All library locations will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th, for Thanksgiving.
Cozy up to a mystery this winter.
The Oakland Public Library offers two large African American reference collections to its users.
The Oakland Public Library has a very large and diverse collection of African American reference materials. While many of these works are scattered throughout our Oakland Public Library system, there are two specialized collections in the system: the African American Reference Collection at the Main Library and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO).
The African American Reference Collection at the Main Library has been a core part of the library’s reference works for many years. Located in the Adult Reference Department, it includes encyclopedia on historic figures, important eras, social movements, and the arts; biographical dictionaries; historical atlases; pictorial works; directories; first editions of seminal African American works; literary criticism; and statistical reports. This
Stop by the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) to see the results of this collaborative community art project.
It's not too late to see the Namesake Exhibition at MOCHA this year! Throughout October, National Family History Month, The Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) conducted art workshops at five Oakland Public Library branches and two senior centers on themes of family, culture, identity, and heritage. The result of the month-long venture is an intergenerational quilt of 250 10"x10" canvases that reflect the diversity, creativity, and imagination of Oakland residents.
Check out these nominated artists’ albums and many others, available at the library or stream/download instantly on hoopla!
Here’s just a small sampling of albums from this years Grammy nominees. Simply click "At the library" link for library holdings or click on the "hoopla" link to stream/download online.
Need some simple, fun distractions for your child this winter break? Try our Winter Bingo, then come by for a free book.
It is once again time for Winter Bingo! Your child can earn a free book just for completing fun activities over winter break. There are two Bingo cards available: one for children in grades K-5, and one for pre-readers and their caregivers. On the K-5 card are activities that include “Splash in a puddle,” “Tell a story” and my favorite: “Tell a librarian what to read.” The pre-reader card includes a variety of early literacy activities like “Build with blocks” or “Cuddle while you read.” Just do five activities in a row and you have B-I-N-G-O. Winter Bingo starts December 17, 2016 and ends January 14, 2017. Pick your cards up at any Oakland Public Library or just print your own right now!
"A party without cake is just a meeting." -- Julia Child
December is here and the winter holidays are at our heels. The Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa all call for desserts. I don't know about you, but I'm in the mood to bake.
Though the internet is a fine place to start, the volume of material to sort through can be, well, overwhelming. When you've got a spare minute or two, Google "cookies" and work your way through 2 1/2 billion entries. Me? I love a good cookbook, and the library is just full of cookbooks to get you baking. Read on for a few suggestions and some jacket photos from our wide selection. If you're browsing the shelves go to 641.815 for most baking books. Our ebook platforms also boast an ample supply of baking and dessert cookbooks.
Two terrific go-to bakers with cookbooks in collection are Dorie Greenspan and David Lebovitz. Greenspan has a new title out this fall, Dorie's Cookies,
Join Us Every 2nd Thursday for a New Book Club: Women Bike
In partnership with Bike East Bay, we are co-hosting the Women Bike Book Club! Bike East Bay's Women Bike program enters its second year of bringing women, femme, trans, and gender nonconforming folks together in social settings to share experiences and resources with each other.
All are invited to discuss biking, feminism, and the intersection of the two. Join us on the second Thursday of each month at 6:00pm. We'll focus on a different book or film each month, with a few guest speakers and activities along the way.
We are wrapping up 2017 with a potluck! Bring a dish or snack to share to our meeting on December 14. We'll reflect on the past year and remember our favorite bike happenings of 2017. Share your favorite bike story from this year - most epic ride, that time you got a new bike,
Books that shed light on race and class dynamics in the U.S.
In the past, and especially during this election cycle, I've been committed to reading books that help me better understand race and class dynamics in this country. One of the books on my reading list is The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward. Ward uses James Baldwin's 1963 book The Fire Next Time as a starting point to discuss current questions of race in the U.S. Contributors such Carol Anderson, Edwidge Danticat and Isabel Wilkerson speak to their concerns about race through essays and poems.
Some kids in my branch asked me to tell you this grown-ups. Please listen.
The children in my branch have asked me to tell you this: They don't want to be required to be hugged, kissed, pinched, or petted by family this holiday season.
This is an important worry for some kids during the holiday season. Relatives from all over the world meet up and everyone loves the children, but the children are not comfortable (yet) around the extended family members.
Here are some examples I was given (family members names changed of course):
- Your kid doesn't want to hug Aunt Myrtle.
- They hate it when Grandpa Joe pinches their cheeks or rubs their hair.
- They don't want to want give Grandma Martha any "suga".
- And your kid don't care if cousin Pam hasn't seen