Living on Ohlone Land

While many Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, it is crucial to remember the rich history of the Native peoples of this land and the atrocities committed by colonial and settler forces in attempts to erase their humanity, culture, and survival.

(photo by San Francisco Trail Project on Flickr)

Have you ever driven on Shellmound Street or shopped at the shopping centers along it in Emeryville? Ever wondered where that name came from?

Last week, Corinna Gould delivered a powerful talk about Living on Ohlone Land at the Golden Gate Branch (view the video playlist here). Ms. Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone, the

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The Great War

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row."

Sunday, November 11, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the War to End All War. The armistice that ended the fighting was signed at 11 a.m., Paris time, “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” The Great War decimated a generation in England and on the continent. More than 100,000 Americans also died of injuries or illness after we joined the conflict in April of 1917.

Readers know that the Great War’s trauma produced a legacy of great books. Many fall in the category of well-known classics; others will be less familiar to American readers. We’ll look at a handful of them here.

One of the great histories of World War I is Barbara Tuchman’s 1962  The Guns of August. She begins her story with the funeral of Edward VII in 1910 and covers the full sweep of the war.

Two memoirs of the war are worth your

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Where Does OPL Stand on Screen Time for Kids?

Will the library restrict my child's screen time? (Or judge me if I do?)

child and parent using computerIn the last few weeks, articles have been swirling online about Silicon Valley parents banning all screen time for their children, including this New York Times article from October 26. (Blocked by the paywall? Click here.) Some parents who work in the tech industry have decided that the products they create are not safe for children, even in small doses--even if the child is simply observing, not actually using the device.

So, where does the Oakland Public Library stand on screens for kids?

First and foremost, we believe all parents want the best outcomes for their children, and we support families choosing for their own children whether--and how much--they use smartphones, tablets, and

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Centennial Saturdays at Temescal Branch

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Frederick Roberts: California's First African American Legislator

In honor of election day the African American Museum and Library at Oakland profiles political figure Frederick Madison Roberts.

      

Today is Election Day in the United States of America. Your vote counts. On this Election Day, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland profiles political figure Frederick Madison Roberts. Roberts was born in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1880 to Andrew J. and Ellen Wales Roberts. From his mother, he acquired the distinction of being the great-grandson of Sally Hemings, a woman reputed to be the mistress of Thomas Jefferson.

There were two milestones in Roberts’ distinguished life. First, Roberts was the first African American to graduate from Los Angeles High School. He went on to attend the University of Southern California for one semester and then transferred to Colorado College, where he received an A.B. in legal studies. He also served in his first civic office, acting as deputy assessor of El Paso County, Colorado.

             

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in November 2018

Any room on your holds list? Here are some of the most tempting novels and story collections coming out this November.

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Books by Trans and Gender Variant Authors

Looking for poetry, fiction, and non-fiction reads by trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming authors? Look no further!

Listed below are some new and not-so-new books written by trangender and gender variant authors available at Oakland Public Library. For a description of each book, just click on the title link.

 Fiction and Poetry

 All the Birds in the Sky            
Asegi Stories     

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International Games Week & Month @ OPL!

Are you a gamer? Did you know that International Games Week is November 4-10, 2018? Luckily, you can play all month long at OPL.

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International Games Week is November 4-10, 2018. Whether you're into video games or old-fashioned board games, we've got fun events for you, your friends, and your family all month long!

Thursday 11/1

Wii U Super Smash Bros. Preliminary Tournament @ Dimond Branch

Saturday 11/3

Super Smash Bros Preliminary Tournament

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Educator Resources for Native American History Month

Have you noticed Michael Wertz's ABC Oakland honors Natives with 'O is for Ohlone' ? Oakland was home to the Ohlone Tribe. As we approach November and Native American Indians come to the forefront, we invite you to explore the culture, connect with the community and grow your understanding of Native Americans.

Have you noticed Michael Wertz's ABC Oakland honors Natives with 'O is for Ohlone' ? Oakland is Ohlone land.  As we approach November and Native American Indians come to the forefront, we invite you to explore the culture, connect with the community and grow your understanding of Native Americans.  

Explore three oral histories shared by the California Museum.

Connect with educators at the Oakland Museum Teacher's Lounge 4-7pm Friday, November 2, where with the topic will be 

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New Books By Indigenous North American Writers

Exciting new fiction, poetry and nonfiction by indigenous authors.

November is Native American Heritage Month and OPL has new books by Indigenous U.S. authors to keep you reading throughout the month and year. Fiction, poetry, memoir, biography, and cookbooks are among the the new books we recently added to our collection.

Happy reading!

Fiction and Poetry

Where the Dead Sit Talking     Mapping the Interior     There There

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