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.

Friday, May 17th, 2019, KCBS Radio

A new incentive to crack the books this summer if you live in Oakland. KCBS Radio reporter Patti Reising has more about a new, limited edition Children's Fairyland Library card, which comes with a special perk!

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2019, 99% Invisible [Podcast]

Libraries get rid of books all the time. There are so many new books coming in every day and only a finite amount of library space. The practice of freeing up library space is called weeding. “It’s like, you have to weed your garden for […] the flowers to grow,” says Sharon McKellar who supervises Teen Services at the Oakland Public Library.

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Friday, April 19th, 2019, KQED Arts

That Donté Clark is a poet and thespian from North Richmond is something you can tell by the way he talks. His southern drawl on certain words shows his family roots, while his proper pronunciation of other terms is evidence of his upbringing in Northern California.

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Tuesday, April 16th, 2019, Oakland North

For the first time in 15 years, Oakland Public Library staffers have extended their hours...

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Thursday, April 11th, 2019, East Bay Times

The Oakland Public Library Montclair Branch will celebrate National Poetry Month by inviting six local poets to read their poetry.

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Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, KQED Arts

Farmworkers harvesting onions. Picketing Teamsters rejecting student sympathizers. Oakland high-schoolers protesting the police shooting their peer. Black Panthers serving breakfast.

They’re just a few scenes from a newly digitized African American Museum & Library Oaklandcollection of scarcely if ever seen footage documenting California activism and organized labor in the 1960s and 1970s. 

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Saturday, March 30th, 2019, KQED

They say having fun isn't hard when you've got a library card, and soon people with an Oakland Public Library card will be able to have even more fun as the system expands its hours at all of its branches.

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Thursday, March 21st, 2019, Splash Pad News – April 2019

Thanks to the passage of Measure D, all the Oakland Libraries will have extended hours, starting today (no fooling). 

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, SF Gate

Jamie Turbak has been appointed as Oakland's new director of library services, city officials announced Tuesday. 

City Administrator Sabrina Landreth confirmed Turbak's appointment on Friday, making her the 13th director since Oakland incorporated public library services in 1878. 

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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, KTVU

New Oakland Director of Library Services Jamie Turbak joins the Four on 2.

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