Helpful tips for making the start of this year's back to school season successful.
There is only one time of year that is more financally stress-enducing for parents than Christmas: Back to School season. One of my favorite retailers had the Back to School displays up on July 5th. If that is not pressure enough, according to Good Morning America last week parents are anticipated to spend an average of $230-some odd dollars on back to school materials. PER CHILD! Wait...what? $230 per child? I have three children, and I DO NOT HAVE $690 in back to school money. Who did this math anyway? Now we all want our children to start school confident and successful with everything they need, but sometimes our financial situation doesn't support this desire completely. Luckily Oakland has a wealth of resources designed to support parents during the back to school season. I don't know about them all, but here are a few to consider.
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Want to try a great mystery series this summer? Read on.
Read-CREATE-Explore with DIY resources at the Library!
Summer is in full swing, and so are summer projects. You may be using your well-deserved time off for gardening, home repair, mending what's broken, or generally beautifying your surroundings. In honor of our summer reading theme this year - Read-Create-Explore - we're highlighting some of our DIY resources.
Does your project require special equipment? No need to run off and buy a bunch of expensive tools. Just visit our Tool Lending Library at the Temescal Branch and check out what you need. The TLL has over 5,000 tools, plus books and instructional DVDs.
One of the many items offered at Tool Lending Library is a bike repair kit - or use our tools at one of our drop-in repair clinics! You can fix minor repairs or scraper your bike on Fridays 2-4:
"My theory is that it’s because, like libraries, bikes represent a kind of freedom that is accessible to people of most ages. Or, maybe it’s because they’re another economic way to see more of your world. Maybe it’s just because they’re fun."
I want to thank Brian Guenther, the Branch Manager at our amazing Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, for his guest post today. The following words are his, not mine.
We love bikes at OPL.
My theory is that it’s because, like libraries, bikes represent a kind of freedom that is accessible to people of most ages. Or, maybe it’s because they’re another economic way to see more of your world. Maybe it’s just because they’re fun. Whatever the reason, bikes and biking are a big part of the Oakland Public Library culture.
You might’ve seen our Bike
It's been awhile, but here are some more things found in library books.
Hi! Did you miss me and my things found in library books? I went off and had two babies, and now that they are all grown up (one year old) I'm back in action. I'm so lucky that the whole year I was gone, people kept finding things and leaving them on my desk for me. So, be not worried. Our finds will continue!
What do we have today? Well, here you go:
Check out the book before you see the movie.
Now that summer is in full swing, hopefully you'll have time to relax with a book or take in a movie or maybe even read a book and then see the movie. The books listed below have all been made into movies that have released or are due to release this summer and all are available at OPL.
Don't forget to stop by any of our branches to participate in our Adult Summer Reading program for a chance to win gift cards and a Kindle Fire.
Library resources to help adults talk with young people about race and racism. Includes a link to the complete audio recording of a panel discussion on the topic.
Right now, stories of racialized violence, images of protestors demanding justice, and discussions about the movement for Black Lives are dominating the media – and people nationwide are struggling to find age-appropriate ways they can talk with youth about current events, race, and racism.
If you’re looking for support with these difficult conversations, come to the library! Oakland Public Library has books, DVDs, and an up-to-date, downloadable #BlackLivesMatter resource series to help spark discussion with kids of all ages.
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When truth is stranger and more interesting than fiction: the lives of gay men in New York City in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
A beautiful young man pursues sex, love and a modeling career in the exhilarating and heartbreaking gay circles of New York City circa the 1970s and 1980s. Fiction or memoir? Why not both? The authors are celebrated writers in the LGBTQ community known for their achievements in the fields of literature, memoir and biography: Edmund White and Brad Gooch.
Our Young Man by Edmund White, clearly a modern take on The Picture of Dorian Gray, paints a rather bland portrait of Guy, a French model who does not seem to age as he partakes in the gay
Novelizing the campaign trail
As this campaign season -- that has often seemed so much more like fiction than fact -- speeds toward the national conventions, our thoughts turn to actual fiction featuring presidential campaigns. For summer reading, you may like to try these.
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon. In this quintessential Cold War thriller, Raymond Shaw is a brainwashed sleeper agent for Soviet intelligence. Programmed to obey any order upon seeing the Queen of Diamonds in a deck of cards, can Shaw be prevented from assassinating a presidential candidate?