OPL Kids


Kids Rule at OPL.

OPL Summer

Summer at OPL

Register to participate in OPL’s annual summer program, attend our many events, log you reading, and earn your chance to win prizes.

Oakland History is Black History at Children's Fairyland

Hands-On with Children's Books

Pop-up, lift-the-flap, and other interactive books get kids involved in the reading experience!

Family Programs

Hey Families

Father Circle

Hey fathers and father-figures! Come join us on the first and third Wednesdays to talk about fatherhood, the best hood. All are welcome.
Jumell Devaull shaking hands with PoPo the Clown at Children's Fairyland [ 2136 ] 1965-10-23

Oakland History is Black History at Children's Fairyland

Children's Fairyland is celebrating Black History Month with a spectacular visual display.

MOCHA Art Series

FREE weekly Art Workshops for children and families led by teachers from the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA). For ages 5-15 and caregivers.

Nairobi Barnes Announced as 2023 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate

Jun 03, 2023
Nairobi Barnes, 18 years old, has been named the 2023 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, winning a $5000 scholarship.

Ideas for Family Fun

Read ideas for engaging activities your whole family can do together.

Family Activities

Watch OPL Storytime Online.Watch OPL Storytime Online.

Anytime is storytime with these songs, rhymes, and books from OPL children's librarians.
Anytime is storytime with these songs, rhymes, and books from OPL children's librarians.

Kids' Reading Lists

Wondering what books to choose for your kids? Try these OPL staff favorites!

Getting Excited for Summer

Get ready for summer and OPL Summer Reading with these OPL picture books.

Gardening Books for Kids

Stop by an OPL seed library to get seeds and books, and watch your garden grow!

New Children's Books

Got Homework?Got Homework?

Visit OPL's K-8 Students page for more resources like these.
Visit OPL's K-8 Students page for more resources like these.

Homework Help

OPL's online resources for kids will get you through any report.

Storytime at OPL

Baby Bounce

Baby Bounce

This storytime is designed for the littlest of library visitors and is very interactive. After storytime, it's playtime!

Toddler Storytime

Toddler Storytime

At toddler storytime you'll find songs, active rhymes, and stories especially for kids 18 months to 3 years-old.

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime

Our preschool storytimes are perfect for children who are 3 to 5. We'll read books, sing songs, and play together. Expect lots of smiles!

Family Storytime

Family Storytime

Have children of different ages? Bring them all! These stories and activities are for everyone.

Play Cafe

Play Cafe

Come and play! Kids under five will hear stories and crawl around with toys.

Developing your child's literacy skills


  • Respond to what your child says. If your toddler says “truck,” you can say, “We saw a truck today.” You can respond to babbling or even silence.
  • Talk in the language most comfortable for you. Babies’ growing brains can easily learn more than one language.


  • If you read books about animals, make the animal sounds.
  • Let your child play with books. Try making a tower and knocking it down.


  • Sing the A-B-C song, nursery rhymes, funny songs or any songs you like.
  • Clap to the rhythm.
  • Sing songs in any language.


  • It’s okay to read just a little bit of a book.
  • Try board books. They have hard pages your baby can throw, bite, and hit.
  • Your toddler can flip the pages and play with the book.


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