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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:
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
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.
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 photos and tales from
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 got another list for you - podcasts! Here are a few of the ones we’ve been interested in:
Taped in Chicago, Joyride
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
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.
The Historypin app allows researchers and history buffs to locate historical photographs
Celebrating Phenomenal Women During Women's History Month
By Marco Frazier - Library Assistant
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
“Nevertheless She Persisted” is the national theme for Women’s History Month 2018. The theme honors women who have fought against discrimination throughout history. African Americans women have carried the scarlet letter of discrimination for being both women and African American. The Archives Department at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland has many collections and interviews that highlight the trials, tribulations and triumphs that resulted from women fighting for equal rights.