fREADom at Oakland Public Library

Everyone is welcome at your Oakland Public Library! Read about various ways the library can support activists and activism and connect you to excellent resources and books.

Your public library is a place where, free of cost, you can learn about current issues from credible sources, explore history, borrow high quality books, and take advantage of community resources and spaces.  Everyone is welcome. Inclusiveness is a core value of public libraries. Oakland Public Library will be tabling at the second Oakland Peace Center Activism and Advocacy Resource Fair this coming Sunday, 2/12, from 11 to 4 PM, to promote how the library can help you during these tumultuous times. You can sign up for a library card and pick up various resources and reading lists as well as limited edition “fREADom” buttons!

Reading is among our greatest freedoms; OPL librarians have curated these timely book lists. Click through to learn more about:

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Post-Election Know Your Rights Trainings

As we grapple with the uncertain future and a surge in bias-related crimes, knowledge is power. Join the ACLU for Know Your Rights workshops at your library.

Photo of mural with text that says Know Your RightsThis February, Oakland Public Library is offering a series of Know Your Rights workshops, in partnership with the ACLU of Northern California.

 

As our communities grapple with the uncertain future of immigration reform, the threat of a Muslim registry, a surge in bias-related crimes, and a groundswell of activism by citizens concerned about justice, safety and equity, we have a great deal to learn and do -- together.

 

Beginning with three workshops -- for immigrants, transgender residents and citizens exercising free speech through protest – Oakland Library and the ACLU will provide information to help you protect yourself, your family and your community.

 

Over the coming year, the library will continue to offer programs and

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Women & Bikes & Books

Join Us Every 2nd Tuesday for a New Book Club: Women Bike

In partnership with Bike East Bay, we are co-hosting the Women Bike Book Club in 2017! Bike East Bay's Women Bike program enters its second year of bringing women and gender nonconforming folks together in social settings to share experiences and resources with each other.

All are invited to discuss biking, feminism, and the intersection of the two. Join us on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00pm. We'll focus on a different book or film each month, with a few guest speakers and activities along the way.

The zombie apocalypse will be pedal powered! April's selection is Pedal Zombies: 13 feminist bicycle science fiction stories. Edited by Elly Blue (Bikenomics), this is collection encompasses everything from the hilarious to the terrifying. 

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OPL Loves Bikes

"My theory is that it’s because, like libraries, bikes represent a kind of freedom that is accessible to people of most ages. Or, maybe it’s because they’re another economic way to see more of your world. Maybe it’s just because they’re fun."

Photo of BrianI want to thank Brian Guenther, the Branch Manager at our amazing Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, for his guest post today.  The following words are his, not mine.  

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We love bikes at OPL.

Photo of Girls and the bike library

My theory is that it’s because, like libraries, bikes represent a kind of freedom that is accessible to people of most ages. Or, maybe it’s because they’re another economic way to see more of your world. Maybe it’s just because they’re fun. Whatever the reason, bikes and biking are a big part of the Oakland Public Library culture.

You might’ve seen our

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Still Found!

It's been awhile, but here are some more things found in library books.

Hi!  Did you miss me and my things found in library books?  I went off and had two babies, and now that they are all grown up (one year old) I'm back in action.  I'm so lucky that the whole year I was gone, people kept finding things and leaving them on my desk for me.  So, be not worried.  Our finds will continue! 

What do we have today?  Well, here you go:

     

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Get Money Smart During Financial Literacy Month

This April, meet expert financial counselors who can help you manage money and achieve your goals.

Did you know? April is Financial Literacy Month. That means it is the perfect time to meet expert financial counselors who can help you manage money and achieve your goals.

Oakland Public Library is partnering with Balance Pro (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Services of San Francisco) to offer a series of workshops. Whether you are trying to bounce back after a costly emergency or planning ahead for college education or home ownership, this series has something for everyone.

Join us as we build the power of our communities to create a better financial future.

 

Money Matters: Financial Empowerment Series 

 

Identity Theft Solutions

IN CANTONESE
Identity Theft is becoming more common. Learn how to protect your confidential information and what steps to take if you’re a victim of identity theft. Call 510-238-3400 for info in Cantonese.

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Celebrate Rad Women - Events, Displays and More

Dare to be radical this Women's History Month! Join us to celebrate women and transgender trailblazers and changemakers.

Poster advertising Rad Women EventsBefore the book Rad American Women A-Z debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list for middle grade books, and before it sold out its first printing, Oakland Public Library was snapping up copies of this long-awaited treasure for feminists young and old.

Why? Of course, we love that it’s by two local authors — writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl, both teachers. We love the profiles of 26 diverse

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How well do you know the Oakland Public Library?

Take a short quiz about the library and win a chance for a prize. All answers can be found in the new Oakland Public Library Annual Report 2014-15.

To celebrate the publication of the Oakland Public Library's 2014-15 Annual Report, we're having a contest!  Answer seven questions correctly and be entered into our weekly drawings for a $20 gift certificate to the Friends of the Oakland Public Library's Bookmark Bookstore in Old Oakland (721 Washington Street). 

Drawings will take place at noon on January 8, 15, and 22, 2016.  All eligible entries with 100% correct responses will be entered into each of the drawings -- there is no need to resubmit each week. 

Do you need a hint or two?  Check out our 2014-15 Annual Report.

Have fun!

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Career Online High School

Do you know an adult (age 19+) who wants to get their high school diploma? Learn more about this exciting new program at Oakland Library.

woman on computerOakland Public Library’s Career Online High School (COHS) offers adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and a career certificate. Advance in your profession or take the next step in your education. We support you from enrollment to graduation so that you can achieve your goals.

The Library is offering a limited number of free enrollments to qualified adult learners. Applicants should:

  • Be over 19 years old
  • Reside in Oakland, Emeryville or Piedmont
  • Have a Library card
  • Be willing to dedicate 8-10 hours a week to coursework.

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Book an Appointment for eBook Help

One-on-One eBook help is now available at OPL at four different locations and four different times.

 We are happy to announce that OPL Librarians are now offering hands-on, one-on-one eBook Help at four of our libraries (by appointment): 

Eastmont - Mondays 5-6:30pm 
Eastmont Town Center
7200 Bancroft Ave.
(510) 615-5726 

Rockridge - Tuesdays 6-7:30pm

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