Crocker at Its Best!


This afternoon, we had the annual Crocker Book Swap. IT WAS AWESOME! There are lots of fantastic things about Crocker, but the book swap is Crocker at its best. The whole community participates – families contribute thousands of books; volunteers collect, carry, and sort thousands of books; and kids, families, and community members share the books and more importantly, our love of reading. Crocker truly is a community of readers.

A HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers who helped our book swap happen: Lucy Streett, Abby Kaster, Evelyn Hess, Meena Palaniappan, Orit Vogel, Milli Jones, Erin Grassie, Alison Blenkle, Kristen Wilson, Jennifer Lieberman, Susan Keiter, and Lesley Podesta. Thanks to all of the kids who pitched in to collect books and help clean up, too. We have hundreds of books left and we’ll pass these along to the East Bay Children’s Book Project.



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This Year, I Wish…

for fun and friends and lots of READING and LEARNING!  Ms. Anderson’s first grade class made some wishes to start the new school year. They’re hanging on the tree in the Crocker garden. I was especially happy to see these two:

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And a little surprised (and impressed) to see the next two. Stop by the garden to take a look at all of the fantastic wishes. I think we’re going to have a great year!

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Summer Reading and Free Stuff!


First of all, thanks to all of the kids, families, and teachers for a great year in the lab and library. Hanging out with kids, books, teachers, and computers everyday isn’t a bad way to spend my time – you should be jealous. Special HUGE thanks to everyone who volunteers in the lab and library. I couldn’t do any of this without you. I hope your summer is full of fun, learning,  and, of course, reading – which is really, really, really fun.

This week, Miss Miriam (who is crazy cool) from the Oakland Public Library visited Crocker to talk to the kids about the summer reading program. It’s important to keep kids reading through the summer to help retain and build reading skills.  Crocker really is a community of readers so our work as adults isn’t too hard – connect our kids with books they’d like to read. Having said that, there are lots of summer reading lists and programs to choose from.  I’ll give you a few links, but first, a little advice.

Keep summer reading fun:

  • Visit the library or bookstore with your child – once a week, once a month, once this summer. Just do it. You can check out 40 books at a time – seriously!
  • Let your child choose what they want to read.
  • Read with and to your child, no matter their age, especially if you want them to read something they aren’t terribly interested in.
  • Keep books in your car.
  • Ask a librarian or bookstore clerk to make recommendations to your child. Sometimes recommendations are easier to take from someone other than your parents.
  • Don’t forget about audiobooks – in the car, on the plane, or boat, or train – on the way to the grocery store or on vacation.
  • Or e-books on your phone, tablet, e-reader, or computer – you can download them free from OPL.
  • Or magazines, comic books, and websites.
  • Don’t forget to stop somewhere for lunch, dinner, or lemonade on your way home from the library or bookstore.  Keep it fun!

The links:

Oakland Public Library: This is where the free stuff comes in. Sign up for the summer reading program, check out up to 40 kids’ books at a time, check out e-books and audiobooks, and get free admission to local museums. As a librarian I’m a little biased, but PUBLIC LIBRARIES ROCK! FREE, friendly, fun, and OPL works hard to serve the entire Oakland community. One of the best ways to let the city know you value you the library is to use it. Get there ASAP!

Bank Street Book Lists: Great book lists for everything, including summer reading lists.

Scholastic Summer Reading: Sign up for summer reading at OPL. If that’s not enough, check out Scholastic’s Summer Reading Program and information.

Story Snoops: Find books for kids between the ages of 9 and 18. Great descriptions and reviews from (very well-informed) parent point-of-view.

NPR Bast-Seat-Book Club: Best for 3rd grade and up – these are some great books!

My personal recommendations:

  • Anything by Mo Willems and Mac Barnett
  • All ages, super funny, great to read together, the nanny is a pig: The Adventures of Nanny Piggins
  • Read the fastest and most loved book this year by all 4th and 5th graders who read it: Because of Mr. Terupt
  • Made us cry (even me!), but we loved it anyway (4th and 5th grade): One For the Murphys

Have a great summer! I’ll see you at the library!


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5th Grade Recommends….

Here are a few book recommendations from our 5th graders. Stay tuned for more!

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Happy Library Lovers’ Day!


Today, we celebrated Library Lovers’ Day in the Crocker Library! We made library love notes with candy, worked on our book love bulletin board, made bookmarks, and shared some seriously cute puppy bookmarks. You may have seen a few students and teachers walking around with snazzy buttons celebrating this important day, too.

Thanks to everyone in our community for sharing, supporting, and loving our amazing library!

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Puzzle Day Was A Blast!

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National Puzzle Day is Here!

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This week we’re celebrating National Puzzle Day. National Puzzle Day is actually Tuesday, January 29, but we’ll be celebrating all week. Stop by the library to help out with our puzzles or start working on a puzzle at home!

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It’s Book Fair Time! Author Deborah Underwood is coming!

Our awesome Crocker Book Fair is this Wednesday and Thursday (8 am – 8 pm) and Friday (8 am – 5 pm) in the multipurpose room.

This week,  New York Times best selling author Deborah Underwood will be coming to Crocker to talk with students. Underwood is the author of The Quiet Book, The Loud Book, The Christmas Quiet Book, and co-author of the Sugar Plum Ballerina series. Want to know more? Check out this interview with Deborah Underwood and take a look at the trailer for her newest book.

Bring your whole family to our book fair! Remember, if you can’t make it during business hours, you can shop online now through December 10th. See you at the book fair!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!



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Congratulations to Bad Kitty!!!

Bad Kitty is the winner of the 2012 Crocker election — in a landslide victory! Three hundred and forty five students voted in our election to choose a favorite picture book character. First through fifth grades voted online. Kindergarten voted on paper ballots. 

Our election was surprisingly like a real political election. Some voters were very vocal about their preference and attempted to sway others. Some voters had trouble making up their minds until the last minute. Some voters didn’t like any of the candidates!

Here’s a more detailed view of the vote count. Bad Kitty got 135 of 345 votes!

Thank you for voting!

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