Bombogenesis -- and other new words

New Words and How to Find 'Em

"Bombogenesis."  Did you run across this word last week?  I heard that word on the radio and wanted to know
right away what it meant.  Turns out it's a weather word. 

Remember how the East Coast started January with the "polar vortex" while we basked in our freakishly warm weather?  Well, after the polar vortex had gone away, in came "bombogenesis."  According to AccuWeather.com -- a website that I really like -- "bombogenesis" describes a storm that usually forms over water.  Cold and warm air clash, causing the storm to intensify rapidly.  In a bombogenesis the atmospheric pressure at the center of the storm must drop 24 millibars in 24 hours.  Drops like a bomb. Weather experts also call this kind of storm an "extratropical surface cyclone." 

But back to this nifty new word.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February

Here's a preview of some great new books arriving in February.

Cover of Kinder Than SolitudeCover of BarkCover of Good Luck

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Why do we need the Dewey Decimal system?

A little bit about how the library uses the Dewey Decimal System to organize ALL HUMAN KNOWLEDGE!

If you've been to the library you know we have a LOT of books, and if you've been to the reference desk you know that we can usually guide you directly to the area for a topic you're interested in or to a specific book. This is possible not because librarians know everything, but because we know how to use the Dewey Decimal System. 

The first thing to know about Dewey is that it uses numbers to represent subjects. Almost any subject you can think of has a corresponding Dewey number. We use Dewey to organize nonfiction materials at all of the Oakland Public Libraries. Other sections (like fiction, biography, and test prep) are arranged alphabetically.

Each book in the nonfiction section has its own Dewey call number, which makes it easy to find the area for a topic or to find a specific item. You can browse all the cookbooks or all the sheet music, but you can also go straight to the book you want.

Dewey numbers are formed one digit at a time, starting from the left.

The T

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Super Bowl Sunday's Coming Up!

Super Bowl Sunday is this Sunday. Get ready with some selected reads and films about this major sporting event!

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up! It's this Sunday, February 2. The library has a number of titles to get you ready for the big day. Read about the social customs surrounding Sunday with this book, "Sunday : a history of the first day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl". Or if you're concerned about the future of football in America, you might enjoy "More than a game : the

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ALA Youth Media Awards Announced!

ALA Youth Media Awards have been announced; your Oakland Public Library staff participated in two of this year's award juries.

The new winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King and other awards were announced early Monday morning at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Philapdelphia.

The winner of the Newbery Award is Flora & Ulysses, a short, graphically illustrated chapter book by Kate DiCamillo, who is also the recently appointed National Ambassador of Young People's Literature. 

The Newbery Honor winners are

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January is National Hobby Month

Looking for a new hobby in the new year? Check out OPL's offerings.

Although I don't make new year's resolutions, like many people I usually spend the month of January planning and thinking about new hobbies or interests I'd like to pursue throughout the year.  With that in mind, I've highlighted some books covering a range of topics to help you follow your passion and develop a new hobby. 

So, if you've been thinking about starting a blog or making your own spirits or if you're curious about that strange looking bird in your back yard that wakes you up every morning or even if you've ever wondered how a magician makes a 10,000 pound elephant disappear, there's a book for you. 

     

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Nerd Nite East Bay - #15

January is a great month for a Nerd Nite.

Come and see us Monday night at the New Parkway where we will, once again, be a part of Nerd Nite East Bay.  This month we'll be learning about data, exoplanets and Affordable Care.  If you want a sneak peek of the Reading List, just check out our Pinterest Board!  Aliens and Nate Silver and Obama, oh my!

We do really hope to see you there!  Please come by and say hi.

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OpenOakland Tools for Oakland Residents

OpenOakland offers a variety of open access tools for accessing local government information. Check out the following tools for details!

OpenOakland, a civic innovation organization that is part of the Code for America Brigade program, brings together coders, designers, journalists, community members, and city staff to collaborate on solutions to improve how local government serves Oakland residents. They've developed the following tools: 

  • Oakland Answers- is a site developed by OpenOakland and 70 community members that is question-driven site that provides friendly, concise, easy-to-understand responses to your city-related questions, as though they're coming from your neighbor,
  • Adopt a Drain - a website developed by OpenOakland for the Oakland Public Works Agency that empowers

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Nursery Rhymes Rock

Check out nursery rhymes from around the world at the library. They are silly and their rhythm will help your child learn how to read.

Regardless of where and when you grew up, rhymes are a part of childhood.  In the United States, Mother Goose rhymes are the most common but all rhymes are great fun to read with your very young child.  Not only are they silly, but they have a definite beat. That rhythm is an important way to show your child how to hear individual sounds in words.  Hearing the sounds in rhymes will help your child hear the sounds in words when reading them.  You can increase the fun time together and the impact of the rhythm by bouncing or moving along with the rhymes. Where can you find them?  Why, the library, of course!  Oakland libraries have rhymes from all around the world; some locations even have separate nursery rhyme sections.  Come in and check them out!

Baker, Keith.                 Cabrera, Jane                    Orozco, Jose Luis
Big Fat Hen.               Old Mother Hubbard.        Diez

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Introducing Mirielle Guliano: Author of French Women Don't Get Facelifts

Discover the beauty "secrets" of French women from bestselling author Mireille Guiliano.

As a book reviewer for the library world’s trade publication Library Journal (LJ),  I review a lot of lifestyle and personal grooming titles.  In the past few years, there’s been a flurry of publications on the “beauty secrets” of French women.  If current popular thought is correct, the French surpass their American counterparts in physique, confidence, style and a certain  je na so quoi.  Style mavens demanded to know exactly what was behind the French feminine mystique. How do French women indulge in decadent desserts, buttery-rich cuisine, robust wines--- and stay slim?  Mireille Guiliano provided some insightful answers in her worldwide bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat.  Several popular books soon

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