The Oakland Public Library (OPL) will be hosting Yuyi Morales at the César Chávez Branch on Tuesday, May 27th, at 6:00pm.
Novelist Select is transforming our online catalog into a place for book discovery beyond the library walls. Find personalized recommendations, reviews and more right in the catalog.
You may have noticed that our online catalog is looking snazzier these days. We have enhanced it with Novelist Select, offering over 5 million reading suggestions to help you find your next book.
The Readers' Advisory database known as Novelist Plus is not new to us, as we have offered it for several years. OPL patrons have often been delighted to find a NoveList match made in reading heaven for their interests. Here you will find "read-alikes" for favorite titles, authors, and series, or browse by topic or genre for lists of recommended titles. Access to NoveList Plus is also
DVDs are all now requestable! Browse our catalog, place a hold on your favorite titles and have them delivered to your home branch.
You've been asking us about this for years and finally, DVDs are now requestable - that means you can place a hold on any movie or TV series DVD, just like with a book! You can call any branch to place a hold, or do this on your own on our online catalog; your requested items will be delivered to the branch you choose. So if you see the "Request it" banner next to your item, that means you can place a hold. You can have up to 10 holds total - this includes both books and DVDs. If someone has it checked out and you place a request, you'll get the item when it's returned. Once you hear from us that your requested item is available, you have one week to pick them up or they'll be returned for others to check out.
Also, please note that DVDs are now renwable - so if you can't finish watching those ten DVDs, you can renew for one additional week.
Enjoy this new service and our wide range of DVDs - we have
Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Today; Can you find me a story to make my kid stop biting her preschool friends?
Q: Is there a Berenstain Bears book about not biting people? My daughter has been biting other kids at preschool. Her teachers say it’s getting worse! Is there a book I could read to her showing how wrong this is?
A: Yes! Your question is a profound one. Children’s authors, publishers, teachers, parents, therapists, and children themselves have been seeing books as bibliotherapy for generations. As a result, there are a variety of books both silly and profound that could help in this si
Look at these beautiful photos. We need diverse books, and you can help!
We need diverse books. This isn't news, except lately it seems to have become news, with articles all over the place, including the New York Times. Our very own Nina Lindsay even went on Forum to discuss the topic and then continued the discussion in a blog post.
Some amazing people decided to turn this need into a national campaign to build some awareness, and from that came #WeNeedDiverseBooks. We knew we needed to take part. Check out our
OPL's Bike to Action Month activities include plenty for the whole family
On Saturday I bicycled with a bunch of Oaklanders from the Chavez Library to the 81st Avenue Library to hear Elly Blue talk about Everyday Bicycling. It was great to have kids join us for the ride, and meet us along the way. During Bike Month, OPL supports and promotes family bicycling. If you haven't checked out our full listing of events for the month, don't wait. Some family-friendly events on the horizon include:
The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, Notes from the Lakeview Book Club
We started with a few interesting facts about Thomas Hardy, who like the "Native" in his novel, loved his "heath" wilderness and rual community more than any other place he could choose to live. Hardy has said that he never wanted to grow up. He wanted to stay in the world he lived in when he was 6 years old. Many can relate to that from time to time.
A list of recommended word play books available at the Oakland Public Library.
Kids love to play, and librarians love to see kids playing with words! Visit your local library to find these books full of palindromes, puns, spoonerisms, homophones, and much more. And let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorites!
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrations at Oakland Public Library
Sean's Shadows brings shadow puppet stories from all over the world. This month we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month with two stories from China: Fool me Once and Bloom Tree. After each performance he shows and demonstrates musical instruments he used during the show.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Tuesday, May 20 at 4:00 PM
Dimond Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 PM
West Oakland Wednesday May 21 at 10:30 AM
More found objects - some art, some notes, and an amazing rejection letter.
Here are some more items found in library books (or in the library)! We've got some good ones today!
But first- I've gone a bit "Found Item" crazy lately and have made some buttons and magnets created out of the items we've found and posted here! So, look for me when the library is out and about (Nerd Nites, for example). I'll bring these along and you can have one for your very own with a teeny small donation to our amazing wonderful supportive Friends of the Oakland Public Library.
For now, let's check out some items...
Dear Nathan. This is probably my favorite find ever. Sorry, Nathan.