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Welcome to the library!

I’m looking forward to a new year in the library. I read a lot of books this summer and have lots of fun and interesting things to share with the kids. We are fortunate to have a wonderful library with more than 10,000 books, as well as computers for students to use, and online research tools provided by OUSD and the Oakland Public Library.

Many of you already know that Crocker classes visit the library once a week. Students check out one book at a time and must return their book in order to check out another. Class visits will begin the week of September 7. I’ll post the weekly schedule here very soon! The library is also open to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders during Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday lunch recesses.

Students are welcome to stop by the library after school to return or check out books. In addition to normal school hours, I’ll be open from 3:00 – 3:15-ish daily. Please remember this time is for book exchange. If your child is waiting to be picked up, they need to wait outside on the yard or in the office.

If you’d like to help out in the library this year, you can contact me directly (  or talk to your child’s teacher. I’ll be in the library Tuesdays through Fridays.


Lisa Hobbs, Librarian


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Check These Out!

This weekend there are several events you might want to check out with your kids:
  • Author Mac Barnett will be at the Great, Good Place for Books in Montclair @ 11 am on Sunday. This week we read Barnett’s book Guess What? Earlier this year we read another one of his books, Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem.
  • Kids Otter Read Day is Saturday, May 1. Many local, independent book stores will have children’s book authors and illustrators visiting this Saturday from 1-3 pm. Click here for a list of participating book stores, authors, and illustrators.
  • Free Comic Book Day is also Saturday, May 1! Participating comic book shops will have free comic books available. I shop for comics at Dr. Comics on Piedmont Avenue. They will be participating.
Have a great weekend!

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Crocker Library Receives Award from NEH

Crocker Library Receives Award from NEH

Congratulations, Crocker Highlands! Our library was selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to receive the We the People Bookshelf, a set of books and videos relating to American history and culture. The award supports the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.  Click here to see the list of materials included in the We the People Bookshelf.

All Crocker students will share and benefit from these materials. We’ll be reading some of the books during library visits for all grades and in classrooms where Crocker kids study biographies, American history, and community. Congratulations, Crocker!!!


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It’s Almost Free Comic Book Day!!!

It’s Almost Free Comic Book Day!!!

This Saturday, May 1 is Free Comic Book Day! Visit a participating comic book shop this Saturday and you’ll receive a free comic book! Comics can be a great way to get kids interested in reading. They’re also a lot of fun for kids who love to read.

If you haven’t taken a look lately, there’s a lot going on with comics these days – new comics and graphic novels, along with lots of old favorites. There are great comics for boys and girls and kids of all ages. Some of the most popular comics in the Crocker library are Babymouse by Jennifer Holm, Bone by Jeff Smith, Sardine by Emmanuel Guibert, and The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann Martin and Raina Telgemeier.  Many children’s novels are now being introduced as graphic novels like Artemis Fowl, The Boxcar Children, and Nancy Drew.

You can buy comics at book stores and comic book shops. Don’t forget you can also check them out at your local LIBRARY. The Main branch of the Oakland Public Library has a HUGE collection of comics – HUGE! Remember, just because it’s a comic book, doesn’t mean it’s for kids. Don’t hesitate to ask the folks working in a comic shop or library for advice on age-appropriate comics.

Dr. Comics on Piedmont Avenue is participating in Free Comic Book Day. Click here to find other local comic book shops that are participating , too.

If you know a kid, get them to a comic book shop this Saturday!


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Congratulations, Crocker Poets!

Congratulations, Crocker Poets!

Congratulations to the Crocker students whose poems were selected for publication in the Young American Poetry Digest and thank you to all who submitted poems. The following students had their work selected:

1st grade: Ani, Dylan, Ella, Emily, Lily, Lily, Madeline, and Winnie
2nd grade: Anika, Cameron, Jessica, John, Lucas, Sophie, and Valentino
3rd grade: everyone in Ms. Uk/Eng’s class (yes, everyone!), Katherine, and Sohmee
5th grade: Daniel, Ella, Hannah, Isabella, Jordan, Julia, and Ruby

If your poem was selected, remember to return the permission slip by May 3. If you would like a copy of the book, complete the order form, too.

Congratulations to all of the outstanding poets!


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We Want Your Books!

We Want Your Books!

Start rounding up your books for the next book swap – Friday, April 23. Book collection will be before school on the playground Monday-Friday, April 19-23.

In the past, we’ve donated leftover books to the East Bay Children’s Book Project. This time, we’ll also be donating books to OUSD school libraries and child development centers (CDCs). If you’ve got books you’d simply like to donate, we’ll share them at the book swap and make sure extras find a good home.

Almost all books are welcome – pre-K, early reader, picture books, novels for kids or adults, comic books, hardback, paperback, fiction, nonfiction. Please NO sticker books, coloring books, or musical/toy books. If you have friends or family who have books they’re ready to part with, we’ll take those, too.

Have a wonderful spring break


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