10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2019

Wondering what new novels and story collections are arriving this month? Here are 10 great ones you'll want to get your eyes on.

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El día de los niños/El día de los libros

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds

OPL celebrates Día with two community artists: 

Mariela Herrera will bring energetic bilingual music and storytelling to the library in April to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros

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Spring Fling

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).

The Wedding Date Book Jacket

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,

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Women Making History

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!

    Daring to Drive     For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics     Black Dove     

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Richard Powers: The Overstory is just the latest story

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

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Clubs for Book Lovers at OPL

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

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March 2019

Calling all fiction lovers! Here come the new books for March!

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African American Museum & Library at Oakland Digitizes Black Panther Party Films

In April 2018 the African American Museum & Library at Oakland was awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant to digitize and provide access online to 98 films documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s-1970s from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection.

In April 2018 the African American Museum & Library at Oakland was awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant to digitize and provide access online to 98 films documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s-1970s from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection. The films included footage shot by the documentary film collective Newsreel, an organization founded in New York City in 1968 by a group of radical filmmakers with collectives in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. California Newsreel produced three documentary films on the Black Panther Party, Off the Pig (1968), MayDay (1969), and Repression. The digitized films include outtakes and b-roll footage filmed at a Black Panther Party Free Huey (Newton) rally on May 1, 1969 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown San Francisco, California. The films

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Maker March at the Library!

Celebrate Maker Month at OPL by attending events and workshops that promote kids' innovation, curiosity and creativity.

March is Maker Month, a time for all of us to explore our creativity, our curiosity, and take joy in our capacity for innovation. The Oakland Public Library has many events and workshops for kids this month to celebrate!

A highlight of Maker Month is our first Family STEAM Night! The Main Library Children's Room has been awarded a Friends of the Library (FOPL) grant to fund special, hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) workshops for kids 8-12 and their adult caregivers, with dinner included! RSVP is required, as space is limited. Call 510-238-3615 to sign up your kids for this community and team-building event!

What else is happening this month? Check out the list below and join the fun!

3/2/19, 2:00pm, Dimond Branch: Virtual Reality Demonstration -- Experience Virtual Reality (VR) during this special

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Celebrating the Life of Morrie Turner on the Anniversary of Wee Pals

For Black History Month AAMLO profiles the late Morrie Turner who broke the comic strip color barrier with his ground breaking Wee Pals.

By Marco Frazier Library Assistant,

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

This week marks the anniversary of legendary cartoonist Morrie Turners launch of Wee Pals.  The son of a Pullman Porter, Morris Turner, was born in Oakland, California on December 11, 1923. A product of the Oakland schools system he attended Cole Elementary and McClymonds High School before completing his studies at Berkeley High School. Turner spent his entire career as the syndicated cartoonist of the WeePals, a multiethnic cartoon strip.

Early Experiment with Drawing

Turner began drawing at the age of 10 as a means of communication. With no TV, and paper from the local butcher shop, he would listen to shows and plays on the radio and draw what he heard. By age 14 he decided he wanted to be a cartoonist.  His father was not happy with his desired profession as it was not

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