Superhero Picture Books to the Rescue!

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Book Giveaway: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Win a copy of a new book by the acclaimed author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke. The Washington Post calls How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia “extraordinarily clever“ and “surprisingly moving”.

If How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia sounds like a business self-help book, it is because the author inventively evokes that genre to tell the rags-to-riches story of an unnamed narrator in an unidentified developing nation.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia came out earlier this week, and it is already receiving a lot of praise. The New York Times calls this novel a “a compelling story that works on two levels — in this case as a deeply moving and highly specific tale of love and ambition, and as a larger, metaphorical look at the mind-boggling social and economic changes sweeping ‘rising Asia.’” Moreover, “Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation’s most inventive and gifted writers.” Read The New York Times review 

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Book Giveaway: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

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Baby Booties Camp

Baby Booties Camp experts from Bananas coming to Oakland Public Library this spring. Come get your questions answered.

As part of our parent workshops this spring, we are offering programs from Bananas, the parents’ resource organization in Oakland. These expert presenters will share their programs from Baby Booties Camp: Brain & Language Development, Baby Yoga, Baby Massage, and Babies and Sleeping. All parents and children are welcome, but the focus will be on babies. This is the time to get your persistent questions answered.

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Brain & Language Development – Coming May and June at the RockridgeGolden Gate, and 

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Baby Booties Camp

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Welcome!

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Welcome!

Welcome to OPL's new children's services blog, and meet 5th graders at the 81st Avenue Library.

Welcome to Oakland Public Library's Children's Services blog!  Here your children's services librarians will feature upcoming events, reading and activity recommendations, and stories about your libraries and the people who love them. 

Our "Library People" series will include spotlights on staff, as well as interviews with the many different kinds of people who use the children's materials and services in Oakland libraries.  Our favorite people, of course, are you.

Oakland's newest library is the 81st Avenue East Oakland Community Branch, which opened in January 2011 as a joint-use facility with the Oakland Unified School District.  We'd like for you to meet that year's graduating 5th grade class from Acorn Woodland Elementary and EnCompass Academy, as they introduce you to their library. 

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March

Check out 10 great new books coming in March.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March

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Pride and Prejudice Celebrates 200 years

On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, we take a look at the many adaptations you can find at OPL.

On January 28, 1813, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published for the first time. After two centuries, Austen's story of beautiful, clever and poor Elizabeth Bennett and arrogant Mr. Darcy continues to persist as both a canonical and popular novel.

Proof of the lasting influence of Pride and Prejudice is its impressive number of film and literary adaptations. There are movie and television versions, including the 1940 release starring Laurence Olivier, the 1995 BBC series starring Colin Firth, and the 2005 film starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. There are also numerous novels that continue the story or tell it faithfully from another character’s point of view, such as 

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