June is LGBTQI Book Month

OPL has LGBTQI books for all interests.

June is LGBTQI Book Month and OPL has many new fiction titles for you to check out. Set in locations throughout the world, these books feature characters in various stages of life. From coming out stories to the expatriate experience, the novels listed below represent a range of LGBTQI experiences in Beijing, Nigeria, New Delhi, London, Appalachia, Hawaii, and beyond.  

Being Comrades    

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Reading the Oakland Book Festival

The Oakland Book Festival will inspire you to read, and we've got the books ready for you!

The second annual Oakland Book Festival will take place this coming Sunday, May 22 at Oakland City Hall. Jam packed with books, ideas and lively debates, this free festival will host more than sixty authors and journalists. For more information on the discussion panel line-ups, descriptions, times and locations, look hereMake sure to stop by the Oakland Public Library booths and say hi!

No doubt this festival will inspire some major reading! Here’s a selection of just some of the books by participating authors you can borrow from us. 

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May 2016

You'll want to make room on your hold list for some of these books coming out in May.

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Happy Mother's Day

The best Mother's Day present one can receive, is the gift of making a parents life easier. The Oakland Public Library gives all parents the gift of Tumblebooks for Mother's Day. You're welcome.

                                 Picture courtesy of ElvisKennedy.com via Flickr Commons.

There is this saying that "Motherhood is the hardest job you will ever love."  It's true. I love my children and I love my job.  My love for my job shows whenever I have the oppertunity to read stories to children. I sing, I dance, and I have a great time. Afterwards, it never fails:  several  parents will compliment my reading style, and follow- up with the question/statement: You must read to your children all the time! 

My answer always is: ABSOLUTELY NOT! 

I love my kids don't get me wrong; but at the end of the day I am a momma just like you (unless you're a poppa but you get my point) and I don't want to read a

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May is National Bike Month

Celebrate National Bike Month with the Library!

 May is National Bike Month, one of our favorite times of the year at Oakland Public Library. Did you know that bike usage has tripled in Oakland since 2000? We are a leading metro area for bicycle commuting nationwide. In fact, 4% of all Oakland commuters traveling to work and school go by bike. In celebration, and to encourage even more Oaklanders to get out and ride, we have a full slate of bike-related events for you! 

First things first: If you don't currently have a bike, the Library can help you get one! We're partnering with Cycles of Change to get more people on bikes - all you have to do is sign up at the West Oakland branch before May 21, and attend a safety training on May 27th at

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My Favorite Shorts

Short story collections.

I haven't had much time for reading lately so I've been checking out short stories by my favorite authors. Short stories are a good way to satisfy my reading needs without committing to a lengthy novel. They're also fun to read aloud in book clubs or to share with a loved one before going to sleep. And May is short story month so what better time to pick up a short story collection. I've listed some of my favorites below.

The Water Museum       

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Oaklandhasjobs Job Fair

Meet employers in person, have your resume reviewed, and learn about paid internship opportunities at our Job Fair on Saturday April 30.

If you're currently in the market for a new job, the following may sound familiar: You're in the midst of a job search, feeling the pressure of making your resume or application stand out from the crowd. But in your efforts to shine, you start to feel lost in the shuffle: poring over job postings, submitting applications online, trying to make real contacts in a virtual world. If only you had the opportunity to give your resume to a hiring manager face-to-face, shake hands and make an impression in person!

You can do just that at the upcoming Oaklandhasjobs Job Fair at the Main Library on Saturday, April 30, 10:30am-12:30pm. There's a long list of local employers ready to meet you. Dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and prepare to impress! So far, the list of employers includes Starbucks, Manpower, IKEA, Home Depot, Alliance Staffing, Oakland Private Industry Council, Whelan Security, Select Staffing, State Farm Insurance, Claremont Resort,

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Barbara Rhine’s List of Activist Fiction

Local author recommends her favorite “activist fiction.”

Oakland resident Barbara Rhine is a lawyer, activist and writer whose work has appeared in The SF Chronicle, Oakland Tribune and Counterpunch. Her vast personal history as an activist reaches back to her college years and has included participation in Martin Luther King’s demonstrations in Skokie, an attempt to travel to Cuba with a National Lawyers Guild delegation that ended in imprisonment and deportation from Mexico, and service as staff attorney with the United Farmworkers Union during the largest agricultural strike in California history.

So it comes as no surprise that the theme of social justice looms large in her 2014 novel Tell

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Potty Training Adventures...

When your child is ready for big kid pants, the library is here to help.

Sunday afternoon I walked into the living room and saw this:

As shocking as this sight was, I became very excited. This is the first sign he might be ready to start potty training. The second sign was the next morning when he woke up shouting "Momma, I gotta pee pee!" YEA AGAIN... except, I don't know how to train a child to go pee pee. This is a problem when I have an excited toddler ready to get rid of his diapers. So off to the library I go, and here is what I brought brought home for him:


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Fiction That Changed Our Lives

Sixteen transforming tales.

One of the fun things about being a librarian is getting juicy readers advisory questions, so when Rockridge librarian Emily Weak was asked by a young woman, "What fiction have you read that changed your life?” she instantly sprang into action, sending the query around the library system.  We nerded out about it for a while, giving it all the weight deserved by a question regarding the transformation of one’s very life. Emily compiled a list of nearly 100 titles. That ought to prepare our young friend for the rest of her life, no? Here is a mere sampling, with a focus on less current titles:


Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund

 A rich epic

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