African Drumming and February Favorites

Famous February birthdays and African drumming to commemorate Black History Month.

Happy Birthday Bob!  Today is the Bob Marley’s birthday.

During  Black History month  we also wish a happy birthday to:

February 1 - Langston Hughes

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in February 2019

There are tons of great books coming out this month. I hope you have room on your holds list!

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New Nonfiction

Check out new nonfiction titles at OPL.

New year, new books. Take a look at some of the new nonfiction available at OPL. Happy reading!

It Was All a Dream    Deep Creek  Maid 

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Celebrate Black History Month at Your Library!

February is Black History Month! February is Black History Month! Celebrate, commemorate, have fun, and learn something new with your library.

Every Saturday

AAMLO Public TourImage of the AAMLO

Join AAMLO staff every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for a guided 45-minute tour - an introduction to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, including the permanent multi-media history exhibition, “Visions Towards Tomorrow: The African American Community in Oakland, 1890-1990,” and the mural, “Journey of Promise.” Tours focus on AAMLO's history, architecture, and collections with an emphasis on the historical accomplishments and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West. All tours

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Grammy nominees are available on hoopla and at the library!

This year's Grammy Awards will be held on February 10. Take a listen to the nominees on hoopla and at OPL.

The 61st Annual GRAMMY awards are less than a month away. Need to catch up on the biggest hits of the year? Your Oakland Public Library is here to help, with nominated music available on hoopla and at the library.

hoopla is OPL's streaming music service. It also offers streaming video, ebooks, comics, and more — all with no holds ever. To sign up, you just need an email address, your library card number and library PIN. Patrons can check out eight items per month.

This crop of nominees is larger than in previous years: each of the "big four" general categories (Album, Record, and Song of the Year, along with Best New Artist) has expanded from five to eight nominees.

Black panther the album cover art 

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It's Time to Talk Summer Camps!

January is the perfect time to start researching summer camp options. Learn tips for finding the perfect camp and the scholarship and financial aid options available for affording camp.

It’s mid-January, the winter holidays are over and school is back in session...which means it is the perfect time to start researching summer learning options and making plans for your child’s summer experiences.

Surprised? It may feel like it’s too early to plan out attendance at camps and classes that are still five to six months away, but enrollment for many local camps begins this month. In addition, many camps that offer scholarships, financial aid, and/or sliding scale tuition based on a family’s finances have early spring application deadlines for awarding aid.

As a children's librarian, I often get families asking about these resources in May and early June; parents and caregivers are surprised and disappointed when I inform them that the camps they are interested in are fully enrolled and all available financial aid has already been awarded.

By getting an early start on planning for the summer, you can increase your chances at landing a spot at the camp of your choice!

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Growing Up Oakland

Check out the beautiful work from Growing Up Oakland, a project created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets.

Growing Up Oakland is a project entirely created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets. Seeing a need for an expansion of the Oakland narrative, they are retrieving and broadcasting stories of childhood in Oakland through poetry, interviews, and visual art.

Growing Up Oakland highlights the variety of experiences of childhood throughout the long life of the city by using both interviews from people who grew up across various decades and creative work by current Oakland youth. This is a memorial of how the experiences of Oakland and youth have both changed and stayed the same throughout time.

After interviewing a variety of people who have grown up in Oakland, the poets have been taking these interviews into Oakland schools and leading poetry workshops.

The first workshop was with an 11th grade class at Oakland Technical High School. Some of the poems born out of these workshops have transformed into tangible postcards that are currently being distributed around the

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Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon. This one is not to be missed. A review.

 

The word is out about Heavy. Currently there are 41 Holds on the library’s 15 copies, and we have ordered more. Glowing reviews in the New York Times, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly and on NPR have spread the word. This one is not to be missed.

Heavy is about a young black man growing up mostly in Jackson, Mississippi, shaped by his brilliant yet punitive mother’s powerful presence like a blacksmith shapes a sword. What is it like to be the steel, beaten and heated and tested? Kiese Laymon shapes the readers’ experience with utmost skill, letting us feel both his brilliance and his painful,

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Get to Know Your Grants: Community Kiosk

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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. King

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland reflects on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his visits to the Bay Area

Martin Luther King Jr. standing with group of women at Bethel Baptist Church event in Oakland, California 1967

African American Museum & Library at Oakland Photograph Collection

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 Return of MLK Film Festival

After a one year hiatus, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland returns with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival. AAMLO has hosted the film festival for over 15 years to pay homage to the legendary slain civil rights leader. Dr. King was a civil rights activist who fought against policies that promoted racism and segregation through peaceful protests. This year’s

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