Throughout the summer Oakland Public Library is hosting food related programs and events for adults as part of our Reading is So Delicious Summer Reading Program. In keeping with this theme, I've highlighted memoirs written by chefs and food writers. The chef memoirs explore the writer's relationship to food, their journey to the kitchen, and what food represents to them. Other writers, such as Michael Pollan, write about food awareness and the history of food. I hope you enjoy exploring some of these titles and have a few of your own to recommend.
The Oakland Public Library has some amazing exhibits on display right now.
Right now we have an abundance of amazing works on display throughout the library system. A lot of art, a little history, and some social justice - none of these are to be missed!
A list of children’s books that Oakland librarians are currently reading.
Children’s librarians tend to hold in our hearts a deep and abiding love of children’s literature. We read kid's books for work, but we read them for pleasure too! Check out the variety of books that Oakland Public Library’s Children’s Librarians are reading, and let us know which books you're excited about right now:
Amy Martin, Eastmont Branch
Summer lunch at the Oakland Public Library is available at eleven locations.
Now that summer schools are ending, we want to remind you that eleven OPL branches are offering free lunch for children and teens, in partnership with the Alameda County Community Foodbank and the City of Oakland's Department of Human Services. Lunch is served on weekdays (Tuesday-Friday at branches, Monday-Friday at Main) through August 9.
Participating branches include:
Check out our very own Tool Lending Library in the press.
Our amazing Tool Lending Library has gotten a little bit of well-deserved attention lately. The Washington Post published a great article about libraries across the country lending things other than books, and included Oakland Public Library.
From the article:
“We can’t be everything to everyone, but we can provide a lot of opportunities to people to try out new things,” Choate said.
That’s exactly what happened at the Oakland library following a 1991 firestorm that ravaged the Oakland Hills section of the San Francisco Bay area, destroying 3,000 homes and killing 25 people.
The library’s Temescal branch established a small
Geek out! The 44th annual Comic-Con International is underway in San Diego. The winners for the Will Eisner awards, considered the Oscars of the comics industry, will be announced today.
The 44th annual Comic-Con International is underway in San Diego. The winners for the Will Eisner awards, considered the Oscars of the comics industry, will be announced today. Nominees for titles published in 2012 are truly exceptional.
Titles with the most nominations are:
Building stories by Chris Ware with nominations for Best Graphic Album–New, Best Writer/artist, Best Coloring, Best Lettering, and Best Publication Design.
This work, made of many small books, posters and cards, and encased in a box the size of a large board game, tells the story of the residents
Events happening for children this afternoon at your Oakland Public Library!
Looking for something to do with your child this afternoon? How about:
Author/Illustrator Todd Parr at the Temescal Library, 12:30pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12:30-1:30)
Buki the Clown at the Eastmont Library, 1:30pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)
Decorate a Flower Pot & Plant Seeds at the Melrose Library 1pm! (free lunch for kids and teens served 12-1)
Recommended books for kids about Bigfoot, UFOs, and other mysterious phenomena at the Oakland Public Library.
Come explore real-life ghost stories and other paranormal mysteries at the library…if you dare! They’re shelved together at the very start of the non-fiction section – look for the 001s and 133s or ask a staff member to point the way.
The classic, The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford,has nothing to do with war, but everything to do with love, deception, manipulation, glamour, gentility and death. Prepare to be haunted by the four well-mannered Victorians in beautiful Europe, politely destroying each others' lives!
Author/Illustrator Todd Parr will visit many Oakland Public Library locations in July and August, during the Free Summer Lunch program.
All of his Oakland Public Library appearances will include a short read-aloud and tips on how to draw. Additionally, a free, healthy lunch will be served to youths ages 0–18, as part of the Free Summer Lunch Program held at many Oakland Library locations. Free Summer Lunch is provided by the Alameda County Food Bank in partnership with the City of Oakland.
Mr. Parr suggested the