The Right to Vote

August 26th is Women's Equality Day.

August 26th is National Women's Equality Day. On this day in 1920 the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was formally adopted into the United States Constitution. You can learn more about National Women's Equality Day at the National Women's History Project.

Many struggles and challenges preceeded women winning the right to vote and the sruggles continued even after the 19th Amendment was formally adopted. It took many more years until all women were guaranteed the right to vote. If you want to read about the history -- where we were, where we are now, and where we're headed -- check out the titles below.

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Looking for LGBTQ Winners: The Lambda Literary Review

Want to know about the latest gay romance novel, lesbian biography or queer fiction anthology? Check out Lambda Literary.org!

I love weird stories, anything with magic or strange happenings. I also love queer stories. Where do I look for the latest, greatest, weird, queer book reviews?

My go-to website for great LGBTQ reading choices of any genre is the Lambda Literary Review.  This comprehensive resource is the digital offspring of The Lambda Book Report, first published in 1987 out of Lambda Rising Bookstore in Washington, DC. Lambda Literary has evolved into “the world’s premier LGBT literary organization”, awarding the annual Lambda Literary Awards or “Lammys”, sponsoring writers retreats, and maintaining a content-rich website. (http://www.lambdaliterary.org)

I always start with the Genre category, nicely separated into sub-genres such as Romance, Mystery, and (my favorite) Speculative Fiction. I also peruse the General Fiction and Bio/Memoirs.  

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Cover to Cover, Coast to Coast

The National Parks Service is turning 100 this month. Read your way through the parks in these outdoorsy page-turners.

August 26 marks the centennial of the National Parks Service. The Find Your Park initiative encourages all Americans to find and enjoy our national parks, from urban parks to the most remote wilderness. But if you can’t make it to your favorite park this summer, and if you’re in the mood for fiction, here’s a selection of novels set in our national parks.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2016

Fiction lovers, make room on your holds list! Here are 10 amazing books arriving in August.

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Back to School

Helpful tips for making the start of this year's back to school season successful.

There is only one time of year that is more financally stress-enducing for parents than Christmas: Back to School season. One of my favorite retailers had the Back to School displays up on July 5th. If that is not pressure enough, according to Good Morning America last week parents are anticipated to spend an average of $230-some odd dollars on back to school materials. PER CHILD! Wait...what? $230 per child? I have three children, and I DO NOT HAVE $690 in back to school money. Who did this math anyway? Now we all want our children to start school confident and successful with everything they need, but sometimes our financial situation doesn't support this desire completely. Luckily Oakland has a wealth of resources designed to support parents during the back to school season. I don't know about them all, but here are a few to consider.

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Seeking summer mysteries? Try Judith Flanders.

Want to try a great mystery series this summer? Read on.

I picked up this series because I liked the titles and I like the covers, they look like fun times. I listened to the audiobooks while doing some summer gardening which, honestly, is laborious, I know some people say that it's relaxing, but I'm just not buying it. The series was a great distraction.  The author, Judith Flanders, besides writing contemporary mysteries also has a fascination with Victorians and murder

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Do It Yourself (with a little help from the Library)

Read-CREATE-Explore with DIY resources at the Library!

Summer is in full swing, and so are summer projects. You may be using your well-deserved time off for gardening, home repair, mending what's broken, or generally beautifying your surroundings. In honor of our summer reading theme this year - Read-Create-Explore - we're highlighting some of our DIY resources. 

Does your project require special equipment? No need to run off and buy a bunch of expensive tools. Just visit our Tool Lending Library at the Temescal Branch and check out what you need. The TLL has over 5,000 tools, plus books and instructional DVDs. 

One of the many items offered at Tool Lending Library is a bike repair kit - or use our tools at one of our drop-in repair clinics! You can fix minor repairs or scraper your bike on Fridays 2-4:

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OPL Loves Bikes

"My theory is that it’s because, like libraries, bikes represent a kind of freedom that is accessible to people of most ages. Or, maybe it’s because they’re another economic way to see more of your world. Maybe it’s just because they’re fun."

Photo of BrianI want to thank Brian Guenther, the Branch Manager at our amazing Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, for his guest post today.  The following words are his, not mine.  

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We love bikes at OPL.

Photo of Girls and the bike library

My theory is that it’s because, like libraries, bikes represent a kind of freedom that is accessible to people of most ages. Or, maybe it’s because they’re another economic way to see more of your world. Maybe it’s just because they’re fun. Whatever the reason, bikes and biking are a big part of the Oakland Public Library culture.

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Still Found!

It's been awhile, but here are some more things found in library books.

Hi!  Did you miss me and my things found in library books?  I went off and had two babies, and now that they are all grown up (one year old) I'm back in action.  I'm so lucky that the whole year I was gone, people kept finding things and leaving them on my desk for me.  So, be not worried.  Our finds will continue! 

What do we have today?  Well, here you go:

     

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Books into Movies

Check out the book before you see the movie.

Now that summer is in full swing, hopefully you'll have time to relax with a book or take in a movie or maybe even read a book and then see the movie. The books listed below have all been made into movies that have released or are due to release this summer and all are available at OPL.

Don't forget to stop by any of our branches to participate in our Adult Summer Reading program for a chance to win gift cards and a Kindle Fire.

Free State of Jones    

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