While You're Waiting For....

Louise Penny's latest has a super-long hold list. Here are some things you can read while you wait.

 Jacket.aspxGlass Houses, the new Chief Inspector Gamache mystery by Canadian author Louise Penny, is here and boy, does it have a long hold list! Gamache has legions of fans and this, the lucky thirteenth in the series, will not fail to satisfy. If you don’t already follow Gamache, start with the first one,

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Connecting to the Natural World

Books that focus on our nature and our connection to each other.

Lately I've been asked for book recommendations that inspire a sense of hope or aren't all about "everything that's wrong with the world." I've recommended books about social justice movements and change and ways of building community. I've also been thinking about other types of books that inspire hope. For me, nature writing can instill hopefulness because it helps me feel connected to the natural world which in turns reminds me of our interconnectedness. The books below all address our connection to nature and to each other. I hope you enjoy these recommendations.

The Abundance 

The abundance : narrative essays old and new

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2017

Presenting our monthly fiction picks, with great new books from some of our favorite authors!

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Building Community: Flavors of Oakland

What makes your community stronger?

What makes your community stronger? We recently posed that question to our patrons after the violence in Charlottesville and posted their responses in our branch. It's also a question I've been pondering for a while.

A few weeks ago we hosted Anya Ku and Elazar Sontag at the Dimond Branch for a discussion about the making of their book Flavors of Oakland and shared some of the recipes. After listening to the authors talk it became clear to me that projects like these make our communities stronger.

Anya, a photographer, and Elazar, a writer, began their collaborative project when they were 16 and 18 years old. As part of the project the two shared meals with home cooks throughout Oakland and learned their personal histories. Many of the

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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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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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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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New Books By Queer Authors

After celebrating Pride, relax with a book.

Looking for new books by LGBTQI authors? OPL has them! These fiction and nonfiction titles were all released in the past year. Happy reading! Happy Pride!

New Titles in Graphic Format

 A Graphic History     Love is Love

Queer : a graphic history / Meg-

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