Embodying Peace with Young Children

Using books to embody peace with young children.

"We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built” - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Dreams of Brighter Tomorrows," Ebony Magazine, March 1965 

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, I am inspired to explore how his thoughts on peace can be embodied by young children and the people who love them. With the frantic pace of modern life, it is easy for all of us to feel stretched thin, distracted, and overwhelmed. When we are reacting to the ups and downs of our day without preserving moments to slow down and feel grounded in our bodies it can be more difficult to treat ourselves and others with the patience and kindness needed to make this world a more peaceful place.  

Luckily there are books that introduce even the youngest children to mindfulness practices that will have the whole family breathing and moving in ways that calm the

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2020

Can you think of a better way to start the new year than cracking open a new book? Here are ten great books arriving this month.

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Read the OPL Annual Report

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Free Reading Apps for Kids

Are you using these FREE apps to access online content?

After the holidays families may have new devices to explore, connect with online resources or create new content. Below are FREE apps you can download to enjoy books, music and movies from our library collection. 

  • Enki -  This collection includes kid's comics, graphic novels, study guides and more kids of all ages. 
  • Hoopla  - Download or stream ebooks, music, audiobooks, movies, comics, and television. You can apply KIDS MODE which only show kid-appropriate content in browse and search results.
  • Libby

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New Year, New Projects

Projects for the new year.

Are you looking for inspiration in the new year? Have you been wanting to start a new creative project? Oakland Public Library has books to help you begin your creative journey!

Branches and Blooms     Infinite Succulents     Paper Crafts     

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Winter Reads!

Suggested reading material during the winter break.

Winter break is short and sweet; and it is nothing like a cold winter's day that makes you want to curl up in you favorite fuzzy socks, with a good book, while enjoying the seasonal festivities.  The biggest question is, what can you read that is quick and enjoyable?  Using our winter bingo card as a guide, we have some books for you to consider:

Remember that we want to you enjoy the break, it doesn't matter what you do. So if you enjoy

writing poems, 

telling jokes for big belly laughs,

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AAMLO 2019 Year-End Highlights

A selection of events and happenings at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland from 2019.

African American costume ball held at Sweets Home of the Big Band circa 19382019 has been an exciting year for the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. This year, we have undergone some major changes, with the addition of our new Chief Curator, Bamidele Agbasegbe-Demerson, our new library aide, Stephanie Jackson, our new part-time librarian, Jen Bator, and our new full-time librarian, yours' truly, Steve Bartenhagen. Additionally, we are making big plans for the new year that will involve more of our Meet the Author lecture and book signing series, the continued growth of our Saturday children's storytime, more educational and insightful programming, and the evolution of our library services and community engagement, changes we hope will enable AAMLO to better share our collections and serve the needs of the people of Oakland and California. Here are some 2019 highlights from AAMLO:

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Our Favorite Books of 2019

OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2019.

It's an annual tradition: Oakland Public Library staff share their favorite books from the last twelve months. We'd love to hear your picks too--please share in the comments! 

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5 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in December 2019

Cozy up with five of December's best fiction releases.

December is sometimes a slow month for new releases, so our list this month is short but strong. Happy reading!

Such a Fun Age
by Kiley Reid
Emira Tucker is a 25-year-old Black woman who is torn between pursuing a more grown-up career and the part time babysitting job she loves. When Emira is the target of racial profiling at a high-end grocery store, her white employer Alix wants to come to her rescue, regardless of what Emira wants or needs. “In her debut novel, Reid illuminates difficult truths about race, society, and power with a fresh, light hand. We're all familiar with the phrases white privilege and race relations, but rarely has a book vivified these terms in such a lucid, absorbing, graceful, forceful, but unforced way.” (Library Journal)

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Let's make things together in December

Make a light-up snowflake card or decorate a cookie at your local library.

Rainy days in Oakland mean it's a great time to cozy up and make some crafts. We have crafty times happening all over Oakland this December. Come join us! All our craft programs are free and we provide the materials.

For all ages

Snow Globes at the Main Library
Friday, December 13, First floor at 12pm; Children's Room and Teen Zone at 2:30pm

For kids and families

Kwanzaa Story and Crafts
Main Library Children's Room, Wednesday, December 11, 2:30pm

Holiday Ornaments
Dimond Branch, Saturday, December 14, 4pm

Cookie Decorating
Elmhurst Branch, Friday, December 20, 3pm

Light-up Snowflake Cards
Golden Gate Branch, Wednesday, December 11, 3pm
West Oakland Branch, Friday, December 13, 4pm
Temescal Branch, Saturday, December 14, 11:30am
Brookfield Branch, Tuesday, December 17, 1:30pm

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