East Bay Home Front at OPL

The Oakland History Room is hosting an exhibit and a program on the East Bay Home Front during World War II.

With the recent week-long broadcast of Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts: an intimate history” and a number of key anniversaries passing this year, the study of World War II is as popular as ever.  

The Oakland Public Library is following the trend with its current exhibit, “East Bay Home Front during World War II.” This display tells the story of how Oaklanders and other East Bay residents mobilized to assist in the war effort. Men and women not only volunteered for military service, they worked in shipyards, canneries, the aircraft industry, and the burgeoning construction trades. They grew victory gardens at home, observed curfews and blackouts, and reduced their meat and milk consumption to abide by rationing rules. They became blood donors and civil defense officers. They even volunteered their dogs for service!

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THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY by Henry James: From the Lakeview Book Club

Notes from The Lakeview Branch Library Book Club's discussion of The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James, a gripping psychological novel of kindness, manipulation, betrayal and the strength to deal with this in an American expatriate world in Europe during the last half of the 19th century.

The Portrait of a Lady Henry James's grandfather immigrated to the United States in 1789 and was a successful venture capitalist, who owned a canal and made a fortune. The grandfather had 3 wives and 16 children.

Henry's father inherited wealth and was a philosopher. There were five children in the family. Henry was the second child. His sister was an invalid, who only lived to her early 40s. Henry traveled extensively with his family.

Henry was not the only famous James from that family. His brother William was the very famous psychologist. It is said that William wrote psychology as if it were fiction, and Henry wrote fiction as if it were psychology. Both William and Henry were Calvinists, but we didn't see evidence of a religious point of view in this novel.

Portrait of a Lady is considered to be the best of the novels of Henry James. Henry's insight into the lives and emotions of his

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Concept Books for Kids

A list of books recommended by Oakland Public Library that help to teach concepts such as the alphabet, numbers and counting, colors, size and shape, opposites, etc.

Of all the picture books in the library, concept books are arguably some of the most useful. Alphabet books help young readers recognize letters and learn their ABCs, while counting books support early math skills. Toddlers and preschoolers may strengthen their understanding of many more concepts, such as color, size, shape, time, and opposites, through books at the library. Some branches have a special section for children's concept books; ask a staff member to help you find them!
Here are some of our favorites to get you started:

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The Latest Found!

We found some more stuff. All of it is awesome.

Here's another amazing installment of items found in library books (or just in the library)!  Which are your favorites?  Some of these just make me ask SO MANY questions.  Like who are those well-dressed men?  And what about raisin bran? And are all moms exactly the same?

What do you think?

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Self Publishing? Format Counts.

Self publishing secrets! and how one author did it right.

If you're one of the many children's book creators who've turned to self publishing to get their stories out, pay attention! A small change may improve your book's chances of getting picked up by libraries. 

Brooklyn based author Zetta Elliott self publishes children's books that are transitional chapter books--longer than easy readers, shorter than middle-grade novels. The Oakland Public Library calls them "Moving Up," and they have their own special place on our shelves.

Notice how they're all about the same size? That's on purpose-- major publishers tend to print them all this way. Transitional chapter books represent a reader's transition from easy readers--which are larger, slimmer, and shorter in text than moving ups, and include color illustrations on almost every spread--to middle grade novels, which vary in length as

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Dust Off Your Instrument and Play!

Resources from the music collection at the Oakland Public Library to get back into playing your instrument, or learn a new one.

Dust Off Your Instrument and Play!

Resources from the music collection at the Oakland Public Library to help you get back into playing your instrument, or learn a new one.

 

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in October

Looking for your next great read? Here are 10 great novels coming out this month. Place your holds now!

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New DVDs for October 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

New DVDs for October 2014 at Oakland Public Library

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Nayomi Munaweera’s List of Inspiring Books

Award-winning Oakland author Nayomi Munaweera recommends some of her favorite books.

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The recent release of Oakland author Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel Island of A Thousand Mirrors has generated a lot of excitement around the globe! It won the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize for the Asian Region and was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Prize. If you haven’t heard about it yet, you can read this review in yesterday’s New

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Books for Book Clubs

Are you searching for book suggestions for your book group? Here are some titles that generated lively discussions in library book groups.

Have you been thinking about joining a book club?  Oakland Public Library's Dimond Branch Book Discussion Group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30 PM and the Lakeview Branch's Book Group meets on the third Tuesday, also from 6:30-7:30 PM.  The Piedmont Branch is launching a Books and Beer Book Group which will hold it's inaugural meeting on Sunday, September 24th at Cato's Ale House.  Library book groups are open to anyone who is interested so feel free to stop by and check them out.

If you're searching for book suggestions for your book

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