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Streaming Video is now at Oakland Public Library.
Today, Oakland Public Library kicks off a series of events to foster discussion on racial inequity in policing, prisons and society.
This week Oakland Public Library kicks off a series of events on policing, prisons, racial justice and social change in the United States.
The goals of the series are to foster learning, dialogue, collaboration and action, foregrounding creative, community solutions to racial inequity.
Last Saturday, we kicked off with the documentary film Ferguson: Race and Justice in the U.S. produced by Sweta Vohra of FaultLines at Martin Luther King Jr Library. Following the film, Michael Bell of InPartnership Consulting facilitated a rich and important conversation with attendees.
Over the next few months, we’ll be partnering with community agencies to host other guest speakers, events for parents/children, and book discussions.
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 with Spock became part of
Nine DVDs coming soon to Oakland Public Library
An eclectic assortment of romantic films from Oakland Public Library’s DVD collection.
DVD Titles coming soon to Oakland Public Library in January 2015.
Oscar-nominated DVD titles at Oakland Public Library.
"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
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
Best Album of the Year
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: