OPL in the News

Below, you can read selected media stories showcasing Oakland Public Library programs and staff. To view an archive of press releases from the library, click here.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, SF Gate

Jamie Turbak has been appointed as Oakland's new director of library services, city officials announced Tuesday. 

City Administrator Sabrina Landreth confirmed Turbak's appointment on Friday, making her the 13th director since Oakland incorporated public library services in 1878. 

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, KTVU

New Oakland Director of Library Services Jamie Turbak joins the Four on 2.

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2019, San Francisco Chronicle

The on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free for all Oakland Public Library cardholders. 

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Monday, November 12th, 2018, Princh

What benefits do public libraries have for tourists? Public libraries are targeting touristsas there are many resources that directly benefit people that are travelling.

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Tuesday, September 25th, 2018, Oakland North

Oakland’s Mam community held its first local festival at the Cesar Chavez Library in Oakland. With more than 10,000 Mam residents in the Bay Area, organizers said they felt a need to express their culture’s uniqueness. 

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Friday, September 21st, 2018, KCBS Radio

Do you like to make or fix things with tools? The Oakland Public Library wants you to know about its Tool Lending Library. KCBS Radio's Carrie Hodousek has the story from the library's Temescal Branch.

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018, El Tecolote

When it comes to Mayan culture, most people tend to think of the ancient civilization that existed in southern Mexico and Guatemala. But Mayans and their culture prevail today, even when many of them have migrated north to the United States to find a better life. On Sept. 15, at the Cesar E. Chavez Branch Library in Oakland, the Mam community will host a public event where they will introduce their culture and traditions to others.

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Friday, August 17th, 2018, KQED

In their 50th year in Oakland, it's time to look back at what the team's contributions to baseball. And, as the major leagues slowly lose African American players, it's especially time to recognize what the A's have meant to the black community at large.

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Friday, August 10th, 2018, EdSource

On a recent weekday morning, librarian Annabelle Blackman stood in front of a room full of young children at the Cesar Chavez Public Library in Oakland, Calif., singing a children’s rhyme and swaying from side-to-side. Her performance was more than mere entertainment; it was part of her weekly summer storytime that is designed to promote early literacy for infants and toddlers.

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2018, Hoodline

The Oakland Tool Lending Library has grown too big for its basement. 

Now, the Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library (FOTLL), a volunteer group devoted to assisting the tool library, has devised a plan to provide more space and an improved experience, beginning with a makeover for its exterior shipping container storage. 

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