Get ready to place your Holds! We have a great selection of new DVD titles arriving shortly at Oakland Public Library. Besides blockbusters and foreign films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Nymphomaniac, pts. 1 & 2,
New DVDs for August 2014 at Oakland Public Library
Summer scenes captured at our libraries. It looks like Oakland had a great summer!
Yuyi Morales helped us kick off summer when she visited the César Chávez Library in May. She shared her "bolsa de sorpresas" (bag of surprises) with toys from her childhood in Mexico. And she read her newest book Niño Wrestles the World to musical accompaniment.
Summer wouldn't be summer without the Bubble Lady. She combines clowning, bubbles, and science into a child (and parent) pleasing performance. We've had her in Oakland every summer for as
Beginning November 1st, 2014, the Golden Gate and Piedmont Ave. Branches will revert to a Tuesday - Saturday schedule.
Effective November 1, 2014, days of service at two Oakland Public Library branches—Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue—will revert to Tuesday to Saturday.
The change is the result of a pilot program that began in September 2013 to offer library hours on Mondays in more areas of Oakland. Library Administration encouraged public feedback on the new schedules through an online and paper survey (April 15-May31), comment cards, and community meetings. Administration’s evaluation of the community’s responses and data on library usage at the pilot branches led to the decision to end the new schedules at the Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue branches.
Two additional branches were part of the pilot. Brookfield and Eastmont branches will remain on the Monday to Friday schedule. As always, you can see branch schedules on our website.
Thanks to everyone
Books & Authors is a database at Oakland Public Library that can help you explore titles, authors, and various subjects, to find that next great read.
In May, I posted about Novelist Plus, and the variety of ways it connects readers with the right books for them. This month, Andrew Demcak tells us about another OPL database just for book lovers. Take it away, Andrew....
Avid and casual readers know that feeling: You’ve just finished a great book and you want to start a new one. But which book will be your next book? Books & Authors is a database at Oakland Public Library that can help you explore titles (both fiction and nonfiction,) authors, and various subjects, to find that next great read.
A list of recommended graphic novels and comic books for kids that are available at the Oakland Public Library.
Load up your eReader with free content - books, music, and more!
eBooks are freely available from OPL - we have a number of different collections and formats, all listed here. And, we'll help you get started with ebooks and such at the Main Library - just come in and talk to any librarian, or come to our monthly program - every last Wednesday of the month, we'll walk you through our various e-collections. You can bring your device to follow along. Remember, you'll never get a fine on e-materials!
There are other sources as well. One of the most popular sources for free eBooks is Project Gutenberg, which includes more than 45,000 eBooks, all free; all titles are in the public domain. There's also a number of digitized
Lakeview Book Club Update on the discussion of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
Our discussion leader did an outstanding job in presenting the background story on Zealot.
Dr. Reza Aslan is a non-religious American whose family emigrated from Iran to the United States when he was a child. His family was Muslim. He was invited to go to a Christian summer camp and became a Christian, because it attracted him emotionally and helped him feel he belonged. He was a practicing Evangelical Christian for some years. He was later educated by Jesuits and investigated the historical Jesus, finding that he could no longer be Christian. He studied Islam and found that he was attracted to it intellectually.
In his book about Jesus, he pulled from the few historical records of the time and from the social history of the era. In his research he discovered that much we have all been taught about the life of Jesus does not correspond to the real history of the times. He points out that three fourths of the New Testament was
Join us for National / Neighbors Night Out at Main this Tuesday, August 5, from 5:30 PM to 8 PM. Fun activities for families!
For the first time ever, the Main Library will host festivities for National Night Out (NNO), a nation-wide celebration on Tuesday, August 5, to encourage communites to connect over various activities. National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, started in 1984. We're calling it Neighbors Night Out to encourage you to come meet your neighbors and librarians at Main. We will have the following family friendly activities: sidewalk chalk art, button making, rubber-band bracelet making, book swap, photo booth with fun props, and a bike tube craft. We'll also have a film screening. For the book swap, please bring a almost-new book to trade for another. Because the library itself closes at 5:30 PM, please enter the auditorium on the Madison St. side of the building.
You can look up other NNO events in Oakland here: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/nno. Hope to see you Tuesday night at Main!
What have you been reading this summer?
We posted the first set of your submitted book reviews right here, and now it's time for some more. Thanks to everyone who has participated so far, and don't forget to submit your review before Summer Reading ends!
So, what have y'all been reading?