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


Friday 9/20:

Motown Comes to Oakland: Henry Delton Williams' Wizard of FashionBlack and white image of The Temptations members posing for a group photo

Celebrate Motown Comes to Oakland! AAMLO will present the Wizard of Fashion—the play and fashion show featuring Henry Delton Williams, the Designer to The Stars. The celebration also includes Angela Wheeler, the Queen of Elegance with a cast of regal women. Motown Comes to Oakland, a three-day, multi-venue event (September 20-22) honors the 60th anniversary of a record company that made America sing and dance in the streets!

Friday, September 20th - 6pm-9pm @ African American Museum & Library at Oakland
Keywords: AAMLO, African American History, Black History, American History, fashion, design, music, Motown, dance






Saturday 9/21:

Are You Ready to Become a United States Citizen?Image of USA flag as background with small silhouettes of people in the middle

Free citizenship classes will teach you what you need to know to pass the citizenship test including: 100 questions, reading sentences, writing sentences, N400 form. Dedicated teachers look forward to meeting you every Saturday (women's study) and Sunday (co-ed) 10:15am - 12:15pm

Saturday, September 21st - 10:15am-12:15am @ Main Library
Keywords: immigration, citizenship, class, USCIS, adult




Lakeview Fall Chess TournamentImage of chess board

Welcome to the Lakeview Fall Chess Tournament on Saturday, September 21st, 2019! 
Registration: 11:00 AM -12:00 PM, Rounds: 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 PM.  Registraton is free to all participantsRated and Non-rated Section (UCSF membersp required for rated section). Students grouped by age&/or experience. Time Control G/29 (Quick Chess). Pre-registration is encouraged Proudly sponsored by the Friends of the Lakeview Branch Library! To register, email LakeviewChessClub@gmail.com or call (510) 238-7344.

Saturday, September 21st - 11am @ Lakeview Branch
Keywords: chess, tournament, kids, children, adults, teens, games, Lake Merritt



Where is Home?: A Community Town Hall on the Housing History and Future of Oakland's Black ResidentsImage of sign that reads "foreclosure"

From homeless, displacment & foreclosures - when crises hit, they often hit African Americans hardest. Whether it's generational ownership or currently unsheltered, COME & SHARE YOUR STORY AT THE BLACK STORY BOOTH. Join the conversation about affordability, community land ownership, legal support, the Permanent Affordability Fund and more. 
Panelists include: Marika Regan (ACCE Action), Zachary Murray (OakCLT), Darleeen Flynn (City of Oakland Dept. of Race & Equity), Chanee Franklin Minor (City of Oakland Rent Adjust Program), Xavier Johnson (Centro Legal). Facilitated by Vanessa Bulnes, ACCE Action and the Black Housing Union. Register at tinyurl/OaklandBHU. Call 601-329-3750 for more information. 

Saturday, September 21st - 12pm-2:30pm @ West Oakland Branch
Keywords: Oakland, housing crisis, Black community, African American community, homelessness, ownership, property, gentrification, Bay Area, panel, talks



Aprenda a andar en bicicleta en tráficoImage of people on bikes

¡Clases GRATIS de seguridad urbana para bicicletas! En español. Este curso interactivo enseña las bases del ciclismo seguro, el equipaje, como evitar accidentes, y los derechos y responsabilidades del ciclista.  Bicicleta no requerido. Para las personas mayores de 14 años.

Saturday, September 21st - 1pm-3pm @ César E. Chávez Branch
Keywordsespañol, Spanish, class, clase, teens, adults, adolescentes, adultxs, cycling, ciclistas, Fruitvale, bilingue 



Golden Gate Local Collection Book Launch

Join us to celebrate the new Golden Gate Local Collection! This place-based reference series is the heart of Commons Archive. Each title includes many materials that were, up until now, stored in basements, locked in file cabinets and forgotten boxes. This new collection honors the diverse histories of this North Oakland neighborhood. Listen to stories from long-time residents, area historians, and performances by neighborhood musicians! AAMLO curator Bamidele Agbasegbe-Demerson, as well as former AAMLO curator Susan Anderson, will illuminate the connection between Golden Gate, the East Bay Negro Historical Society, and AAMLO. Treats and refreshments provided. This program is co-sponsored by Commons Archive www.commonsarchive.netProject partner:  Kala Art Institute www.kala.orgThis project was made possible with support from Calfornia Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. www.calhum.org. This project was made possible in part by a grant from The Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.  This program is also generously supported by the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

Saturday, September 21st - 1pm-4pm @ Golden Gate Branch 

Keywords: tenants, renters, housing crisis, evictions, tenants rights, resources, adults







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


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


I took my 9yr old to the

I took my 9yr old to the Summer Reading Celebration at the museum and it was a fantastic event - lots to do. Thanks for putting on this event.
~ Harmony

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