War Ink - Recruiting Tattooed Veterans for Groundbreaking Exhibit

OPL is helping to recruit Iraq and Aghanistan veterans with memorial tattoos of their combat experiences. Can you participate?

War ink LogoOakland Public Library has joined other local libraries to recruit participants for a ground breaking exhibition of War Ink: OIF/ OEF Veteran Memorial Tattoo Artwork.

We’re looking for 18 veterans from San Francisco County down to San Benito County to participate in this effort. If you are a veteran who has a memorial tattoo of your combat experience, please contact Jason Deitch (jasonadeitch@gmail.com | 510-593-8423) directly with your name, contact information, city of residence, branch of service, and, of course, a photo of your tattoo(s). 

This will be for War Ink, an online exhibit of Iraq and

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The Old and The New

OPL is examining our past at three branch history events. Attend all three and get a prize!

Local history buffs take note!  Three Oakland Public Library branches – Montclair, Dimond, and Brookfield – are offering talks to examine and discuss the history of each respective branch.  Attend all three and you get a small prize.  A PRIZE!  WOOHOO!

 

(Note:  Prize will absolutely NOT be a stuffed bird.)

 

 

These particular branches were chosen because they are each scheduled to undergo improvements over the next couple of years. Funded by private donations, the interior improvements are expected to make these locations more welcoming to the public. When looking towards the future, it is always nice to also remember the past. So, come join us to learn more about the history – and perhaps a bit about the future – of each of these neighborhood libraries.

The first event will be at the

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Library User Spotlight - Meet Dominic!

Meet Dominic - a bicycle-riding, comic-loving library supporter!

Dominic Lucchesi is a great friend of the library.  He's also a District 1 resident and a worker-owner of Pedal Express - the East Bay's only bicycle courier company.  Monday through Friday, you can find him riding the streets of Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville making deliveries of all kinds.  On the weekends, you can find himpicking over the comic book collection at the Temescal Branch Library, or checking out something useful at the Tool Lending Library

Thanks to Dominic for answering my questions!  Anything in parentheses and italics are my own comments.  

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Love Letters to OPL

Happy Valentine's Day, OPL!

How much do you love your library?  Check out these amazing, beautiful, heartfelt, heartwarming, and sometimes hilarious Valentines we received from some of our library users.  They were presented to City Council last night, and today I want to present them to you.  Add your voice!  Why do you love your library?  Leave a comment!  Let us know!

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More Found!

Check out the latest batch of things we've found in library books!

Did you see all the attention this blog got?  Not only were we featured in the San Francisco Chronicle (hey, that's me!), but KQED had us on the California Report (it's very strange to listen to your own voice on tape).  We even showed up in the Library Journal.  That was all so super awesome and exciting, but not as exciting as when you read and comment on the posts! 

After all that, too much time has passed since I brought you more items found in library books (and around the library).  So, here you go!  Thanks so much to all the Oakland Public Library staff for sending me their treasures.  I hope you enjoy these as

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Nerd Nite East Bay - #15

January is a great month for a Nerd Nite.

Come and see us Monday night at the New Parkway where we will, once again, be a part of Nerd Nite East Bay.  This month we'll be learning about data, exoplanets and Affordable Care.  If you want a sneak peek of the Reading List, just check out our Pinterest Board!  Aliens and Nate Silver and Obama, oh my!

We do really hope to see you there!  Please come by and say hi.

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Library User Spotlight - Meet Miranda!

Meet Miranda, a Main Library user with a love for all things Oakland!

Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Miranda Everitt, a library user who agreed to answer all my questions (for which I am very grateful).  

Miranda, who grew up in Ohio and has lived in Oakland for 3 years, is currently a grad student at UC Berkeley working on a master's degree in public policy.  In the meantime she is working at The Food Labor Research Center, studying working conditions in grocery stores throughout the state.   Before that she worked at a food bank, did a turn in AmeriCorps, and wrote headlines at The Oakland Tribune.  Good stuff!

I asked Miranda a bunch of questions and she gave some amazing answers, that you just have to read!

What is the most embarrassing book that you love?

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Mills College, KALW and the Library

Students at Mills College have created these great radio stories about our libraries.

The library was very excited to partner with students at Mills College and KALW this past semester to work on radio stories about our branches and services.  The students, who were studying public radio reporting, had the opportunity to create a radio spot focusing on an Oakland library.

Many of our branches were highlighted and this series showcases some of the exciting and meaningful services that the library and our staff provides every day.  I encourage everyone to give them a listen.  We are so proud of our staff and all the things they offer the community!   
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You can find all of the stories on the Mills College

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Found in the Library, Volume 3

Here are more items from our collection of things found in books and in the library. Enjoy!

You may have already seen the awesome article in the San Francisco Chronicle about all the interesting things found in library books and at the library and how we feature them here on our blog.  Super cool, right?  I've had a lot of good response to the article - it seems like many people enjoy finding things left behind in books and other places.  Have you ever lost something in a book?  Found something unexpected?  

In any case, this is an ideal time for another post of found items.  I've got so much more to share! 

           

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You've Got a Great App!

Looking for some awesome new apps? Here are some of my favorites!

As the holidays approach and people are gathering their piles of new devices, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite apps with you!  Maybe you'll find something fun you didn't know about!

Some of these are library-specific, some are useful, if not library-specific, and some are just for fun!  

Should we start library?  Ok, let's!  Of course I'm sure you already know about all of these, right?  Just in case, though:

  • Freegal - An app that allows you to stream and download music for free using your library card
  • Zinio - This app lets you read digital versions of the newest edition of many magazines, again for free using your library card

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