Your public library is a place where, free of cost, you can learn about current issues from credible sources, explore history, borrow high quality books, and take advantage of community resources and spaces. Everyone is welcome. Inclusiveness is a core value of public libraries. Oakland Public Library will be tabling at the second Oakland Peace Center Activism and Advocacy Resource Fair this coming Sunday, 2/12, from 11 to 4 PM, to promote how the library can help you during these tumultuous times. You can sign up for a library card and pick up various resources and reading lists as well as limited edition “fREADom” buttons!
Reading is among our greatest freedoms; OPL librarians have curated these timely book lists. Click through to learn more about:
- social movements and activism
- race and class
- what it means to be white
- #blacklivesmatter (www.oaklandlibrary.org/BlackLivesMatter)
- talking to kids about racism (www.oaklandlibrary.org/TalkingtoKids)
The last two lists are continually updated, so check back often.
We’re also offering “Don’t Fall for Fake News” programs regularly at various locations (Next workshop April 22). In this interactive workshop you’ll learn how our media works, explore your own biases and views, and discover to make informed choices about your consumption of various news sources. Please check our online events calendar for upcoming sessions. Librarians are available at any time to discuss credible news sources; moreover, your library card gets you free access to the New York Times digital edition and many more newspapers through our database subscriptions.
Librarians believe that “free communication is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture” (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/statementspols/freedomreadstatement). We welcome your thoughts about how else we can support you in driving change – please share your thoughts in the comments or contact any librarian!
(Please note: the "Everyone is Welcome Here" image is by artist Micah Bazant, available for download on their website www.micahbazant.com/welcome-here/.)