All library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th, for Thanksgiving.
The Rosa Parks Papers are now available anywhere.
Rounding out Women's History Month and our Rad American Women theme, we want to let you know that the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online its collection of papers and photographs on the life and career of Rosa Parks. The collection, which includes 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs, was purchased in 2014 by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and deposited at the Library of Congress on a 10 year loan. It has been open to in-person researchers for a year but is now accessible online to researchers worldwide as the Rosa Parks Papers.
The contents of the Rosa Parks Papers are huge and wide-ranging. Mrs. Parks seems to have kept everything. The collection includes items such as a poll tax receipt, letters to her mother, recipes, and a
This April, meet expert financial counselors who can help you manage money and achieve your goals.
Did you know? April is Financial Literacy Month. That means it is the perfect time to meet expert financial counselors who can help you manage money and achieve your goals.
Oakland Public Library is partnering with Balance Pro (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Services of San Francisco) to offer a series of workshops. Whether you are trying to bounce back after a costly emergency or planning ahead for college education or home ownership, this series has something for everyone.
Join us as we build the power of our communities to create a better financial future.
Money Matters: Financial Empowerment Series
Identity Theft Solutions
Identity Theft is becoming more common. Learn how to protect your confidential information and what steps to take if you’re a victim of identity theft. Call 510-238-3400 for info in Cantonese.
OPL has new gardening books to help you with spring planting.
Spring is in the air and that means time for spring planting. We've received many new gardening books to help you plan and maintain your garden. If you need seeds to get your garden started, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland and the Chavez and Dimond branches all have seed libraries where you can choose from a selection of free vegetable and flower seeds.
If you need help determining which seeds to plant in the coming months, check out the The Alameda County Master Gardener's Seed Planting Guide.
Award-winning local author Janet Dawson recommends some of her favorite crime stories.
Janet Dawson is well known to local readers as the author of eleven novels featuring Oakland private investigator Jeri Howard. Jeri first appeared in the novel Kindred Crimes, which won the St. Martin's Press/Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first private eye novel and was been nominated for the Shamus, Macavity and Anthony Awards.
Her newest series takes place in the early 1950’s aboard the California
In praise of the very long novel.
Does a long book intimidate you? Can a high page count fill you with despair? Are you the one who slipped Cryptonomicon back onto the shelf? Read the Spark Notes for Great Expectations but not the book? Fear not! Some of the best fun you can have as a reader is with a long novel. Here's a not-so-long list of some juicy doorstoppers to try. You'll be staying up half the night turning pages in no time!
Celebrate Woman History Month by embracing the imagination within our girls.
March is Women's History Month and OPL is hosting a Women's History Celebration in many libraries across the city.
But did you know that OPL's Womens History celebration was inspired by a costume contest? That's right, a simple game of dress-up resulted in the RADest Women's History celebration OPL has ever seen.
I am bringing this to your attention because I want to remind you that our little girls play dress-up every day. Disney sells millions of dollars in costumes for Elsa, Ariel, Tianna and Merida et. al. During Woman’s history month, I don't want you to forget the
New titles on the history of presidential campaigns and voting rights.
It's impossible to turn on the television or radio, log on to a computer or open a newspaper without hearing or reading about the presidential campaign. If you want to learn more about the history of presidential campaigns, the struggles for voting rights in the U.S., and even how comedians engage with political life, check out these new titles at OPL.
All descriptions are provided by the publishers.
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."
Readers around the world were saddened Friday to learn about the death of author Harper Lee, beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Miss Lee died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, at the age of 89.
The fame that came her way after Mockingbird’s publication in 1960 took her completely by surprise, as did the Pulitzer Prize that followed, and the iconic film that came along in 1962. Miss Lee was never comfortable with the attention that came her way. She valued her privacy, rarely granting interviews. She became, as New