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, February 20th, 2015, KGO News

 At the Oakland Library today, children and their families learnt the movements, song, and rhythms involved in Hambone and were treated to the colorful antics of performer Lance “Unique Derique” McGee.

In celebration of Black History Month, renowned performer McGee discussed the African-American art of Hambone body music in a fun, all-ages program featuring physical comedy, circus arts, and body drumming.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, Inside Bay Area

The historic branch library on San Pablo Avenue in North Oakland was closed last year for repairs, and it is now open once again. A public celebration is planned at 10 a.m. Feb. 21. The Oakland City Council in July approved a construction budget of $163,000 to pay for restoration of deteriorated windows and other renovations to the Georgian revival-style landmark building, originally constructed in 1917-18 and known as the Golden Gate Branch.

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Friday, February 6th, 2015, KREM2

Other libraries that made the list were the Free Library of Philadelphia, California's Oakland Public Library, the Toronto Kitchen Library, and New Jersey's Piscataway Public Library.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015, Oakland Local

The public reception was packed with proud kids, parents and grandparents. The young artists were beaming, proud to have their photos taken alongside their work. Selected pieces from the competition will become part of a traveling exhibition to several Oakland Public Library branches.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, TechSoup

I was especially thrilled to see that the Oakland Public Library was present. I spoke to the OPL community relations librarian, Sharon McKellar, about why she was there. McKellar said that it was important to make government more accessible to the entire community, including those with "varying literacy or languages or degrees of digital literacy" and that the library should be involved in those conversations.

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015, East Bay Express

The idea behind Diorama-rama isn’t complicated. With the aim of fostering a community around reading, the Oakland Public Library is partnering with E. M. Wolfman Small Interest Bookstore (which was recently featured in our story “Downtown, Up and Coming” 12/24/14) to put on a night dedicated to books, and tiny models of the worlds inside them. 

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Monday, December 29th, 2014, Oakland Tribune

Think inside the box

The possibilities are endless. You could have Harry Potter in a shoebox. Or maybe some "Little Women." Heck, stuff "All the King's Men" in there. It's a "Brave New World" inside the diorama you'll fashion in honor of your favorite book for the Jan. 8 Diorama-Rama contest, co-hosted by the Oakland Public Library and E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore at 410 13th St., Oakland. Call 415-250-5527 for info.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014, Oakland Tribune

A collection of panoramic photographs of Oakland through the years featuring views of real estate development, industry, school children, social clubs, and events is on display in he special exhibit "Oakland Panoramas" at the Main Library's Oakland History Room.

"We pulled these from our collection of large, wide photos not usually on display," said Dorothy Lazard, the librarian in charge of the history room.

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014, KQED Forum

Maurice Sendak, author of "Where the Wild Things Are," once said, "Kids don't know about bestsellers. They go for what they enjoy." We'll discuss what new books kids are enjoying and what classic books still endure. What kids' books are popular in your house? What children's books make good gifts?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:  Amy Martin, children's collection librarian at the Oakland Public Library


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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, Oakland North

This past summer, BRL even started a year-long pilot program, partnering with the Oakland Public Library and Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, which offered space to host the therapy workshops. “Many of these libraries are ideally located in communities with high rates of violence,” said Alvarez. “That’s why this partnership is so important—it’s bringing together strategically located facilities with a culturally responsive organization like ours to address trauma that is being observed.”

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