The Roving Eye: Scenes from Summer

Summer scenes captured at our libraries. It looks like Oakland had a great summer!

Yuyi MoralesYuyi 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

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Upcoming Branch Schedule Change!

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

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Let Books & Authors find that next great read for you

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.

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Great Graphic Novels for Kids

A list of recommended graphic novels and comic books for kids that are available at the Oakland Public Library.

From superheroes to manga to comic strips and beyond, we have all sorts of excellent graphic novels and comic books for kids in the library. Ask library staff to help you find the 741.5s! Here, young readers will find interesting characters, awesome art, and fascinating stories full of humor, action, adventure, history, mystery, and emotion. Graphic novels are incredibly popular, especially among kids who like stories but aren't ready for long chapter books and students who are visual learners.
Here are some of our favorite / most popular graphic novels for kids. Let us know in the comments which of your favorites we may have missed!:

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Free eBooks from the library and other sources.

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

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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan.....The Lakeview Book Club Update

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 the New Testament was

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August

Place your holds now for these great novels arriving soon!

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Join us for NNO at the Main Library.

Join us for National / Neighbors Night Out at Main this Tuesday, August 5, from 5:30 PM to 8 PM. Fun activities for families!

For the first time ever, the Main Library will host festivities for National Night Out (NNO), a nation-wide celebration on Tuesday, August 5, to encourage communites to connect over various activities. National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, started in 1984. We're calling it Neighbors Night Out to encourage you to come meet your neighbors and librarians at Main. We will have the following family friendly activities: sidewalk chalk art, button making, rubber-band bracelet making, book swap, photo booth with fun props, and a bike tube craft.  We'll also have a film screening. For the book swap, please bring a almost-new book to trade for another. Because the library itself closes at 5:30 PM, please enter the auditorium on the Madison St. side of the building. 

You can look up other NNO events in Oakland here: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/nno. Hope to see you Tuesday night at Main!

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More Summer Reading Book Reviews by...YOU!

What have you been reading this summer?

We posted the first set of your submitted book reviews right here, and now it's time for some more.  Thanks to everyone who has participated so far, and don't forget to submit your review before Summer Reading ends!

So, what have y'all been reading?

  

 

Karen:

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Summer Reading Challenge Celebration - Come to OMCA to Party!

With performances by Germar the Magician, appearances by the animals of Little Explorers Petting Zoo, and the caricature art of Rad Sanza, you cannot afford to miss this annual summer event.

Paws to Read! LogoIt’s fun for the entire family as the Oakland Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Challenge finishes up with its 10th annual Summer Reading celebration at the Oakland Museum of California on Sunday, August 3, from 12 to 4 p.m. The party will take place in the Museum Gardens, 1000 Oak Street, just two blocks from the Main Library.

The celebration links two fantastic summer events – the library’s Summer Reading Challenge and the Oakland Museum of California’s Free First Sundays – for a wonder-filled day of culture, entertainment, learning, and fun. Admission is free!

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