Is it time to visit (or revisit) the Mary Poppins series of books? I think yes.
I'm finding myself reading books that I somehow missed in my childhood and am now about halfway through the Mary Poppins series. This set was started in the 1950's by P.L. Travers. It focusses on Jane and Michael Banks, two children living in London, their family and neighbors, and their new nanny, Mary Poppins. After a series of unsuitable (or fed up) nannies, Mary Poppins materializes from the sky to put the Banks household right. She takes the children on exciting adventures on regales them of fanciful stories that might just be true.
Here are some things that I love about Mary Poppins:
- One of the Subject Headings is "Magic in the Real
Exciting new short story collections available at OPL.
Sometimes I find I don't have the attention to read a novel or am craving the satisfaction of reading a complete piece in a single sitting. These are the times when I turn to short story collections. May is Short Story Month so I thought I'd highlight some of the exciting short story collections realeased so far in 2019.
All descriptions are providing by the publishers.
Books to help you plant your Spring garden.
Feeling inspired to garden now that the rains have ended and the trees and flowers are blooming? Oakland Public Library has an extensive collection of gardening books to help get you started. Here are several of the newer titles in our collection.
Do all these fragrant budding flowers and dewy leaves put you in the mood for love? Read Jasmine Guillory's debut novel, The Wedding Date.
I don't usually go for the mushy stuff, but sometimes it's fun to get down with other people's drama (and delight).
I just finished Jasmine Guillory's debut novel, The Wedding Date, and loved it! I'm fairly genre-agnostic, but even as a librarian, I don't pretend to understand the intricacies of Romance sub-genre's. What makes this book stand out amongst the other "Contemporary Romances" I've encountered is that it's set in the Bay Area, and features diverse characters with real backstories, careers and tastes.
About the book: In The Wedding Date, Alexa Monroe is career-focused, as mayor's chief of staff,
Feminists, activists, mothers and more.
In honor of Women's History Month here are some inspiring new(ish) titles and recent re-issues of older titles highlighting women's accomplishments, concerns, and struggles. Although March is Women's History month, these are great books to read any time!
Attracted to this novel by its subject (trees), I discover the famous author Richard Powers.The Overstory is his latest in a long and illustrious career going back to the 1980’s.
Richard Powers: The Overstory is just the latest story
I am reading The Overstory by Richard Powers. My favorite genres have always been anything weird: magical realism, science fiction and fantasy, alternative history and the ever popular post-apocalypse novel. I was attracted to this book because it seemed to verge on the magical. And it was about trees.
“A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate
Have you ever thought about joining a book club?
Oakland Public Library currently hosts a number of different book clubs. If you'd like to join in, here's some information to get you started.
Rockridge Branch has a book club meeting on the second Saturday of every month at 3PM. Upcoming books will be Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi on March 9 and