Celebrate Black History Month at Your Library!

February is Black History Month! February is Black History Month! Celebrate, commemorate, have fun, and learn something new with your library.

Every Saturday

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Join AAMLO staff every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for a guided 45-minute tour - an introduction to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, including the permanent multi-media history exhibition, “Visions Towards Tomorrow: The African American Community in Oakland, 1890-1990,” and the mural, “Journey of Promise.” Tours focus on AAMLO's history, architecture, and collections with an emphasis on the historical accomplishments and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West. All tours

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Growing Up Oakland

Check out the beautiful work from Growing Up Oakland, a project created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets.

Growing Up Oakland is a project entirely created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets. Seeing a need for an expansion of the Oakland narrative, they are retrieving and broadcasting stories of childhood in Oakland through poetry, interviews, and visual art.

Growing Up Oakland highlights the variety of experiences of childhood throughout the long life of the city by using both interviews from people who grew up across various decades and creative work by current Oakland youth. This is a memorial of how the experiences of Oakland and youth have both changed and stayed the same throughout time.

After interviewing a variety of people who have grown up in Oakland, the poets have been taking these interviews into Oakland schools and leading poetry workshops.

The first workshop was with an 11th grade class at Oakland Technical High School. Some of the poems born out of these workshops have transformed into tangible postcards that are currently being distributed around the

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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. King

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland reflects on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his visits to the Bay Area

Martin Luther King Jr. standing with group of women at Bethel Baptist Church event in Oakland, California 1967

African American Museum & Library at Oakland Photograph Collection


 Return of MLK Film Festival

After a one year hiatus, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland returns with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival. AAMLO has hosted the film festival for over 15 years to pay homage to the legendary slain civil rights leader. Dr. King was a civil rights activist who fought against policies that promoted racism and segregation through peaceful protests. This year’s

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Introducing Kanopy!

Looking for more video-streaming options from your library? You can now access over 30,000 movies FREE through Kanopy!

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Love movies, documentaries, and educational videos? Want to watch critically-acclaimed films and TV series from around the globe? Log in with your library card and enjoy

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Furaha ya Kwanzaa from AAMLO!

The African American Museum and Library recognizes the celebration of Kwanzaa this holiday season.

What is Kwanzaa?


Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday celebrated in the African American community. Kwanzaa, the name, is derived from the Swahili word Kwanza. Expressed as the phrase “Matunda ya Kwanza” it means first fruit. Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is based on seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba. The seven principles are:

Umoja, meaning unity

Kujichagulia, meaning self-determination

Ujima, meaning collective work and responsibility

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Make it Happen! New Year's Resolutions

Stick to your resolutions this 2019 with OPL!

It's that time of the year! Don't be too hard on yourself if you didn't accomplish all your goals in 2018, making resolutions and sticking to them is hard! Luckily, you have the library. We can help you accomplish all your goals, all year round, with free resources! 

We gathered the resources and did the research for you, now all you have to do is make a plan and use your library!

Get Healthy

Because achieving a healthier lifestyle is more than hitting the gym.

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Slim Jenkins, West Oakland Entrepreneur

Remembering Slim Jenkins on the 85th anniversary of the opening of Slim Jenkins Cafe.

Today marks two momentous occasions in history. On December 5, 1933, 85 years ago today, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution became law in the United States. This Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment which prohibited the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.

The repeal of prohibition was good news to entrepreneur Harold “Slim” Jenkins, a man that would become known as the unofficial Mayor of West Oakland. Jenkins became a prominent figure in the heart of the West Oakland community. Eighty-five years ago today, as a result of the end of prohibition, Jenkins opened the Slim Jenkins Cafe. He owned several successful businesses throughout West Oakland including a restaurant, night club, coffee shop and liquor store.                   

Seventh Street as a result of Slim

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DIY Gifts at the Library!

Make your gifts at the library for free!

Want to surprise your loved ones with unique gifts without grabbing your wallet? Looking for opportunities to get crafty after reading about recommended crafting books in our collections? Don't care too much about gifting or the holidays but still want to have free fun while expressing yourself? From card-making to making jewelry, we've got you covered! Our programs are free and supplies are provided.

Events are for all ages unless otherwise indicated.




Monday Arts & Crafts - Brookfield Branch, 4pm


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Introducing Lynda.com from LinkedIn Learning!

Want to get a job, get a promotion, or switch careers? Learn a new skill or two with Lynda.com! Free with your Oakland Public Library card.

Want to get a job, get a promotion, or switch careers? Learn a new skill or two with Lynda.com from LinkedIn Learning for FREE with your OPL library card! 

What is Lynda.com?  Lynda.com offers more than 12,000 video-based training tutorials and development courses on business, technology, and new media design

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Oakland Public Library's 2018 Gift Guide

Giving a gift to a book lover anytime soon? Our fourth annual Gift Guide features some of our favorite recent books for kids, teens and adults.

It's that time of year again!  You are looking for ideas for gifts, and we are full of ideas about books!  This is our FOURTH annual Gift Guide and we are excited to share it with you.

Our list this year has some amazing gems for children, teens, and adults and we hope to help you fufill all your gift giving duties with it this winter.  Please think about supporting your local bookstores and all the wonderful readers in your lives by giving them these recent books that are some of our personal favorites.  

Children’s Books for ages 0-5

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