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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Building Bridges with Poetry

Obasi Davis, Oakland's incredible new Youth Poet Laureate, attended the Bay Bridge opening with Juan Felipe Herrera.

Last month we announced the new Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, Obasi Davis, at an event that honored him and the other talented young finalists.  We are so proud of them all!

On Labor Day, Obasi had the amazing

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Oakland Public Library + Nerd Nite East Bay

Oakland Public Library will be at East Bay Nerd Nite #11. You should be there too!

If there's one thing this librarian loves, it's a good nerd, so imagine my excitement when I learned there was an opportunity to partner with Nerd Nite East Bay.  A dream come true!  A whole night, once a month, for nerds that we, the Oakland Public Library, can be part of?  Count me in!

So, you may be wondering what Nerd Nite is exactly.  It is an event that takes place on the last Monday of each month at the New Parkway and includes three talks from three speakers on three diverse topics, each one, of course, interesting and engaging.  Last month I attended as an audience member and loved it.  This month, I'll attend as an interested audience member and in official librarian capacity repping OPL.  

The Details:  

Monday, August 26th, doors 7:00pm, start 8:00pm at the New Parkway

The Theme:

Materials, Monotremes, & MMMMM...Mollusks

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Branch Schedule Change - All the Facts!

In order to increase the public's access to neighborhood library branches, OPL will be implementing a schedule change at the Brookfield, Eastmont, Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue Branches.

As you may have heard by now, Oakland Public Library is changing the schedule at some of our locations beginning on Saturday, September 14th.  You can read the press release about it here, which gives a lot of the background information.  The short version is that we are implementing a schedule change at 4 of our branches, switching them to a Monday - Friday schedule in order to increase the public's access to neighborhood library branches.  

The branches with a changing schedule are the following:

All other branches will

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National Night Out

Six Oakland Public Libraries are hosting National Night Out parties tonight. We hope to see you at some of them.

Tonight (8/6/13) is National Night Out and all over the country people will gather with neighbors to promote community.  Just here in Oakland there will be over 100 block parties tonight, and 6 of them are taking place outside of Oakland Public Library branches!  Stop by and say hi to your friendly library staff and your fellow library lovers.  Turn your neighbors into friends!

The 81st Avenue Branch's party will be happening between 6 and 8:30pm and features food, fun and live music.

At the Dimond Branch, the party starts at 7pm and includes a performance by Dan Chan Magic Man.

Snacks, games, an outdoor storytime and lots of sidewalk chalk will be found at the

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On Display at the Library

The Oakland Public Library has some amazing exhibits on display right now.

Right now we have an abundance of amazing works on display throughout the library system.  A lot of art, a little history, and some social justice - none of these are to be missed!

If you hurry, you can catch the wonderful Impressions Exhibit by Laurie Rothman at the Lakeview Branch, which is up through Saturday, July 27th.

Make it over to the Rockridge Branch before the end of July for a chance to see lovely jewelry by Kim Anderson, who is not only a

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Have You Borrowed a Tool Lately?

Check out our very own Tool Lending Library in the press.

ToolsOur amazing Tool Lending Library has gotten a little bit of well-deserved attention lately.  The Washington Post published a great article about libraries across the country lending things other than books, and included Oakland Public Library. 

From the article:

“We can’t be everything to everyone, but we can provide a lot of opportunities to people to try out new things,” Choate said.

That’s exactly what happened at the Oakland library following a 1991 firestorm that ravaged the Oakland Hills section of the San Francisco Bay area, destroying 3,000 homes and killing 25 people.

The library’s Temescal

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