City of Oakland
(Last Updated On: May 31, 2019)

The City of sent this press release about the Public Library.

, CA – Starting Friday, May 24, library users can visit any branch of the Public Library and sign up to receive a special edition Children’s Fairyland library card. All Children’s Fairyland card holders will receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30*.

In addition, now children of any age can sign up for their very own Public Library library card. Previously, children needed to be at least five years of age to have their own library card. [For library card policies, visit]

The Children’s Fairyland library card and new library card policy highlights what is shaping up to be another thrilling Summer Reading Program at Public Library. Last year attracted a record 13,982 registrants, and – with this year’s events, prizes and incentives – it promises to be another fun-filled summer at Your Library.

Participants can sign up for the OPL Summer Program at or at any branch of the Public Library starting Friday, May 24. The Summer Program runs from June 1 – August 3.

Public Library and Children’s Fairyland have partnered for years to inspire children’s learning and life-long love of reading,” said Public Library Associate Director Nina Lindsay. “Now, with our new library card policy, families can decide when the time is right for their very first library card. We hope our patrons – and new patrons – take advantage of this great partnership between two great institutions.”

In addition to receiving a Children’s Fairyland library card, participants who register at for the Kids’ Summer Reading (ages 0-14), Teen Summer Passport (ages 12-18), or Adult Summer Reading (ages 18+) are eligible to receive Athletics ticket vouchers. Kids, teens and adults will receive four ticket vouchers for select A’s home games at the Coliseum, while supplies last**.

Children’s Fairyland library cards and A’s ticket vouchers will be available for pickup starting Friday, May 24 at the Main Library, the African American Museum and Library at (AAMLO), or any of the 16 neighborhood branches – while supplies last. Children’s Fairyland cards are available to current cardholders, or anyone with ID or parent signature.

Public Library will also offer free Summer lunch for youth (ages 18 and under) at multiple library locations: 81st Avenue, César E. Chávez, Eastmont, Elmhurst, Martin Luther King, Jr., Melrose, and the Main Library. This will be the ninth year that OPL has partnered with ’s Department of Human Services to provide this essential service.

found here. In addition, kids who read 20 days during the summer are eligible to win a free book and other prizes.

This year’s grand prizes are a four-night stay for a family of four at Feather River Family Camp in summer 2020; one family membership to Children’s Fairyland (for ages 0-4); and one iPad (for ages 5-14).

* (No adult is admitted without a child, and no child is admitted without an adult.)
** Game selection is provided by the Athletics.

What: Public Library Summer Reading Program, Children’s Fairyland library card; cards for all ages

When: Registration and new card debut starts May 24.

Where: or any OPL location


By Roger Robarts

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