10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2017

Happy new year! We're starting off 2017 with 10 great books arriving this month.

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No More Lost Books, My New Years Re(solution)!

Your child will never lose a library book again! Okay that statement is a bit premature, so read further and decide if this solution will work for you.

 

                                        

I’ll admit it, I am sick of my kids losing library books! Every week between 10-30 library books and movies enter my house, and it seems like every month or so one book or movie gets lost in the “black hole” never to be seen again.

So this year, I have a solution; not a resolution, but a solution. We are borrowing more electronic library books this year. I found a great deal on tablets for my children and got each of them one as a holiday gift.  The very first thing I did before giving them the tablets was download the following library apps, and enter their library card numbers so that they could enjoy the free online resources we offer. You have read my

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Oakland Public Library Staff’s Favorite Books of 2016

OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2016.

As it draws to a close, some have declared 2016 the worst year ever. Whether or not we all agree with that sentiment, we can look back fondly on at least one thing: the books! Here are some of our favorite books from the past twelve months.

Please share your favorite books of 2016 in the comments.

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Cozy up to at mystery

Cozy up to a mystery this winter.

If you're in the winter doldrums, or if you've got the post-election, just spent too much money, too stuffed with pumpkin pie to move-blues, why not put up your feet and try a cozy British mystery? I've just started two series (a decade too late, as is my m.o.), Agatha Raisin and Her Royal Spyness mysteries. 
book cover with sassy blonde middle-aged womanMrs. Raisin, having

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African American Reference Works at OPL

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 extensive collection is

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Namesake Exhibition at MOCHA

Stop by the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) to see the results of this collaborative community art project.

Oakland Boy showing his self potraitIt'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. 

As part of this NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Big Read grant, MOCHA distributed 125 copies of 

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The 59th Annual Grammy Nominations Are In!

Check out these nominated artists’ albums and many others, available at the library or stream/download instantly on hoopla!

What is hoopla, how does it work?  

Search for your favorite music CDs at the library

Search for your favorite albums on hoopla

The complete list of 59th Grammy nominees

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.

                     

Adele / 25

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It is time for Winter Bingo!

Need some simple, fun distractions for your child this winter break? Try our Winter Bingo, then come by for a free book.

Winter Bingo cardsIt 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!

Parents and Pre-Readers, English

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Time to Get Baking

"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,

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Women & Bikes & Books

Join Us Every 2nd Tuesday for a New Book Club: Women Bike

We’re very excited about our newest book club here at the Oakland Public Library!

In partnership with Bike East Bay, we are co-hosting the Women Bike Book Club in 2017! Bike East Bay's Women Bike program enters its second year of bringing women 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.

March is Women's History Month! Much has been written about the role of the bicycle in women's liberation. Let's celebrate by reading the memoir from activist, suffragist, and bike rider, Frances

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