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.

You might’ve seen our

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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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Talking with Kids about Race and Racism

Library resources to help adults talk with young people about race and racism. Includes a link to the complete audio recording of a panel discussion on the topic.

Right now, stories of racialized violence, images of protestors demanding justice, and discussions about the movement for Black Lives are dominating the media – and people nationwide are struggling to find age-appropriate ways they can talk with youth about current events, race, and racism.

If you’re looking for support with these difficult conversations, come to the library! Oakland Public Library has books, DVDs, and an up-to-date, downloadable #BlackLivesMatter resource series to help spark discussion with kids of all ages.

We also have 

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Memoir or Fiction: Exploring Queer Lives

When truth is stranger and more interesting than fiction: the lives of gay men in New York City in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

A beautiful young man pursues sex, love and a modeling career in the exhilarating and heartbreaking gay circles of New York City circa the 1970s and 1980s. Fiction or memoir? Why not both? The authors are celebrated writers in the LGBTQ community known for their achievements in the fields of literature, memoir and biography: Edmund White and Brad Gooch.

Our Young Man by Edmund White, clearly a modern take on The Picture of Dorian Gray, paints a rather bland portrait of Guy, a French model who does not seem to age as he partakes in the gay

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The Highest Office in the Land

Novelizing the campaign trail

As this campaign season -- that has often seemed so much more like fiction than fact -- speeds toward the national conventions, our thoughts turn to actual fiction featuring presidential campaigns. For summer reading, you may like to try these.

The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon. In this quintessential Cold War thriller, Raymond Shaw is a brainwashed sleeper agent for Soviet intelligence. Programmed to obey any order upon seeing the Queen of Diamonds in a deck of cards, can Shaw be prevented from assassinating a presidential candidate?

The Plot Against America

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2016

Each month we highlight 10 fantastic new novels coming your way. Here are our picks for July!

 

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After Orlando: A Queer Latinx Book Altar

A literary tribute inspired by the tragedy in Orlando. A guest post by Librarian Amy Sonnie.

Literary tradition is strong in the queer community. Storytelling is how LGBTQI people have named and defined existence, named and transcended fear, named and chosen family. Through poetry, music and memoir, LGBTQI communities keep constant vigil. Nowhere is that tradition more present than in queer and transgender communities of color. “All of us loved you / we want you to know this / listen,” wrote Tatiana de la Tierra.

In honor of Pride month and the 49 lives lost in Orlando, Oakland Library celebrates Latinx authors, artists and activists. Let us listen to their stories and hold the hard truth that we cannot truly know the names and stories of Orlando’s lost generation; they did not get the chance to name themselves.

But we can show up for the living: All of us love you. We want you to know this. We are listening.

que te queremos then and now
hear it in Nahuatl en Español en Pocho en Inglés
hear it en la canción del viento
en el silencio

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