New Books for Black History Month and Beyond

New books by African and African American authors.

February is Black History month and Oakland Public Library has many new books by African and African American authors to keep you reading throughout the month and year. Below is a list of new books that were released in the last few months. Happy reading! 

Black Sunday  Olympic Pride American Prejudice  The Last Negroes at Harvard 

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Weekends @ OPL!

Looking for fun & free things to do this weekend? Check out this weekly blog for a small sampling of events and programs for all ages at your Oakland Public Library.

Spend your weekend with us!

Every week, we post up a small selection of events we think you might find useful or enjoy. You can find the full list of events here. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @oaklibrary for other event highlights, resources, updates, and more!

For Black History Month events:
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Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants

Children have a different perspective of time and history. Let's embrace all achievements this Black History Month.

Does your child want to write about Beyoncé, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or LeBron James for their Black History homework assignment? Are you a bit dismayed about this? If you are, the librarians of OPL want to reassure you not to worry. Many present day Black icons in American Culture are living history!

For example:

The Rock won his first undisputed WWF (not WWE yet) Championship on February 13, 1997, 23 years ago. He won his seventh and final championship on July 21, 2002, just 18 years ago. Beyoncé’s first solo album was released June 24, 2003, almost 17 years ago, and LeBron James was drafted to the Cleveland Cavilers that same year! Relatively speaking, 20 years ago is a long time ago for a kid, so consider allowing them to study those who inspires them.

Of course we understand many parents are not convinced children should be studying current celebrities for Black History month. Appreciating this perspective, allow us to recommend some pioneers in Black History who paved the way for those we enjoy today.

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Women's History Month

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February 2020

I know you're busy. But you'll want to make some time for at least one of these great new books!

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Black History Read-In and Heritage Fest Events for Children and Families on February 4th at the Main Library

This year, the Main Library is celebrating the achievements of Black Americans with a day-long Black History Month Read-In and Culture Fest for community members of all ages.

January is almost over, which means it's just about time for Black History Month. 

The Main Library is celebrating the achievements of Black Americans with a day-long Black History Month Read-In and Culture Fest for community members of all ages.

At the Oakland Public library, we strive to incorporate the work of people of African descent as part of our programming all year long, but appreciate the opportunity to highlight and celebrate Black history and culture as part of Black History Month.

Black History Month's origins date back to 1926, when Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week, a time set aside for studying the achievements and contributions of African-Americans. 

In 1990, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) established the African-American Read-In to encourage literacy during

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Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, Episode 1

Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL.

Made possible by a Friends of the Oakland Public Library mini-grant, Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL. Co-hosts Amy Martin (Community Relations) and Paul Overton (Main Teen Zone) bring you inside the walls to get to know the library as a friend. The first season will feature six episodes diving into the different programs and initiatives that make OPL truly special.

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Anchor Libsyn | Spotify 
Soon, you'll be able to find Check Your Shelf on many more of your favorite platforms. 

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15 Books by Mexican, Mexican-American and Chicanx Authors to Add to Your Reading List

Recommending fifteen Mexican, Mexican-American and Chicanx authors whose books have illuminated life in the Americas.

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Soups for the Season

Recipes to keep you warm during long winter nights.

The days are short and the nights are cold and long. What better way to enjoy winter than with a warm bowl of soup! Here are some cookbooks to help get you started whether you're a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.

Super Food Soups   Easy Soups from Scratch with Quick Breads to Match   Clean Soups   

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Celebrate Black History Month at Your Library!

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