July 2nd is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
July 2nd marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson, the Act outlawed discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin and made illegal voter registration requirements such as poll taxes and literacy tests.
Two new books about this time in history have recently been published and are available at OPL.
OPL's Discover & Go program allows you to explore attractions throughout the Bay Area.
School's out for summer and it's a great time for you and your family to explore the many attractions the Bay Area has to offer. OPL's Discover & Go program makes it easy and cheaper to do just that.
1. Go to: discover.oaklandlibrary.org cheap to do just that. Here's how it works:
2. Enter your library card and your PIN numbers.
3. Search either by the date you want to visit a museum ("what's available next Tuesday?") or by the place itself ("when can we go to the Lawrence Hall of Science?").
4. Pick where and when you want to go. When you are ready, click on "Reserve Pass" and print it out. It's that simple.
Oh, the Places You'll Go.* Here
The library's Summer Reading activities include visits this week from the Oakland Zoomobile!
Summer at the library is for reading, sure, but that's only part of it. We have all kinds of activites planned to engage you and your children when you stop by for a visit. Check out our full events page, or our daily events calendar to see what's in store.
We know that reading during the summer is important to a child's reading and learning success, but this has to be a part of a variety of engaging learning opportunities. And fun! At your library you'll find hands-on craft activites, fabulous magic and theatrical performances, and--in the spirit of this year's
Use E-magazines and E-books from the Oakland Public Library to lighten your load on your Summer travels.
Summer is just about here and for many of us that means planning a vacation trip. Once the tickets are in hand and the swimsuit is packed, it’s time to decide what reading materials to bring along. Do you really want to carry that hardcover? Does your carry-on even have room for a couple magazines?
Thankfully, the Oakland Public Library has several options that mean you can take your reading materials with you without carrying anything more than your electronic devices.
But did you know that you can also get digital magazines for your portable electronic devices through the library with Zinio?
Signing up for Zinio is a simple.
Q&A: Children's Librarians have been talking up the Summer Reading Program all over the city, generating excitement that approached a frenzy this week. Things have changed since last year, so...what's the deal? What does a kid have to do to get a prize for reading this summer?
Q. What counts for the Summer Reading Challenge? My kids are 3, 6, and 11 years old. What's expected of them in this game?
A. So, your three kids signed up for the Summer Reading Game, got their reading logs & stickers, picked out some stuff to read, and now you all want to know what really counts, right? Here's what matters about summer reading:
Whether you are a child, a teen, or an adult, Oakland Public Library has something for you this summer. Here are just a few of the services and activities for children.
Summer Reading Challenge - Paws to Read
Your child does not have to lose her or his reading skills over the summer. Studies have shown that by reading just 20 minutes a day, a child retains, and can even increase, reading levels. We once again offer two fabulous grand prizes: one family membership in Children's Fairyland (ages 0-4) and one iPad (ages 5-14).
Our 2014 Summer Reading Challenge runs from June 14 through August 9. See our blog from last week for suggestions for books to read on this year's theme.
How to Play
- Sign up
Learn what's available at the Alameda County Law Library - such as an upcoming program on bankruptcy issues.
The Alameda County Law Library (ACCL) is one of 58 county law libraries that serve Californians. The Main Library is a neighbor and we shares an address: the Law Library is located at 125 12th Street, while the Main Library is at 125 14th Street, so we often refer patrons to each other.
The Alameda County Law Library offers regular programs that go in-depth on legal topics; you can find out details and upcoming events on their calendar. One upcoming event will be held Tuesday, June 24th, at the Hayward Branch of the ACCL. It's entiteld "In Debt? The Basics of Declaring Bankruptcy". In this program for the general public, a practicing attorney will discuss the basics of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, how to determine which is right, and the specific qualifications for filing each. The program will
Lakeview Book Club reviews The Golden Notebook by Nobel Prize Winner, Doris Lessing.
Another fascinating book and discussion!
There were 10 of us. Most had not finished it. Not all planned to finish it, because of the length of the novel, while several planned to finish it. All liked parts of it. Some LOVED it all the way through. One had read it three times!
A little background:
Doris Lessing was born in 1919 in Kermanshah, Persia (Iran) and died in London last November. Her family moved to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, when she was little. She left her Catholic school when she was 14 to work and was self-educated by reading classics. She joined a Communist Book Club, married and moved to England. She married several times and had several children.
Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007 and was the eleventh woman and the oldest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Swedish Academy described her as "that epicist of the female