Immigrant Stories

A collection of books released in the last year dealing with the experience of U.S. immigrants.

During the past month, many U.S. immigrants have faced new challenges as a result of executive orders issued from the White House. As a nation of immigrants, we know that the immigrant experience is varied and unique. Listed below are books released in the last year that capture some of the unique experiences of what it means to be a U.S. citizen and/or an immigrant living in the U.S.

Nonfiction

The  Book of Isais    

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Good Books Come in Threes

Join us at the Main Library on February 26 when we'll be hosting three terrific writers and their new books.

On Sunday, February 26 the Main Library will hosting an author program featuring Bay Area novelists Vanessa Hua, Shanthi Sekaran, and Ali Eteraz, who all have new books out. They’ll be here to talk about and read from them with us.

Shanthi Sekaran’s new novel, Lucky Boy, concerns two women, one Indian-American, the other undocumented and from Mexico, and their love for the same baby boy. Infertility, adoption, and the rights of the undocumented are highlighted in this insightful story. Sekaran is also

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Truth, Lies and Quibblers: Media Literacy for a New Era

Don't Fall for Fake News. Your library offers workshops and resources to build media literacy.

Photo of newspaper from Harry Potter booksBefore fake news and alternative facts there was … The Quibbler and The Daily Prophet. Yes, I am talking about the wizarding world of journalism. Bear with me.

For those who skipped the Harry Potter series, The Quibbler was Rowling’s storyline about a tabloid complete with sensational headlines, paparazzi and misleading (even fake) stories. The Daily Prophet, on the other hand, shared government-sponsored news, replete with alternative facts and spin control from The Ministry of Magic.

Imagine if Harry Potter readers graduated to Book 7 having gained media literacy skills from the stories. Sadly, the books’ negative depiction of media is troubling – both because it’s based in some truth and because it’s incomplete, leaving readers with a near total distrust of journalism. Sound familiar?

Lest we

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fREADom at Oakland Public Library

Everyone is welcome at your Oakland Public Library! Read about various ways the library can support activists and activism and connect you to excellent resources and books.

Your public library is a place where, free of cost, you can learn about current issues from credible sources, explore history, borrow high quality books, and take advantage of community resources and spaces.  Everyone is welcome. Inclusiveness is a core value of public libraries. Oakland Public Library will be tabling at the second Oakland Peace Center Activism and Advocacy Resource Fair this coming Sunday, 2/12, from 11 to 4 PM, to promote how the library can help you during these tumultuous times. You can sign up for a library card and pick up various resources and reading lists as well as limited edition “fREADom” buttons!

Reading is among our greatest freedoms; OPL librarians have curated these timely book lists. Click through to learn more about:

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February 2017

Here's looking forward to the arrival of these 10 fiction titles this month!

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Social Movements and Activism

Interested in learning about political organizing? Check out these new books at OPL.

This past week citizens in the Bay Area and throughout the world expressed their opinions by participating in marches and protests. Resistance movements have been a way for people to voice their dissent throughout history. If you want to read about social movements and political organizing look no further than OPL. We have many new books on the topic. 

If you're interested in learning about a local movement in which civic engagement resulted in positive change, join Steve Early at the Piedmont Branch Library on Tuesday evening, February 28th at 6:30 PM for a discussion of his book about Richmond, California -- Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City.

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Black History Homework

Get your students Black History Homework books asap! Supplies are limited!

Library Kid:   I have the hardest person EVER!!!!

Me: Who? 

Library Kid: I'll never find annnnnnything on herrrr... 

Me: Who?

Library Kid: Fannie Lou Hamer. 

Me: What about this book?  ( I pulled it out of our newly created Black History Books Display) 

Library Kid:  

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Challenge Extended: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten!

Challenge Extended: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! You can do it!

Shhh.  Listen.  Did you hear that? 

Yes, it was the sound of librarians everywhere shouting hooray while reading about Daliyah Marie Arana. This amazing young book worm visited the Library of Congress, met with the newest Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and was Guest Librarian for the day, a most prestigious title, especially when bestowed upon an impeccably dressed 4 year old! Daliyah's special afternoon was in celebration of a big reading accomplishment that her family celebrated with their local public library.

 

When Daliyah was 3, her mom enrolled her in her public library's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program in Georgia. This program encourages families to read 1000 books before the first day of kindergarten and when her family completed this most impressive feat, her mother

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Reading the Great White Whale

How about reading Moby Dick this winter?

Call me Ishmael. 

You just read one of the most recognizable first lines in all literature opening one of the most immersive and rewarding reads there is. But what’s the big deal? Why read it? Here’s why. Moby Dick sprawls across the pages, from New Bedford to the South Seas and from a hopeful beginning to a disastrous end. Its language is monumental, springing from the biblical and Shakespearean texts that were Herman Melville’s cultural foundation. Its characters, Ahab, Ishmael, Starbuck, Queequeg, Tashtego, Pip, are fully alive and compelling and, to use an anachronistic word, diverse. The discursive chapters on whales and whaling draw you into
world and way of life that’s lost. The whale itself is a force of nature, both aggressor and aggressed against.

First published in 1851, Herman Melville created Moby Dick out of his own experiences as a sailor in the whale fishery, and on

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Post-Election Know Your Rights Trainings

As we grapple with the uncertain future and a surge in bias-related crimes, knowledge is power. Join the ACLU for Know Your Rights workshops at your library.

Photo of mural with text that says Know Your RightsThis February, Oakland Public Library is offering a series of Know Your Rights workshops, in partnership with the ACLU of Northern California.

 

As our communities grapple with the uncertain future of immigration reform, the threat of a Muslim registry, a surge in bias-related crimes, and a groundswell of activism by citizens concerned about justice, safety and equity, we have a great deal to learn and do -- together.

 

Beginning with three workshops -- for immigrants, transgender residents and citizens exercising free speech through protest – Oakland Library and the ACLU will provide information to help you protect yourself, your family and your community.

 

Over the coming year, the library will continue to offer programs and resources that empower our

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