10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in October 2021

Here are 10 literary treats arriving this month, including a generous dose of horror.

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It's Your Library—Online

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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OPL Celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

Check out these new books by Latinx authors.

September 15th is the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month and we're excited to feature these new books by Latinx authors in honor of the occasion. Some of these authors may be familiar to you while others, such as Gabriela Garcia, are publishing for the first time. Whether you're looking for poetry, memoir, fiction, science fiction or magical realism there's something here for everyone. Happy reading!

Fiction

American Orphan What's Mine is Yours Of Women and Salt

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Family Activities for Fire Season

Fun indoor things to do with children during smoky days

At some point, shorter days and -- unfortunately -- smoky air may keep your family inside. You're probably familiar with that! Try some of these indoor activities to change things up:

  • Stream free movies online using your library card. OPL offers feature films, animated read-alouds, documentaries, and tons of kid-friendly content on KanopyHoopla, and Overdrive. Or put some DVDs on hold to check out from your local branch. Certain librarians may have been known to host a Harry Potter marathon over a long weekend. What's your favorite multi-film series?

  • Since it's fire season: check your emergency kits and make

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2021

There are so many wonderful new works of fiction coming in September, it will be hard to choose where to start! Here are ten suggestions.

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一年容易又中秋 不論月亮向那方圓,最終人月兩團圓。

每年農曆八月十五日為中秋佳節。日子恰在秋季中間,故謂之中秋。這是新型冠狀病毒疫情爆發後的第二個中秋節。也許對於很多移民的心中,回家探望親友已經是隔了越來越長的時間。中秋節常常令人更思念老家,親人和熟悉的街道和風景。

 無論你今天在家工作或還是在外面為了生活奔波,在新型冠狀病毒席捲各地的此刻,人跟人必須維持一點社交距離,帶好口罩,這應做既是保護自己,同時也是照顧他人。身處疫情時代,我們可能會焦慮不安、不知道明天將發生什麼事,這些反應都是正常心閲讀能讓我們安靜下來,專注在目光所及之處,先照顧好自己的感知。此時此刻,希望推薦讓你感覺不孤單的兒童繪本書和廣東歌 


凱文.漢克斯(Kevin Henkes)
的《等待》,首先有五個可愛的角色一起登場:瞪大眼睛的貓頭鷹、在雪橇上翹著尾巴的小狗、平靜地撐著雨傘的小豬、拿著風箏滿腹狐疑的小熊,以及伸長脖子微笑的兔子,他們排排站在可以遠眺戶外風景的窗台上。有人等待著月亮、等待著雨、有人等待著風、等待著雪,然而,也有人不特別等待什麼,只要看著窗外就開心。雖然他們等待的事物都不相同,但他們總是一起望向窗外,一起安穩地小睡片刻,一起看著突然出現在窗台上的禮物,一起經歷許多難忘的時光。

凱文・漢克斯將擺設在窗台上的玩具公仔擬人化,用圓潤的線條和素樸的色彩,勾勒出角色對外在環境變化、對人我關係的情緒反應。畫面背景大量留白,一個個橢圓形畫框像是打在角色身上的聚光燈。他說:「季節的變化、

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5 maneras de festejar el Día Internacional de la Alfabetización

La alfabetización es un derecho humano fundamental y un instrumento imprescindible de autonomía personal

El 8 de septiembre se celebra el Día Internacional de la Alfabetización con el objetivo de resaltar y recordar el derecho a la educación y la lucha contra el analfabetismo en todos los rincones y países del mundo. 

En la Biblioteca creemos que la alfabetización es esencial para el florecimiento y el bienestar de las personas, las comunidades y las sociedades en todo el mundo y celebramos la alfabetización en todas sus formas y idiomas. 

El tema del Día Internacional de la Alfabetización 2021 es: "Alfabetización para una recuperación centrada en el ser humano: Reducir la brecha digital". La Biblioteca Pública de Oakland dispone de una conexión de Wi-fi y computadoras para el uso público. Tambiéprestamos 

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Zines!

Here are a few of the newest or most popular zines from our ever-growing Zine Collection!

You may or may not know this, but the Oakland Public Library has a robust and ever-growing collection of zines!

Zines are independently or self-published booklets, often photocopied, often stapled, and generally motivated by self-expression, personal interest, or passion. Zines can be about anything, do not have to conform to any rules or guidelines, and are DIY by nature.

Some say zines have been around since Thomas Paine's historic and self-published Common Sense, though others say zines started sometime in the 30s as scifi fanzines. They have often been situated within various scenes and subcultures -- like the 70s punk scene and the 90s Riot Grrrl scene -- but are created by all kinds of people and are about anything you can think of. They can be intellectual, political, artistic, historical, cultural, informational, personal, poetic, and on and on and on. 

We started our OPL zine collection to be a mobile collection housed on one of our Bike

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Feliz inicio, o regreso, a clases

Los libros son una excelente herramienta para prepararnos para el regreso a clases

Regresar, o iniciar por primera vez, a la escuela es una experiencia emocionante pero también llena de nervios, tanto para padres/cuidadores como para estudiantes. Después de un año de clases remotas, este año nos trae muchos desafíos. 

 Los libros son una excelente herramienta para prepararnos para ello. Nos enseñan importantes lecciones de vida y abren una vía de comunicación con nuestros estudiantes para que puedan hacernos preguntas y compartir cómo se sienten.

Estos cinco libros son muy buenos para compartir durante esta transición.

Las princesas también van a la escuela por Susie

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