Goodbye Mr. Spock

In which we celebrate the life and work of Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's iconic Mr. Spock.

Today we acknowledge the passing of Leonard Nimoy, forever to be remembered as Mr. Spock. 

Nimoy a Boston native, began acting at the age of 8 in a production of Hansel and Gretel. Before Star Trek Nimoy enjoyed an active career in film and television. His first science fiction film role, foreshadowing Spock, was as the Martian Narab in the 1952 Republic serial Zombies of the Stratosphere. 

After Star Trek, he contiued to act until 2013 when, in his final film role, he reprised Spock again as Spock Prime in Star Trek Into Darkness.

How did Nimoy feel about his unshakeable identification with Spock? The answer may lie in the titles of his two published memoirs, I am Not Spock in 1975 followed by I am Spock in 1995. His identification

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New DVDs for February 2015 - Coming Soon to Oakland Public Library

Nine DVDs coming soon to Oakland Public Library

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Romantic DVDs for Valentine’s Day @ Oakland Public Library

An eclectic assortment of romantic films from Oakland Public Library’s DVD collection.

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New DVDs for January 2015 - Coming Soon to Oakland Public Library

DVD Titles coming soon to Oakland Public Library in January 2015.

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Oscar Nominees For 2015 Available Now @ Oakland Public Library!

Oscar-nominated DVD titles at Oakland Public Library.

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Poetry at Work

"Poetry arrived in search of me."

So wrote Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. 

Do poems reach out to you?

Tuesday, January 13 is Poetry at Work Day. That's according to publisher Tweetspeak Poetry, and we're on board with it. There's no reason to wait until National Poetry Month in April. Poetry is good for you every day. 

Your Main Library has a rich collection of poetry for you. There's so much here it's hard to know where to start. 

We have the epic poems of the past -- like Homer and Gilgamesh -- in a translation to suit every reading taste. Poetry from every country and tradition. Or read Neruda: you can't beat him. We enrich the Main Library's collections with the latest publications and award winners, too. You can read the work of United States Poet Laureate Charles Wright or California's Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. Early adopters can read the work of Oakland's new

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Stream with Freegal - Start the New Year Listening to the 57th Grammy Nominees

Check out the 57th Grammy nominees with free streaming and downloads from Freegal.

The 57th Grammy nominations are in and many of the artists and albums nominated can be streamed or downloaded for free with Freegal. The library has also purchased many of the physical CDs for the collection too!

Here is a small sampling of titles available from Freegal:

G I R L / Pharrell Williams G I R L / Pharrell Williams

Nominated for

Best Album of the Year

Stream now! or click here for CD 

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Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series

Across the country #BlackLivesMatter is inspiring action and conversation. Oakland librarians have compiled some resources to support these conversations.

Across the country, a movement to stop violence and uplift Black humanity -- embodied in the phrase #BlackLivesMatter -- is inspiring action and conversation. To support these conversations I've compiled a series of resource guides.

Whether you're a parent, a student, a community organizer or a concerned neighbor, this Resource Series offers books, articles and videos to prompt discussion and action:

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New DVDs for December 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

New DVDs coming to Oakland Public Library in December 2014.

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Why You Should Watch "Central Station" DVD from OPL This Weekend

Why you should watch the film, Central Station, on DVD from OPL this weekend.

I love this film. Central Station (click title to go to OPL's catalog) is a 1998 Brazilian–French drama film set in Brazil. It tells the story of a young boy's friendship with a jaded middle-aged woman. But it’s about so much more. The film features Fernanda Montenegro and Vinícius de Oliveira in the lead roles. Montenegro was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. She plays “Dora,” a cynical, joyless woman who crosses paths with an abandoned young boy, Oliveira’s “Josue.” Gorgeously filmed and featuring two outstanding performances by both lead actors, Central Station observes this “odd couple” as they develop an

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