It starts with a murder. Read A Northern Light

It starts with a murder. If you're into the Serial podcast, then this case and this book might be for you.

A Northern Light

Mattie is 16, she's plain, smart, hardworking and a reader. Her mom died of cancer awhile back, Pa is gone for long stretches, working the land, leaving Mattie with a gaggle of siblings to care for. She wants to finish her schooling but she's poor and in 1906 upstate New York, high school and college aren't priorities for girls. She's inspired by her teacher, a poet and feminist, who helps her land an acceptance letter and full scholarship to Barnard. But Pa forbids it, she made a promise to her dying mother to never leave, and this Plain Jane is getting some unfathomable attention from the town hottie. What's a girl to do?

So, back to murder. Just like an episode of Law and Order, Mattie is going about her work day when she is presented with a body found near the lake. It's a pretty young woman, just

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It starts with a murder. Read A Northern Light

It starts with a murder. If you're into the Serial podcast, then this case and this book might be for you.

A Northern Light

Mattie is 16, she's plain, smart, hardworking and a reader. Her mom died of cancer awhile back, Pa is gone for long stretches, working the land, leaving Mattie with a gaggle of siblings to care for. She wants to finish her schooling but she's poor and in 1906 upstate New York, high school and college aren't priorities for girls. She's inspired by her teacher, a poet and feminist, who helps her land an acceptance letter and full scholarship to Barnard. But Pa forbids it, she made a promise to her dying mother to never leave, and this Plain Jane is getting some unfathomable attention from the town hottie. What's a girl to do?

So, back to murder. Just like an episode of Law and Order, Mattie is going about her work day when she is presented with a body found near the lake. It's a pretty young woman, just

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Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

If you'd like to read about Selma and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 check out these books.

You may have recently seen the the movie Selma highlighting the civil rights campaign, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to ensure equal voting rights for African Americans. If you'd like to learn more about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the people involved, the books listed below are a great place to start.

All summaries are from the publisher's description.

Bending Toward Justice    

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The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: A Lakeview Book Club Review

These are the Lakeview Book Club notes from the discussion about 1958 novel, The Leopard by Giuseppi Tomasi di Lampedusa. It is the best selling Italian novel of all time and considered one of the very best historical novels ever written. The Lakeview Book Club recommends it highly!

Hello Everyone,
 
The meeting was really interesting. our discussion leader had much to share with us, including a portrait of Garibaldi, the leader of the "Risorgimento," the civil war between supporters of monarchy and aristocracy and their opponents, who wanted democracy and a unified Italy. The reorganization was completed in the 1860s with a constitutional monarch at the helm of an united Italy. Garibaldi was a very colorful character. We might read a good biography about him later.
 
The novel, The Leopard, was published posthumously in 1958. It took three years for author, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa to write it and it was rejected several times before it was finally published. Every faction or class depicted in this novel hated Tomasi's

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2015

Bring on the happy new year with something fantastic to read! Here are 10 great books coming in January 2015.

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Oakland Public Library Staff’s Favorite Books of 2014

OPL staff looks back on their favorite books of 2014.

You’ve seen them everywhere—end of the year Best Books lists in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Amazon, to name just a few—now it’s time for us to weigh in. Here are a few of our favorite books published in 2014.

We’d love to hear from you, too! Please tell us about your favorite books of 2014 in the comments.

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The Reading Minute Presents: The SUN on a Rainy Day

The SUN Magazine: "PERSONAL. POLITICAL. PROVOCATIVE. AD-FREE."

                                                   

Have you seen The Sun? It is a magazine for writers and, also, it is a magazine for readers. Specifically, it is a magazine for readers looking for “emerging and established artists who are striving to be thoughtful and authentic.” 

                                           

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Need last minute gifts? It's not too late to make something unique!

Are you struggling with last minute gifts? Tired of spending your time at the mall? Oakland Public Library can help you create something unique to give this season. Here are some suggestions for making your own gifts.  Enjoy! 

Edible DIY     Delicious Gifts    

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Heartburn by Nora Ephron and Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu, A Lakeview Book Club Report

Lakeview Book Club Report on the discussion of Heartburn by Nora Ephron and Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu.

Eight of us met to discuss these two quickly read books. Heartburn had been on our list for a long time, but we added Leaving Mother Lake, because we wanted to discuss another book with a strong woman. Heartburn was fiction based on fact and Leaving Mother Lake was a memoir, "as told to" anthropologist, Christine Mathieu. Christine Mathieu also added her anthropological analysis of Yang Erche Namu's community in Yunan Province. Our discussion leader for Leaving Mother Lake shared very thorough notes, which brought us all up on the major details.

Yang Erche Namu was born in 1966 in a very remote village in the mountains of Yunnan Province, China. Her isolated community developed a "matrilineal" society over hundreds of years. Anthropologist, Christine Mathieu, conjectures that this evolved

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in December 2014

Ready to curl up with some great stories? Here are 10 books to look forward to this December.

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