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Black History Read-In and Heritage Fest Events for Children and Families on February 4th at the Main Library

January is almost over, which means it's just about time for Black History Month. 

The Main Library is celebrating the achievements of Black Americans with a day-long Black History Month Read-In and Culture Fest for community members of all ages.

At the Oakland Public library, we strive to incorporate the work of people of African descent as part of our programming all year long, but appreciate the opportunity to highlight and celebrate Black history and culture as part of Black History Month.

Black History Month's origins date back to 1926, when Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week, a time set aside for studying the achievements and contributions of African-Americans. 

In 1990, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) established the African-American Read-In to encourage literacy during Black History Month.

Join us at 10:15 for a lively storytime that will feature songs, books, and rhymes that represent people from the African Diaspora. 

An example of a book that will be featured is This Jazz Man, by Karen Ehrhardt. 

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be served. 

At 11:30, we'll host the Samba Samba Workshop, an interactive educational workshop led by James Henry, that uses music, rhythm, percussion instruments, and drums as tools for capturing the imagination of the participants. This program is suitable for all ages from children to adults. 

The full schedule of events can be found here.

If you miss the Samba Samba workshop at the Main Library on the 4th, he'll also be performing at four other branches throughout the system throughout February and once in March. For more information about his performances, check out the library's website or call 510-238-6844

Free Reading Apps for Kids

After the holidays families may have new devices to explore, connect with online resources or create new content. Below are FREE apps you can download to enjoy books, music and movies from our library collection. 

  • Enki -  This collection includes kid's comics, graphic novels, study guides and more kids of all ages. 
  • Hoopla  - Download or stream ebooks, music, audiobooks, movies, comics, and television. You can apply KIDS MODE which only show kid-appropriate content in browse and search results.
  • Libby for OverDrive - With OverDrive, you can borrow e-books (including Kindle books), downloadable audiobooks, and stream videos from OPL's  collection.
  • RBdigital  - Check out magazines like Highlights, American Girl and Ask.
  • Tumblebooks for Kids - Enjoy interactive, online picture books and early readers for kids for different reading levels, with games and puzzles.

Information about additonal online resources can be found online at: http://oaklandlibrary.org/online-resources/e-books-and-digital-content

What are some of your favorites? 

Cascada de Flores

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