New Short Stories

May is Short Stories Month and OPL has stories for you!

May is Short Stories Month so why not dive into some newly released short fiction.  The following is just a sampling of the short story collections released in 2014 available at OPL.  All summaries are from the publisher's descriptions.

The Frangipani Hotel     Thunderstruck and Other Stories    

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Parenting a Baby Part 2: Parenting Collections @ OPL

Oakland's libraries have parenting materials that will answer questions you may have about raising a baby.

Is your baby having trouble sleeping through the night?  Is breastfeeding not going well?  How and when do you introduce food to babies?  What are the appropriate developmental stages babies go through and when should babies go through them?  Can babies learn sign language?  And, of course, a topic close to my heart, how do you read to a baby?

Raising a baby is hard work and we are here to help.  Last month I highlighted  some of the programs we offer babies and their families.  This month, we look at some of the materials we offer.  All of Oakland's libraries have parenting books, magazines and DVDs that can help you figure out how to best care for a baby and answer any questions you might have.  In fact, we have parenting materials for all ages of children and all kinds of families.   Just go to our home page at

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Yuyi Morales is Coming to Oakland

Psst! Have you heard? Yuyi's coming to Oakland!

Yuyi MoralesThe Oakland Public Library (OPL) will be hosting Yuyi Morales at the César Chávez Branch on Tuesday, May 27th, at 6:00pm.

Yuyi Morales is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books include Niño Wrestles the World, Just in Case, Little Night/Nochecita, and

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Discover your next favorite book with NoveList

Novelist Select is transforming our online catalog into a place for book discovery beyond the library walls. Find personalized recommendations, reviews and more right in the catalog.

You may have noticed that our online catalog is looking snazzier these days. We have enhanced it with Novelist Select, offering over 5 million reading suggestions to help you find your next book.

The Readers' Advisory database known as Novelist Plus is not new to us, as we have offered it for several years. OPL patrons have often been delighted to find a NoveList match made in reading heaven for their interests. Here you will find "read-alikes" for favorite titles, authors, and series, or browse by topic or genre for lists of recommended titles. Access to NoveList Plus is also available through a

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DVDs are now requestable!

DVDs are all now requestable! Browse our catalog, place a hold on your favorite titles and have them delivered to your home branch.

You've been asking us about this for years and finally, DVDs are now requestable - that means you can place a hold on any movie or TV series DVD, just like with a book! You can call any branch to place a hold, or do this on your own on our online catalog; your requested items will be delivered to the branch you choose. So if you see the "Request it" banner next to your item, that means you can place a hold. You can have up to 10 holds total - this includes both books and DVDs. If someone has it checked out and you place a request, you'll get the item when it's returned. Once you hear from us that your requested item is available, you have one week to pick them up or they'll be returned for others to check out.

Also, please note that DVDs are now renwable - so if you can't finish watching those ten DVDs, you can renew for one additional week.

Enjoy this new service and our wide range of DVDs - we have

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Q&A: Patrons ask; librarians answer: Can picture books fix my kid’s behavior problems?

Q&A: Children's librarians answer questions from children, parents, caregivers, and teachers, all day, every day. Today; Can you find me a story to make my kid stop biting her preschool friends?

Q: Is there a Berenstain Bears book about not biting people? My daughter has been biting other kids at preschool. Her teachers say it’s getting worse! Is there a book I could read to her showing how wrong this is?

A: Yes! Your question is a profound one. Children’s authors, publishers, teachers, parents, therapists, and children themselves have been seeing books as bibliotherapy for generations. As a result, there are a variety of books both silly and profound that could help in this si

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks

Look at these beautiful photos. We need diverse books, and you can help!

We need diverse books.  This isn't news, except lately it seems to have become news, with articles all over the place, including the New York Times.  Our very own Nina Lindsay even went on Forum to discuss the topic and then continued the discussion in a blog post.

Some amazing people decided to turn this need into a national campaign to build some awareness, and from that came #WeNeedDiverseBooks.  We knew we needed to take part.  Check out our

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Bike to the Library!

OPL's Bike to Action Month activities include plenty for the whole family

On Saturday I bicycled with a bunch of Oaklanders from the Chavez Library to the 81st Avenue Library to hear Elly Blue talk about Everyday Bicycling.  It was great to have kids join us for the ride, and meet us along the way.  During Bike Month, OPL supports and promotes family bicycling. If you haven't checked out our full listing of events for the month, don't wait.  Some family-friendly events on the horizon include:

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The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, Notes from the Lakeview Book Club

The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy, Notes from the Lakeview Book Club

We started with a few interesting facts about Thomas Hardy, who like the "Native" in his novel, loved his "heath" wilderness and rual community more than any other place he could choose to live. Hardy has said that he never wanted to grow up. He wanted to stay in the world he lived in when he was 6 years old. Many can relate to that from time to time.

Thomas Hardy was born in 1840 and died in 1928. He lived 88 years! During those years life changed drastically in his world, with major industrialization, the changes brought to rural life. The major big thinkers, Freud, Marx, Darwin, Einstein changed the world. Two major authors of his time were Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
For a person who loved his roots, his wilderness, his neighbors, the outside world was alien to him. This was a theme in this wonderful classic. Hardy's wife was probably very much like Eustasia, strong

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Play with your Words

A list of recommended word play books available at the Oakland Public Library.

Kids love to play, and librarians love to see kids playing with words! Visit your local library to find these books full of palindromes, puns, spoonerisms, homophones, and much more. And let us know in the comments if we missed any of your favorites!

CDB book cover

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