Super Bowl Sunday's Coming Up!

Super Bowl Sunday is this Sunday. Get ready with some selected reads and films about this major sporting event!

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up! It's this Sunday, February 2. The library has a number of titles to get you ready for the big day. Read about the social customs surrounding Sunday with this book, "Sunday : a history of the first day from Babylonia to the Super Bowl". Or if you're concerned about the future of football in America, you might enjoy "More than a game : the

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ALA Youth Media Awards Announced!

ALA Youth Media Awards have been announced; your Oakland Public Library staff participated in two of this year's award juries.

The new winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King and other awards were announced early Monday morning at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Philapdelphia.

The winner of the Newbery Award is Flora & Ulysses, a short, graphically illustrated chapter book by Kate DiCamillo, who is also the recently appointed National Ambassador of Young People's Literature. 

The Newbery Honor winners are

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January is National Hobby Month

Looking for a new hobby in the new year? Check out OPL's offerings.

Although I don't make new year's resolutions, like many people I usually spend the month of January planning and thinking about new hobbies or interests I'd like to pursue throughout the year.  With that in mind, I've highlighted some books covering a range of topics to help you follow your passion and develop a new hobby. 

So, if you've been thinking about starting a blog or making your own spirits or if you're curious about that strange looking bird in your back yard that wakes you up every morning or even if you've ever wondered how a magician makes a 10,000 pound elephant disappear, there's a book for you. 

     

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Nerd Nite East Bay - #15

January is a great month for a Nerd Nite.

Come and see us Monday night at the New Parkway where we will, once again, be a part of Nerd Nite East Bay.  This month we'll be learning about data, exoplanets and Affordable Care.  If you want a sneak peek of the Reading List, just check out our Pinterest Board!  Aliens and Nate Silver and Obama, oh my!

We do really hope to see you there!  Please come by and say hi.

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OpenOakland Tools for Oakland Residents

OpenOakland offers a variety of open access tools for accessing local government information. Check out the following tools for details!

OpenOakland, a civic innovation organization that is part of the Code for America Brigade program, brings together coders, designers, journalists, community members, and city staff to collaborate on solutions to improve how local government serves Oakland residents. They've developed the following tools: 

  • Oakland Answers- is a site developed by OpenOakland and 70 community members that is question-driven site that provides friendly, concise, easy-to-understand responses to your city-related questions, as though they're coming from your neighbor,
  • Adopt a Drain - a website developed by OpenOakland for the Oakland Public Works Agency that empowers

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Nursery Rhymes Rock

Check out nursery rhymes from around the world at the library. They are silly and their rhythm will help your child learn how to read.

Regardless of where and when you grew up, rhymes are a part of childhood.  In the United States, Mother Goose rhymes are the most common but all rhymes are great fun to read with your very young child.  Not only are they silly, but they have a definite beat. That rhythm is an important way to show your child how to hear individual sounds in words.  Hearing the sounds in rhymes will help your child hear the sounds in words when reading them.  You can increase the fun time together and the impact of the rhythm by bouncing or moving along with the rhymes. Where can you find them?  Why, the library, of course!  Oakland libraries have rhymes from all around the world; some locations even have separate nursery rhyme sections.  Come in and check them out!

Baker, Keith.                 Cabrera, Jane                    Orozco, Jose Luis
Big Fat Hen.               Old Mother Hubbard.        Diez

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Introducing Mirielle Guliano: Author of French Women Don't Get Facelifts

Discover the beauty "secrets" of French women from bestselling author Mireille Guiliano.

As a book reviewer for the library world’s trade publication Library Journal (LJ),  I review a lot of lifestyle and personal grooming titles.  In the past few years, there’s been a flurry of publications on the “beauty secrets” of French women.  If current popular thought is correct, the French surpass their American counterparts in physique, confidence, style and a certain  je na so quoi.  Style mavens demanded to know exactly what was behind the French feminine mystique. How do French women indulge in decadent desserts, buttery-rich cuisine, robust wines--- and stay slim?  Mireille Guiliano provided some insightful answers in her worldwide bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat.  Several

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Lunar New Year Celebrations

Get ready for New Year at Oakland Public Library.

We are celebrating Lunar New Year with space and laughter. 

Chabot's Travelling PlanetariumChabot Space & Science Museum brings their Star Lab, a portable planetarium to Oakland libraries. Come see the stars as they were seen by the Chinese and Greeks.

Rockridge Branch 
  Thursday, Jan 23 at 4 PM

Golden Gate Branch
 
Wednesday, Jan 29 at 3 PM

César Chávez Branch
 
Tuesday, Feb 4 at 5 PM

81st Avenue Branch
 
Saturday, Feb 8 at 1 PM

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A Valentine for Jim Dale

To my dearest, favorite narrator Jim Dale, Your voice is like buttered velvet, but not in a gross way. Will you please read the phone book to me?

The plan for this blog post was to reflect on the impressive audiobooks that have come out over the past year, as nominations for the 2014 Audie awards have just closed.  Then I realized that there's really only one voice actor that I hold dear (besides Neil Gaiman, of course, I can listen to him read source code), and that's Jim Dale, ahem, MBE

Dearest Jim Dale,

Your voice is like buttered velvet, but not in a gross way.  Actually, that's a terrible description, what I mean is that your voice is complex and sophisticated and terribly pleasing. Will you please read the phone book to me?  

For me, what makes a great book even better is superior narration, and I'm a big fan of Jim Dale.  With every word, I'm more convinced that our world is filled with magic and wonder.  He seems to almost 

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The 2014 Model Year EPA / DOE Fuel Economy Guide is here!

Get the latest fuel economy data from the EPA and DOE, for 2014 model year cars.

Every year, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publish an annual report featuring fuel economy data for new model year cars, SUVs, and light trucks. You can find printed copies of this guide at the Reference Desk. You can also check out the cooresponding fuel economy website, www.fueleconomy.gov. You can find fuel economy data for cars back to 1984, and you can even do side-by-side comparisons for different cars. The site also includes fuel-saving tips and gas price calculators. 

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