Poetry at Work

"Poetry arrived in search of me."

So wrote Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. 

Do poems reach out to you?

Tuesday, January 13 is Poetry at Work Day. That's according to publisher Tweetspeak Poetry, and we're on board with it. There's no reason to wait until National Poetry Month in April. Poetry is good for you every day. 

Your Main Library has a rich collection of poetry for you. There's so much here it's hard to know where to start. 

We have the epic poems of the past -- like Homer and Gilgamesh -- in a translation to suit every reading taste. Poetry from every country and tradition. Or read Neruda: you can't beat him. We enrich the Main Library's collections with the latest publications and award winners, too. You can read the work of United States Poet Laureate Charles Wright or California's Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Early adopters can read the work of Oakland's new Youth Poet Laureate,

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The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: A Lakeview Book Club Review

These are the Lakeview Book Club notes from the discussion about 1958 novel, The Leopard by Giuseppi Tomasi di Lampedusa. It is the best selling Italian novel of all time and considered one of the very best historical novels ever written. The Lakeview Book Club recommends it highly!

Hello Everyone,
 
The meeting was really interesting. our discussion leader had much to share with us, including a portrait of Garibaldi, the leader of the "Risorgimento," the civil war between supporters of monarchy and aristocracy and their opponents, who wanted democracy and a unified Italy. The reorganization was completed in the 1860s with a constitutional monarch at the helm of an united Italy. Garibaldi was a very colorful character. We might read a good biography about him later.
 
The novel, The Leopard, was published posthumously in 1958. It took three years for author, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa to write it and it was rejected several times before it was finally published. Every faction or class depicted in this novel hated Tomasi's interpretation of them and

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An Extremely Boring Book You Should Probably Never Read

The picture book everyone's talking about is... not a picture book? Celebrity author B. J. Novak's crowdpleasing hit!

These days I always seem to have a friend on the Caldecott committee, which gives the annual award for best illustration in a children's book, which means every time I go to a bookstore I'm texting pictures of book covers to that friend with a message: "you GOTTA see this one!!" 

It's unusual for a book with NO pictures to send me scrambling for my phone. But... have you SEEN this book?

Okay- wrong question. Have you READ this book? It's pretty much the funniest crowd-pleaser of a picture book I've read in years.

Okay okay- still the wrong question. Have you had this book read to you by

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Celebrate Hat Day!

January 15th is Hat Day! Come to the Library and display your favorite hat or drop in and make a hat to wear.

Start the New Year off in style by celerating Hat Day at the Library.

Come to the Main Library or the Elhmurst Branch on January 15 at 3:30pm and celebrate Hat Day. We will provide everything needed to create memorable headgear. Once your hat is finished you and the other milliners can parade your headgear through the Library and see what the staff are wearing on their heads. Looking for inspiration? Take a peek at Origination's 

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2015

Bring on the happy new year with something fantastic to read! Here are 10 great books coming in January 2015.

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Introducing Karen Lum-Nackley - BWH Volunteer

The Books for Wider Horizons birthday party year continues with an interview with one of our long-term volunteers.

Picture of Karen Lum-Nackley

Books for Wider Horizons (BWH) employs a corps of dedicated volunteers who take weekly storytimes to about forty preschools (Head Starts, CDCs, and private preschools) around Oakland. A couple of months ago, we introduced Gay Ducey, librarian, storyteller extraordinaire, and member of the team that originally thought of and implemented the Books for Wider Horizons (BWH) volunteer program over twenty years ago. 

Today we meet Dr. Karen Lum-Nackley, one of those intrepid volunteers. Karen has been with BWH since 2001. She made time for us the week before Christmas to answer our questions regarding her experience with the program.

What attracted you to Books for Wider Horizons fourteen years ago? 

My own love for books as a child. I grew up in Oakland and visited the Glenview Library on Park Blvd. when I was a child. My parents

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6 kids' books from 2014 that hit uncomfortably close to home

From jealousy to farting, these 2014 kids' books capture the little uncomfortable moments of adult life.

1. My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems

Gerald (the elephant) sees Piggie playing with her new bat friend, and he is JEALOUS. Gerald, I know the sting you feel all too well: maybe Piggie will have so much fun with Bat, she won't need you anymore. I'm sure we'll outgrow these insecurities someday.

Read it to: the BFF who keeps breaking brunch plans.

2. Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett

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Stream with Freegal - Start the New Year Listening to the 57th Grammy Nominees

Check out the 57th Grammy nominees with free streaming and downloads from Freegal.

The 57th Grammy nominations are in and many of the artists and albums nominated can be streamed or downloaded for free with Freegal. The library has also purchased many of the physical CDs for the collection too!

Here is a small sampling of titles available from Freegal:

G I R L / Pharrell Williams G I R L / Pharrell Williams

Nominated for

Best Album of the Year

Stream now! or click here for CD 

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Oakland Public Library Staff’s Favorite Books of 2014

OPL staff looks back on their favorite books of 2014.

You’ve seen them everywhere—end of the year Best Books lists in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Amazon, to name just a few—now it’s time for us to weigh in. Here are a few of our favorite books published in 2014.

We’d love to hear from you, too! Please tell us about your favorite books of 2014 in the comments.

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90-Second Newbery Film Festival, Not Too Late to Enter!

Entries are still welcome for the 4th Annual 90-Second Newbery Festival, which will screen at the Rockridge Library on February 7th, 2015.

90 second newbery logoThe 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is once again coming to Oakland on Saturday February 7, 2015, 12 noon-1pm at the Rockridge Branch Library

It is not too late to submit your entry!  The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 16, 2015, which means that you can spend your winter break working on your video, of 90 seconds or less, that tells the entire story of a Newbery-winning book.

We'd love to see your

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