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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Your Library. Your Summer Reading. Your Book Reviews.

Here are some of the books YOU are reading this summer!

Are you participating in our Summer Reading Program yet?  Yes, I'm talking to you - you adult out there who thought summer reading was just for kids!  It's not, and there are prizes to be won!

Also, we want your book reviews...  if you post them on the website, they'll show up right here on the library's website.  Spread the word and help other library users find some new things to read.  Go straight on over to the book review form and let us know what we should (or shouldn't) read this summer.

Here are the reviews we've received so far...

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Take a Look! It's in a Book!

Come see the next site of delightful items found in library books!

What have we found lately?  A little bit of everything!  

                               

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks

Look at these beautiful photos. We need diverse books, and you can help!

We need diverse books.  This isn't news, except lately it seems to have become news, with articles all over the place, including the New York Times.  Our very own Nina Lindsay even went on Forum to discuss the topic and then continued the discussion in a blog post.

Some amazing people decided to turn this need into a national campaign to build some awareness, and from that came #WeNeedDiverseBooks.  We knew we needed to take part.  Check out our

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We Keep Finding Stuff!

More found objects - some art, some notes, and an amazing rejection letter.

Here are some more items found in library books (or in the library)!   We've got some good ones today!

But first- I've gone a bit "Found Item" crazy lately and have made some buttons and magnets created out of the items we've found and posted here!  So, look for me when the library is out and about (Nerd Nites, for example).  I'll bring these along and you can have one for your very own with a teeny small donation to our amazing wonderful supportive Friends of the Oakland Public Library.

For now, let's check out some items...

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Friends?

Dear Nathan.  This is probably my favorite find ever.  Sorry, Nathan.

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Card Catalog Poetry

Check out some amazing poems created by awesome Oaklanders on old card catalog cards.

Earlier this month I had the great pleasure of participating in Oakland Nights Live, showing off some of the Found Items that have been featured on this blog.  Since it's National Poetry Month in April, I gave the audience a chance to create some poetry to be shared here and they so totally stepped up to the plate with some amazing pieces.

All of these poems were created on card catalog cards that we normally use for scrap paper around the library.  These particular cards came from the LP collection, and as you'll see below much of the poetry was inspired directly by what was on the card.  Some poems are funny, some cryptic, and some are just touching.

(BTW - we still have vinyl!  Want to see what we've got?  

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