YA Holiday Baking Reads

Indulge your inner baker with these YA holiday baking reads!

It’s the holiday season! Indulge your sweet tooth and live out your aspiring baker-dreams by checking out these cookbooks for teens. From decadent cookies, cakes and other delicious treats— this holiday season is sure to be sweet. Happy Holidays from Teen Services!


Kawaii Sweet World: 75 Cute, Colorful Confections

Youtube star Rachel Fong brings the Kawaii “cute” trend to the baking world in this collection of 75 easy-to follow recipes. Fong covers basic baking techniques alongside some advanced methods so this book is sure to have something for bakers of all levels. Cute recipes include narwhal cake

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Horror Film Favorites & YA Read-Alikes

Check out our list of young adult books that compliment iconic Horror films.

It’s Halloween! Real life has been scary enough these past few months but if you’re looking for something to do to celebrate the holiday that is fun and safe, check out our list of horror film YA read-alikes. From haunted houses to zombies, this list has a little bit of everything to get your heart racing and feeling spooked. Indulge in some escapism and choose a horror movie you like to get matched with its book counterpart. You can place a hold to pick it up at one of our sidewalk pickup locations.

From the Teen Services Staff at the Oakland Public Library, we wish you all a Happy Halloween! 


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Annual Festival of Black Dolls Show & Sale

The American Black Beauty Doll Artists convenes its annual Festival of Black Dolls Show & Sale virtually with AAMLO.

This year the African American Museum and Library (AAMLO) at Oakland will host the annual Festival of Black Dolls Show & Sale, streaming live on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at American Black Beauty Doll Artists Facebook and YouTube ChannelDue to the pandemic this year’s show will be exclusively online. Stay up-to-date on what is going on at AAMLO through our electronic newsletter. Sign up today.

Karen Oyekanmi, in the 1980s found it difficult to find positive African American dolls for her young daughter. As a result, in 1984 she gathered a group of six like-minded women from Oakland and founded the

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What If You Can't Work From Home?

Resources for people who cannot shelter in place for work, recently lost their work because of Covid-19, or are otherwise figuring out how to survive this time.

Oakland-- we miss you! We love you! Thank you for helping to flatten the curve and support your community. For those who have to work outdoors, thank you for keeping The Town alive.

Even though we're closed, OPL is still here to support you as you navigate a new reality. You might be feeling the effects of the pandemic if you still have to go to work while others work from home, if you've had your hours reduced, or lost employment as a result of Covid-19, this blog is for you. 

If you're looking for more local resources, check out other local COVID-19 resources compiled by Your Library.

¿Qué sucede si no puedes trabajar

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AAMLO Online: September 2020

While the African American Museum & Library at Oakland’s galleries remain closed due to the pandemic, virtual exhibits and online resources bring history home.

During this time of virtual museum offerings, the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) has been working on new initiatives to connect, share and engage. Each month, AAMLO will share upcoming online events and original exhibitions that highlight the art, history and culture of African Americans in Northern California. Follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date. 


September 2020 Program Calendar


Join us in September 2020 for self-guided virtual tours of the long-term and changing exhibitions installed in the Museum.  

View at your leisure | Online video coming soon

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Teen Tuesdays: Take a Virtual Tour

This week you can earn a raffle ticket in the Teen Summer Passport Program by taking a virtual tour of somewhere you've never been! Here are some places to start.

Feeling a bit trapped at home?  Well, this week's theme for summer programs at OPL is Global Society and while there are a lot of ways to earn a raffle ticket to fit this theme, we wanted to feature some virtual tours. 

There are several places online that you can find photos and tours of places all over the world.  We really like this one, for example.  But, as you'll see below, YouTube has plenty to see, and there are tours in your own backyard that you can hit up, even during shelter-in-place.  

Here are some examples, provided by three different staff members who work with teens at the library.  Some are near, some are further away, all are pretty fun to read and watch!

Backpacking in the High Sierra, California

by Peggy Simmons, Library Assistant, Teen Services

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We are Still Here: A Project by Samuel Getachew, 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate

We Are Still Here, a project by 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Sameul Getachew, is a visual showcase of first-draft poems from writing workshops in Oakland public school classrooms.

We are very proud to announce the launch of We are Still Here, a project conceived of and designed by Samuel Getachew, Oakland's 2019 Youth Poet Laureate.  

As Samuel describes:

We Are Still Here is a visual showcase of first-draft poems from writing workshops in Oakland public school classrooms. This project went through many iterations in its conception, its purpose, and its execution. When I began, I had one goal: I wanted to emphasize that despite stark economic disparities, a lack of educational resources, rampant gentrification, and countless other issues impacting young people in Oakland, my city was and is still a place of beauty before anything else. It is still home. And despite all

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Teen Tuesday: Celebrating Diversity with TikTok

At OPL we love to celebrate diversity every day. This week we celebrate our differences, our cultures, our backgrounds, and learn about one another. Join us on this Teen Tuesday by participating in the #allthedifference TikTok challenge.

At OPL we love to celebrate diversity every day. This week we celebrate our differences, our cultures, our backgrounds, and learn about one another.

Join us on this Teen Tuesday by participating in the #allthedifference TikTok challenge.  Then head on over to oakland.beanstack.org to get your ticket for participating. Your ticket can be entered into a raffle to win one of six really great prizes including a Nintendo Switch and a Polaroid Pop camera!

What is the #allthedifference TikTok challenge, you ask?

The #allthedifference TikTok campaign, created for The World Economic Forum conference in January, 2020, challenged teens around the world to “show what makes them unique, how they cast off labels, and how they help

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Local Resources During COVID-19

We're building a list of resources Oaklanders can turn to for help during the COVID-19 crisis.

While our branches and many public services are closed, there are still local agencies, organizations, and businesses that want to help during uncertain times. This guide will be updated continuously.

Know of a local business, group, or organization providing goods or services to the community? Please list them in the comments below!

For a more comprehense Bay Area -wide list, visit PLAN's Bay Area Resource List

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2020: A Poem from Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate, Greer Nakadegawa-Lee

Listen to Greer Nakadegawa-Lee perform her poem, "2020", and find a printable version of her inspiring words.

Sixteen-year-old Greer Nakadegawa-Lee is Oakland's 2020 Youth Poet Laureate. When she was announced as the new Laureate on June 5th, she performed, live, a poem she had written the day before.

In her own words:

In the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic and the much needed resurgence of the Black Lives Matter Movement, I often found myself thinking about the awful ways these events converged.

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery were tragedies that exposed the corruption inherent in the very structures of policing in America. (At least, that's what they exposed for people who's daily realities don't already include fear of police brutality.) In a lot of ways, the response to these deaths was truly moving. Americans in every state marched in solidarity.

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