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, July 10th, 2015, TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.

Last summer, Nina Lindsay was walking through the Oakland Public Library (OPL) where she works when she saw what she describes as "the best kind of trash." On the floor was a peach pit sucked bone dry. It had been served for lunch earlier that day, and for Nina the image of that pit serves as a reminder of the importance of the library's summer meals program.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, SF Gate

For decades, libraries throughout the country have worked to overcome the challenge of illiteracy through programs such as Project Read and the Oakland Public Library’s Second Start, both of which employ one-to-one tutoring by community volunteers, in helping others learn to read.

But now, more than ever, libraries are adapting to address the technology revolution and the digital literacy needs of our residents. 

Luis Herrera is the chief librarian of the San Francisco Public Library.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015, The Daily Californian

“We are always seeking ways to provide a broader set of opportunities to our patrons,” said Gerry Garzon, director of the Oakland Public Library, in an email to The Daily Californian. “Partnerships are a great way to work with other folks who have the skills and resources to share.”

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015, Library Journal

Libraries have been expanding their mission to support creativity further with Maker spaces and events, foster community and connections among users, and collaborate with other organizations to provide core services and complementary ones. A small-scale example is Oakland Public Library’s Tool Lending Library.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, Sf Gate

Dig in the dirt with City Slicker Farms, join the drum circle, select a new book from Oakland Public Library’s rolling Bike Library, and breathe easy with meditation and yoga hosted by Siddha Yoga Ashram.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, Contra Costa Times

The Oakland Book Festival is kicking off its inaugural event on Sunday. The one-day festival will be held in and in front of City Hall, with about 90 writers participating in panels, readings and interviews to be held over the course of the day, all free to the public.

"Events like this have a special ability to bring people together, to open discussion, and to help build community," said Gerry Garzon, director of services at the Oakland Public Library, in an email.


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Friday, May 8th, 2015, SF Gate

Just how grassroots is the festival? The couple has done all the fundraising by themselves, without applying for any grants. “It doesn’t cost a lot to pull this off,” Don said. “We’re getting City Hall for free, and the Oakland Library and Children’s Fairyland are donating their time and services for free.”

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015, The White House

Today, the President will call upon library directors to work with their mayors, school leaders, and school librarians, to create or strengthen partnerships so that every child enrolled in school can receive a library card. These libraries also commit to support student learning through programming that develops their language, reading, and critical thinking; provide digital resources, such as eBooks and online collections of traditional media; and provide broadband connectivity and wireless access within library facilities. Over 30 major cities and counties have announced they are taking the challenge and will work to provide cards to all students.

Communities adopting the ConnectED Library Challenge include: Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Clinton Macomb, Columbus, Cuyahoga, D.C., Denver, Hartford, Hennepin County, Howard County, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, New Haven, Oakland, Pierce County, Pima, Pocatello, Pueblo City, Ramsey County, Columbia, Rochester Hills, Rochester, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Skokie, and St. Louis.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, Public Libraries Online
  • Increased visibility and support for the library: Contra Costa’s San Pablo branch included storytime with the police chief, firefighters, and city council members. A poignant news story about Oakland Public Library’s program was enough to draw a popular children’s book illustrator to regularly volunteer for the program.
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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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