Politics and Campaigning

New titles on the history of presidential campaigns and voting rights.

It's impossible to turn on the television or radio, log on to a computer or open a newspaper without hearing or reading about the presidential campaign. If you want to learn more about the history of presidential campaigns, the struggles for voting rights in the U.S., and even how comedians engage with political life, check out these new titles at OPL.

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Give us the Ballot    

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Remembering Harper Lee

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

Readers around the world were saddened Friday to learn about the death of author Harper Lee, beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Miss Lee died in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, at the age of 89.

The fame that came her way after Mockingbird’s publication in 1960 took her completely by surprise, as did the Pulitzer Prize that followed, and the iconic film that came along in 1962. Miss Lee was never comfortable with the attention that came her way. She valued her privacy, rarely granting interviews.  She became, as New

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My Undead Valentine

Is romance dead?

Spend this Valentine’s Day with some star-crossed lovers, bridging the divide between this world and the next. These six classic paranormal romances will give you chills and set your heart racing.

 

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February

Wondering what to read next? How about one of these great novels coming out in February.

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Celebrate Rad Women - Events, Displays and More

Dare to be radical this Women's History Month! Join us to celebrate women and transgender trailblazers and changemakers.

Poster advertising Rad Women EventsBefore the book Rad American Women A-Z debuted at #5 on the New York Times bestseller list for middle grade books, and before it sold out its first printing, Oakland Public Library was snapping up copies of this long-awaited treasure for feminists young and old.

Why? Of course, we love that it’s by two local authors — writer Kate Schatz and artist Miriam Klein Stahl, both teachers. We love the profiles of 26 diverse

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Black History Homework Re-Imagined!

Are you looking for a twist to writing your Black History Report?

Yesterday while talking to my friend who is a teacher she was bemoaning how bored she was with Black History and how she wished she could just "cancel the whole thing." 

To say I wasn't thrilled with her comments was an understatement.

But trying to give my soon to be ex-friend the benefit of the doubt, I asked her to clairify her statements. She continues by saying that although she enjoys celebrating Black History and loves the oratorical  competitions, she absolutely HATES reading 25 biographies about President Obama, 5 about Michele Obama and maybe 3 about a current Black celebrity or athlete. 

And just when I was about to shout 

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Maybe Eat a Vegetable?

Did you resolve to cram in more carrots? These titles might make it a little easier.

Any Vegans in the house? Even if you’re not, research points to the benefits of a plant-based diet. Get your healthy (and yummy) on with these titles.

 

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Introducing Cleo!

Is this the start of the best new middle grade series? We hope so.

Cleo Edison Oliver will be your boss someday. For now, she attends the fifth grade, endures her mom's health food experiments, and dreams up new businesses. She also wonders about her birth parents; Cleo is adopted, and has two adopted younger brothers. How should Cleo react when kids at school tease her for being adopted? And what makes her family her family? 

Cleo's world is warm and supportive, and readers will appreciate the strong depiction of a multiracial family: her father and brothers are African-American, her mother is White, and Cleo herself is Filipina and African-American. Readers who love the Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker will love Cleo, too, for her scrapes and flashes of inspiration.

CLEO EDISON OLIVER: PLAYGROUND MILLIONAIRE is by Sundee T. Frazier, and just launched this week, so keep an eye out for her! OPL has already ordered copies, and you can

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What's New in Nonfiction

New nonfiction titles on OPL shelves.

If you're looking for fresh nonfiction titles, check out OPL's new collection of essays, memoir, biography and general nonfiction. Just click on the book cover to learn more about each title and to place a hold.

Drawing Blood     Democracy in Black    

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#Winning: the 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards

A banner year! Check out this year's Newbery, Caldecott, and other medal winners.

Big news from the 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards! This year's Newbery Medal went to LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, a picture book by Matt de la Peña--notable because the Newbery is the award for outstanding writing, not illustration. There's only been one other picture book in the almost-100 years the award has existed that beat every novel released that year for the esteemed prize.

de la Peña, who's most known for his young adult novels, is also the

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