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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
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?
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...
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
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...
Dear Nathan. This is probably my favorite find ever. Sorry, Nathan.
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?
Check out these staff recommended titles for teens. Great for adults, too!
We hope you've enjoyed your National Library Week. We sure have! And I have good news for you...we still have National Library Week Booklets left. You can get one of your own at your closest Oakland Public Library Branch throughout April.
Lest anyone think that we don't have any amazing books for teenagers, I thought I'd share some Staff Reading Recommendations of books you can find in our teen collection.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Although Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why is made up of many sad and heartbreaking
Check out these great titles in our Children's collection. Staff recommendations are a sample from our National Library Week Booklet.
On Monday, I posted a sneak peek at some of the staff reading recommendations in our National Library Week booklet. Today I've got some recommendations for you from the Children's section, but they aren't just for children. There are many more where these came from - just pop into your closest OPL branch and pick up a booklet of your own!
Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough
Two sisters go to live with their eccentric aunt in a creep house, in a town filled with secrets, near an abandoned church that calls to them like