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.

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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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Summer Cooking

It's summer and the cooking is easy!

Looking for new recipes for the fruits and vegetables harvested from your garden? Or maybe you're looking for creative dishes to make while camping out or tips on making your own ice cream. Look no further! These books will feed your creative spirit (and your appetite).

The Vegetable Gardener's CookbookThe Campout CookbookVegan Barbeque

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AAMLO Seed Lending Library Expansion

Veda Silva, Museum Project Coordinator, introduces you to the new and improved Seed Lending Library at AAMLO

Recently the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) rededicated the space allowed for its new and improved seed library. This idea of seed sharing and back to the earth ideas evoke images of 60s flower children and forest communes. For those of us older than fifty who among us cannot remember a visit to grandma’s and the unbelievably delicious foods she cooked with vegetables and fruits from her prized garden. Oh my!

Today, nostalgia has been replaced by practicality when it comes to access to fresh fruits and vegetables, especially people who live in inner city neighborhoods that often do not have grocery stores that stock healthy foods. Add to that the spectre of untested genetically modified vegetables that are at this moment in the produce section of your favorite market.

Many of us are unaware that multinational corporations have tried to copyright or otherwise gain legal ownership of

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Circus of Smiles Summer 2019

Join Mr. Quick and Mr. Mustache on a comical circus adventure. Their interactive performance appeals to audiences of all ages. This action-packed romp into the world of silliness and wonder will leave you in stitches.

Join Mr Quick and Mr. Mustache on a comical circus adventure. These jugglers are are one part Charlie Chaplin, one part Loony Toons, and 100 parts hilarious. Their interactive performance appeals to audiences of all ages and even invites willing attendees to participate in the spectacle. This action-packed romp into a world of silliness and wonder will leave you in stitches. You'll walk away thinking "is there anything they can't juggle!?”

  • Saturday, July 20 at 10:30 am Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 23 at 1:30 pm Brookfield Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 am Lakeview Branch Library
  • Saturday, July 27 2 at 2:00pm Chavez Branch Library
  • Monday, July 29 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, July 29 at 1:00 pm  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00 am West Oakland Branch Library
  • Thursday, August 1 at 1:00 pm Melrose Branch Library
  • Tuesday, August 6  at 5:30 pm 81st Avenue Community Library

 

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OPL Fairyland Free Day - Tuesday, July 30th

Children’s Fairyland library card holders are eligible to receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30, 2019.

OPL Children’s Fairyland library card holders are eligible to receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Please NOTE: No adult is admitted without a child, and no child is admitted without an adult.

If you can't make it on Tuesday, July 30th and/or don't have the limited edition Fairyland Library Card, Fairyland passes are available via Discover & Go, and Kids' Summer Reading program finishers receive "BOOK BUCKS" which admit one child with one paying adult

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2019

Attention fiction lovers: here come more summer books!

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Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater! July 2019

Be a part of this fun, interactive family friendly improv comedy!

Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater! is a fast-paced, interactive, outrageously funny, theatrical experience for heroes of all ages! Created and performed by veteran improviser, this improvised play  casts attendees as the stars of the show. Audience members provide the sound effects, become the scenery, and suggest exciting plot twists.

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019  1:30 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019  6:30 PM at Montclair Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019  1:00 PM at Melrose Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library

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Juan Sanchez Summer 2019

Bilingual Singer-songwriter, educator, recording artist

Singer, songwriter, recording artist, and educator Juan Sanchez will bring songs for kids in both English and Spanish. Always a favorite in Oakland, Juan will share songs on themes of tolerance, peace, and multicultural celebration.

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019   11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019   4:00PM at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Monday, July 1, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, July 1, 2019  1:00 PM at  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019  7:00P M  at Dimond Branch Library

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