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,

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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 branch established a small

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What is Community Relations?

Meet Sharon McKellar, Oakland's Community Relations Librarian, and welcome to our Community Relations Blog!

I have a confession to make.  I've put off writing this first post for weeks because I haven't been able to come up with a good title for this blog.  What is Community Relations?  Well, I suppose it is an official sounding way to describe broadly what I do - which is to work, in any way imaginable, on connecting the library and the community we serve.  What it isn't, though, is a fun and sassy name for a blog that the community might actually want to read.  

This is going to be a great space where I can share all the different ways that we are working together.  I have videos and photos to show you, and an abundance of stories to tell.  

I'm going to give us some time to get to know this blog and then we're going to come up with a name for it, you and I.  If something brilliant comes to you, keep it in mind and when I'm ready, I'll let you know.  I'm thinking about a blog-naming contest in the next couple of weeks and I don't want you to give away your best ideas too soon.

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