I love this film. Central Station (click title to go to OPL's catalog) is a 1998 Brazilian–French drama film set in Brazil. It tells the story of a young boy's friendship with a jaded middle-aged woman. But it’s about so much more. The film features Fernanda Montenegro and Vinícius de Oliveira in the lead roles. Montenegro was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. She plays “Dora,” a cynical, joyless woman who crosses paths with an abandoned young boy, Oliveira’s “Josue.” Gorgeously filmed and featuring two outstanding performances by both lead actors, Central Station observes this “odd couple” as they develop an
Why you should watch the film, Central Station, on DVD from OPL this weekend.
Genealogical resources at Oakland Main Library
In the latest issue of The Live Oak, the East Bay Genealogical Society's newsletter, Kimberly Powell clears up a some key questions genealogists present to library staff. In the article, "Understanding Cousin Relationships," she explains that second cousins have the same great grandparents as you, but not the same grandparents. With a third cousin, you'd share the same great, great grandparents. A "cousin once removed" means that the cousin is one generation older or younger than you, for example, your mother's first cousin would be your "first cousin, once removed."
Learning about family relationships and about one's own family history used to be a daunting task. But with the ready availability of genealogy databases, video apps like Skype, TV programs like PBS' Finding Your Roots, and easy-to-use DNA kits, genealogy research has become more popular than ever. The Oakland
Your library's new winter reading incentive is easy and fun.
There's no excuse to be bored over the winter holiday break: stop by your library and pick up a Winter Bingo card for your child.
Complete five activities in a row, and bring the card back to the library anytime between December 18 and January 31 to receive a free book. There is a card for children in grades K-5, and one for you to do with your younger children.
Children can “Listen to a story” or “Read about your favorite thing,” “Make someone laugh,” or “Bring a friend to the library,” “Dance” or “Play outside.” Activities for you to do with your baby or preschooler include “Use a recipe to make a snack,” and “Ask your child to turn the page.” There is plenty to choose from, so everyone can be a winner.
Nanowrimo may be ending, but these books will help you to develop your novel throughout the year.
National Novel Writing Month may be coming to an end, but work on your novel is only just beginning. These books will help you develop your craft and provide ideas and support for your existing and future projects.
All summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.
Buy a book at your local independent bookstore to donate to an Oakland child in need of a holiday gift. While you're at it, use our shopping list for the children in your life too!
The library is partnering with the Oakland Mayor's Toy Drive to ensure that a new book is included in every gift bag. You can help by shopping at your participating local independent bookstore. The following stores will be selling books for the Oakland Mayor's Toy Drive. Stop by, buy a book or more and leave it with the store for donation to the Toy Drive!
Laurel Book Store 1423 Broadway
Pegasus Books Oakland, 5560 College Ave
Marcus Bookstore, 3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave
ZINIO. JUST. GOT. BETTER.
“Do you carry the New Yorker digitally?" "When are you going to get Wired online?” FINALLY, we can respond “YES!”, “and “NOW”! With Zinio, our popular e-magazine platform highlighted in a blog post last June by Magazine & Newspaper Librarian Kirsten Baldock, Oakland Library cardholders can download and keep digital editions of the current issues of popular magazine titles, now including Condé Nast magazines! Since OPL began subscribing to Zinio over a year ago, patrons have been asking for many of these formerly-not-available-to-libraries titles. Condé Nast and Zinio struck a deal this fall, and our patrons now have access to (drum roll):
Children’s Librarians talk with parents, caregivers, and children all day, every day. The kindergarten teacher tells my child to read on her own at home, but the "Readers" she's capable of reading bore her. How can I keep her interested and still do what the teacher says?
A: Maybe! First let’s take a look at that section, to make sure you’ve seen the ones that young readers enjoy the most. Children’s Librarian Miriam Medow posted a great list online about a year ago, and we can get the
Going Clear by Lawrence Wright tells you more than you'd ever thought you'd learn about the pseudo-science beliefs of Scientology and the enforcement of its secrets by its creepy hierarchy. Stranger than Science Fiction!
Help inspire OPL to improve our services with design thinking!
We are one of four libraries that have been selected to apply the Design Thinking methodology for improving services. We need your help – we’d love to ask you about your experiences. Inspire us! All interviews will take place Tuesday, November 18th from 1-2pm over lunch and the compensation will be $100.
Is this you?
- You are a new resident in Oakland within the last 3 months
- You are a new home owner in Oakland (having moved from a different state)
- You are new to Oakland without family or friends in the area
If you are interested, please describe which of the above scenarios may apply to you and why. In addition, tell us a bit more about yourself and answer the questions below. Email your responses to
A list of recommended science experiment books available at the Oakland Public Library.
During this season of colder weather and shorter days, you can find plenty of inspiration for activities to do with kids in the science section of the library. These are just a handful of our favorite books that help curious kids explore the world around them through scientific experimentation. Check them out!: