Events & Programs

Soul Soup with Amber Hines Summer 2019

Soul Soup with Amber Hines presents a family-style music ritual with live drum accompaniment that inspires you to sing, dance and play! Utilizing traditional and contemporary music, games and story. 

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019  Rockridge Branch Library  at 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019  Temescal Branch Library at 10:30 AM
  • Monday, July 08, 2019  Eastmont Branch Library at 1:00 PM
  • Monday, July 08, 2019  Main Library Children's Room at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019  Golden Gate Branch Library at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, August 03, 2019  Elmhurst Branch Library 3:00 PM

Little Explorers Petting Zoo Summer 2019

Come experience various barnyard animals -- to pet NOT hold. Who knows what you will see; it could be an Alpaca, some chickens, or a pot-bellied pig!

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019  2:00 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019  11:00 AM at Temescal Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019  10:30 AM at Dimond  Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019  2:00 PM at Chavez Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019  11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Saturday, July 6, 2019  10:30 AM at Rockridge  Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019   2:00 PM at Melrose Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019  10:00 AM at West Oakland  Branch Library
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019  National Night Out at Piedmont Avenue  Branch Library

Magical Moonshine Summer 2019

Magical Moonshine will be offer several different puppet shows at the branches. Come and enjoy classic stories brought to life through puppets.

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019  6:30 PM at Rockridge  Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019  10:30 AM at Asian Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 09, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield  Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019  7:00 PM at Dimond  Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019  1:30 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019  11:00 AM at Temescal  Branch Library

Magic Nathaniel Summer 2019

Magical Nathaniel presents a high energy show loaded of audience interaction! Each kid will leave the show will a big smile on their face and the feeling that they had an important part to play in the show. Special magic activity books provided!

  • Saturday, June 8, 2019, 2:00 PM  at Chavez Branch Library                                                         
  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 7:00 PM  at Dimond Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019, 1:00 PM at Melrose Branch Library
  • Monday, July 15, 2019,  10:30 AM at  Main Library Children's Room
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019,  11:00 AM at ML King Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019 ,  6:30 PM at  Rockridge Branch Library                                                                  

                                                                            

Workshop - For those interested in learning a little magic? Join us for this magic workshop and learn the basics and a few card tricks.

  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019,  4:00 PM  at  Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019,  3:00 PM at  Piedmont Avenue Branch Library

Mike the Magician Summer 2019

 Mike Della Penna creates wonder and laughter with family magic performances that are equal parts playful and astonishing.

  • Saturday, June 08, 2019   10:30 AM at Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019  6:30 PM at Montclair Branch Library
  • Monday, June 24, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019   1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019   6:30 PM at Rockridge Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019  4:00PM at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019  10:30 AM at Asian Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019  11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019   10:00 AM at West Oakland Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019  11:00 AM at Temescal Branch Library
  • Monday, July 15, 2019  1:00 PM atEastmont Branch Library

Are you ready for #OPLSummer?

Everyone can register for the OPL Summer Program at oaklandlibrary.org/summer or at any branch of the Oakland Public Library starting Friday, May 24.

The 2019 Summer Program runs from June 1 – August 3, with an end of summer party for families at the Oakland Museum on Sunday, August 4th. 

Friday, May 24 is also the first day library users can receive a special edition Children’s Fairyland library card. Fairyland Library card holders will receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30. Please note: No adult is admitted without a child, and no child is admitted without an adult.

As a reminder, discount/free entry to bay area musuems and attractions is avialable wtih your library card with Discover & Go!

Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association Summer 2019

MDBA is an organization dedicated to promoting beekeeping and educating the public about the vital role of honey and bees in the environment. Learn about bees, hives and get a taste of sweet honey.

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019, 3:00 PM at Piedmont Avenue Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 4:00PM Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 1:30 PM  81st Avenue Branch Library

Xtreme Science Magic Summer 2019

Be prepared to be blown away with the laser lighting, special FX, music...far beyond anything you've even seen in a magic show. 

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 at  10:30am  Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Monday, June 3, 201 at  1:00 pm  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at  11:00 am  King Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm   Rockridge Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10:30 am  Asian Branch Library
  • Monday, June 10, 2019 at  10:30 am  Main Library Children's Room
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm  Dimond Branch Library
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm  81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm  Melrose Branch Library

 

Meet the Ten Amazing Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalists!

The Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program is an unprecedented citywide effort to celebrate literacy through poetry and connect young writers to far-reaching opportunities. Each year we accept submissions from talented Oakland writers (ages 13-18) to be considered for the city’s top literary honor. The Laureate earns an educational scholarship and embarks on a year of opportunities as an ambassador for literacy, arts and youth expression.

 

This year we have ten wonderful Finalists. Please join us at the James Moore Theater at the Oakland Museum on California on June 7th, 2019 at 7PM to find out who our next Youth Poet Laureate is! Hear amazing performances from all of our finalists and our current Laureate, Leila Mottley. 

You don't want to miss it!

Every few days leading up to the final event we'll be introducing a Finalist and sharing their work.  Keep an eye on this space to meet all of these incredible young poets.

First up, Hayden Beaulieu, an 18-year-old high school graduate:  

Siara Edmond, 14 years old, goes to Skyline High School:

Darien Em is a 16 year old who goes to Oakland High:

Next, we have Samuel Getachew, who is a 16-year-old at Oakland Technical High School:

Monique Nadine Jonath is a 16-year-old at The College Preparatory School:

Here is Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, a 15-year-old who goes to Oakland Technical High School:

Zouhair Mussa is a 15-year-old who goes to school at Oakland High: 

Here is Jordan Tisnado, a Dewey Academy 17-year old:

Eleanor Wikstrom goes to Skyline High School and is 16 years old:

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17-year old Lizette Navarro goes to Oakland School for the Arts:

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Early Learning Backpacks

In September 2018,  OPL’s West and Eastmont branches began a pilot program offering an exciting and fun way for kids ages 3-5 to boost their language skills and school readiness.  The First 5 Alameda County funded early learning backpacks available during family storytime and play café are a huge hit. Early literacy specialists understand parents are a child’s first and best teacher.These backpacks are designed to provide opportunities for rich interactions, fun, and learning by providing materials and books for families to use together. 

The backpacks are not part of our traditional collection. Families can simply choose a backpack, sign it out on a clipboard, and enjoy the rich contents inside to explore math, science, literacy and/or social skills at home. The following week families can exchange the backpack for one of the other 30 themed backpacks. The backpacks are see-through and full of educational activities, toys and books in English, Spanish, Chinese and/or Arabic. A child doesn’t need to know that each backpack’s contents were painstakingly put together by experts at First 5 Alameda and are meticulously connected to California kindergarten readiness standards. Children are drawn to the joy of engineering a bridge, examining bugs, taking care of a baby doll, or reading a book about a garden. Many families come back week after week because their child is excited to choose their next backpack. It has become an important part of their weekly routine and something special they do with each other.

Some caregivers ask for advice such as “Which Science backpack will teach my child the life cycle of a butterfly?” or “Which Social Skills backpack will help my child learn how to resolve conflicts with their friends?” Working in partnership with First 5 Alameda children’s librarians meet quarterly to engage with the materials and how they relate to aspects of the California Preschool Curriculum Framework to help make better recommendations. It is a joy to see the pride and excitement in a child’s step as they leave the library with their choice for the week snugly on their back and knowing that it is a tool to help them build the skills they need to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.

~ Celia, West Oakland Children's Librarian

Five Key Areas of School Readiness for Children include:

  • Promoting physical well-being and gross and fine motor development
  • Promoting social, emotional and self-regulation skills
  • Developing approaches to learning (awareness of how one learns best)
  • Fostering literacy and language development
  • Instilling cognitive development and general problem solving skills