Get to Know Your Grants: Seed Lending Library

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Día de los Muertos: A Top 5

While Halloween is celebrated Oct. 31, Día de los Muertos is celebrated right after, on Nov. 2. Many communities that celebrate Día de los Muertos also celebrate Halloween.

While Halloween is celebrated October 31, Día de los Muertos is celebrated right after, on November 2. Many communities that celebrate Día de los Muertos also celebrate Halloween.

FIVE Facts About Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)

  1. It’s not the same as Halloween
  2. It originated in Mexico and Central America
  3. It’s a celebration of life, not death
  4. The ofrenda is a central component
  5. Flowers, butterflies and skulls are typically used as symbols

FIVE BOOKS TO READ for Día de los Muertos

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Happy Black Speculative Fiction Month

Celebrate Black Speculative Fiction month with these books at OPL!

October is Black Speculative Fiction month. Oakland Public Library has books to keep you engaged throughout the month and beyond. Highlighed below are  some of the authors, titles and series that you can find on our shelves. 

All descriptions are provided by the publishers.

Octavia Butler: Earthseed Saga

Parable of the Sower               Parable of the Talents

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in October 2018

Clear your October calendar: this month is packed with tempting new novels and story collections.

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Weekends @ OPL!

Looking for free things to do this weekend? Every week, we'll be posting our picks of weekend events at OPL. Don't forget to follow us on social media @oaklibrary for latest updates!

Friday 10/12:

Fight a Flood in the TeenZoneImage of waves

Flooding is a growing concern and innovative solutions to combat sea-level rise are needed.  In this hands-on activity, teens will break into groups and follow the engineering design process to build a solution to keep their plastic house from flooding. Then they will test their solution in a flooding simulator. Groups who don’t succeed on the first try will be able to learn from their observations and rework their design.  After teens are successful, they can take on harder challenges such as thinking about economic solutions. 

Friday, October 12th, 2:30-4pm @

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Two opportunities to see Latin Grammy winners 123 Andrés

Andrés and Christina, both native Spanish speakers, incorporate language seamlessly in this high-energy show. 123 Andrés brings beats and rhythms from all over Latin America that will entice kids to dance, discover, and get the whole family moving, en español y en inglés. Come learn or practice Spanish and see why Billboard magazine called 123 Andrés “a rockstar for little language learners!”

We are pleased to present two family friendly shows with 123 Andrés thanks to the Friends of the Oakland Public Library

On Tuesday, September 11, at 1:30 p.m., Latin Grammy winners 123 Andrés will perform at César E. Chávez Branch Library, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 271. Admission is free

Andrés and Christina, both native Spanish speakers, incorporate language seamlessly in this high-energy show. 123 Andrés brings beats and rhythms from all over Latin America that will entice kids to dance, discover, and get the whole family moving, en español y en inglés. Come learn or practice Spanish and see why Billboard magazine called 123 Andrés “a rockstar for little language learners!”

There will be a second concert on Monday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m., at the

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2018

If you're wondering what to read next, here are ten excellent novels coming out in September.

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LGBTQ+ Books for Oakland Pride

New and recent reads focusing on queer people of color—as authors, characters and themes.

It's not a library celebration without books! In June we posted a booklist for Pride Month. Now Oakland Pride is around the corner, so here’s another list of books for your reading enjoyment: new and recent reads focusing exclusively on queer people of color—as authors, characters and themes.

Fiction

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Celebrate Labor Day with the 93rd Anniversary of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland recognizes the contributions of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters this Labor Day Weekend.

This week marks the 93rd Anniversary of the founding of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.  Unions have played a significant role in providing protections for American people. However, some unions, such as the American Federation of Labor refused to let African Americans be a part of their unions. As a result, African Americans found it difficult to find work in certain occupation. Without union representation, union jobs would not hire them as workers.

During the 19th century, one of the biggest corporations in America was the Pullman Company. George Pullman developed the idea of having a luxury train service where passengers could get to and from their destinations in less cramped, uncomfortable conditions. Pullman’s idea was to use the services of African Americans to serve as servants on the trains. He believed that African Americans would work as servants because they were used to working for free. African

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