Happy 135th Birthday, OPL!

Today is the 135th birthday of the Oakland Public Library!

Today is the 135th birthday of the Oakland Public Library!

You can learn a little about the history of the Oakland Public Library on our website, and you can learn A LOT in the Oakland History Room. So, I learned that although the library existed even earlier, it was founded as a municipal entity on November 7, 1878 and was the second public library system in California. I also learned that the first librarian, Ina Coolbrith was not only the first California Poet Laureate, she was also a MAJOR cat lover.

With the help of the wonderful librarians who know the Oakland History Room inside and out I was able to find some of the oldest library-related things we still have

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Library User Spotlight: Meet Nakia!

Today, I'm very excited to introduce you to Nakia M. White. Nakie is not only an active library user, but she is an active member of the community in a variety of other inspiring ways.

It is finally time for the second in a series of blog posts that let you meet some of our most amazing library patrons. Today, I'm very excited to introduce you to Nakia M. White. Nakie is not only an active library user, but she is an active member of the community in a variety of other inspiring ways. Oakland is lucky to have her, and we are so happy she shared a little bit of herself with us here today!

Nakia works for a public agency in Oakland, but outside of that is involved as both a reader and writer in her community. Nakia describes herself in her own words:

"Reading is my first love, so much so that I have a blog dedicated to my favorite authors: Zora Neale Hurston,

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Nerd Nite East Bay October and Nerd Nite at Sea!

Come see us at Nerd Nite East Bay on Monday, or at Nerd Nite at Sea on Wednesday!

Well, it's almost time for another Nerd Nite, but this month the library has the opportunity to participate in double Nerd Nite nerdy awesomeness!

First, on Monday, is the regularaly scheduled Nerd Nite East Bay at the New Parkway beginning at 8pm (doors at 7pm).  OPL staff will be there, as usual, making library cards, replacing lost cards, regaling you with fine facts about all the things you can do and find at the library, and distributing our newest Nerd Nite Reading List.  The October talks will cover Supercomputers, Lake Merritt, and DNA Sequencing.  Fascinating stuff, right??  Check out the Reading List below, or hit our Nerd Nite Pinterest Board to see the covers and click straight through the the catalog.  

      

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November!

What do you have planned for November? Perhaps you should come to the library!

Another month has almost passed, and as hard as it is to believe, November is bearing down upon us.  The good news is that, although it is getting colder and darker, the library is still light & bright and full of fun things for you to do!  

   

What do we have coming next month?  Well, as always, we have storytimes, lawyers to help you with your legal questions, and book clubs galore!  This month, though, we also have a Diwali Celebration, a Native American Culture Day, an urban arts workshop for teens, SAT

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Search Saving = YAY!

Now you can save a preferred search and be notified when new materials are added to the catalog. Isn't that exciting?

You know how it is when you just LOVE an author and you want to make sure you know the instant one of their new books comes out?  Well, now we can help you with that!  

As of this week, our users are able to save up to 25 preferred searches in the catalog.  This is, basically, a way of letting us know your preferences, and giving us the chance to email you when new materials that match your preferences are added to the catalog.  What a great way to get to the front of the holds queue!

So, how do you do it?  First of all, this doesn't work in Encore, and only works in the Classic Catalog.   So, take yourself over to the Classic Catalog and log yourself in.   Then just follow these steps:

  1. Search for your favorite author

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Found, Library Style

You find amazing things inside books, and not just the way you might think I mean!

The little things found in library books and left around the library often give me pause.  I can't help but wonder who created them and why.  I think about where these people might be now, and wonder if they ever noticed they had lost the object I had found.  So many stories can be invented to explain these tiny glimpses into someone's life.

I've collected quite a few things from staff around the library system, and thought it might be fun to share them with you, bit by bit over time.  

So, to start, here is a small selection of items found in the Oakland Public Library by library staff members.  Most were found in books, but some were just left behind in the library.  All of them could tell quite a story.  More to come!

(This is my personal favorite.  Poor CJ!)

     

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It's Almost October!

October at OPL is busy, exciting, and spooooky! Come see what there is to see!

It's almost October, which is shaping up to be one of our most amazing event-filled months ever at the Oakland Public Library!  With author talks galore, a travel program, Affordable Health Care Act information, Teen Read Week, Halloween and Día de los Muertos events for children and exhibits at several locations, you do not want to miss out!

You can always find our events listed on our website, and you can also grab a print calendar at any of our library locations.  You can also see a PDF version of our October 2013 calendar here.  You might notice it looks

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Bring on the Nerds!

Join us on Monday at Nerd Nite East Bay! Be there and be square!

Hey, it's that fabulous time of the month again...NERD NITE TIME!   I'm super excited to be participating in Nerd Nite East Bay, along with some fabulous colleagues.  There will be librarians in the house!  This month we'll be hearing all about Planets, PIs, and Bees!  I, personally, am super psyched about this one.  

The full titles of each talk are:

  • The Intergalactic Travel Bureau by Mark Rosin
  • Trenchcoat Optional: Tricks of a Corporate Sleuth by Staci Dresher
  • Sex, Wax, and Pollen: The Honeybee Superorganism by Ryan Smith

Monday, September 30th.  
Doors are at 7pm, it starts at 8pm. 
New Parkway,  474 24th Street, Oakland

We'll be

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Library User Spotlight: Meet Rebecca!

Get to know Rebecca Grove, library patron, literary salon hostess and lover of potato chips. In other words, someone we should all get to know!


I decided it would be fun to use this space to not just highlight the library and all the things we do, but to also shine the spotlight on some of our amazing library users, and all the things they do!  I am so excited to present to you, Rebecca Grove.  

Rebecca describes herself as "a former English teacher/grant writer/development director/budget-balancer/evaluator for public schools."  She goes on to explain, "Now I produce lively interactions with literature for all ages.  Evenings and weekends over the last 15 years, I have been hosting literary book clubs, play and poetry readings, movie nights, “living room shows,” and "pop-up salons," among other musical and homespun performances. I'm now working on opening The Octopus Literary Salon

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Park(ing) Day at the Library This Friday!

Visit the Reader's Park outside of the Main Library this Friday, Park(ing) Day! Activities and fun all day long!

Perhaps you've already heard of Park(ing) Day, but just in case you haven't, the scoop is as follows:

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

So, what does this have to do with the Oakland Public Library?  I'm so glad you asked!  This year, for the first time ever, the Main Library will be participating in Park(ing) Day with a park of our own -

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