Dora, Hello Kitty and Malcolm X - What We've Found

Check out our latest found items.

Here are some more things we've found in library books lately!  Make sure you flip through the Dora book - the contents are a delight!

  

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Participate in a discussion - earn $100!

Help inspire OPL to improve our services with design thinking!

We are one of four libraries that have been selected to apply the Design Thinking methodology for improving services. We need your help – we’d love to ask you about your experiences. Inspire us!  All interviews will take place Tuesday, November 18th from 1-2pm over lunch and the compensation will be $100

Is this you? 

  • You are a new resident in Oakland within the last 3 months 
  • You are a new home owner in Oakland (having moved from a different state)
  • You are new to Oakland without family or friends in the area 

If you are interested, please describe which of the above scenarios may apply to you and why. In addition, tell us a bit more about yourself and answer the questions below.  Email your

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C.L. Dellums: An Oakland Civil Rights Hero

Thanks to our Archivist, Sean, at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, we have a fascinating blog post about C.L. Dellums, an Oaklander you should know about.

Thanks to Sean, the Archivist at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland for this amazing post.  Have you heard of C.L. Dellums?  

                        

When C.L. (Cottrell Laurence) Dellums arrived in Oakland, California in 1923, he had dreams of one day attending law school at the University of California. He came to California for many of the same reasons other African Americans came to the state - to escape the segregation and racism of the South in the hope of finding social and economic equality.

But Dellums soon realized that things were not much different in California than in Texas, and the only jobs open to African Americans were low-paying positions in the service sector as waiters, janitors,

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The African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) wants your home movies!

Donate your home movies, and have them digitized for free!

AAMLO has something exciting going on, so I asked the librarian there to share with me, so I can share with you all!  Here's what she has to say:

Donate your home movies - in any format - and we will digitize them, add them to our collection, and give you a free DVD copy of your own. Do you have any older films you haven’t watched for years, gathering dust and waiting to be transferred to a newer format? This is the perfect opportunity! Share your unique history and help us expand our Home Movie Collection.

AAMLO collects film images from local families and individuals, to preserve and to make them accessible for future generations. Your cherished memories could become a part of our exclusive collection!

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The Latest Found!

We found some more stuff. All of it is awesome.

Here's another amazing installment of items found in library books (or just in the library)!  Which are your favorites?  Some of these just make me ask SO MANY questions.  Like who are those well-dressed men?  And what about raisin bran? And are all moms exactly the same?

What do you think?

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Fix a Bike, Take a Survey, and Keep the Rubber Side Down

Nick, from the Tool Lending Library at the Temescal Branch, gives an update on all the newest news!

You may have seen our amazing Tool Lending Library in the news recently.  Well, today I have the pleasure of giving my blog over to Nick Raymond, the Library Assistant who keeps the Tool Lending Library in tip top shape!  He wants to share with you some tool library updates:

This winter will mark the 15th year of operation for the Temescal Tool Lending Library, and business is brisker than ever! This summer we extended the loan period for most of our tools (to 7 days), hosted a visiting scholar (see below), and registered our 20,000

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A Single and Most Delightful Found Item!

One young library user has a LOT of opinions about Matilda.

Hmmm...  Actually, it's hard to decide if this is a single found item, or almost 100 found items, but in either case, someone REALLY had a lot to say about the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was returned to the 81st Avenue Branch quite annotated!  We don't encourage you returning your books with so many notes for library staff to have to remove, but in this case the adorableness can not be denied!

Here's a Flickr Album with all the annotations.  This thing will scroll like a slideshow, or you can click off to see them larger on Flickr.

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Help Improve the City's Website - Take a Very Short Survey!

The City needs your valuable feedback. Help us help you!

The City of Oakland is undertaking a major project with Code for America to upgrade the City's website to better serve the community. To gather input from the community, we're conducting an online survey of Oakland residents and business owners who use the web. The brief survey can be completed in less than 10 minutes and can be submitted anonymously. Help us improve the City's website by providing your feedback before October 15.

            

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Upcoming Branch Schedule Change!

Beginning November 1st, 2014, the Golden Gate and Piedmont Ave. Branches will revert to a Tuesday - Saturday schedule.

Effective November 1, 2014,  days of service at two Oakland Public Library branches—Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue—will revert to Tuesday to Saturday.

The change is the result of a pilot program that began in September 2013 to offer library hours on Mondays in more areas of Oakland. Library Administration encouraged public feedback on the new schedules through an online and paper survey (April 15-May31), comment cards, and community meetings. Administration’s evaluation of the community’s responses and data on library usage at the pilot branches led to the decision to end the new schedules at the Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue branches.

Two additional branches were part of the pilot.  Brookfield and Eastmont branches will remain on the Monday to Friday schedule.  As always, you can see branch schedules on our website

Thanks to everyone

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More Summer Reading Book Reviews by...YOU!

What have you been reading this summer?

We posted the first set of your submitted book reviews right here, and now it's time for some more.  Thanks to everyone who has participated so far, and don't forget to submit your review before Summer Reading ends!

So, what have y'all been reading?

  

 

Karen:

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