OPL Launches Gardening Video Playlist

The Oakland Public Library continues providing the community with gardening tips, book lists, and now, videos.

With the Bay Area sheltering at home, many of us have turned to gardening for recreation, food production, and relaxation. In response, the Oakland Public Library has launched a new YouTube playlist all about gardening. 

Recently Chavez Library branch manager Pete Villasenor showcased the "Huerta de Dolores" garden. Dimond Branch librarian Rebekah Eppley filmed a tour of edible herbs and weeds in her home garden. This new resource will provide visitors with garden tours, planting tips, plant identification, and other information to make your time in the botanical world more productive and enjoyable. If you missed our

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Harvesting Gardening Tips from the Oakland Public Library

The Oakland Public Library offers resources on all types of gardening projects, from container gardening to urban farming.

Since no one knows yet how long we’ll be sheltering in place, we might as well make the most of our time at home. For many of us, that means spending more time in our gardens, planting new flowers, shrubs, and vegetables for spring. For many more of you who don’t have gardens, you now have the time to start one of your own. 

The Oakland Public Library offers all the practical tips you need to plan, start, and nurture your garden whether it be a a row of pots on an apartment balcony or a large urban farm. Gardening has many benefits. It’s environmentally restorative, economical, physically stimulating, meditative, and creative. 

The library offers a variety of e-books on every aspect of gardening. Here are a few to get you started:

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Juneteenth in Oakland

Celebrating this Texas holiday in the Bay Area. A post by Donielle Woods, Librarian at the African American Museum and Library

Although our local festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19, we’re still looking forward to June 19th, affectionately referred to as Juneteenth, a holiday within the African-American community that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

The Emancipation Proclamation (available digitally from our National Archives) was signed by President Abraham Lincoln and declared that as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

However, it took a while to enact! Union Troops traveled throughout the South delivering the decree that all enslaved persons were now free. Many

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Understanding Your City’s Budget

Learn how you can get the details on Oakland's budget and understand your city's spending. A guest post by our Government Documents Librarian, Kate.

Do you ever wonder where the City of Oakland gets its revenue? Do you want to find out about proposed budget cuts to city services and departments? Are you interested in finding out how much each city department is allocated?

A great place to look is the City budget! Download and read Oakland’s Adopted 2019-2021 Policy Budget

The City’s Budget Bureau generates a Biennial Proposed Budget and an Adopted Budget for Oakland to determine how best to spend its resources for the community. The budget includes allocations for youth programs, services for homeless, funding for various city departments such as parks, transportation, police,

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The Road Beckons: exploring electronic travel resources at OPL

To keep you in a traveling state of mind while you shelter-in-place, the Oakland Public Library offers loads of travel resources.

In recent months the travel industry has been turned upside down. As the world shelters in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, most of us have had to put travel plans on hold. Airlines and tour companies are struggling to stay afloat, operating at a fraction of their usual capacity. The cruise industry has been pretty much decimated. But, on the bright side, we travelers now have the time to plan our next trips. Travel is a necessary and unkillable enterprise. Our natural curiosity about the world and its people will always make travel an essential life activity. So we should remain hopeful that things will rebound and, when they do, we’ll be ready to pack a bag, grab our passports or the car keys, and head out for our next adventures.

If things were normal, the annual Spring Travel Series would be in full swing now. In lieu of that, the Oakland Public Library offers many electronic travel resources--guidebooks,

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May is (still) Bike Month!

Enjoying calmer streets and a renewed interest in biking? Celebrate Bike Month with us!

Bike to Work Day… Now in September 

Normally, during the mid-May cold spell, we’d be out in full force at 7 AM staffing Energizer Stations, recording our mileage, and celebrating improved bicycle infrastructure and safety. This year, due to COVID19, Bike to Work Day is rescheduled for September 24. We’re going on smaller rides that maintain social distancing whilst enjoying all the Oakland Slow streets, and hoping they’ll be permanent.  

Here's to Future Rides


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Visit A Museum From Home

We now have a chance to visit (from home) the museums we have always wanted to go to, wherever they are in the world!

Museums are closed, but, more and more, exhibits are available online. Now we have a chance to visit from home the museums we have always wanted to go to, wherever they are in the world, and to catch up with what some local museums are offeringHere are some resourcesincluding some from the Oakland Public Library, to help you access free online exhibits and collection highlights from museums near and far. 

Some online resources for museums in the United States and around the

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Live Music (and more) Online

Because we can’t go to our favorite live-music venues right now, OPL’s Arts & Culture team has compiled a list of resources for finding live-streaming, pre-recorded, and archived musical performances online. Enjoy!

We miss live music! Sure, we love the wide variety of recorded music available online from OPL, via HOOPLA, and there are some great concert films available in Kanopy (see below), but there’s nothing like live music. In good times and challenging ones, we look to music for its celebratory, social, and healing powers, and that’s especially true of live performanceEven though we can’t go out to see a band or hear a symphony right now, many artists and organizations are making their music (plus interviews and other music related content) 

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您知道Kono for Libraries這個電子雜誌平台嗎?

雖然我暫時無法讓您到圖書館感受那份歲月靜好的時光,但可以讓您到屋崙圖書館為您準備的網上資源Kono for Libraries上翻閱電子雜誌。以前要隔三岔五地到圖書館或書局借閱或買雜誌。現在網絡發達,您已經可以在家輕鬆看雜誌了。


雖然我暫時無法讓您到圖書館感受那份歲月靜好的時光,但可以讓您到屋崙圖書館為您準備的網上資源Kono for Libraries上翻閱電子雜誌。以前要隔三岔五地到圖書館或書局借閱或買雜誌。現在網絡發達,您已經可以在家輕鬆看雜誌了。

Kono for Libraries是屋崙圖書館訂購的網上電子平台,能讓您免費翻閱最新最快的吃喝玩樂,人文時尚等多種類別的亞洲雜誌。您只要有屋崙圖書證就能在電腦瀏覽器或智能手機及平板電腦上輕鬆翻閱您喜歡的熱門雜誌。不喜歡吃喝玩樂,人文時尚?Kono for Libraries上也有關於新聞,科技,旅遊,生活,藝術,競技及學英語類的雜誌,一定有一款能滿足您的需求。

如果您需要支援,辦圖書證或其他方面的查詢,請發郵件到 eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org 或致電留言到510-238-3134。我們的職員將會盡快回覆您。


Do you know about an electronic magazine database called Kono for Libraries?

Are you like me who missed going into the library or a bookstore in a nice afternoon to enjoy time flipping through Chinese, Japanese or Korean magazines? Have you wondered recently how sheltering in place life can be so boring?

Although I am unable to invite you to the library to enjoy that good

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

Find out how we're celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month this April!

Jazz Appreciation Month (also known as “JAM”) was created in 2001 by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History “to recognize and celebrate the heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April.” JAM is designed to encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz - to study the music, enjoy concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.  

One highlight of every summer at OPL is the Jazz on Sundays series at the Golden Gate Branch. Now in its 30th year, the Friends of the Golden Gate Branch Library have organized these live performances every 

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