All branch libraries and AAMLO (except Main, Brookfield and Eastmont) will be closed January 22, 2019 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Experience the eclipse at Oakland Public Library! We will be hosting an eclipse viewing party August 21st at 9:30. Please join us! We have several new books on solar eclipse science, lore, and history to get you excited about this rare astronomical event.
Where will you be on August 21st? Watching the eclipse of course!
Oakland Public Library will be hosting a Viewing Party!! Please join us!
Certain states will experience a total eclipse this summer; those of us in California can expect to see a partial eclipse. A limited number of safe viewing glasses will be available. Come watch the partial eclipse with us!
- When: August 21, 2017 at 9:30am
- Where: Main Library, West Auditorium - Off of Madison St.
125 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 / Phone# 510-238-3134
Ice cream recipes to keep you cool.
As a child, one of my favorite things about summer was ice cream. Not much has changed in that area. I recently started looking for books to help me make my own ice cream. Here are some of my favorites. If you're looking for something less labor intensive, several of these books contain recipes for ice cream sandwiches and desserts that use store bought ice cream.
The Summer of Love. All summer long.
Unless you've been living in a San Francisco fog the last few months, you know that 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. In January the Human Be-In at the Polo Grounds in Golden Gate Park ushered in the year and made the Haight-Ashbury district the counterculture's epicenter. Among other observances, the de Young Museum's current show provides an overview for those who don't, or can't, remember it.
The library is an excellent resource to know more. Books, music, films, and more, we've got it. A simple search of the library catalog using the phrase "summer of love" can get you started. One good book to begin with is the de Young exhibition's colorful catalog,
On Monday, August 21, 2017, an eclipse of the Sun will be visible throughout North America. It will be the first eclipse to cross the United States in the “Internet Age” (the last country-wide eclipse was in 1918).
The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 is coming up quickly! This is the first eclipse to be visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years. More details here: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/.
In such an eclipse, the Moon gets in front of the Sun and blocks some or all of its light. In Oakland, we will have a partial eclipse, with 76% of the Sun’s area covered by the Moon. For us, the eclipse will begin at 9:01 am, and reach maximum at 10:15 am. By 11:37 am, the Sun will be uncovered once more. Such a partial eclipse -- where some of the Sun’s bright surface is showing -- is not safe to look at with the naked eye (or sunglasses). You must use special eclipse-viewing glasses or project an image of the Sun!
Your Oakland Public Library is a distribution site for safe viewing glasses through a partnership with
The library becomes a bus stop for a very special storytime!
We're excited to welcome AC Transit to our libraries on Saturday July 15th! Visit one of these stops to climb on board the parked bus for children's storytime with your very own children’s librarian:
Storytime on the Bus will be visiting:
Explore AC Transit:
The Oakland Radio Communication Association (ORCA) Field Day 2017 is happening this weekend.
Every year since 1933, on the fourth weekend of June, amateur radio operators in the United States and Canada gather for their annual Field Day. Amateur radio operators -- ham radio enthusiasts -- aren't just hobbyists. Their equipment and skills make up an important part of disaster planning in many communities, including ours. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) holds its annual field day to promote interest in amateur radio and, more importantly, to practice operating over a full 24 hours as its members would do during a real disaster.
The AALR site lists 1607 Field Day events this weekend, including a bunch of them in the Bay Area. Oakland's event, put on by the Oakland Radio Communication Association will be at Sequoia Arena, 10013 Skyline Blvd, across from Chabot Space and
After celebrating Pride, relax with a book.
Looking for new books by LGBTQI authors? OPL has them! These fiction and nonfiction titles were all released in the past year. Happy reading! Happy Pride!
New Titles in Graphic Format
This summer children 0-4 can play their very own kind of Summer Reading. Ask at any OPL library.
Oakland Public Library is always full of fun things to do during the summer, with performers, crafts, science, dance, martial arts and free lunches for youth at many branches, and of course, Kids' Summer Reading.
Babies and toddlers can do summer reading too, and this year we've created a special Pre-Reader card for parents and caregivers to do with them. Talking, Reading, Singing, Writing, and Playing, are all activities that support the youngest children to be ready to read and learn.