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The Oakland Public Library is thrilled to announce that we are moving to a new website. You can visit the new site starting today.

The Oakland Public Library is thrilled to announce that we are moving to a new website. You can visit the new site starting today. The Library’s current website and catalog will remain active until we move to the new platform on November 8. 

Here are some of the features we're most excited about: 

  • Our new website is mobile friendly and easy to use on any device.   

  • You can search the catalog, website, FAQs, or events

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Juneteenth: The Newest Federal Holiday

African Americans did not wait for a presidential decree to celebrate their most treasured freedom.

A blog post by AAMLO Chief Curator Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson...

Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States of America—in prefatory remarks before President Joseph Biden signed the observance of Juneteenth (a portmanteau combining June and nineteenth) into law—noted that “Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names: Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, and today, a National Holiday.” This statement generated much applause by those who worked so tirelessly to see Juneteenth observed as a national holiday.

Of course, African Americans did not wait for a presidential decree to celebrate their most treasured freedom. In fact, since the 1860s, Black people have held a wide range of observances. They gathered for prayer vigils and church services to express heartfelt gratitude for emancipation. According to oral tradition, one old prayer conveyed a sense of poignancy and thanksgiving in a few simple, but profound words: “Lord we aint what we want to be, we aint what we ought to be, but thank God, we

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The Moms of Magnolia Street

The Oakland History Center and AAMLO feature in the new NBC Bay Area investigative series "The Moms of Magnolia Street".

The Oakland History Center (OHC) and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) are proud to be featured in a new digital-first four-part investigative series from the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. Available at NBCBayArea.com and on the NBC Bay Area app on Roku and Apple TV.

About this digital-first investigative documentary from NBC Bay Area:

"Against the backdrop of California’s affordability crisis, pushing thousands of Black residents out of their homes and onto the streets, a group of unhoused working mothers in Oakland took matters into their own hands.

In November 2019, the mothers formed a group called Moms 4 Housing and illegally occupied a vacant, corporate-owned home on Magnolia Street in West Oakland. Standing on the shoulders of generations of iconic Oakland

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Rockridge TAB Posts: The Book that Really Makes you Think!

Ellena Ancheta, member of the Rockridge Teen Advisory Board reviews Oliver Sacks' "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales."

Oliver Sacks’ astonishing The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales.

Review by Ellena Ancheta, written March 27, 2021.

Book: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales
Genre: Case History, non-fiction
Author: Oliver Sacks
Rating: 8/10

Oliver Sacks’ The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat describes numerous cases from former clients with neurological disorders and shares his learnings he gained from working with them. We

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Supporting the Asian and Asian/Pacific-Islander American Community

OPL stands against racism, xenophobia, bigotry and violence against the Asian and Asian/Pacific-Islander American community.

The Oakland Public Library stands against racismxenophobia, bigotry and violence against the Asian and Asian/Pacific-Islander American community.   

There is a long history of racism against Asians and Asian/Pacific-Islander Americans in the United States, and in the last year alone there were nearly 3,800 reported hate incidents, according to Stop AAPI Hate.   

In Oakland, numerous community organizations have mobilized in response to recent 

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Rockridge TAB Posts: Max Barry’s Highly Anticipated Science Fiction Novel

Yacine Seck, a member of the Rockridge Branch Teen Advisory Board, reviews Providence by Max Barry. A science fiction book for the ages!

A science fiction book for the ages!

Review by Yacine Seck, written Jan. 21st 2021

Book: Providence
Genre: Science-Fiction
Author: Max Barry
Rating: 8/10

This book is probably my favorite book of 2020.

It is about a group of astronauts going into space on an AI controlled ship. It’s set very far in the future, where most people live on stations outside of Earth. There was not a lot of background information given, but the story is well thought out and the plot is interesting. The astronauts have a mix of social issues as well as psychological issues

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Introducing : The Rockridge Teen Advisory Board

Meet some of the teens behind the scenes who help out at the library.

Hi, we’re the Rockridge Teen Advisory Board! We'll be using this blog to write book reviews and other library event information. Check out our other content on the Oakland Public Library Teen Instagram page! Learn more about each of us below:

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My name is Ellena Ancheta and I’m the Volunteer Coordinator at TAB. I am passionate about helping our community and encouraging more leadership in students. I see myself as a creative artist and I’m always looking for a new challenge. My hobbies include drawing, playing violin and piano, and dancing. And lately, I’ve been reading more and catching up on some me time. I look forward to working in the Rockridge Library and helping folks around here! :D

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The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland spotlights the archives of the Williams' Family as Black History Month 2021: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity comes to a close.

Henry Delton Williams: Motown and Hollywood Designer to the Stars

By Marco Frazier, Library Assistant African American Museum and Library at Oakland

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has designated the theme for Black History Month 2021 as The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. The African American Museum and Library at Oakland has more than 160 collections documenting the histories of pioneering African American families in Oakland. AAMLO also has oral recorded histories that document the lives of both prominent and everyday families exploring the lives of history makers in Oakland. One such story that comes to you from the AAMLO archives is that of legendary Motown designer to the stars, Henry Delton Williams. Here is his life’s story.

Photo: Anne Williams and Henry Delton Williams 1950

The Williams’ family migrated to California

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Celebrate Black History Month with Your Library!

Your Library is hosting a series of online events to help you Explore, Connect, and Grow! Everything from storytime, to dance, to lectures... we've got something for you!

Stay up to date with event changes, cancellations and additions at www.oaklandlibrary.org/events.

Click here for Black Culture Fest events and info.

Click here for Black history books released in the past year.

Revolution or Death: The Life of Eldridge CleaverRevolution or Death

Take an excursion with Justin D. Gifford, Professor of English at the University of

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Activism Books For Teens

In honor of a commemorative week of social and political events, check out these activism books for teens!

Over the summer, millions of people marched and protested in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Among various social justice and activist groups, youth have been at the forefront of these efforts to march against systematic racism and inequality. Many Bay Area youth groups led and organized these protests themselves and  expressed their voices on various media channels and publications, as well as on the streets

Martin Luther King Jr Day, the presidential inauguration and the Women’s March mark a week of change and hope for a progressive new chapter. You might have

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