OPL in the News

Below, you can read selected media stories showcasing Oakland Public Library programs and staff. To view an archive of press releases from the library, click here.

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, KTVU

Oakland voters love their libraries.

Measure D, which imposes a $75 parcel tax to raise about $10 million annually for the city's libraries for the next 20 years, passed on Tuesday with nearly 76 percent of the vote.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, Civil Eats

Since 2011, in California, young people have found sustenance and assistance in an unlikely place: the public library. That’s the year the Oakland Public Library in Northern California started serving free lunches of sandwiches, fruit, and milk to local children at three of its branches. “We were seeing hungry kids coming in and staying the whole day,” says Derrick DeMay, Oakland’s supervising branch librarian. “Hungry kids act in ways that are unproductive. One solution is to say, ‘You’re out for not following the rules.’ But that doesn’t help anybody.”

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, Oakland News Now

The City of  sent a press release announcing that  is ’s 2018 . Here’s the details.

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Friday, June 1st, 2018, KQED Arts

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) announced this week that it won an almost-$20,000 grant to digitize and preserve donated archival footage of the Black Panther Party. The museum and library received the collection of 98 films and four audiotapes in the early '90s. The reels reportedly consist of unused footage from the documentary film collective California Newsreel, and show the Black Panther Party and other protest movements from the late '60s and '70s.

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Saturday, May 26th, 2018, San Francisco Chronicle

What’s blue and gold and opens doors to untold worlds?

The new Golden State Warriors-themed library cards for the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, Hoodline

Rarely-seen footage of protests from the 1960s - 70s will soon be freely available online thanks to a grant awarded to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

The museum announced receiving the $19,950 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources this week. It was one of 16 recipients nationwide and three in California, in addition to UC Berkeley and UC Davis.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, Hoodline

Oakland’s newest library can go anywhere; on Friday, the city unveiled a customized vehicle that brings books, laptops, tablets, electronic charging stations and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Dubbed the Oakland Public Library Mobile Outreach Vehicle (MOVe), the vehicle also carries gaming and bike repair equipment and can be used as a center for educational activities, movie nights, story times or just quiet reading.

“One of our long-term goals is to better serve our communities by connecting with them where they are,” said interim Director of Library Services Jamie Turbak. “The MOVe is a great way for us to reach underserved youth and improve library access for those who have little contact with city services."

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, Hoodline

It's time to talk about that elephant in the room; or more accurately, those 50 elephants around The Town.

Fifty human-size statues of Stomper, the pachyderm mascot for the Oakland A's, have been placed at locations around the city to commemorate the team's fiftieth year in the city.

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Monday, April 16th, 2018, Bike East Bay

Erin Sanders is the branch manager at the Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Public Library (OPL), and is involved with OPL’s fleet of bike libraries (that’s right, they have three). She also organizes speakers, film screenings, and craft activities at her library to share a wide range of bicycling experiences.

Dan and Erin both partner with Bike East Bay’s Education Program to offer our free bicycling skills classes, hosted at their libraries. They noted, “Bike East Bay is an inclusive organization offering workshops and activities for many types of riders, people from all walks of life, and all over town.” They love partnering with us to offer programming that fits with their library values and priorities for equitable access to information and community-focused programming.

Erin has taken the book-bike love a step farther. After attending a film screening hosted by Bike East Bay’s Women Bike Book Club in 2015, Erin and colleague Emily Weak offered to collaborate on the book club. The Women Bike Book Club now meets on first Thursdays at the Golden Gate branch to discuss feminism and bicycling, and is open to everyone.

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Sunday, April 15th, 2018, San Francisco Chronicle

“We don’t ask why enough in this country,” said Dorothy Lazard, a librarian at the Oakland Public Library who runs the Oakland History Room. “We always talk about the problem, but we can never solve the problem until we ask: Why did this happen? How did this happen? We’re not doing that enough.”

Lazard, who was featured in the Moore Dry Dock podcast episode, told me that new development erodes what came before.

“History is being rewritten very rapidly, but it’s also being forgotten very rapidly,” said Lazard, who was raised in Oakland after her family was forced to move out of San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood in 1970 because of urban redevelopment. “When people have that kind of attitude, it creates this huge and very hurtful and destructive kind of narrative where it’s an erasure, and that’s what’s painful about gentrification.”

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