Library branches will be closed on Monday, January 20 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) will remain open regular business hours (10 AM - 5:30 PM) on January 20 for its annual film festival.
Looking for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction reads by trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming authors? Look no further!
Listed below are some new and not-so-new books written by trangender and gender variant authors available at Oakland Public Library. For a description of each book, just click on the title link.
Fiction and Poetry
Exciting new fiction, poetry and nonfiction by indigenous authors.
November is Native American Heritage Month and OPL has new books by Indigenous North American authors to keep you reading throughout the month and year. Fiction, poetry, memoir, biography, and cookbooks are among the the new books we recently added to our collection.
Fiction and Poetry
In which we load you up with enough scary books to hold you until NEXT Halloween.
October ends with Halloween, favorite dress-up holiday for the young and not-so-young, season of scary movies and frights big and small. Yes, yes, for you purists, Halloween has its roots in the Celtic observance of Samhain, marking the halfway point between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice, a liminal time when the unquiet souls of the dead must be appeased. A person could go on and on in this vein. But we’re here today to talk about scary books. At the library, we get asked for them a lot. All year long, but especially right around now.
Are you ready for a scary, scary read? Here’s help.
You could start chronologically. There’s agreement among scholars that Horace Walpole’s 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto was the first gothic novel, precursor to horror, with its exploration of fear and the supernatural.
As gothic morphed
Celebrate Black Speculative Fiction month with these books at OPL!
October is Black Speculative Fiction month. Oakland Public Library has books to keep you engaged throughout the month and beyond. Highlighed below are some of the authors, titles and series that you can find on our shelves.
All descriptions are provided by the publishers.
Octavia Butler: Earthseed Saga
If you're wondering what to read next, here are ten excellent novels coming out in September.
New and recent reads focusing on queer people of color—as authors, characters and themes.
It's not a library celebration without books! In June we posted a booklist for Pride Month. Now Oakland Pride is around the corner, so here’s another list of books for your reading enjoyment: new and recent reads focusing exclusively on queer people of color—as authors, characters and themes.
Do you like to cook? Are you looking for new recipes? Look no further. Oakland Public Library has a wide variety of new cookbooks for every palate.
Do you like to cook? Are you looking for new recipes? Look no further. Oakland Public Library has a wide variety of new cookbooks for every palate. On our shelves you'll find recipes for Chinese Soul Food, plant based cooking, sustainable seafood, meals for camping out, mezze and so much more .