Meet Children's Book Author Andrea Davis Pinkney

Author and Publisher Andrea Davis Pinkney will be appearing at the Oakland Main Library on Monday September 22nd

Did you know there are many award-winning children's book authors coming to town next week for the sold-out ALSC National Institute?  That's where a lot of us will be, but we jumped at the chance to ask Andrea Davis Pinkney to stay a little longer in town to meet with you at your Main Library, on Monday September 22nd at 1:30pm

Martin and MahaliaMs. Pinkney is a Coretta Scott King Award-winning and New York Times best-selling writer of

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September

Need a great book? Look no further. Here are ten great novels coming out this month, plus a bunch of short story collections. Place your holds now!

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New DVDs for September 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

New DVDs for September 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

Xingu DVD coverNo One Knows About Persian Cats DVD cover

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Exploring with MOCHA!!

MOCHA is coming to 8 different locations for a weekly art program in the library!!! That is 8 different chances for you to explore both art and a different Branch Library.

MOCHA in the Library

Starting this week MOCHA, the Museum of Children’s Artis going to be coming to Oakland Libraries to share art with children. Your family will not want to miss this exceptional program that Oakland and MOCHA have been offering together for over 5 years. Children of all ages have the opportunity to create and engage their minds with music, math, and art. With MOCHA happening in the Library in 8 different locations on 3 different days of the week, you will have plenty of chances to make art with us. Bring your children to this program!!!

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California Reads at Oakland Public Library: "War Comes Home to Oakland"

Oakland Public Library is one of 43 libraries throughout California participating in California Reads this year. Learn about veterans issues and various programs planned at OPL this fall.

Oakland Public Library is participating in California Reads this year. California Reads is a state-wide read, and provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to our state.

This year, the theme is the veteran experience, with two goals: 

  • increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served
  • spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating  our veterans into the fabric of civilian life

We're one of 43 libraries throughout California to be awarded the grant, and we're working with some partner agencies to plan programs and a essay contest with Veterans for Peace East Bay and the Unsung Heroes Oral History Project.

The title selected for the read is 

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We've All Been Wrong About Something

Hello Kitty's just another human child... who can be found at your local library.

Did you see the news? Turns out Hello Kitty is not a cat.

I know. I'm shocked too.

According to this LA Times article, Sanrio, the company that produces Hello Kitty, emphatically reports that Hello Kitty is a human child, and points out that she has a cat of her own

Surprising. However, if you're a parent of a kid who's obsessed with the red-bowed paragon of cuteness, you probably don't give a Bad Badtz-Maru what she is--you just want to silence the demand for Hello Kitty products that echoes through your home day and night. And you'd

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Fact vs truth in non fiction

Is "truthiness" acceptable in non fiction? An essayist and a fact-checker hash it out.

Lifespan of a fact book cover

Humorist Stephen Colbert coined the term "truthiness" in 2005, it means the quality of feeling that something is true even if it really isn't. The Lifespan of a Fact  is a conversation between the author of an essay, John D'Agata and the fact checker, Jim Fingal. The magazine that originally commissioned the work later refused to publish due to factual inaccuracies, but it became the basis for D'Agata's 2011 book "

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First Day of School = Your First Library Card

The start of the school year is a great time to bring in your five-year-old to get a first library card and start exploring all that the library offers.

If your child started kindergarten this week, bring him or her in to any Oakland Public Library branch to get a personal library card. Any child, 5 or older, who lives in CA, can get a first card for FREE! Getting a library card will allow your child to check out all of the materials the library offers as well as give your child access to all of the library’s electronic resources. We promise to make a big ceremony out of it too, sticker and all. 

Aside from all of the books, movies, music, and other materials you can take home from the library, your child’s library card opens up a world of electronic resources you can access from home.  Through our website, you can look at: lists of recommended books, electronic games for kids, our calendar of events, resources for homework help,  and Tumblebooks, e-books you can watch and/or read

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FIERCE SISTAHS!

Oakland Pride and the Bay Area Lesbian History Archives Project

This month the Main Library is hosting FIERCE SISTAHS! Bay Area Lesbians of Color 1975 - 1995, an exhibition of historical ephemera and photos curated by Lenn Keller, archivist, curator, photographer, filmmaker, and founder of the Bay Area Lesbian History Archives Project. The exhibit is in conjunction with and in celebration of Oakland Pride 2014. It will be on display through September 2nd.

Keller writes about her personal archive, "I had an instinct that it was important to save these things, but I did [it] not knowing how or when they would have significance in the future. I wish I had saved and documented more." 

Is it really important to save and preserve the paper ephemera* all around us? You bet it is! Library collections like the one we have in the Oakland History Room, academic and organizational archives, and personal archives like this

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And The Winners Are...

Every year about this time, children in Oakland wait in anticipation for the call. Will they be the winners of the Summer Reading Challenge Grand Prize? Here are the lucky two.

Paws to Read logoEvery child who reads during the summer wins!

This summer the Oakland Public Library awarded prizes to children for reading 20 days during the summer.  9873 children participated, and so far 5203 reported reading 20 days or more.  If you have not finished logging the days your child read June 14 - August 8, please stop by your library and we will help you.

In addition to picking out a book, getting a cool badge, and receiving coupons for Oakland attractions, children also received one chance in our raffle for the first 20 days they read (and an additional chance for each additional ten days).  There were many prizes available in the raffle, but we drew our city-wide grand prize raffle after the reading challenge ended on August 8th.

 This year's grand prize winners are:

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