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 availability

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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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Shaking Your Family Tree

Genealogical resources at Oakland Main Library

In the latest issue of The Live Oak, the East Bay Genealogical Society's newsletter, Kimberly Powell clears up a some key questions genealogists present to library staff. In the article, "Understanding Cousin Relationships," she explains that second cousins have the same great grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents. With a third cousin, you'd share the same great, great grandparents. A "cousin once removed" means that the cousin is one generation older or younger than you, for example, your mother's first cousin would be your "first cousin, once removed." 

Learning about family relationships and about one's own family history used to be a daunting task. But with the ready availability of genealogy databases, video apps like Skype, TV programs like PBS' Finding Your Roots, and easy-to-use DNA kits, genealogy research has become more popular than ever. The Oakland

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Essay Contest for "War Comes Home" - win an iPad Mini!

Write an essay on "War in Your Life" for the chance to win an iPad Mini!

Did you know that OPL is one of 43 libraries throughout California to be awarded the California Reads grant - to help promote understanding and empathy around the veteran experience? We're working with some partner agencies to plan programs and we're doing an essay contest with Veterans for Peace East Bay. This essay contest for adults and teens is taking submissions now - and the prize for each is a iPad Mini! The guidelines and judging criteria are available here. Good luck and please let me know if you have any questions - you can email me at

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Ebola Facts and Fiction

Ebola is serious but not highly contagious.

The Ebola virus has been in the news. The current outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea has killed thousands. Despite the frenzied commentary of some journalists, there is no danger of an outbreak in the United States. Drug resistant bacteria and motor vehicle accidents kill more people in the United States than this Ebola outbreak (current statistics from the World Health Organization show that 4,500 people have died so far).

Yes, Ebola is a serious disease that kills between 60 and 90 percent of those who contract it, but it is not highly contagious. The host is the fruit bat. People get the disease when bodily fluids (blood, saliva, feces, urine, semen) enter the body through broken skin or mucous membranes. The disease is not airborne. It can only be transmitted via direct contact, which is why health care workers are at high risk if they do not take proper precautions.

The symptoms are similar to many common infections such as the flu: fever, weakness, muscle aches, sore throat, so unless the patient tells his/her health care provider about possible

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