Weekends @ OPL!

Looking for fun & free things to do this weekend? Check out this weekly blog for a small sampling of events and programs for all ages at your Oakland Public Library.

We ♥️ weekends!

Every week, we post up a small selection of events we think you might find useful or enjoy. You can find the full list of events here. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @oaklibrary! 

For a complete list of all events at OPL, visit: www.oaklandlibrary.org/events
For Native History Month events, visit: www.oaklandlibrary.org/blogs/library-community/celebrate-native-history-opl

 

Friday 11/15:

Alameda Alliance for Health

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Celebrate Native History with OPL!

November is National Native American Month! Celebrate Native history with OPL. All events are free and open to the public!

November is National Native American Month!
OPL has relevant programming planned for October (see "Beyond Recognition") and continues the theme in early November with events that are likely to be popular. All events are free and open to the public. Make your plans now!

Black background with words "Native American Heritage Month"

Beyond Recognition Film Screening and Discussion

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Whatever You Do, Don't Read This

It's Banned Books Week! Celebrate the freedom to read.

It's 2019, and people are still trying to ban books? Or burn books?

Banned Books Week is an annual celebration of the freedom to read the books you want to read. People ask libraries to get rid of books they don't like (we call this a "challenge"), and when they do, libraries send a report to the American Library Association (ALA) Office of Intellectual Freedom. Every year, the OIF creates a list of the books that get challenged the most.

Want to see the list for 2018We have all of them.

  1. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “

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AAMLO Seed Lending Library Expansion

Veda Silva, Museum Project Coordinator, introduces you to the new and improved Seed Lending Library at AAMLO

Recently the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) rededicated the space allowed for its new and improved seed library. This idea of seed sharing and back to the earth ideas evoke images of 60s flower children and forest communes. For those of us older than fifty who among us cannot remember a visit to grandma’s and the unbelievably delicious foods she cooked with vegetables and fruits from her prized garden. Oh my!

Today, nostalgia has been replaced by practicality when it comes to access to fresh fruits and vegetables, especially people who live in inner city neighborhoods that often do not have grocery stores that stock healthy foods. Add to that the spectre of untested genetically modified vegetables that are at this moment in the produce section of your favorite market.

Many of us are unaware that multinational corporations have tried to copyright or otherwise gain legal ownership of

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Celebrate Pride with OPL!

Oakland is proud! Celebrate Pride with us this #OPLsummer.

We're excited to bring you fun events this summer to celebrate Pride! 

Check this page for event updates and new events!

For a full list of events at your library, click here.

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Teen PRIDE Party // Fiesta de ORGULLO para Jóvenes

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride month with us with a party out in the library patio! We will have a variety of games and refreshments for teens. Presented by the Chávez Teen Advisory Board. Sponsored by the Amigos of the César E. Chávez Library.

Wednesday, June 26th - 5pm-7pm @ César E. Chávez Library

 

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2019 Spring Travel Series

Planning for your next travel destination? The Main Library's annual Spring Travel Series is back! Get new ideas for traveling and learn about lesser known paths taken locally, nationally, and abroad.

Join us for the popular Spring Travel Series, coordinated by our History Room Librarian Dorothy Lazard!

All travel series events occur on Wednesdays, 6pm ath the Main library (125 14th St.) Walters Auditorium.

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Exploring Ghana

Kicking off this year's series is journalist/professor Wanda Sabir who will share stories of her travels to Ghana. This year has been designated "The Year of Return." Many African nations are inviting African descendants home to celebrate a shared heritage. Ms. Sabir will share details about the biannual Ghanaian Panafest that will feature many outstanding performances, celebrities and activities. She will also provide information about a variety of

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In Review: Jazz Awareness Month April 2019

During the month of April AAMLO celebrated Jazz Awareness Month with Jazz Classics in Perspective.

Memry Midgett papers, MS 163, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

[Memry Midgett papers, MS 163, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.]

During the month of April the African American Museum and Library at Oakland hosted Jazz Classics in Perspective. The three week class showcased the earliest origins of West Coast jazz. On Saturday, April 20th we received a surprise guest, artist, composer, and saxophonist John Handy. Born in 1933, Handy at the age of 13 taught himself to play the clarinet. By age 15 he was playing professionally.

As a professional, Mr. Handy has performed throughout America in places such as Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Opera House and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has also played internationally in Japan, Germany, France and countless other locations.

A jazz historian

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National Bike Month at Oakland Public Library

Bike to books! Celebrate bike month this May with Oakland Public Library.

Are you a bike enthusiast? Or are you bike curious perhaps? Whether you're an expert or a beginning bike lover, May 2019 is packed with opportunities to embrace two-wheeled ways at OPL. 

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Fix & Decorate Your Bicycle

Have a flat tire that needs to be fixed?  Want to scraper your bike?  Come get free minor repairs and get back riding in style!
81st Avenue Branch1021 81st Ave.

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African American Museum & Library at Oakland Digitizes Black Panther Party Films

In April 2018 the African American Museum & Library at Oakland was awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant to digitize and provide access online to 98 films documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s-1970s from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection.

In April 2018 the African American Museum & Library at Oakland was awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant to digitize and provide access online to 98 films documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s-1970s from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection. The films included footage shot by the documentary film collective Newsreel, an organization founded in New York City in 1968 by a group of radical filmmakers with collectives in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. California Newsreel produced three documentary films on the Black Panther Party, Off the Pig (1968), MayDay (1969), and Repression. The digitized films include outtakes and b-roll footage filmed at a Black Panther Party Free Huey (Newton) rally on May 1, 1969 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown San Francisco, California. The films

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Celebrating the Life of Morrie Turner on the Anniversary of Wee Pals

For Black History Month AAMLO profiles the late Morrie Turner who broke the comic strip color barrier with his ground breaking Wee Pals.

By Marco Frazier Library Assistant,

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

This week marks the anniversary of legendary cartoonist Morrie Turners launch of Wee Pals.  The son of a Pullman Porter, Morris Turner, was born in Oakland, California on December 11, 1923. A product of the Oakland schools system he attended Cole Elementary and McClymonds High School before completing his studies at Berkeley High School. Turner spent his entire career as the syndicated cartoonist of the WeePals, a multiethnic cartoon strip.

Early Experiment with Drawing

Turner began drawing at the age of 10 as a means of communication. With no TV, and paper from the local butcher shop, he would listen to shows and plays on the radio and draw what he heard. By age 14 he decided he wanted to be a cartoonist.  His father was not happy with his desired profession as it was not

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