Did you know that August is National Romance Awareness Month? I didn't, but I recently came across this article in the Huffington Post, which inspired me to highlight literary romances in this post. During the past few years fiction titles focusing on famous literary couples have been popular. Here are a few available at OPL.
Q&A: Children's Librarians answer questions all day, every day, from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers. It's August, people always ask for starting-school and back-to-school stories, of course!
Q: My daughter is starting school in a few days...what books about school do you have that we could read together?
A: We have so many!* No matter what age or grade, we've got something for you to read about school, to set the stage so that your child's anticipation is more likely to stay positive. Some kids need to know exactly what will happen, some are looking forward to joining
New DVDs for August 2014 at Oakland Public Library
Get ready to place your Holds! We have a great selection of new DVD titles arriving shortly at Oakland Public Library. Besides blockbusters and foreign films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Nymphomaniac, pts. 1 & 2,
Summer scenes captured at our libraries. It looks like Oakland had a great summer!
Yuyi Morales helped us kick off summer when she visited the César Chávez Library in May. She shared her "bolsa de sorpresas" (bag of surprises) with toys from her childhood in Mexico. And she read her newest book Niño Wrestles the World to musical accompaniment.
Summer wouldn't be summer without the Bubble Lady. She combines clowning, bubbles, and science into a child (and parent) pleasing performance. We've had her in Oakland every summer for as long as anyone can remember
Beginning November 1st, 2014, the Golden Gate and Piedmont Ave. Branches will revert to a Tuesday - Saturday schedule.
Effective November 1, 2014, days of service at two Oakland Public Library branches—Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue—will revert to Tuesday to Saturday.
The change is the result of a pilot program that began in September 2013 to offer library hours on Mondays in more areas of Oakland. Library Administration encouraged public feedback on the new schedules through an online and paper survey (April 15-May31), comment cards, and community meetings. Administration’s evaluation of the community’s responses and data on library usage at the pilot branches led to the decision to end the new schedules at the Golden Gate and Piedmont Avenue branches.
Two additional branches were part of the pilot. Brookfield and Eastmont branches will remain on the Monday to Friday schedule. As always, you can see branch schedules on our website.
Thanks to everyone
Books & Authors is a database at Oakland Public Library that can help you explore titles, authors, and various subjects, to find that next great read.
In May, I posted about Novelist Plus, and the variety of ways it connects readers with the right books for them. This month, Andrew Demcak tells us about another OPL database just for book lovers. Take it away, Andrew....
Avid and casual readers know that feeling: You’ve just finished a great book and you want to start a new one. But which book will be your next book? Books & Authors is a database at Oakland Public Library that can help you explore titles (both fiction and nonfiction,) authors, and various subjects, to find that next great read.
A list of recommended graphic novels and comic books for kids that are available at the Oakland Public Library.
Load up your eReader with free content - books, music, and more!
eBooks are freely available from OPL - we have a number of different collections and formats, all listed here. And, we'll help you get started with ebooks and such at the Main Library - just come in and talk to any librarian, or come to our monthly program - every last Wednesday of the month, we'll walk you through our various e-collections. You can bring your device to follow along. Remember, you'll never get a fine on e-materials!
There are other sources as well. One of the most popular sources for free eBooks is Project Gutenberg, which includes more than 45,000 eBooks, all free; all titles are in the public domain. There's also a number of digitized
Lakeview Book Club Update on the discussion of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
Our discussion leader did an outstanding job in presenting the background story on Zealot.
Dr. Reza Aslan is a non-religious American whose family emigrated from Iran to the United States when he was a child. His family was Muslim. He was invited to go to a Christian summer camp and became a Christian, because it attracted him emotionally and helped him feel he belonged. He was a practicing Evangelical Christian for some years. He was later educated by Jesuits and investigated the historical Jesus, finding that he could no longer be Christian. He studied Islam and found that he was attracted to it intellectually.
In his book about Jesus, he pulled from the few historical records of the time and from the social history of the era. In his research he discovered that much we have all been taught about the life of Jesus does not correspond to the real history of the times. He points out that three fourths of