Events & Programs

OPL Summer 2021 Kids Raffle

Thank you for joining us for OPL Summer! Our End of Summer Kids Party will be held Saturday, July 31, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Attendees can enjoy stories, songs, a juggling lesson with Unique Derique, and circus arts with Coventry and Kaluza.

We know you've got questions about the RAFFLE!

Everyone who has earned 9 badges in Beanstack or completed 9 stars on the paper log is eligible. No further action is needed.

Winners will be drawn were notified on Thursday, August 12. 

Grand Raffle Prizes ( 1 winner each) include :

for ages 0-4: The WINNER was registered at the Golden Gate Branch

for ages 5-14: The WINNER was registered at the 81st Avenue Branch


Branch Raffle Prizes (17 winners each) include:

May the odds be in your favor!

#OPLSummer Week 8: Do-it-Yourself

Welcome to Week 8 of Summer Reading!

When kids do experiments and projects alone or with family and friends, it encourages independence and builds confidence. Join us for these fun online events, check out some books, and get your creativity flowing!



Looking for ideas and inspiration? Check out these books and fill the rest of your summer with cooking, gardening, crafts and more!



July 17th @ 10:30am

Hands On Science with Kits Cubed

Kits Cubed

Grab a science kit from any of our libraries and learn some exciting hands on science with Oakland-based youth. Kit includes experiments to make your own rock candy, a plant maze, and more!

Sign Up Here!

Thursday, July 22 @ 4:00pm

Social Justice Sewing Academy II

Sewing Academy

Learn about equity, inclusion and bias through creating a quilt block with the Social Justice Sewing Academy. This program is for people ages 8-14. Space is limited. 

Sign up here!



If you aren't able to attend the workshops, that's okay! You can still do it yourself at home! Come by any of our libraries to pick up supplies. Hey, you can't go wrong with your own customized plant maze!


#OPLSummer Week 2: Let's Play

OPL’s Kids summer programming kicked off last Saturday with a “Baby Rave” hosted by DJ E.T. The beats were fabulous. This Saturday we will host Andrés and Christina, the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés, Saturday, June 5th at 10:30am

OPLSummer Read, Watch, Do is designed for kids to engage in active learning.

READ everyday! Have you seen the booklists in Beanstack under Recommendations?

Here are some additional titles for your inspiration: BOOKS ABOUT GAMES

If you don't find what you're looking for, you can always request recommendations from OPL's Book Me! service

WATCH special performances Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Use this link to RSVP on Eventbrite:

DO an activity with us Thursdays at 4pm

This week you can join Ms Annabelle in the Virtual Game Room for word games, a scavenger hunt and emoji quiz. 

There will be prizes!

See below for other opportunities to PLAY:

If have have NOT already done so, register on Beanstack for summer reading - paper logs are available at your local library and can be downloaded from the Kids’ Summer Reading page

#OPLSummer begins Saturday, May 29, 2021

OPL’s Kids summer programming kicks off on Saturday, May 29 at 10:30 with a Family Dance Party aka “Baby Rave” hosted by Bay Area Children's TheaterThis Saturday is also the first day to register on Beanstack for summer reading - paper logs are available at your local library and can be downloaded from the Kids’ Summer Reading page.

This summer we invite you to  


Each week will focus on a new theme and youll have three opportunities to earn raffle prizes.  

  • Week 1 (May 29 - June 4): Kickoff to Summer 
  • Week 2 (June 5 - June 11): Let’s Play 
  • Week 3 (June 12 - June 18): Art & Expression 
  • Week 4 (June 19 - June 25): Social Justice 
  • Week 5 (June 26 - July 2): Family Pride 
  • Week 6 (July 3 - July 9): Wellness Week 
  • Week 7 (July 10 - July 16): Reach Out  
  • Week 8 (July 17 - July 23): Do-It-Yourself 
  • Week 9 (July 24 - July 31): Nature Close at Hand  


Instructions for Beanstack registration are available below. 

 Beanstack also has a mobile app  you can download “ Beanstack Tracker” for Apple or Android 


Prize books will be available beginning, Saturday, June 26th for participants who have completed 9 activities. Each star or badge you earn equals a chance to win a raffle prize. Raffle Prize winners will be announced after August 12th.  

This year’s Grand Prizes include: 

  • for participants ages 0-4Family membership to Fairyland 
  • for participants ages 5-14Nintendo Switch OR  a camping trip at  Oakland Feather River for a family of four in 2022 

Brach Raffle Prizes include: 

If you have any questions about this year’s programs, please email   

Happy Reading!     

Saturdays in May: AAPI Celebration, Storytime & #OPLSummer Kickoff

Early Literacy Storytime Fridays @ 10:30am - April 2021

Make Your Own Magic

During the month of March we celebrate women’s history, Pi Day Saint Patrick, Springand Passover... among other things.   

OPL will be hosting Magic Nathaniel at 10:30am on Saturday, March 20, the first day of Spring. 

Magical Nathaniel returns with a magic workshop! Learn some amazing magic you can later perform for friends or family using everyday objects that you can find around the house. Magic Nathaniel will be discussing the basics of tricks as well as going into more detail on the psychology, subtleties, and presentation of each effect. Don't miss a chance to learn some magic from this award winning magician! This magic workshop is best for children ages 6 and up.You will be emailed a Zoom link the day before the workshop. Please sign up here!

And because magic is not only something you do, but something you make - check out these titles and read how you can make your own magic. 



If you are interested in reading any of the titles listed above, be sure to request them for pickup at your local library during Sidewalk Service. 

If you are looking for something more specific, please submit a BOOK ME! request.

Black Culture Fest 2021

Last February a team of Black library staff at the Main Library came together for a day-long Black History Read-In & Culture Fest. You can view some photos and video from the Verse-atility program. 

This year a month-long celebration includes: 


I’ll be hosting  the Trivia Hour highlighting children's books but the questions will appeal to all ages. There will be prizes for local participants. Check out these book for clues.  





#OPLSummer Week 5: Reach Out for Pride

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It's Pride 2020, and this year we're celebrating by telling the stories of the protests and uprisings that brought us to the present, and that will carry us into the future. Check out our LGBTQ+ Family Pride event on Saturday, June 27, and keep reading for suggestions of queer community organizations to support, a recommended LGBTQ book list, and ways we're honoring the Stonewall rebellion this year (including links to protests to support #Blacklivesmatter).

Queer community resources & organizations

We're lucky to have many fantastic organizations in the Bay Area. Whether you're looking for a camp, a conference, midwifery or doula help to grow your family, or a support group, you can almost certainly find what you need. Many of these groups have moved their services online to support you from home during this unprecedented time.

Click here to check out our Bay Area resource list, full of links for adults and kids. Some kid- and family-friendly highlights: Our Family Coalition, The Unicorn ProjectGender Spectrum, and the Oakland LGBTQ Center are great places to start!

Book & media recommendations 

Check out our digital book list of titles available on Hoopla or Overdrive. We've got picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade fiction—and the first season of Steven Universe is available, too, if you're looking for something to watch!

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Now that our libraries are open again for sidewalk pickup, you can also put anything from our catalog on hold and have it sent to one of the locations near you. Did you like the thumbnail art of the silhouette with the rainbow behind it? It's from They call me Mix / Me llaman Maestrewritten by Lourdes Rivas, a nonbinary Oakland teacher, and you can put it on hold now!

Did you know you can also search by tags in our catalog? Check out our queer crushes tag for middle grade fiction and graphic novels and our gender diversity tag for picture books and middle grade fiction with trans and gender non-conforming protagonists.

Let us know if you want more recommendations—you can submit a request through Book Me!, or email us with other questions at If you'd prefer, you can leave a voicemail with your full name and details at 510-238-3134. And for even more ebooks, eaudiobooks, and more, you can browse OverdriveHooplaTumblebookRB Digital, and all of our other online resources! 

Get involved

Finally, check out our list of resources for Working Towards Racial Justice to support #Blacklivesmatter, and keep an eye on SF Funcheap's regularly updated list of protests for family-friendly ways to get out and get involved! 

How are you celebrating Pride this year?

Kid's Summer Reading 2020

OPL Summer Reading begins May 30th and ends on August 1st. To kick off the summer reading season, the Alphabet Rockers will host a family concert on the OPL Facebook page Saturday, May 30 at 12 noon.


We invite everyone to register and participate online at *. Paper logs will be available online for downloading from the Kid's Summer Reading page.
During this year's Summer Reading Program, you can log days for reading and engaging in other activities such as:
* play a board game or card game
* draw with sidewalk chalk
* look for art in windows
* make a family video
* listen to or watch a story
* make your own scavenger hunt
* do a fun craft
Each week that you log your child's participation, they will earn 1 virtual raffle ticket. Visit or call (510) 238-3134 for prize information. Prizes will be distributed at the end of the summer.
Stay tuned for more information on weekly themed activities.