Practically Perfect in Every Way

Is it time to visit (or revisit) the Mary Poppins series of books? I think yes.

Mary Poppins book jacket

I'm finding myself reading books that I somehow missed in my childhood and am now about halfway through the Mary Poppins series. This set was started in the 1950's by P.L. Travers. It focusses on Jane and Michael Banks, two children living in London, their family and neighbors, and their new nanny, Mary Poppins. After a series of unsuitable (or fed up) nannies, Mary Poppins materializes from the sky to put the Banks household right. She takes the children on exciting adventures on regales them of fanciful stories that might just be true.

Here are some things that I love about Mary Poppins:

  • One of the Subject Headings is "Magic in the Real

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Celebrate Pride with OPL!

Oakland is proud! Celebrate Pride with us this #OPLsummer.

We're excited to bring you fun events this summer to celebrate Pride! 

Check this page for event updates and new events!

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Ace Monster Toys: Rainbow PlushiesImage of handmade rainbow plushies

Sew your own Rainbow Plushie Creature using sewing machines and laser cut forms. Ages 12 and up. Suitable for sewing beginners of all ages. For safety's sake, kids should be accompanied by an adult for this program.

Saturday, June 15 - 12pm-2pm @ Golden Gate Branch



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Don't Throw It Out!

Learn how to mend clothing items by hand using creative embroidery stitches.

Can you guess one of the largest pollutants in the environment?  Clothing!  That's right, clothing and textile industries are the second largest polluters in the world. The vast majority of fabric and textiles can be recycled. The Mending Collective - Leeza Doreian, Liz Harvey, Danielle Wright--will show you how to mend your items by hand using embroidery stitches. Don't get rid of your old, ripped jeans. Even those socks with holes can have a second life with some cool stitches. And you don't have to be a sewing maven!  No sewing machines are used during these community mending circles. Both new and experienced menders will learn how to use simple embroidery stitches in eye-catching but practical ways. Participants will also enjoy stories of ancestors' sewing practices. The Mending Collective invites YOU to share the history of your item to be mended.



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AAMLO Seed Lending Library Expansion

Veda Silva, Museum Project Coordinator, introduces you to the new and improved Seed Lending Library at AAMLO

Recently the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) rededicated the space allowed for its new and improved seed library. This idea of seed sharing and back to the earth ideas evoke images of 60s flower children and forest communes. For those of us older than fifty who among us cannot remember a visit to grandma’s and the unbelievably delicious foods she cooked with vegetables and fruits from her prized garden. Oh my!

Today, nostalgia has been replaced by practicality when it comes to access to fresh fruits and vegetables, especially people who live in inner city neighborhoods that often do not have grocery stores that stock healthy foods. Add to that the spectre of untested genetically modified vegetables that are at this moment in the produce section of your favorite market.

Many of us are unaware that multinational corporations have tried to copyright or otherwise gain legal ownership of

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New Short Story Collections

Exciting new short story collections available at OPL.

Sometimes I find I don't have the attention to read a novel or am craving the satisfaction of reading a complete piece in a single sitting. These are the times when I turn to short story collections. May is Short Story Month so I thought I'd highlight some of the exciting short story collections realeased so far in 2019. 

All descriptions are providing by the publishers.

Elsewhere Home     Dawn     Sabrina and Corina   

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Are you ready for #OPLSummer?

Explore, Connect and Grow this summer by participating in Summer Reading, June 1 - August 3. Registration starts May 24

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Mount Diablo Beekeepers Association Summer 2019

Learn about bees, hives and get a taste of sweet honey.

MDBA is an organization dedicated to promoting beekeeping and educating the public about the vital role of honey and bees in the environment. Learn about bees, hives and get a taste of sweet honey.

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019, 3:00 PM at Piedmont Avenue Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 4:00PM Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 1:30 PM  81st Avenue Branch Library

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Xtreme Science Magic Summer 2019

Take two parts science, add one part magic, throw in a large dose of audience participation and you've got an educational and entertaining show. Don't miss it!

Be prepared to be blown away with the laser lighting, special FX, music...far beyond anything you've even seen in a magic show. 

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 at  10:30am  Golden Gate Branch Library
  • Monday, June 3, 201 at  1:00 pm  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at  11:00 am  King Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm   Rockridge Branch Library
  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 10:30 am  Asian Branch Library
  • Monday, June 10, 2019 at  10:30 am  Main Library Children's Room
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm  Dimond Branch Library
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm  81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm  Melrose Branch Library


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Children's Books about Ramadan and those featuring Muslims

It's Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar and the most joyous of times for Muslims around the world. Check out books about Ramadan and Muslims in this post.

Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, began this week, making it a good time to highlight recently published books about Ramadan and those that feature Muslims.

My wonderful colleague, Erica, wrote a great post in 2015 about books that feature Muslim characters.

In the few years since her post was published, the representation of Muslims in children’s books has increased.

Here is a list of some of those books.


Books about Ramadan:

Ramadan: the Holy Month of Fasting

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