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.

We ♥️ weekends!

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 a complete list of all events at OPL, visit: www.oaklandlibrary.org/events
For #Pride events @ OPL, visit our Pride Events blog.
Check out Jazz on Sundays at Golden Gate Branch!


Friday 7/19:

Family YogaGraphic of young person in a sitting yoga position

Explore poses that are inspired from nature, animals, and your imagination with yoga instructor Laxman Panthi. Breathing, focus, self-control and awareness techniques are all explored through exercises designed specifically for children ages 3-12 and their parents and caregivers.

Friday, July 19th - 4pm @ Dimond Branch
For children ages 3-12 and their caregivers



Saturday 7/20:

Independently Healthy Cooking WorkshopsImage of person chopping carrots with the text "Cooking Basics"

This series of workshops will teach teens and tweens cooking skills and nutrition tips so that they can easily cook healthy snacks and meals independently or together with family.  We will be using vegetables and herbs from the Melrose Community Garden. Advanced registration is required.

Saturday, July 20th - 11am @ Melrose Branch
For ages12 or older. 



OPL at the 40th Street Block PartyGraphic of sun with sunglasses on

Come see us at the 40th Street Block Party in Temescal. Grab a free book, make a button, sign up for a library card, and more! Live music, food, crafts, goods, and fun! More information can be found on the event website

Saturday, July 20th - 11am @ 40th Street between Opal and Webster
For all ages!



Children’s Clothing, Book, and Toy SwapGraphic of recycling symbol (three arrows in a triangular shape illustrating a cycle)

Come swap out your kids' gently-used clothing, books, and toys for others that are new to you! ***Please be sure that swap items are clean, in good condition, and appropriate for children or new parents. ***The library is able to accept swap items only between 1:00 – 1:45 pm on the day of the event; please bring no more than four bags or boxes of items to swap. ***Attendees are responsible for distributing swap items out onto the labeled tables, and must begin this process by 1:45 pm.

Saturday, July 20th - 1pm @ Dimond Branch
For children, new parents, caregivers, and others who care for and/or work with children.



SummerDance!Painting of colorful humanoid figures dancing

Learn dances from around the world at SummerDance! On July 20, dance Salsa with Juan! Learn skills at Salsa with Juan that take you straight onto the dance floor wherever you are in the world.  Salsa with Juan encourages dancing for fun, health, connection to music and most of all people! 

Saturday, July 20th - 2pm @ Main Library
For dancers and music lovers of all ages!




Meet and Greet Reception Welcoming AAMLO’s New Chief Curator Bamidele Agbasegbe DemersonJoin members of the community during a Meet and Greet reception welcoming AAMLO’s new Chief Curator Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson. Let him know your thoughts regarding the growth of AAMLO. Learn about new initiatives now in progress.

Join members of the community during a Meet and Greet reception welcoming AAMLO’s new Chief Curator Bamidele Agbasegbe Demerson. Let him know your thoughts regarding the growth of AAMLO. Learn about new initiatives now in progress.  

Saturday, July 20th - 5pm @ African American Museum & Library at Oakland
For everyone!




Sunday 7/21

Jazz on SundayImage of painting of person holding saxophone by Arnold White

Summer jazz concerts are back for the 29th year running! Admission is free, donations are welcome. This Sunday's line up features Mary Lou's Apartment! Join us for beautiful sounds, jazz history lessons, and talent!

Sunday, July 21st - 3pm @ Golden Gate Branch
For music lovers, jazz enthusiasts, and everyone else!








For a full list of events, make sure to check out our events calendar.

Check out Jazz on Sundays at Golden Gate Branch

What are your favorite weekend events @ OPL? Let us know in the comments!


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