I was going to talk today a little bit about the Youth Media Awards, but it looks like someone beat me to it!  These awards are like the Academy Awards for children’s and teen literature, and some librarians get pretty psyched about that.  I’m serving on the Caldecott Committee currently, so as you can imagine, I am one of them.

I won’t talk about it too much, though, and instead I’ll just link you to this handy dandy Pinterest board that’ll help you get your hands on the multitudes of wonderful titles that got awards or honors last month.  Aside from the Newbery and Caldecott, you’ll see the most outstanding African American authors and illustrators, the Latina/Latino writers and illustrators that best portray the Latino cultural experience, the best books with LGBTQ content, books representing the disability experience of children and so much more.   Click straight through to our catalog and place your holds.

As we all know, libraries are full of books, right?  And bespectacled women who shush you and help you find your books?  That is often true, but libraries today do so much more.  Oakland Public Library wants to make sure that you are aware of and utilizing all the services that we offer to the community.  Is something missing?  We would love to know what that is.  What would you like to see us do?  What do you need?

Here’s some of what we have to offer that you may not know about.  In alphabetical order, because I can’t pick favorites (and because I’m a librarian).  Starred items don’t require you to get off your couch (once you have a library card).

Bike Library – Oakland Public Library has a mobile library on a bike trailer.  Want us at your next event?  Let us know and we can try to make it happen.

Discover & Go* – Use your library card to get free and discounted passes to museums and cultural institutions.

Freegal* – Download and stream music with your library card.  Keep the downloads forever.

Lawyers – Need some quick legal help?  Our Lawyers in the Library programs offers just that.

Meeting Space – Looking for a space for your community meeting?  We’ve got that too!

Old Things – I am obsessed with the Oakland History Room.  Just go in there and ask to look at cool old things.  It has birth and death records from the 1800s, handwritten of course, and a gazillion awesome old photos and articles.

Online Reading* – Looking for something to read?  Why not check out an ebook or read our newest blog posts full of book discussion, fun facts, and awesome found items.   I love these animated, talking picture books.

Tax Help – Through tax season you can get some help with your taxes.

Technology for Teens – There’s always something amazing going on for teens around here.  Right now I’m super excited about these Teen Tech Week programs.

Transparent Language* – Learn a new language!  Once you’ve gotten started there’s even an app for learning on the go.

Zinio* – Current issues of popular magazines readable digitally.  Don’t miss out on the latest celeb gossip, fitness news or craft ideas.

What’s your favorite lesser-known library service?  What do you wish we had?

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3 Responses

  1. Erica

    My favorite library offering is Story Time! I think I’m not the only one, either….


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