Oakley Library Summer Programs Starting June 12


Adventure awaits you at the Oakley Library with Contra Costa County Library’s Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Reading Takes You Everywhere,” June 4 – August 4. Readers of all ages can participate online or use a paper reading record.

Programs and events start on Tuesday, June 12 at the Oakley Library and run through Tuesday, July 17.

“We love summers at the Oakley Library,” said Andrea Freyler, who manages the Oakley Community Library, which shares a space with Freedom High School. “When the high school is on break, we have the space to offer robust programming regularly found at other libraries.”

This summer the Oakley Library is proud to announce the Insiders program on Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This program is to encourage adults and teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities to feel comfortable navigating the library, using available resources, and communicating with Library staff. Programs include crafts, games, technology programs, and other activities.

Tuesdays are just for teens from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. Teen Tuesdays will be different each week. Programs include door prizes, art projects, anime, games, and more. Teen Tuesdays launch off on Tuesday, June 12 with Virtual Reality. Try out Oakley’s Oculus Rift headset and Touch controllers to immerse yourself into Virtual Reality worlds. You don’t have to be a gamer. It can be fun watching others encounter new virtual worlds while you wait your turn, so definitely bring a friend. Teens must be 13 or older to use the Oculus Rift and consent from a legal guardian is required for those aged 13-17.

On Wednesdays, the Oakley Library will host Maker Camp from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program is perfect for ages 7-12 and allows kids to tap into their creativity by making things with their own hands. Each week, there is a different theme with hands-on activities for building, tinkering and exploring. On Wednesday, June 20 join Oakley Rocks to turn ordinary rocks into extraordinary works of art.

Wednesday Storytime becomes STEAM Storytime at 6:30 p.m. featuring fun, hands-on STEAM-related activities and challenges. STEAM programs – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math – help prepare kids to become innovative and creative learners. This program is perfect for ages 3-5, yet all ages are invited to the STEAM Storytime kickoff event on Wednesday, June 13. First Generation Farmers will be at the library with farm animals to teach you about life on the farm and how the foods we eat make it from the farm to your table.

Everyone is invited to visit the library on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. Explore Virtual Reality with the Oclulus Rift, Minecraft, and more on Tech Thursdays. Registration required for Virtual Reality and Minecraft. Participants must be 13 or older to use virtual reality equipment, and consent from a legal guardian is required for those under 18. Join the fun on Game Day Fridays. Try out one of our games that are fun for all ages, or bring your own.

Every Saturday is Lego Creators Club from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Make anything you choose with the massive collection of bricks. New themes and challenges every week.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Try It Truck, an engineering lab-on-wheels will stop at the library on Thursday, June 21 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Designed for ages 5-10, this engineering-lab-on-wheels encourages children to take risks, try new ideas, and build creative problem-solving skills as they explore engineering.

Programs and events sponsored by the Friends of the Oakley Library and Contra Costa County Summer Reading. Virtual Reality has been made possible through a California State Library grant.

For more information, please visit ccclib.org or call the Oakley Library at 925-625-2400. The library is located on the Freedom High School campus at 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley.