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.

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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Thursday, June 16th, 2016, Mercury News

With a boost from bicycle advocacy group Bike East Bay, and the Oakland Public Library, East Oakland now finally has its own bike repair facility, in a brightly painted former shipping container at the Martin Luther King Jr. branch library, 6833 International Blvd.

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, Oakland Reads 2020 Community Voices Blog

Second Start’s Family Literacy Specialist Ann Daniel works with groups of parolees who have children in their lives, helping them to bond and play with their children through books and literary activities, Richardson says. Dads are encouraged to sign up for library cards for themselves and their children and to use library facilities and activities. Several dads have also signed up for tutoring with Second Start to improve their own reading skills, she says.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group

When Michelle McAfee joined a memoir-writing project at Oakland's Temescal library, she was eager to recount tales about growing up African-American in mostly white central Contra Costa County in the 1970s.

Instead, prompts from the workshop's instructor pushed her into a slightly different and more emotionally raw direction.

...McAfee's "Lemon Tree" is included in the new anthology "Subject to Change," published by members of her Temescal writing project.



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Thursday, August 13th, 2015, Montclarion/San Jose Mercury News

A cake is seen during the Dimond Branch Library centennial celebration at the parking lot in Oakland on Saturday. The event featured a traditional story time, children's activities, music, a birthday cake, a video created by teens, a time capsule ceremony and a historical presentation about the library. The library was founded in 1914 by the Fruitvale Women's Club, and became the 11th branch of the Oakland Library, originally called the Upper Fruitvale Branch, in 1915.

5 photos by Ray Chavez

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, Piedmonter/Montclarion/San Jose Mercury News

"The ultimate goal is to reduce crime," said Piedmont Avenue Branch Manager Jenera Burton. "If you know your neighbor, you're more likely to help them." She said that it was fun to see community members interacting as their kids played together because "it's something that doesn't happen a lot."

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015, KALW

The competition is a partnership between the Oakland Public Library and the nonprofit group Youth Speaks. Over the next year, the winner will have a few jobs: run a Facebook page, respond to messages from fans and from the media and attend at least five literary events. This year more than 50 people applied for the poet laureate job. The final seven were chosen for their leadership potential -- judges looked at their resumes, as well as the boldness and originality of their poetry.

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015, KRON4

“Children learn through play, so we see books and toys going together,” supervising librarian for Children’s Services Nina Lindsay said in a statement. “They certainly do in the home, so why not in and out of the library?”

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, Bay Area News Group/Piedmonter/Montclarion

For eight weeks, 25 neighbors and strangers have been meeting for two hours on Saturday afternoons at the Temescal branch library, sharing their personal stories through the written word.

The workshop, taught by Frances Lefkowitz, was part of the Community Memoir Project of which Lefkowitz is the director.

Over tea and home baked cakes and cookies, they honed their memoir writing skills while learning more about each other and the Temescal neighborhood to which they have ties.

The culmination of that workshop and those stories has been collected into an anthology, "Subject to Change: True Stories From the Temescal Memoir Writers" and the public is invited from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday to help the group launch its creation and to hear some of the stories.

The Community Memoir Project, made possible with support from CalHumanities, brings free memoir-writing workshops to public libraries and then publishes the stories into books that become portraits of neighborhoods, reflecting the diversity of voices and experiences.

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Monday, July 13th, 2015, KQED.org

Oakland has a new Youth Poet Laureate.

She is Tova Ricardo, a 16 year old junior at the Bentley School in Lafayette. Ricardo was selected Saturday evening after a reading at Pro-Arts Gallery in Oakland across from Oakland City Hall.

The youth poet laureate program, begun in 2012, is sponsored by the writing training organization Youth Speaks and the Oakland Public Library.

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