June is LGBTQI+ Pride Month!

Celebrate pride with new books by LGBTQI+ authors.

Looking for something to read during Pride month? We have many new titles to keep you reading throughout the month and year(s). There's plenty to enjoy in these new novels, poetry and short story collections and memoirs written by LGBTQI+ authors representing a range of experiences and voices. Happy Pride! 

Fiction 

You Exist Too Much With Teeth Stone Fruit 

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Summer Fiction: Celebrating Black Authors and Readers

In celebration of Juneteenth, a long list of summer fiction by Black authors.

This summer Oakland Public Library will be partnering with the Oakland Roots Sports Club, The Town's newest professional sports franchise. OPL’s bike library will be visiting five home soccer games this season (June 19, July 17, August 14, Sept. 18, Oct. 16) giving out books and sharing the library love.

Our first date with the Roots will be this Saturday, June 19—Juneteenth! In that spirit, and in celebration of Juneteenth, here is a list of many of this summer’s fiction books by Black authors arriving from June, July and August. If you are a fiction lover, prepare yourself—it's a long list and you are going to want to read lots of these books! 

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2021

What will you read in June? Any of these ten novels will start your summer off brilliantly!

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You Are Not Alone: Memoirs for Mental Health Awareness Month

Check out this selection of memoirs for Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Inspired by NAMI's (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 2021 Mental Health Month message, "You Are Not Alone," below is a selection of memoirs written by people who have experienced mental health struggles. By amplifying and listening to personal stories, we can help destigmatize mental illness and be reminded that we are not alone.  

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New Fiction by AAPI Authors

A selection of fiction written by AAPI authors.

As part of Oakland Public Library's celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this week's blog post features new fiction by AAPI authors. This is just a sampling of the many books published by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors in the past few years.

Days of Distraction Land of Big Numbers

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Reasons to Read Nonfiction: AAPI Stories

A selection of books on Asian and Asian/Pacific Islander American experiences, in celebration of AAPI Heritage Month.

As part of OPL's celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this week's Advice for Readers blog presents a selection of books showcasing the complexity and diversity of the AAPI story. In March of this year, OPL published a statement in support of the Asian and Asian/Pacific Islander American community, which provided an expansive list of both children's and adult books on the subject of Asian American experiences and history, as well as resources for Asian Americans and their allies. Below, you will find books ranging from broad compelling histories, to intimate personal memoirs and

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May 2021

Calling all fiction lovers! Here come some new books for May!

 

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Earth Day and Environmental Justice

A selection of books exploring environmental justice.

Last Friday was Earth Day, the anniversary of the modern environmental movement. If you're interested in learning more about the environmental justice movement check out these books in OPL's collection.

Our History is the Future Black Faces White Spaces

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Reasons to Read Nonfiction: Women In Jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and this year the focus is on women in jazz. Here are some highlights from our collection of books and CDs (and even an LP!).

April is National Humor Poetry Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM)! This year, The National Museum of American History, where JAM began, is recognizing the contributions of women in jazz, with special focus on the great Nina Simone. This week's list of reading recommendations collects books on some of the leading figures in jazz who happen to be women, from the ground-breaking Miss Simone, to Mary Lou Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and more. Of course, no jazz reading list would be complete without an appropriate soundtrack, so we have included a list of some excellent jazz on CD, created by (primarily) women artists. In addition to recordings by the above-mentioned musicians, you will find works by Mary Halvorson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gerri Allen, Alice Coltrane, Esperanza Spaulding, Toshiko Akyoshi, and Oakland's own Carla Bley (on vinyl LP!). Please join

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2021

Wondering what great books are arriving this month? Here are ten of them.

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