Climate Change & Community: a science cafe series

How will climate change affect us here in the Bay Area? Learn more about resilience and adaptation strategies from local experts at this 3-part series.

How do climate change and severe weather events affect our lives in the Bay Area?

How do we become stronger, smarter, and more resilient?

The Oakland Public Library is one of fifty libraries nationwide to host a reading, viewing, and discussion program on climate change, called Pushing the Limits: PLACE (Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement). Come to the Golden Gate Branch to explore adaptation strategies and building resiliency at this "science-cafe-meets-book-club."

At each meeting, we will view a short video and learn from local organizations playing active roles in adapation and resilience. We will also discuss the book "Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution," by Peter Kalmus. Golden Gate will have extra copies available for pick up in October.

To encourage the conversation and provide context, we are joined by Brian Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service serving the Bay Area. An expert in weather- and water-related impacts of our region, Brian partners with Emergency Managers in

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Change for the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

We're excited about the changes we have in store for AAMLO, but we need your help to develop an amazing 21st Century museum.

If you'd like to give feedback about the changes at AAMLO, you can go directly to the feedback form here.   

   

History of AAMLO

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation, and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.

In 1946, Eugene and Ruth Lasartemay and Jesse and Dr. Marcella Ford began collecting the oral histories and artifacts that documented the activities of African Americans in and around Oakland, the Bay Area, and California. On July 2, 1965, this effort officially became the East Bay Negro Historical Society (EBNHS). As their efforts

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Strengths and Accomplishments

What has OPL accomplished in the last six months?

Here at the library, we are engaged in a strategic planning process and through that process, we have developed a new mission statement, a vision statement, core values, and three-year goals.  

You've probably seen "explore, connect, and grow" on some of our materials recently, including our last annual report and all of our summer program materials.  That's because our mission is, "Your Oakland Public Library empowers all people to explore, connect, and grow," and we take it quite seriously.

Hopefully our core values aren't a surprise to you, as we aspire to infuse them into everything we do.

And what about those three year goals?  Well, in no particular order, we are working to:

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    Oakland Responds: Charlottesville

    From Oakland to Charlottesville, libraries are united in opposition to hate and violence. Here we share resources so we can all learn the mistakes of history and shape a more equitable future.

    From Oakland to Charlottesville, we are united in our opposition to hate and violence. We are proud to echo the American Library Association’s clear statement affirming that, “We stand in solidarity with the people of Virginia as well as anyone who protests hate and fights for equity, diversity and inclusion.”

    Racism, bigotry and white nationalism are not new phenomena. Brazen marches through the streets of Charlottesville and Berkeley have shown the face of a movement long-simmering and ever-threatening to Black, Jewish, Muslim, immigrant and queer communities -- and to our democracy. 

    As long as these movements have existed, so have movements promoting justice and equity. Our libraries foster education so that we

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    The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017

    On Monday, August 21, 2017, an eclipse of the Sun will be visible throughout North America. It will be the first eclipse to cross the United States in the “Internet Age” (the last country-wide eclipse was in 1918).

    The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017 is coming up quickly! This is the first eclipse to be visible in the continental U.S. in almost 40 years. More details here: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

    In such an eclipse, the Moon gets in front of the Sun and blocks some or all of its light. In Oakland, we will have a partial eclipse, with 76% of the Sun’s area covered by the Moon. For us, the eclipse will begin at 9:01 am, and reach maximum at 10:15 am. By 11:37 am, the Sun will be uncovered once more.  Such a partial eclipse -- where some of the Sun’s bright surface is showing -- is not safe to look at with the naked eye (or sunglasses). You must use special eclipse-viewing glasses or project an image of the Sun! 

    Your Oakland Public Library is a distribution site for safe viewing glasses through a partnership with

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    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! Bike East Bay's Women Bike program enters its second year of bringing women, femme, trans, 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.

    For October, we're thrilled to welcome local author Emily June Street! We will be reading her steampunk cycling novel,

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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 Bike

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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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