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Recipes and DIY holiday gift ideas.
Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa are fast approaching. For those who celebrate these holidays, cooking, baking and exchanging gifts are often part of the celebration. If you're looking for holiday recipes or gift making ideas, look no further! OPL has a book for you.
We've compiled a list of some of our favorite books for kids, teens and adults for your year-end gifting needs.
Giving a gift to a book lover anytime soon? Our third annual Holiday Gift Guide features some of our favorite recent books for kids, teens and adults. If you don't already have a favorite local bookseller, we've also provided a list of Oakland bookstores below.
Have suggestions of your own? We would LOVE to hear them--please share in the comments!
Books for Children
The Handmaid’s Tale and Other Dark Dystopian Dreams: 5 novels of speculative fiction exploring themes of gender and power.
The Handmaid’s Tale and Other Dark Dystopian Dreams
If the news has been feeling like some dark dystopian TV series for the past year, consider reading some speculative fiction exploring themes of gender and power. (And when is the next installment of The Handmaid’s Tale returning to Hulu, anyway?)
“All over the world, teenage girls develop the ability to send an electric charge from the tips of their fingers. It might be a little jolt, as thrilling as it is frightening. It might be powerful enough to leave lightning-bolt traceries on the skin of people the girls touch. It might be deadly. And, soon, the girls learn that they can
A Readers' Advisory Round-Up
What do you like to read? Do you follow an author until you’ve read everything then wait impatiently for the next book? Do you read one genre exclusively? Science fiction? Popular science? Biographies?
How do you find the next book you’re going to read or listen to? Do you read reviews? Ask your friends? Or do you ask a librarian?
Good idea. Readers’ Advisory is our middle name. Names. When you ask us for help we open our bag of librarian tricks. Guess what the first trick is -- we will ask YOU more questions. We’re going to find out what you like and don’t like. And why. Once we’ve drawn you out, we’ll pull our other tricks out of the bag. Like the library catalog. A catalog search really can get you to a book with qualities like other books you’ve liked. We usually will start with keywords in the basic search box, moving later to an advanced search.
We also use library databases like
Haunted stories for Halloween.
Looking for some ghostly reading as Halloween approaches? Check out these novels and shorts stories featuring ghosts. Some of the books contain traditional ghost stories; in others the authors use psychological hauntings as a motif. All are filled with spine-tingling suspense! Descriptions are provided by the publishers.
Louise Penny's latest has a super-long hold list. Here are some things you can read while you wait.
Glass Houses, the new Chief Inspector Gamache mystery by Canadian author Louise Penny, is here and boy, does it have a long hold list! Gamache has legions of fans and this, the lucky thirteenth in the series, will not fail to satisfy. If you don’t already follow Gamache, start with the first one,
Books that focus on our nature and our connection to each other.
Lately I've been asked for book recommendations that inspire a sense of hope or aren't all about "everything that's wrong with the world." I've recommended books about social justice movements and change and ways of building community. I've also been thinking about other types of books that inspire hope. For me, nature writing can instill hopefulness because it helps me feel connected to the natural world which in turns reminds me of our interconnectedness. The books below all address our connection to nature and to each other. I hope you enjoy these recommendations.