Focus on Early Learning

Children's Services Outreach Librarian, Pat Toney shares FREE community resources for early learning.

When I went to library school in 2008, I knew I wanted to be a Children’s Librarian because I wanted to share the joy of reading. As my career develops my focus on early learning and parent engagement is clear, thus I was super excited to hear Pamela Paul’s recent interview on KQED Forum discussing her new book, co-written with her colleague Maria Russo, "How to Raise a Reader." Pamela shares family literacy tips on creating read-aloud routines, "championing genre fiction" and nurturing a love of books in kids of all age.

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October is Black Speculative Fiction Month

New Black Speculative Fiction books.

In honor of Black Speculative Fiction month here are some new titles from OPL to keep you reading throughout the month and year. For a more comprehensive listing of Black Speculative Fiction available at OPL, please visit this post

Happy reading and Happy Black Speculative Fiction Month! If there are titles missing from our shelves that you'd like to read, please leave a message below. We'll do our very best to purchase them for our collection.


How Long to Black Future Month?  Bodies Reimagined

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Whatever You Do, Don't Read This

It's Banned Books Week! Celebrate the freedom to read.

It's 2019, and people are still trying to ban books? Or burn books?

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read the books you want to read. People ask libraries to get rid of books they don't like (we call this a "challenge"), and when they do, libraries send a report to the American Library Association (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom. Every year, the OIF creates a list of the books that get challenged the most.

Want to see the list for 2018We have all of them.

  1. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2019

There are so many great books arriving in September! Here are ten titles that will clog your to-read list.

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Cascada de Flores

Join us for a bilingual performance that includes traditional songs and music from Mexico and Central America with unforgettable storytelling for the whole family.

Cascada de Flores transforms the nostalgic song and traditions of Mexico and its neighbors into simple and beautiful arrangements that allow space for both improvisation and pure expression.

Come celebrate Latinx Cultural Heritage with musical stories for children and their families:

  • Tuesday, September 24  -  Brookfield Branch @ 1:30pm
  • Saturday, September 28 - Golden Gate Branch @ 10:30am 
  • Saturday, September 28 -  Lakeview Branch @ 2:00pm 

The duo will also be peforming later this fall:

  • Wednesday, October 23 -  West Branch @ 10:00am 

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International Peace Month

Books for moving towards personal, interpersonal and collective peace.

August is International Peace Month.

Founded on August 16, 1926 when delegates at the Fifth International Democratic Peace Conference gathered on France's former battlefields, the goal of the first Peace Month was to study international peace work to better understand the mistakes made during the war. As a believer that peace begins with ourselves and develops through our relationships with each other, I've gathered together some titles that focus on moving toward peace personally, interpersonally and collectively.   

To learn more about these books, click the links below. Happy reading!

Nonviolent Communication     Collaborating with the Enemy

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Online Learning for Kids

Children who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library for lifelong learning.

One might say your library card is the most valuable card in your wallet. For the price of FREE, you get access to books, movies, music and numerous learning resources.  Check them out:

Online encyclopedia and research resources 

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Back to School? These Resources Can Help

Oakland youth go back to school next week, so the Oakland Public Library’s E-Resources Committee would like to share a couple of online resources available to OPL cardholders that can help with learning!

Oakland youth go back to school next week, so the Oakland Public Library’s E-Resources Committee would like to share a couple of online resources available to OPL cardholders that can help with learning! 

To access these and other online resources go to Oakland Public Library's Online Research and Learning page.

For K-8 Students…

World Book Kids: Provides thousands of easy-to-read articles with embedded multimedia for increased comprehension.

World Book Student: Packed with such research tools as Citation Builder, How to Do Research, Compare Places, Interactive Maps, and the World Book Atlas to help students get the most out

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Learning from the Process of Art

Relax about artistic mistakes – there’s nothing wrong with them! Your child does not learn by creating a Pinterest-perfect replica of the teacher’s example.

Gone are the days when every student in the art class had to produce an identical still life. But sometimes a kid will melt down when faced with a new artistic challenge because "mine doesn't look like yours". It doesn't need to look just like anyone else's, though. That’s not how kids learn! And it’s certainly not how they have fun.

group of kids working with art supplies group of kids working with art supplies

Many educators and caregivers encourage children in what we call “process art” – where the process of making something is more important than the end result. That’s a valuable perspective at any age – but especially with preschool ages

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2019

The summer isn't over yet, so here's another round of hot books, August edition.

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