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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?

The Plot Against America

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2016

Each month we highlight 10 fantastic new novels coming your way. Here are our picks for July!

 

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After Orlando: A Queer Latinx Book Altar

A literary tribute inspired by the tragedy in Orlando. A guest post by Librarian Amy Sonnie.

Literary tradition is strong in the queer community. Storytelling is how LGBTQI people have named and defined existence, named and transcended fear, named and chosen family. Through poetry, music and memoir, LGBTQI communities keep constant vigil. Nowhere is that tradition more present than in queer and transgender communities of color. “All of us loved you / we want you to know this / listen,” wrote Tatiana de la Tierra.

In honor of Pride month and the 49 lives lost in Orlando, Oakland Library celebrates Latinx authors, artists and activists. Let us listen to their stories and hold the hard truth that we cannot truly know the names and stories of Orlando’s lost generation; they did not get the chance to name themselves.

But we can show up for the living: All of us love you. We want you to know this. We are listening.

que te queremos then and now
hear it in Nahuatl en Español en Pocho en Inglés
hear it en la canción del viento
en el silencio

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Looking for a good book for Summer Reading?

There are lots of ways to find great books for your kid at the library, whether in person or online.

Now that you and your child are signed up for Summer Reading...do you need a good book? 

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Check out some of our favorite recommended books for kids at our Great Reads page.

With Beanstack, set up a free account and select your child's age, interests, background, and reading level. You’ll receive a weekly email with recommended books from the Oakland Public Library!

Want to hear a story, or play a game? Try Tumblebooks! You'll need your library card.

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Geo-Palooza Returns!

Main Library hosts its second annual geography quiz, Geo-Palooza. Pre-registration is required. Call 510.238-3222.

The Main Library is still celebrating our tenth year of providing Oaklanders with fun and inspiring travel programs. Please join us for our 2nd annual device-free geography quiz, Geo-Palooza! Last year we had so much fun we had to do it again. Who knew geography geeks could be so competitive?

If you want to participate, you must register by calling 510.238-3222. You're welcomed to sit in, but it's so much more fun to play! Join the fun! Win prizes! Show off your geography chops!

Wednesday, June 15; 6 p.m.

MAIN LIBRARY

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Writers We Love: Louise Erdrich

A new book by Louise Erdrich is a great reason to get reading.

Last month brought us the release of LaRose, a new novel by Louise Erdrich and the fifteenth title in her North Dakota cycle of novels. This latest novel tells the story of a couple who give their son to a neighbor family to atone for a tragic accident.

Each of the North Dakota novels stands alone, so readers new to her work don’t have to go back to the start of the cycle to enjoy LaRose. But readers who have followed the North Dakota novels, beginning with Love Medicine, relish the layers of interconnection among the books, between the Native American, European, and mixed families, and become immersed in the

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2016

You'll want to make room on your hold list for these great summer reads.

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Read, Create, Explore!: It's Summer Reading Time

Events, activities, and rewards for reading await you and your child this summer at your library.

Summer Reading LogoRead, Create, Explore!

Summer Reading for kids runs from June 11-August 6th. Find out all about it at oaklandlibrary.org/summer.

Come to our city-wide Summer Reading Kickoff at the 81st Avenue Library, Friday June 10th from 1pm-3pm. Enjoy arts, Legos, and and Acrobatic show by Coventry & Koluza.  Each child in attendance will receive a free book to start their summer of reading. 

Kids ages 0-14 who read at least 20 days during the summer will receive prizes including a book to keep, a "Super Reader" badge, coupons to Oakland attractions including Chabot Space and Science Center

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June is LGBTQI Book Month

OPL has LGBTQI books for all interests.

June is LGBTQI Book Month and OPL has many new fiction titles for you to check out. Set in locations throughout the world, these books feature characters in various stages of life. From coming out stories to the expatriate experience, the novels listed below represent a range of LGBTQI experiences in Beijing, Nigeria, New Delhi, London, Appalachia, Hawaii, and beyond.  

Being Comrades    

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Reading the Oakland Book Festival

The Oakland Book Festival will inspire you to read, and we've got the books ready for you!

The second annual Oakland Book Festival will take place this coming Sunday, May 22 at Oakland City Hall. Jam packed with books, ideas and lively debates, this free festival will host more than sixty authors and journalists. For more information on the discussion panel line-ups, descriptions, times and locations, look hereMake sure to stop by the Oakland Public Library booths and say hi!

No doubt this festival will inspire some major reading! Here’s a selection of just some of the books by participating authors you can borrow from us. 

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