Humorous Essays

Books that will keep you laughing.

This past week a library visitor asked me to recommend funny books. I tried to remember some humorous books I've read recently and realized most of my reading has been intense and serious. I appreciated this request because it led me to some humorous essay collections that I'd like to share with you. 

Some of these are new books, some were released years ago, but all of them will keep you laughing.

 We Are Never Meeting in Real Life     Calypso     

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Voter Pre-Registration & a Snapshot of Oakland Youth’s Views on Voting

Oakland Public Libraries have long been a site where community members can pick up voter registration applications, and now OPL can also help 16- and 17-year-olds pre-register to vote.

Post by Diane Vo, a librarian in the Main Library's TeenZone

Last month, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla reported that over 100,000 16- and 17-year-olds have pre-registered to vote in California. The number of pre-registrations per week has noticeably increased since February’s Parkland, FL, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and March’s national school walkouts and protests.

Padilla announced this milestone while also launching a new youth portal of the California Secretary of State website that connects students to civic engagement opportunities. The secretary of state subsequently held rallies and events during California High School Voter Education Weeks (April 16-27), where he spoke to

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Giving Me Life: A Visual Journey of African American Organ and Tissue Transplant Recipients

A powerful photography exhibition depicting the visual testimonies of nine Bay Area African American transplant recipients who have overcome incredible obstacles in their journeys toward a more fulfilling life through the gift of organ and tissue donation.

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland in collaboration with the Donor Network West presents our newest exhibition “Giving Me Life: A Visual Journey of African American Organ and Tissue Transplant Recipients.” This upcoming photography exhibition holds a very special place in my heart.Photo courtesy of Donor Network West

As a child of a parent who received multiple kidney transplants, I can remember getting up early in the morning making the trek to UCSF for my moms’ dialysis and doctors’ appointments.  My mother waited years on the transplant list for a donor which would give her a new lease on life.  I also remember the jubilation we all felt when we received the call that a match had been found.

My mother was fortunate to get the gift of life twice in her lifetime. The first gift came from my uncle, who donated a kidney when my mother was in her early 20s. I am deeply

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Women Bike Book Club: Now We are Two

A booklist from the Women Bike Book Club, meeting at the intersection of bikes, books, and feminism on the first Thursday of the Month at the Golden Gate Branch library.

In the spring of 2016, Bike East Bay created The Women Bike Book Club as part of an initiative called Women Bike, which aims to “encourage and inspire more women, trans and femme folks to ride bikes.” In January 2017, the library began co-sponsoring this club.

We've been meeting for over two years now! We discuss experiences and issues, and sometimes we do a little coloring too. While the focus of this group is women and biking, everyone is welcome to join.

Last year we posted our one year list, so we thought we'd do it again this year.  Here is everything we read (or watched or did):

            

April 2017

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Wonder how a book ends up on the shelf? Let me tell ya.

If you're wondering how the Oakland Public Library chooses books, read on!

Child choosing a book off the shelfHave you ever wondered how books end up on the shelves in your library? There’s a whole process behind how librarians select books, and it’s not even a secret!

The Oakland Public Library spends approximately $2,000,000 on materials each year, which includes about 50,000 books. While libraries’ capacity for knowledge, information, and creativity is limitless, our buildings and shelf space are not. Every library practices regular weeding of collections for the simple reason that one can’t put new books on the shelves if there is no room.

I’d like to share with you a great example of how we keep our collection updated. 

A book on Fannie Lou Hamer was withdrawn from

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AAMLO Receives Council on Library and Information Resources Grant to Digitize Black Panther Party Films

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland was recently awarded a Recordings at Risk grant for $19,950 from the Council on Library and Information Resources to digitize and preserve Black Panther Party and social protest films from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection.

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland was recently awarded a Recordings at Risk grant for $19,950 from the Council on Library and Information Resources to digitize and preserve Black Panther Party and social protest films from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection

The project will digitize and provide online access to 98 films and 4 audiotapes documenting Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements from the late 1960s to the 1970s. The films include footage shot by the documentary film collective California Newsreel of the Black Panther Party and its leaders in Oakland, California in the 1960s; union and student protest films of Vietnam War activists; United Automobile Workers and Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union union strikes; Farah Manufacturing Company strike of 1972; and student protests at high schools in Oakland, California, following the police shooting of 14 year-old Melvin Black in

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Collection Management at OPL

The Oakland Public Library (OPL) has recently fielded a number of inquiries from concerned patrons and community members regarding our collection practices. We would like to reinforce our commitment to providing an equitable collection that reflects Oakland’s communities.

We thank you for using and loving your Oakland Public Library. 

The City of Oakland's official statement on Collection Management is:

Recently, several books titles from the Oakland Public Library were brought to our attention as being inappropriately discarded. Upon research, these particular books, in addition to others, were withdrawn from the Elmhurst Branch Library, having been published between 1990-2007, about 11-28 years ago. These particular books were not from the African-American Museum and Library of Oakland (AAMLO) collection. All of the book titles referenced are still available to the public through the Oakland Public Library at multiple branches and through the Library online LINK+ system.

The development and management of library collections is guided by the American Library Association and is a necessary function of libraries across the globe. In effectively managing the Oakland Public Library collection, the Library follows the guidelines of the American Library

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The Spring Travel Series Educates and Inspires Those with Wanderlust

Oakland Main Library's 12th Annual Spring Travel Series begin May 16 at 6 p.m.

Though you’d never guess it from our cloudy skies, epic hail storm, and chilly temperatures, Spring is here. And at the Main Library, that means the annual Spring Travel Series is about to launch! For the past twelve years, local travelers have learned how to travel safely, economically, efficiently and responsibly by attending these captivating talks.

Travel guidebook writers, travel photographers, tour guides, and our own well-traveled librarians have shared their expertise, funny stories, packing tips, and words of wisdom. Over the past dozen years we have treated East Bay residents to travel programs about a variety of interesting places including Southeast Asia, Italy, Cuba, Greece, Mexico, Croatia, Seattle, Kenya, and the American Southwest.

Travel not only provides us with much-needed breaks from our routines, but also educates, inspires and expands our perceptions of the world. As we head out into the world, we are cultural ambassadors, teaching others we encounter on the road about our cultures as much as they are informing us

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May 2018

Wondering what to read in May? We have at least ten ideas! Here are ten new works of fiction coming to the library this month.

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What’s New at AAMLO: Recent Acquisition Highlights

Recent additions to AAMLO's archives and reference collections

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland continually acquires new material, expanding special collections which document the history and cultural experiences of African Americans in Northern California and the Bay Area.

 

Recent book arrivals are always available for easy browsing and enjoyment in the reference room. While AAMLO copies cannot be checked out, staff is always happy to help locate circulating copies at Oakland Public Library branches. Some recent and noteable titles include:

 

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