirit of all families and children wanting to participate ?‍♀️?

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a national library initiative “that fosters literacy for children from all backgrounds,” (from the American Library Association). Learn more about Día on the American Library Association website.

Succulent Terrariums, opens a new window

Thursday, April 27, 2023, 3:30 PM, Asian Branch
Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 3:30 PM, Main Library
Succulents can be easily propagated from mother plants in the garden or around the neighborhood. Participants will use these cuttings to design their own terrariums. ?

Seed Starting and Seed Library Kick-Off, opens a new window

Saturday, April 22

Learn best practices for sowing seed and seedling care. ? And check out what flowers, fruits, or veggies Montclair's new seed library offers!

City Team Food Giveaway, opens a new window

First & third Wednesdays

Free food!?

Growing Great Tomatoes, opens a new window

Saturday, April 22

Growing tomatoes can be tricky! Learn how to start tomatoes from seed, compare growing habits, and how to care for them from start to harvest - and even take home tomato seedlings to grow at home. ?

Growing Ancestral Foods, opens a new window

Saturday, April 22

Learn how to grow plants from the Asian diaspora. Register to reserve your free seeds and plants!

The Last week of April is #NationalLibraryWeek! Here are some book lists to deepen your affection or broaden your knowledge on libraries.

Libraries in Fiction

Readers love to read about libraries -- perhaps because they love their own libraries. And writers love to write about libraries -- perhaps because librarians purchase books about libraries! From murder behind the reference desk to the love lives of people who roam the halls, these selections show you a view from the stacks. Choose one to celebrate National Library Week.

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Libraries in Nonfiction

From real-world book emergencies to the virtual shelves of ebooks, find out what today's libraries have in store for you on National Library Week.

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