JUST READ PART DEUX: COMIC BOOKS!

I want you and your kids to read comic books. ALL THE COMIC BOOKS. In fact, we librarians at OPL want you to read comic books so badly we are giving them away.

On Saturday May 6th 2017 visit ANY OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY during open hours and get a free comic book. Eastmont and Brookfield branches are closed on Saturday so you can get yours tomorrow: Friday May 5th.

Someone might be asking: is this like giving away candy? They are fun to read but bad for you if you have too much of it? Nope! Actually comic books are more like giving away free homemade carrot cake muffins made with applesauce instead of oil; and you snuck some shredded zucchini in it. All the fun and flavor of a tasty treat, and it’s good for you too. So enjoy. 

What, you don’t believe me? Is it that you don’t believe that I have a really delicious recipe for a healthier carrot cake muffin, or that comic books are a good reading choice? Both are true.  To quote my favorite book referral resource, “but you don’t have to take my word for it.” Check out

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Building Community with Gifts from the Garden

Delicious garden recipes to share with friends.

As part of our New Year intentions, last January my partner and I made a commitment to foster community by hosting garden grown meals in our home throughout the year. Winter was a bit sparse, but we managed fresh squeezed juice from our fruit trees and some greens from the garden. Not enough to host a meal, but as with all good intentions, we're still working on it!  

I've been looking through OPL's collection of gardening and cookbooks to help with recipes and gardening tips. I've listed a few of my favorites to share with you. You don't need to have a garden to enjoy these recipes. You can use ingredients purchased from farmer's markets or the supermarket. Whether you're cooking for yourself, your family, your friends or your community, you're sure to find many delicious recipes between these pages.

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The Name is Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch has a new book: The Book of Joan. Get in line.

Lidia Yuknavitch.  That’s her name. 

I was racking my brain yesterday to recall the author of an emotionally intense memoir to recommend to someone, and tried every variation from Yanowitz to Yonavich. I tried to do a search on “amazing women authors from Oregon with Ken Kesey as writing teacher” but Google failed me.  I finally had to look in my list of books read since 2011. (Yes, I keep a list- I’m a librarian.) The title is The Chronology of Water: A memoir.  It was captivating, unforgettable, as was my impression of the author.

 

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This Month, Read a Prizewinner

The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced.

The Oakland Public Library congratulates the staff of the East Bay Times for the Pulitzer Prize they won this week in the Breaking News category for their "relentless coverage of the 'Ghost Ship' fire, which killed 36 people at a warehouse party, and for reporting after the tragedy that exposed the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it." 

Did you know that 2017 is the centennial year for the Pulitzer Prizes and the 101st awarding of prizes? In 1917 just four awards were given, for reporting, editorial writing, history, and biography/autobiography. Over the decades the Pulitzer's categories have expanded to include fiction, drama, poetry, editorial cartooning and feature photography, among other categories. You can see the complete list, past and present, here

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2017

There are so many great books arriving this month! Here are ten of the best.

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Just Read!

To encourage our children to become avid readers, we must first eliminate our own biases to their reading choices. In other words: let'em read what they want!

It is my rare evening alone without my children.  I decide to go to the local Mermaid Cafe for my favorite pseudo-Italian caffeinated beverage and read a new book by my favorite author; one that I have been anticipating for months. 

While enjoying this book and sipping my caffeine a random person approaches me to criticize my reading selection and ask if I have read the latest Michael Eric Dyson book. When I state I have no interest in reading Mr. Dyson's book, this person tells me I should put my "drivel" away and “

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A historic day: The first community puzzle at Main is finished!

Did you know that you can work on a jigsaw puzzle at the library? We just finished our first one!

Main's first community puzzle was completed just seconds ago today, thanks to the diligent efforts of our patrons. We will start a new puzzle tomorrow, but you can come see this completed 1000 piece puzzle of a library...at the library...through next Monday. We hope to eventually challenge the Rockridge Branch puzzlers for completion times. If you have any puzzles to donate, please let us know!

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New Books by Local Authors

New books and local authors at OPL.

There's no shortage of creative talent in the Bay Area. Exciting new books by local authors are hitting the shelves and Oakland Public Library has copies for you to check out. Here are some new titles that I'm looking forward to reading and hope you will, too. All of these authors are making appearances at OPL branches so make sure to stop by and meet the people behind the books, ask questions, and learn more about the creative process.

Road Trips, a memoir by Tamim Ansary, recounts stories from his years as part of the American ‘60s and ‘70s counterculture, after he arrived from Afghanistan where he was born

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Our History is Our Strength

Women's History Month is a good month to read about women who made history.

In observance of Women’s History Month we bring you a short list of books on women who made important contributions to the fight for suffrage, in civil and human rights, and in science and mathematics. Read on.

Women achieved the right to vote in the United States in 1920 after a struggle almost as old as the nation itself. For a good overview of that movement, read With courage and cloth : winning the fight for a woman's right to vote by Ann Bausum. To learn more about the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, birthplace of the American Woman Suffrage movement, read Seneca falls and the origins of the women's rights movement by Sally G. McMillen.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in March 2017

Looking for your next great read? Here are ten possibilities coming during the month of March.

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