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The City of Oakland is conducting a survey to evaluate the quality of our service. Take a minute and fill it out!

The city is conducting a 2-week survey to look at language access to city services.  Please take a couple of minutes and let us know how the library is doing.  

You can print the survey here - fill it out, and bring it to the library.

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You have until February 28th.  Thank you so much!  We really appreciate it.  

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The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd: A Lakeview Book Club Review

The Mermaid Chair, the second novel by Sue Monk Kidd, explores the life of a woman returning to an island off South Carolina and the decisions she must make.

What an entertaining discussion of The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd this month!

Eight of us had a wide range of reactions to this book. More of us found this selection not to our taste. There was at least one of us who really liked this book. All of us found intriguing elements and some characters or plot devices we really liked. Almost unanimously we found the sex elements of the seduction of the monk to be of a bodice-ripping nature and humorously so. A few skipped that part entirely. Some literally groaned at those sections of the book..

 

One of us thought some of her plot machinations to be similar to Ann Patchett, intricate, interwoven, filled with some suspense and somewhat believable events. Some of the descriptions our group used about this book were, "light, poorly written, titillating, contrived, annoying characters, shocking regarding the finger cutting, "nature held its own" and "like a 10 cent book

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7 Reasons The 2015 ALA Youth Media Awards Are SO COOL

Kid lit history was made this year, my friend.

Did you see the ALA Youth Media Awards this year? They are SO COOL. Groundbreaking choices were made in every category of these annual awards for children's books. Here's why:

1) Diversity rules!

This year's Medal and Honor recipients are African-American, Latino, Asian, multiracial, deaf, queer, and differently abled. The Newbery and Caldecott Awards have been criticized in the past for being overwhelmingly white; perhaps the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement is causing a cultural shift in children's literature.

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New DVDs for February 2015 - Coming Soon to Oakland Public Library

Nine DVDs coming soon to Oakland Public Library

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February 2015

Hungry for some fresh fiction? Here are 10 fantastic novels coming out this month.

 

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Groundbreaking Newbery and Caldecott Awards!

Check out this year's groundbreaking Newbery, Caldecott, and other award winning children's books!

Each year the Newbery, Caldecott, and other Youth Media Awards are decided and announced at the American Library Association Midwinter conference.  This year's awards break new ground in recognizing a wider diversity of excellence in literature (the Newbery) and "picture books" (the Caldecott).  Could it have anything to do with OPL's Sharon McKellar being one of the Caldecott committee members?

Look for a fuller recap from us

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It starts with a murder. Read A Northern Light

It starts with a murder. If you're into the Serial podcast, then this case and this book might be for you.

A Northern Light

Mattie is 16, she's plain, smart, hardworking and a reader. Her mom died of cancer awhile back, Pa is gone for long stretches, working the land, leaving Mattie with a gaggle of siblings to care for. She wants to finish her schooling but she's poor and in 1906 upstate New York, high school and college aren't priorities for girls. She's inspired by her teacher, a poet and feminist, who helps her land an acceptance letter and full scholarship to Barnard. But Pa forbids it, she made a promise to her dying mother to never leave, and this Plain Jane is getting some unfathomable attention from the town hottie. What's a girl to do?

So, back to murder. Just like an episode of Law and Order, Mattie is going about her work day when she is presented with a body found near the lake. It's a pretty young woman, just

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It starts with a murder. Read A Northern Light

It starts with a murder. If you're into the Serial podcast, then this case and this book might be for you.

A Northern Light

Mattie is 16, she's plain, smart, hardworking and a reader. Her mom died of cancer awhile back, Pa is gone for long stretches, working the land, leaving Mattie with a gaggle of siblings to care for. She wants to finish her schooling but she's poor and in 1906 upstate New York, high school and college aren't priorities for girls. She's inspired by her teacher, a poet and feminist, who helps her land an acceptance letter and full scholarship to Barnard. But Pa forbids it, she made a promise to her dying mother to never leave, and this Plain Jane is getting some unfathomable attention from the town hottie. What's a girl to do?

So, back to murder. Just like an episode of Law and Order, Mattie is going about her work day when she is presented with a body found near the lake. It's a pretty young woman, just

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Romantic DVDs for Valentine’s Day @ Oakland Public Library

An eclectic assortment of romantic films from Oakland Public Library’s DVD collection.

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African American Literature Read In Hits Oakland Next Week!

Volunteer to read in a school, come to a library storytime, or just check out some of our favorite books to read at home

Book Cover of My PeopleNext week, the Oakland Public Education Fund is sponsoring an African American Literature Read In in the schools and is looking for volunteers. If you can volunteer to read in a school next week, it is not too late to sign up.

Their site includes a great recommended reading list, which we contributed to, and includes many of

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