All library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1st for the Labor Day holiday. The Main Library and the Brookfield, Eastmont, Piedmont Avenue and Golden Gate branches will be open on Tuesday, September 2nd. All other library locations will be closed that day.
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Laurie Willhalm to Children's Services Blog
Nothing to do? Here's just a little of what's happening in the next 24 hours at the Oakland Public Library
Posted on July 14, 2014 by Mana Tominaga to Reference Services Blog
Learn a language online with Transparent Language - includes 81 languages to teach you listening, speaking, reading and writing.
If you're traveling abroad this summer and want to get some conversational mastery in your destination language, check out our online language learning resource called Transparent Language Online. If you're accessing the link from your home computer, you'll need to enter your library card number and PIN to get started.
This program is fully interactive, and uses various multimedia activities to engage all four language skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The feature I like best is that you can download all the vocabulary from each section as a PDF so you can even study off-line. (If you're an ESL student, it also includes beginner English courses for speakers of other languages and an immersion course for intermediate level English learners.) You can also get this on your smartphone - just search for the Byki app to get started.
Of course, the library also has a number of DVDs, CDs and books to help
Posted on July 11, 2014 by Mary Farrell to Advice for Readers
This is a synopsis of the Lakeview Branch Library Book Club's discussion of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Posted on July 10, 2014 by Miriam Medow to Children's Services Blog
Recommended books for kids who love Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.
Every day in the library, we meet young readers who just can’t get enough of Rick Riordan. The author’s exciting blend of reality and mythology has exploded in popularity, with kids clamoring for books in his Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, as well as his Kane Chronicles and Heroes of Olympus series. Riordan superfans who are hungry for more fantastical action and adventure may want to give these
Posted on July 9, 2014 by Sharon McKellar to The Library Community
Here are some of the books YOU are reading this summer!
Are you participating in our Summer Reading Program yet? Yes, I'm talking to you - you adult out there who thought summer reading was just for kids! It's not, and there are prizes to be won!
Also, we want your book reviews... if you post them on the website, they'll show up right here on the library's website. Spread the word and help other library users find some new things to read. Go straight on over to the book review form and let us know what we should (or shouldn't) read this summer.
Here are the reviews we've received so far...
Posted on July 8, 2014 by Catherine Jennings to Reference Services Blog
Krip-Hop Nation is a worldwide organization that addresses the discrimination against disabled artists in mainstream hip-hop by publishing articles and hosting events, lectures, and workshops.
Musicians with disabilities have been in the spotlight for decades. Artists such as violinist Itzhak Perlman (polio), singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder (blindness), country singer Clay Walker (multiple sclerosis), percussionist Evelyn Glennie (deafness), and Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen (complete arm amputation): all are major recording artists. And then there is Leroy Moore, Jr., founder of Krip-Hop Nation.
Krip-Hop Nation is a worldwide organization that addresses the discrimination against disabled artists in mainstream hip-hop by publishing articles and hosting events, lectures, and workshops. Moore was first put in the spotlight in the early 2000s, when he coproduced and cohosted a three-part series on what he dubbed "Krip-Hop" on KPFA's Pushing Limits program, which focuses on news, arts, and culture from the disabled community. Moore, who sufffers from cerebral palsy, tirelessly advocates for hip-hop performing artists with disabilities.
Posted on June 27, 2014 by Rebekah Eppley to Advice for Readers
July 2nd is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
July 2nd marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson, the Act outlawed discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin and made illegal voter registration requirements such as poll taxes and literacy tests.
Two new books about this time in history have recently been published and are available at OPL.
Posted on June 26, 2014 by Helen Bloch to Children's Services Blog
OPL's Discover & Go program allows you to explore attractions throughout the Bay Area.
School's out for summer and it's a great time for you and your family to explore the many attractions the Bay Area has to offer. OPL's Discover & Go program makes it easy and cheaper to do just that.
1. Go to: discover.oaklandlibrary.org cheap to do just that. Here's how it works:
2. Enter your library card and your PIN numbers.
3. Search either by the date you want to visit a museum ("what's available next Tuesday?") or by the place itself ("when can we go to the Lawrence Hall of Science?").
4. Pick where and when you want to go. When you are ready, click on "Reserve Pass" and print it out. It's that simple.
Oh, the Places You'll Go.* Here