Books into Movies

Check out the book before you see the movie.

Now that summer is in full swing, hopefully you'll have time to relax with a book or take in a movie or maybe even read a book and then see the movie. The books listed below have all been made into movies that have released or are due to release this summer and all are available at OPL.

Don't forget to stop by any of our branches to participate in our Adult Summer Reading program for a chance to win gift cards and a Kindle Fire.

Free State of Jones    

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Talking with Kids about Race and Racism

Library resources to help adults talk with young people about race and racism. Includes a link to the complete audio recording of a panel discussion on the topic.

Right now, stories of racialized violence, images of protestors demanding justice, and discussions about the movement for Black Lives are dominating the media – and people nationwide are struggling to find age-appropriate ways they can talk with youth about current events, race, and racism.

If you’re looking for support with these difficult conversations, come to the library! Oakland Public Library has books, DVDs, and an up-to-date, downloadable #BlackLivesMatter resource series to help spark discussion with kids of all ages.

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Memoir or Fiction: Exploring Queer Lives

When truth is stranger and more interesting than fiction: the lives of gay men in New York City in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

A beautiful young man pursues sex, love and a modeling career in the exhilarating and heartbreaking gay circles of New York City circa the 1970s and 1980s. Fiction or memoir? Why not both? The authors are celebrated writers in the LGBTQ community known for their achievements in the fields of literature, memoir and biography: Edmund White and Brad Gooch.

Our Young Man by Edmund White, clearly a modern take on The Picture of Dorian Gray, paints a rather bland portrait of Guy, a French model

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The Highest Office in the Land

Novelizing the campaign trail

As this campaign season -- that has often seemed so much more like fiction than fact -- speeds toward the national conventions, our thoughts turn to actual fiction featuring presidential campaigns. For summer reading, you may like to try these.

The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon. In this quintessential Cold War thriller, Raymond Shaw is a brainwashed sleeper agent for Soviet intelligence. Programmed to obey any order upon seeing the Queen of Diamonds in a deck of cards, can Shaw be prevented from assassinating a presidential candidate?

The Plot Against America

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in July 2016

Each month we highlight 10 fantastic new novels coming your way. Here are our picks for July!


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After Orlando: A Queer Latinx Book Altar

A literary tribute inspired by the tragedy in Orlando. A guest post by Librarian Amy Sonnie.

Literary tradition is strong in the queer community. Storytelling is how LGBTQI people have named and defined existence, named and transcended fear, named and chosen family. Through poetry, music and memoir, LGBTQI communities keep constant vigil. Nowhere is that tradition more present than in queer and transgender communities of color. “All of us loved you / we want you to know this / listen,” wrote Tatiana de la Tierra.

In honor of Pride month and the 49 lives lost in Orlando, Oakland Library celebrates Latinx authors, artists and activists. Let us listen to their stories and hold the hard truth that we cannot truly know the names and stories of Orlando’s lost generation; they did not get the chance to name themselves.

But we can show up for the living: All of us love you. We want you to know this. We are listening.

que te queremos then and now
hear it in Nahuatl en Español en Pocho en Inglés
hear it en la canción del viento
en el silencio

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Looking for a good book for Summer Reading?

There are lots of ways to find great books for your kid at the library, whether in person or online.

Now that you and your child are signed up for Summer you need a good book? 

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Check out some of our favorite recommended books for kids at our Great Reads page.

With Beanstack, set up a free account and select your child's age, interests, background, and reading level. You’ll receive a weekly email with recommended books from the Oakland Public Library!

Want to hear a story, or play a game? Try Tumblebooks! You'll need your library card.

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Geo-Palooza Returns!

Main Library hosts its second annual geography quiz, Geo-Palooza. Pre-registration is required. Call 510.238-3222.

The Main Library is still celebrating our tenth year of providing Oaklanders with fun and inspiring travel programs. Please join us for our 2nd annual device-free geography quiz, Geo-Palooza! Last year we had so much fun we had to do it again. Who knew geography geeks could be so competitive?

If you want to participate, you must register by calling 510.238-3222. You're welcomed to sit in, but it's so much more fun to play! Join the fun! Win prizes! Show off your geography chops!

Wednesday, June 15; 6 p.m.


Walters Auditorium

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Writers We Love: Louise Erdrich

A new book by Louise Erdrich is a great reason to get reading.

Last month brought us the release of LaRose, a new novel by Louise Erdrich and the fifteenth title in her North Dakota cycle of novels. This latest novel tells the story of a couple who give their son to a neighbor family to atone for a tragic accident.

Each of the North Dakota novels stands alone, so readers new to her work don’t have to go back to the start of the cycle to enjoy LaRose. But readers who have followed the North Dakota novels, beginning with Love Medicine, relish the layers of interconnection among the books, between the Native American, European, and mixed families, and

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2016

You'll want to make room on your hold list for these great summer reads.

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