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, November 11th, 2016, East Bay Times

Under the guidance of library workers and the Rock Paper Scissors Collective, the students took photos of their world, many of which are on display this month as “Through Our Eyes,” an exhibition at the West Oakland branch of the public library.

At a reception there Friday, a small gathering wiped out the refreshments provided and shared some of what they had learned while taking the photos and drafting written comments on them.

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, East Bay Times

Siskind said her favorite things about the library include doing story time with local children, and also giving book references. And she said the library’s sense of community is what she finds most notable after 20 years.

“You build a building, and it’s supposed to last forever,” Siskind said. “I feel the building has stayed the same, but the people are always shifting. I meet people with babies and they grow up, and people who I read stories to when they were little are starting to have kids now.”

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, East Bay Times

Already showing is work from Fine Arts Project Revisited, a rebirth of a project where artists created and showed work one year after the fire in 35 East Bay locations. Artists Adélie Bisoff, Andy Bergers, Darrell Hunger, Jennie Jabbour, Joell Jones, June Felter, Raphael Shevlev and Susan Felter are displaying those works now through Oct. 14 at the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Ave.

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Monday, September 26th, 2016, East Bay Times

Oakland Public Library has begun offering a new online service for patrons that acts like “Netflix, but for libraries,” allowing numerous people to read the same book or watch the same movie simultaneously online.

The app, called Hoopla Digital, will allow anyone with an Oakland Public Library card to have access to and rent the company’s collection of more than 600,000 movies, eBooks, music, audiobooks and comics.

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Friday, September 23rd, 2016, Oakland North

Dioram-Off is the brainchild of two librarians, Emily Foster of the Berkeley Public Library and Amy Martin of the Oakland Public Library. Both said they wanted to create a fun way for adults to share their favorite books.

This is the second time the duo has hosted a diorama contest. They first got the idea last year, as then-colleagues in Oakland, after seeing a photo on the internet of a similar contest. They worked with Carder to host the 2015 event at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore. This year, Foster is working in Berkeley, but she and Martin remain friends and decided to co-host the event.

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, ABC7 News

Oaklandhasjobs held a youth job fair in the Oakland Main Library's TeenZone on Wednesday.

Sixteen employers and youth agencies that provide internships and job training were present.

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Monday, September 5th, 2016, Oakland North

The hotspot lending program has already proved popular with Oakland residents. One week after the program’s start, almost all of the 45 hotspots had been checked out. Special projects librarian Mary Schrader said students in West Oakland have been borrowing hotspots to complete their homework, and others have followed after hearing about the service from their friends.

Some of those students “hadn’t been into the library for quite a while,” Garzon said. “I think people forget that libraries have really widened the types of services that we provide.” The unlimited broadband provided by the hotspots allows for endless browsing, and access to all services delivered on the internet. “They can check newspapers at home, they can do their studies, they can check a book review, they can buy something, they can even watch a movie,” Garzon pointed out.

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Monday, August 22nd, 2016, Oakland Reads 2020 Community Voices Blog

The noise level wasn’t what one would expect in a library. Nichole Brown, the librarian, is largely responsible for changing how the community thinks about what libraries should be. “We’re building community in a non-traditional way,” said Nichole. “We want people to interact with us and each other, and engage in the activities we offer. People don’t see the library as a destination, but when they get here, they see the benefits and they keep coming back. They’re relieved to have a safe place where no one cares where they’re from or how they got here.”

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Friday, August 19th, 2016, Post News Group

According to Lana Adlawan, a supervising librarian for teen services at the Oakland Public Library, a key part of the program is leadership and making sure the laureates are ready to lead their city. She and many others agree, “Azariah is ready to do that.”

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Thursday, August 11th, 2016, East Bay Times

Although the library is on a campaign to boost patronage across the board, the council and Garzon primarily addressed removing barriers to youngsters' use.


"This is not the same environment that we may all have lived in at one time," Garzon reminded the council, noting some families struggle with displacement, living with a single parent or grandparents, moving from one home to another or just trying to get around.


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