Check out all of these amazing events for kids and families at OPL this summer!
Build. Make. Play.
Come and join us for an afternoon of activities! Who knows what we will be doing? It could be making ice cream or tie dying our shoelaces... We’ll do a different activity each week.
¡Venga y únase a nosotros para una tarde de actividades! ¿Quién sabe lo que estaremos haciendo? Puede ser hacer un helado o teñir los cordones de los zapatos... Haremos una actividad diferente cada semana.
Circus of Smiles
Mr. Quick and Mr. Mustache are coming back to the library to stir up your sillies. This action-packed romp will have you and your family rolling on the floor laughing.
This summer we are happy to welcome Cunamacué to the library for a demonstration and family dance lesson. Oakland’s own Cunamacué is dedicated to promoting AfroPeruvian culture through its music and dance.
Fur, Tails, and Scales
Celebrate the joys of summer with the storyteller Emily Butterfly. She will enchant and amaze children with her magically unique form of puppetry, storytelling, and song.
Calling all animal lovers!!! It has been a while since we have had animals in the library, and we hope you are excited as we are to bring back some furry and scaly friends.
Insect Discovery Lab
We are pleased to welcome Genoa Sperske, teaching artist with the San Francisco Ballet and Luna Dance. Genoa will inspire you and your little ones to get up, imagine, and move!
Get up close with the fantastic world of the darkling beetle, giant African millipedes, Australian walking stick, and many more amazing insects. The staff of SaveNature.org will share their knowledge of these insects and the world in which they live.
Little Explorers Petting Zoo
Mariela's Music Time
Come and see the cute and cuddly animals of the Little Explorers Petting Zoo. This is an event the whole family can enjoy. Who doesn’t love an adorable pig?
Everyone will be singing and moving as soon as Mariela pulls out her guitar. This is a fun, energetic, and interactive bilingual (Spanish/ English) performance for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families.
Mike the Magician
Per Sia’s Drag Queen Storytime
Enjoy and be amazed by the magic of Michael Della Penna, local magician and regular library user! Mike the Magician’s tricks will bewilder the whole family.
Per Sia is a Latinx non-binary storyteller, Drag Queen, and youth educator based in the Bay Area. Come and enjoy some stories and a little glitter!
Ricky Roo Puppets
We are happy to welcome local puppet artist Chris Rachowicz and his puppet friend Ricky Roo. The whole family will be delighted by the silly jokes and funny puppets.
Mr. Sharky, your snaggle-tooth camp counselor, has planned a fish-fact-filled voyage to the bottom of the sea. All hands on deck as we get underway for a summer of fun.
Last summer, Ukulenny taught us how to strum our ukuleles. This summer, he is back to perform for us. Be warned: after this show, you might want to get yourself a ukulele!
Join Librarian Pat this summer for a Yoga Storytime. Pat will be sharing some movement, deep breaths, and a few stories.
Los Angeles Magician Zany Zoe will make her first appearance in Oakland! Her one-of-a-kind magic show includes engaging music, body movements, and plenty of humor. Come and be amazed!