You CAN Take It With You!

Use E-magazines and E-books from the Oakland Public Library to lighten your load on your Summer travels.

Summer is just about here and for many of us that means planning a vacation trip. Once the tickets are in hand and the swimsuit is packed, it’s time to decide what reading materials to bring along. Do you really want to carry that hardcover? Does your carry-on even have room for a couple magazines?

Thankfully, the Oakland Public Library has several options that mean you can take your reading materials with you without carrying anything more than your electronic devices.

You’ve probably already read about how to get e-books on your device here and here.

But did you know that you can also get digital magazines for your portable electronic devices through the library with Zinio?

Signing up for Zinio is a simple.

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Lakeview Book Club Update: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

Lakeview Book Club reviews The Golden Notebook by Nobel Prize Winner, Doris Lessing.

Another fascinating book and discussion!  

 There were 10 of us. Most had not finished it. Not all planned to finish it, because of the length of the novel, while several planned to finish it. All liked parts of it. Some LOVED it all the way through. One had read it three times!

A little background:
Doris Lessing was born in 1919 in Kermanshah, Persia  (Iran) and died in London last November. Her family moved to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, when she was little. She left her Catholic school when she was 14 to work and  was self-educated by reading classics. She joined a Communist Book Club, married and moved to England. She married several times and had several children.

 Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007 and was the eleventh woman and the oldest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy described her as "that epicist of the female

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June

Ready for your first great book of the summer? Here are 10 great titles coming out in June.

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How does your garden grow?

If you’re like me, the most successful plant is your garden is some variety of weed. I’m really good at growing those. In my attempt to tame the jungle, I’ve turned to these two books.

What color is your thumb?  According to the USDA, June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, it’s also a great time to get into your garden. What better way to boost the fruit and veg in your diet than to grow your own!?  If you’re like me, the most successful plant is your garden is some variety of weed.  I’m really good at growing those.  In my attempt to tame the jungle, I’ve turned to these two books, they are both fun and practical. 

Kiss my aster book coverKiss my aster : a graphic guide to creating a fantastic yard totally tailored to you by Amanda Thomsen
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New Short Stories

May is Short Stories Month and OPL has stories for you!

May is Short Stories Month so why not dive into some newly released short fiction.  The following is just a sampling of the short story collections released in 2014 available at OPL.  All summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.

The Frangipani Hotel     Thunderstruck and Other Stories    

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Discover your next favorite book with NoveList

Novelist Select is transforming our online catalog into a place for book discovery beyond the library walls. Find personalized recommendations, reviews and more right in the catalog.

You may have noticed that our online catalog is looking snazzier these days. We have enhanced it with Novelist Select, offering over 5 million reading suggestions to help you find your next book.

The Readers' Advisory database known as Novelist Plus is not new to us, as we have offered it for several years. OPL patrons have often been delighted to find a NoveList match made in reading heaven for their interests. Here you will find "read-alikes" for favorite titles, authors, and series, or browse by topic or genre for lists of recommended titles. Access to NoveList Plus is also

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The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, Notes from the Lakeview Book Club

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, Notes from the Lakeview Book Club

We started with a few interesting facts about Thomas Hardy, who like the "Native" in his novel, loved his "heath" wilderness and rual community more than any other place he could choose to live. Hardy has said that he never wanted to grow up. He wanted to stay in the world he lived in when he was 6 years old. Many can relate to that from time to time.

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and died in 1928. He lived 88 years! During those years life changed drastically in his world, with major industrialization, the changes brought to rural life. The major big thinkers, Freud, Marx, Darwin, Einstein changed the world. Two major authors of his time were Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
For a person who loved his roots, his wilderness, his neighbors, the outside world was alien to him. This was a theme in this wonderful classic. Hardy's wife was probably very much like Eustasia, strong

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May

Looking for your next great read? Here are ten terrific novels coming out in May.

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Our Mother's Stories

A selection of memoirs featuring mother/child relationships.

In honor of Mother's Day next month, I've highlighted a sampling of mother memoirs.  Told from the point of view of birth mothers and adopted mothers, sons and daughters, these books capture mother/child relationships in all their complexity.    All book summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.

Are You My Mothe?     My Dear Boy    

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Go Green with eBooks

It's Earth Day. Read an eBook and love your planet.

This Earth Day consider checking out something from OPL’s quickly expanding digital collection; choose from thousands of eBooks. Whether you already dabble in eBook reading or are certain you could never give up the feel, smell and comfort of a good book, or even if you suspect eReaders and tablets are heralding the decline of civilization, you may be surprised at how easy it is to sink into a good eBook. I was. I was so sure I would never want to read from a backlit screen that I read books in the dark next to my sleeping baby with the flashlight from my phone pointed at the page. When my husband got me an iPad for my birthday I never planned to use it for personal reading, but I had to try out our eBook platforms as part of my job. (Didn’t I?) In no time I began reading mostly on the iPad. I read it in the dark, I read it in the light, in waiting rooms, on trips (you can load a ton of books onto one tablet). I would read

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