Celebrating Oakland's Own Frank Robinson, 1935-2019

Frank Robinson, graduate of Oakland's McClymonds High School, became Major League Baseball's first African American manager after a distinguished playing career.

We at the Oakland Public Library were saddened to learn of the death of former baseball player and manager Frank Robinson this week. Born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1935, Frank Robinson grew up in Oakland. He attended McClymonds High School in West Oakland and was active in sports during the school's athletic heyday. He played basketball with Bill Russell and baseball with Curt Flood and Vada Pinson. All of them went on to exceptional careers in professional sports.

As a player, Robinson distinguished himself early as part of McClymonds' winning varsity baseball team led by the famed Coach George Powles. The Mack Warriors won the Oakland Athletic League championship two years in a row while Robinson was there. He was voted to the All-City team his junior and senior years. As a basketball player, he led the Mack team in scoring (96 points) during his senior year. Robinson graduated from McClymonds High in Spring 1953. He signed with the Cincinnati Reds ball club, playing on their minor league team, later that year. Three

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50 Award-Winning Works of Fiction by Black Authors

A non-exhaustive list of award-winning novels and story collections by authors of African descent from around the world.

If your favorite isn’t included in this list, please include it in the comments! Descriptions in italics provided by the publishers.

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2019 ALA Youth Media Award-Winning Books at Your Library

Last week, The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced at the ALA-Midwinter meeting in Seattle. We put together a list with links to our catalog for easy access to these winning and critically-acclaimed titles with your library card!

Love children and young adult books? Know young people, educators, parents, and caregivers who would appreciate a good read for themselves or those they care for?

Here's the list of the 2019 ALA Youth Media award-winners and finalists for your reading pleasure:

 

Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature

Winner:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina

Honor:

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African Drumming and February Favorites

Famous February birthdays and African drumming to commemorate Black History Month.

Happy Birthday Bob!  Today is the Bob Marley’s birthday.

During  Black History month  we also wish a happy birthday to:

February 1 - Langston Hughes

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February 2019

There are tons of great books coming out this month. I hope you have room on your holds list!

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New Nonfiction

Check out new nonfiction titles at OPL.

New year, new books. Take a look at some of the new nonfiction available at OPL. Happy reading!

It Was All a Dream    Deep Creek  Maid 

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Celebrate Black History Month at Your Library!

February is Black History Month! February is Black History Month! Celebrate, commemorate, have fun, and learn something new with your library.

Every Saturday

AAMLO Public TourImage of the AAMLO

Join AAMLO staff every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for a guided 45-minute tour - an introduction to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, including the permanent multi-media history exhibition, “Visions Towards Tomorrow: The African American Community in Oakland, 1890-1990,” and the mural, “Journey of Promise.” Tours focus on AAMLO's history, architecture, and collections with an emphasis on the historical accomplishments and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West. All tours

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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!

We love weekends here at OPL. Every week, we post up a small selection of events we think you might find useful or enjoy. You can find the full list of events here. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @oaklibrary! This month's focus is Black History Month.

For a complete list of all black history month events at OPL: www.oaklandlibrary.org/bhm2019

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Friday 2/15:

Girl Scouts Summer Camp 2019

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Grammy nominees are available on hoopla and at the library!

This year's Grammy Awards will be held on February 10. Take a listen to the nominees on hoopla and at OPL.

The 61st Annual GRAMMY awards are less than a month away. Need to catch up on the biggest hits of the year? Your Oakland Public Library is here to help, with nominated music available on hoopla and at the library.

hoopla is OPL's streaming music service. It also offers streaming video, ebooks, comics, and more — all with no holds ever. To sign up, you just need an email address, your library card number and library PIN. Patrons can check out eight items per month.

This crop of nominees is larger than in previous years: each of the "big four" general categories (Album, Record, and Song of the Year, along with Best New Artist) has expanded from five to eight nominees.

Black panther the album cover art 

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It's Time to Talk Summer Camps!

January is the perfect time to start researching summer camp options. Learn tips for finding the perfect camp and the scholarship and financial aid options available for affording camp.

It’s mid-January, the winter holidays are over and school is back in session...which means it is the perfect time to start researching summer learning options and making plans for your child’s summer experiences.

Surprised? It may feel like it’s too early to plan out attendance at camps and classes that are still five to six months away, but enrollment for many local camps begins this month. In addition, many camps that offer scholarships, financial aid, and/or sliding scale tuition based on a family’s finances have early spring application deadlines for awarding aid.

As a children's librarian, I often get families asking about these resources in May and early June; parents and caregivers are surprised and disappointed when I inform them that the camps they are interested in are fully enrolled and all available financial aid has already been awarded.

By getting an early start on planning for the summer, you can increase your chances at landing a spot at the camp of your choice!

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