#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!     

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. 

Challenge Extended: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Shhh.  Listen.  Did you hear that? 

Yes, it was the sound of librarians everywhere shouting hooray while reading about Daliyah Marie Arana. This amazing young book worm visited the Library of Congress, met with the newest Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and was Guest Librarian for the day, a most prestigious title, especially when bestowed upon an impeccably dressed 4 year old! Daliyah's special afternoon was in celebration of a big reading accomplishment that her family celebrated with their local public library.


When Daliyah was 3, her mom enrolled her in her public library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program in Georgia. This program encourages families to read 1000 books before the first day of kindergarten and when her family completed this most impressive feat, her mother contacted the Library of Congress to share the sweet accomplishment and request a tour for her young reader. Cue the collective sighs of joy.


Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden welcomes 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, Georgia to be "Librarian for the Day," January 10, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Adorable? Yes

Impressive? Oh yes!

Doable? Totally!

Now, I know that 1000 books seems like a lot but think about it, how many times have you read that one book? You know the one. That one with the bunny, or the truck or...heaven forbid, Caillou? You probably read that book 10 times just yesterday! When we run the hypothetical numbers, if a parent read  just one book, one time each day to their child every day since the day they were born until the day they turned five, that would be 365 books for 5 years, 1825 books!  

baby at library   

So Many Books, So Much Time! 

baby at library 


This means we all get wiggle room for busy days, or busy years. Even if your baby was colicky and you just walked around the house rocking her for the first three months and didn't get a chance to pick up Moo Baa La La for a while, you have probably already read a TON of books together.  Or maybe when your daughter was 2, she decided that sitting was just the worst thing ever so your bedtime snuggle with a book became a wrestling match with a toothbrush, it's okay, because I can bet on bowl of mush that you have read, Goodnight Moon about a million times. Or maybe it was a Pigeon book or maybe one of those floppy paperbacks that has way too many words but your daughter is so smart that she knows exactly what Thomas just said so you can't skip even one line.  Sigh.  


Where was I?  Oh yes,1000 books.  

So while librarians everywhere loved and widely shared the heartwarming story of the youngest librarian in our ranks, Ms. Daliyah, we know you can to it too. Oakland Public Library hereby extends the challenge to you and your family today. We may not be able to offer personal tours of the Library of Congress, but our online badges are colorful and our high-fives plentiful!  

Sign up today!

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Nitty Gritty Details

  • How does this all work?

Oakland Public Library has teamed up with Beanstack to help you reach some amazing reading goals!  Just click here and follow the steps. You can create a reading profile for each child in your family and keep everything together in one place. Choose the "1000 books before Kindergarten Reading Program" when registering and you're done! You can also choose to get one email a week with a personalized book recommendation, a link to the library catalog and reading tips based on your child's profile. 

  • Does it really count if I read the same book 5 or more times?

Yep! Repeated reading of the same book is extremely beneficial for pre-readers. It helps develop vocabulary, memory, positive connections with literature, self-confidence and more!

  • My kiddo is 3, is it too late to join?

No way! Even if your child starts kinder next year, you can still join! You can even go in a enter all of your favorites from back in the day and move on from there.

  • What if we don't make it to 1000 by the time kindergarten starts?  Did we fail?

Nope, you are awesome.

  • What do we do when it is done?

Keep reading of course! The Beanstack software can come in very handy for those homework reading logs too!