Bike Month at Oakland Libraries

Bike to books! Celebrate bike month with fun programs and more.

We're pretty crazy about bikes here at the Oakland library!

We celebrate bikes all year with things like the Women Bike Book club, lending bike tools from the tool library, working with the Scraper Bike team at the Shed, and providing pumps and locks at all locations. 

But we really get pedaling in May for bike month. Look at all the great things we have planned!

From Sea to Sea with Zeke Gerwein

Last summer, local teen Zeke biked from Delaware back to the Bay Area in an effort to meet fellow Americans and understand our political climate. Enjoy photos and tales from

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Women Bike Book Club: Podcast Edition

Bike month is just around the corner! Get ready with some good podcasts.

The Women Bike Book Club (co-presented by Bike East Bay) meets at 6 pm on the first Thursday of the month over at the Golden Gate Branch Library. We gather to discuss biking, feminism, and the intersection of the two.

We’ve previously posted a couple lists of our favorites - all of the books we read in our first year, and some books for kids who bike.

We’ve got another list for you - podcasts! Here are a few of the ones we’ve been interested in:

Joyride 

Taped in Chicago, Joyride features all kinds of

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Frankenstein at 200: the Creature Lives

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is 200 years old.

You think you know Frankenstein? The green-hued creature of the 1931 movie? Peter Boyle singing and dancing in Young Frankenstein? Think again, and take a dive into the novel that started it all.

First fun fact: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin was 18 years old when she came up with the story. While staying in Geneva in 1816 with her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley and their friend Lord Byron, Byron challenged the party to come up with the best ghost story. Mary Shelley was the only one to complete hers. She turned her story into a novel and published it anonymously in March, 1818, as Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus. It wasn’t until the 1822 second edition of the book that Mary Shelley was credited as its author.

Shelley was the daughter of the philosopher William Godwin and the feminist and philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. Her mother died of infection shortly after Mary’s birth. At fifteen she met Percy Shelley, a married man, and ran

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AAMLO's Collections Now on Historypin

Historypin is a place for people to share photos and stories, telling the histories of their local communities.

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland is now on Historypin! Check out hundreds of historical photographs from AAMLO's collections mapped and superimposed on Google street view. The photograph below shows Stephens Restaurant, an African American-owned restaurant established by William Stephens in 1924 at 112 14 St. and eventually moved to 200 E. 14th St. (now International Boulevard). The second photograph shows the same building in a 2018 Google street view image and its current tenant New King Restaurant.  

Stephens Restaurant 1930

Stephens Restaurant 2018

The Historypin app allows researchers and history buffs to locate historical photographs

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2018

Get in line for some of April's best fiction offerings.

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"Nevertheless She Persisted" Women's History Month 2018

Celebrating Phenomenal Women During Women's History Month

By Marco Frazier - Library Assistant

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

 

“Nevertheless She Persisted” is the national theme for Women’s History Month 2018. The theme honors women who have fought against discrimination throughout history. African Americans women have carried the scarlet letter of discrimination for being both women and African American. The Archives Department at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland has many collections and interviews that highlight the trials, tribulations and triumphs that resulted from women fighting for equal rights.

                                  

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If it’s not a data breach…

Learn more about Facebook and privacy in this latest post by our Digital Safety Team.

OPL Digital Safety Team 

If you’ve been reading the news in the past couple of weeks, chances are that you’ve heard of the Cambridge Analytica Files scandal and information in 50+ million Facebook profiles that were used to influence political elections. We’ve written about data breaches and how to recover from identity theft when Equifax was hacked back in September 2017, but this was not a data breach. If it’s not a data breach or “leak,” then what is it?

Turns out, the scandal isn't because Facebook did anything illegal but because it was legally able to sell or share your information to third parties (businesses

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Poetry Month at Oakland Libraries

And it was at that age ... Poetry arrived in search of me -Pablo Neruda

Join us at libraries all over Oakland as we celebrate "language at its most distilled and most powerful" (Rita Dove), "eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone" (Lawrence Ferlinghetti) and "making the private world public" (Allen Ginsberg).

April is ... poetry month. 

Events for Adults

Blackout Poetry
Repurpose the pages of old books & magazines into poetic works of art! Intended for adults but welcomes teens and kids ages 8+. Supplies provided.
▸Golden Gate Branch, April 3, 6pm

Bi-Ku: Bike Haiku and More with the Women Bike Book Club
Read and discuss bike related poetry. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in discussing bikes and feminism in a WTF friendly (but not exclusive) space.
▸Golden Gate Branch, April 5, 6 pm

Temescal Poet July Westhale

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New Nonfiction

Spring nonfiction releases.

New spring nonfiction titles are arriving at OPL. Here are some that will soon be landing on the shelves and can be placed on hold. 

Look Alive Out There     What Truth Sounds Like     The Gift of Our Wounds     


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Elizabeth Scott Flood: Early Oakland Educator

In honor of Women's History Month, we introduce Elizabeth Scott Flood who championed education for Oakland's children of color in the 19th century.

One of Oakland's earliest educators was a woman born in the East but who dramatically changed the racial composition of California schools. Elizabeth Thorne Scott Flood was born free in 1828 in the state of New York. She was educated in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a town known for its political activism. She married Joseph Scott and together they emigrated to California during the Gold Rush and settled in Placerville. Her husband, who worked as a gold miner, died shortly after their arrival, leaving Elizabeth to raise their young son Oliver alone. In the early 1850s she and Oliver moved to Sacramento which had a sizable African American population. When Oliver was barred from attending the local public school, Elizabeth responded by establishing a private school in her home to educate her son and other African American children. This school opened on May 29, 1854. Elizabeth was paid $50 a month by the parents of her pupils. Before long, she was also welcoming Native American and Asian American children into her school.

The following year the

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