New Books By Queer Authors

After celebrating Pride, relax with a book.

Looking for new books by LGBTQI authors? OPL has them! These fiction and nonfiction titles were all released in the past year. Happy reading! Happy Pride!

New Titles in Graphic Format

 A Graphic History     Love is Love

Queer : a graphic history / Meg-

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Summer Reading for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

This summer children 0-4 can play their very own kind of Summer Reading. Ask at any OPL library.

Oakland Public Library is always full of fun things to do during the summer, with performers, crafts, science, dance, martial arts and free lunches for youth at many branches, and of course, Kids' Summer Reading

Babies and toddlers can do summer reading too, and this year we've created a special Pre-Reader card for parents and caregivers to do with them. Talking, Reading, Singing, Writing, and Playing, are all activities that support the youngest children to be ready to read and learn.  

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Summer at Oakland Public Library for Kids

Kids' Summer Reading runs June 10-August 5 at OPL

Kids' Summer Reading Logo

It's summer in Oakland. And you know what that means? Kids' Summer Reading at Oakland Public Library. 

Sign up at our Summer page to register up for the Kids', Teen, or Adult Summer Program, or ask for help at any of our locations

Children under 5 and their caregivers have a different game to play; just ask at the library for a Pre-Reader Card. 

After kids read for 20 days, they can come to the library to get a prize: a book to keep and a packet of coupons for Fentons ice cream, Round Table pizza, ice skating, Fairyland, and Chabot Space and Science Center. And you will be entered into our raffles. Raffle prizes come from lots of

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Dorothea Lange: Pictures and Words

A new show at the Oakland Museum looks at Lange's life and career.

"Through the lens of her camera, Lange documented American life with riveting, intimate photographs that showed the major issues of the times. This spring, view the emotional and political impact of her works in this major exhibition, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s gift of her personal archive to the Oakland Museum of California."

A new show opened in May at the Oakland Museum of California chronicling the career of photographer Dorothea Lange. The exhibition, Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeingwill run through August 13. 2017. 

You won't want to miss it. 

Lange's iconic photos have shaped

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2017

Looking for your next favorite book? Here are 10 terrific fiction picks for June!

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What's New in Nonfiction

Looking for new nonfiction titles? Here's what OPL has to offer.

I'm always on the lookout for new nonfiction titles -- books that teach me something new and help me expand my world view. Here are some new releases that I'm excited about and have added to my ever-expanding list of books to read next. I hope you enjoy them, too!

     You Don't Have to Say You Love Me     

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The Oakland Book Festival: A One-day Literary Extravaganza

The Oakland Book Festival happens 11am to 6pm, Sunday, May 21st 2017 at City Hall; the theme is "Equality and Inequality."

The Oakland Book Festival is a free one-day whirlwind of readings, panels, conversations and literary events.  2017’s theme is “Equality & Inequality.” This uniquely Oaklandish celebration happens 11am to 6pm, this Sunday, May 21st at City Hall and surrounding venues (events kick off on Saturday night).  Check out http://www.oaklandbookfestival.org/ for more details.  Here’s a small selection of recent works by some of the over 60 authors appearing at the Festival. Click on the title to read more about it.

 

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That's a Great Question: 44 Girlie Picks

Movies based on books written by women

We get all kinds of excellent questions at the Reference Desk here at the Main library. Recently a caller asked,

I can think of three great movies based on books written by women. They are Giant (Edna Ferber), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), and Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell). Can you tell me some other ones?

We librarians love this kind of question and had a wonderful time coming up with answers. These will probably not all meet your definition of "great movies," but we thought of a pretty wide range of titles:  

  1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath | 1979 film directed by Larry Peerce, starring Marilyn Hassett and Julie Harris

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Exploring the Travel Collection at Main

profile of travel resources and programs at Oakland Main Library

This year the Main Library’s Travel Series marks its eleventh year. In that time we’ve helped people plan vacations, discover new countries and cultures, and travel more efficiently and safely. Photographers, travel guidebook writers, and experienced travelers have generously shared their knowledge and enthusiasm for travel with members of our community. Our virtual journeys have taken us to Greece, Kenya, Brazil, Cuba, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Paris, New York City, South Africa, Italy, Croatia, and many other locales.

This year’s roster of programs will be held, as always, in the Walters Auditorium and include:

California Deserts   Wednesday, May 10; 6 pm

Intrepid traveler Trevor Cralle returns to the Main Library to share tips on exploring Death Valley, Mojave National Preserve, Anza Borrego State Park, and more. 

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The First Anniversary of the Women Bike Book Club: Read and Talk with Us

A booklist and some club history

It’s Bike Month!  Are you riding? And are you reading?  

If you’re looking for literary inspiration, we’ve got a booklist for you!

Last spring 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, the library began co-sponsoring this club. Each month we meet at the intersection of bikes, books, and feminism. 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.

We meet on the second Thursday of the month.  This month that day, May 11th, is

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