Oakland Responds: Charlottesville

From Oakland to Charlottesville, libraries are united in opposition to hate and violence. Here we share resources so we can all learn the mistakes of history and shape a more equitable future.

From Oakland to Charlottesville, we are united in our opposition to hate and violence. We are proud to echo the American Library Association’s clear statement affirming that, “We stand in solidarity with the people of Virginia as well as anyone who protests hate and fights for equity, diversity and inclusion.”

Racism, bigotry and white nationalism are not new phenomena. Brazen marches through the streets of Charlottesville and Berkeley have shown the face of a movement long-simmering and ever-threatening to Black, Jewish, Muslim, immigrant and queer communities -- and to our democracy. 

As long as these movements have existed, so have movements promoting justice and equity. Our libraries

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A Suitable Novel

August is a great month to read contemporary novels from the Indian sub-continent.

August 15 marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Great Britain. Indian partition happened at the same time, creating an independent India and an independent Pakistan. Pakistan celebrates its independence one day before, August 14. Modern India, modern Pakistan, and the diaspora from the sub-continent has enriched the literature of the English language immeasurably.

This August we’re going to immerse ourselves in that literature. Where to begin? Here’s a short list to get you reading.

You can start with Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Though better known for other books, like the still-controversial Satanic Verses,

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2017

Hope you have room on your holds list! Here are 10 great titles arriving this month.

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Experience the Eclipse!

Experience the eclipse at Oakland Public Library! We will be hosting an eclipse viewing party August 21st at 9:30. Please join us! We have several new books on solar eclipse science, lore, and history to get you excited about this rare astronomical event.

 

Where will you be on August 21st?  Watching the eclipse of course!   

Oakland Public Library will be hosting a Viewing Party!! Please join us!

Certain states will experience a total eclipse this summer; those of us in California can expect to see a partial eclipse. A limited number of safe viewing glasses will be available. Come watch the partial eclipse with us! 

  • When: August 21, 2017 at 9:30am
  • Where: Main Library,  West Auditorium - Off of Madison St.

                    125 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 / Phone# 510-238-3134

For those who can't join us on August 21st, NASA will be

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We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Ice cream recipes to keep you cool.

As a child, one of my favorite things about summer was ice cream. Not much has changed in that area. I recently started looking for books to help me make my own ice cream. Here are some of my favorites. If you're looking for something less labor intensive, several of these books contain recipes for ice cream sandwiches and desserts that use store bought ice cream.

Happy summer!

Ice Cream and Friends     Mexican Ice Cream 

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All You Need is Love

The Summer of Love. All summer long.

Unless you've been living in a San Francisco fog the last few months, you know that 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. In January the Human Be-In at the Polo Grounds in Golden Gate Park ushered in the year and made the Haight-Ashbury district the counterculture's epicenter. Among other observances, the de Young Museum's current show provides an overview for those who don't, or can't, remember it.

The library is an excellent resource to know more. Books, music, films, and more, we've got it. A simple search of the library catalog using the phrase "summer of love" can get you started. One good book to begin with is the de Young exhibition's colorful catalog,

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The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, an eclipse of the Sun will be visible throughout North America. It will be the first eclipse to cross the United States in the “Internet Age” (the last country-wide eclipse was in 1918).

The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 is coming up quickly! This is the first eclipse to be visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years. More details here: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

In such an eclipse, the Moon gets in front of the Sun and blocks some or all of its light. In Oakland, we will have a partial eclipse, with 76% of the Sun’s area covered by the Moon. For us, the eclipse will begin at 9:01 am, and reach maximum at 10:15 am. By 11:37 am, the Sun will be uncovered once more.  Such a partial eclipse -- where some of the Sun’s bright surface is showing -- is not safe to look at with the naked eye (or sunglasses). You must use special eclipse-viewing glasses or project an image of the Sun! 

Your Oakland Public Library is a distribution site for safe viewing glasses through a partnership with

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Storytime on the Bus!: Saturday July 15th

The library becomes a bus stop for a very special storytime!

We're excited to welcome AC Transit to our libraries on Saturday July 15th!  Visit one of these stops to climb on board the parked bus for children's storytime with your very own children’s librarian:

 

Storytime on the Bus will be visiting:

Main Library Children's Room (facing Oak) at 10:30 am

81st Avenue Library at 2pm

West Oakland Library at 3:30pm

 

Explore AC Transit:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch at 12:30pm

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2017

Wondering what's coming out this month? Here are my 10 fiction picks for July.

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Tune in to This!

The Oakland Radio Communication Association (ORCA) Field Day 2017 is happening this weekend.

Every year since 1933, on the fourth weekend of June, amateur radio operators in the United States and Canada gather for their annual Field Day. Amateur radio operators -- ham radio enthusiasts -- aren't just hobbyists. Their equipment and skills make up an important part of disaster planning in many communities, including ours. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) holds its annual field day to promote interest in amateur radio and, more importantly, to practice operating over a full 24 hours as its members would do during a real disaster. 

The AALR site lists 1607 Field Day events this weekend, including a bunch of them in the Bay Area. Oakland's event, put on by the Oakland Radio Communication Association will be at Sequoia Arena, 10013 Skyline Blvd, across from Chabot Space and Science Center from 11 a.m

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