The Spring Travel Series Educates and Inspires Those with Wanderlust

Oakland Main Library's 12th Annual Spring Travel Series begin May 16 at 6 p.m.

Though you’d never guess it from our cloudy skies, epic hail storm, and chilly temperatures, Spring is here. And at the Main Library, that means the annual Spring Travel Series is about to launch! For the past twelve years, local travelers have learned how to travel safely, economically, efficiently and responsibly by attending these captivating talks.

Travel guidebook writers, travel photographers, tour guides, and our own well-traveled librarians have shared their expertise, funny stories, packing tips, and words of wisdom. Over the past dozen years we have treated East Bay residents to travel programs about a variety of interesting places including Southeast Asia, Italy, Cuba, Greece, Mexico, Croatia, Seattle, Kenya, and the American Southwest.

Travel not only provides us with much-needed breaks from our routines, but also educates, inspires and expands our perceptions of the world. As we head out into the world, we are cultural ambassadors, teaching others we encounter on the road about our cultures as much as they are informing us

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May 2018

Wondering what to read in May? We have at least ten ideas! Here are ten new works of fiction coming to the library this month.

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What’s New at AAMLO: Recent Acquisition Highlights

Recent additions to AAMLO's archives and reference collections

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland continually acquires new material, expanding special collections which document the history and cultural experiences of African Americans in Northern California and the Bay Area.

 

Recent book arrivals are always available for easy browsing and enjoyment in the reference room. While AAMLO copies cannot be checked out, staff is always happy to help locate circulating copies at Oakland Public Library branches. Some recent and noteable titles include:

 

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Choose Privacy!

OPL's Digital Safety Team celebrates Choose Privacy Week! Read about why digital privacy matters, discover new resources, and learn about events happening at your library.

By Camille Peters & Andrea Guzmán, members of OPL's Digital Safety Team

 

This week, we celebrate Choose Privacy Week, an annual event held by the American Library Association (ALA) that "promotes the importance of individual privacy rights and celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole.” We encourage you to take this opportunity to reflect on your current digital practices and make changes according to your privacy needs.

Why does choosing privacy matter to us? Because your digital privacy and security are paramount to exercising intellectual freedom, a core value of public libraries

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Graphic Memoirs and Biographies

Graphic memoirs and biographies at OPL.

Lately I've been reading graphic memoirs and biographies. I like the experience of reading both words and images. I find that the images deepen the story and help to complete the text. Listed below are a few newer titles that I've read or that are on my to-read list. All are available for check-out.  

The Best We Could Do     Poppies of Iraq     Fetch     

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Bike Month at Oakland Libraries

Bike to books! Celebrate bike month with fun programs and more.

We're pretty crazy about bikes here at the Oakland library!

We celebrate bikes all year with things like the Women Bike Book club, lending bike tools from the tool library, working with the Scraper Bike team at the Shed, and providing pumps and locks at all locations. 

But we really get pedaling in May for bike month. Look at all the great things we have planned!

From Sea to Sea with Zeke Gerwein

Last summer, local teen Zeke biked from Delaware back to the Bay Area in an effort to meet fellow Americans and understand our political climate. Enjoy

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Women Bike Book Club: Podcast Edition

Bike month is just around the corner! Get ready with some good podcasts.

The Women Bike Book Club (co-presented by Bike East Bay) meets at 6 pm on the first Thursday of the month over at the Golden Gate Branch Library. We gather to discuss biking, feminism, and the intersection of the two.

We’ve previously posted a couple lists of our favorites - all of the books we read in our first year, and some books for kids who bike.

We’ve got another list for you - podcasts! Here are a few of the ones we’ve been interested in:

Joyride 

Taped in Chicago, Joyride

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Frankenstein at 200: the Creature Lives

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is 200 years old.

You think you know Frankenstein? The green-hued creature of the 1931 movie? Peter Boyle singing and dancing in Young Frankenstein? Think again, and take a dive into the novel that started it all.

First fun fact: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was 18 years old when she came up with the story. While staying in Geneva in 1816 with her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley and their friend Lord Byron, Byron challenged the party to come up with the best ghost story. Mary Shelley was the only one to complete hers. She turned her story into a novel and published it anonymously in March, 1818, as Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus. It wasn’t until the 1822 second edition of the book that Mary Shelley was credited as its author.

Shelley was the daughter of the philosopher William Godwin and the feminist and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. Her mother died of infection shortly after Mary’s birth. At fifteen she met Percy Shelley, a married man, and ran

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AAMLO's Collections Now on Historypin

Historypin is a place for people to share photos and stories, telling the histories of their local communities.

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland is now on Historypin! Check out hundreds of historical photographs from AAMLO's collections mapped and superimposed on Google street view. The photograph below shows Stephens Restaurant, an African American-owned restaurant established by William Stephens in 1924 at 112 14 St. and eventually moved to 200 E. 14th St. (now International Boulevard). The second photograph shows the same building in a 2018 Google street view image and its current tenant New King Restaurant.  

Stephens Restaurant 1930

Stephens Restaurant 2018

The Historypin app allows researchers and history buffs to locate historical photographs

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2018

Get in line for some of April's best fiction offerings.

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