10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2020

Can you think of a better way to start the new year than cracking open a new book? Here are ten great books arriving this month.

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New Year, New Projects

Projects for the new year.

Are you looking for inspiration in the new year? Have you been wanting to start a new creative project? Oakland Public Library has books to help you begin your creative journey!

Branches and Blooms     Infinite Succulents     Paper Crafts     

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Our Favorite Books of 2019

OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2019.

It's an annual tradition: Oakland Public Library staff share their favorite books from the last twelve months. We'd love to hear your picks too--please share in the comments! 

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5 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in December 2019

Cozy up with five of December's best fiction releases.

December is sometimes a slow month for new releases, so our list this month is short but strong. Happy reading!

Such a Fun Age
by Kiley Reid
Emira Tucker is a 25-year-old Black woman who is torn between pursuing a more grown-up career and the part time babysitting job she loves. When Emira is the target of racial profiling at a high-end grocery store, her white employer Alix wants to come to her rescue, regardless of what Emira wants or needs. “In her debut novel, Reid illuminates difficult truths about race, society, and power with a fresh, light hand. We're all familiar with the phrases white privilege and race relations, but rarely has a book vivified these terms in such a lucid, absorbing, graceful, forceful, but unforced way.” (Library Journal)

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Books for Native American Heritage Month and Beyond

Check out these exciting new books by North American Indigenous authors!

November is Native American Heritage month and Oakland Public Library has many exciting new books written by Indigenous North American authors to keep you reading throughout the month and through the year(s)! Here is a sample of some of the new books on our shelves. To learn more about these titles, click on the title links below.

Happy reading!


A Matter of Conscience     In the Night of Memory     

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in November 2019

Wondering what to read next? Check out some of some of November's best new fiction.

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Filipino American History Month

Books for Filipino American History month and beyond.

Looking for books to read during Filipino American History Month and beyond? Check out these fiction, poetry, memoir and biography titles available at OPL. 


Letters to Montgomery Clift     America is Not the Heart     Leche

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in October 2019

If you're looking for a great book to curl up with, October has the goods!


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October is Black Speculative Fiction Month

New Black Speculative Fiction books.

In honor of Black Speculative Fiction month here are some new titles from OPL to keep you reading throughout the month and year. For a more comprehensive listing of Black Speculative Fiction available at OPL, please visit this post

Happy reading and Happy Black Speculative Fiction Month! If there are titles missing from our shelves that you'd like to read, please leave a message below. We'll do our very best to purchase them for our collection.


How Long to Black Future Month?  Bodies Reimagined

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2019

There are so many great books arriving in September! Here are ten titles that will clog your to-read list.

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