Weekends @ OPL!

Looking for fun & free things to do this weekend? Check out this weekly blog for a small sampling of events and programs for all ages at your Oakland Public Library.

We ♥️ weekends... spend your weekend with us!

Every week, we post up a small selection of events we think you might find useful or enjoy. You can find the full list of events here. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @oaklibrary!

For a complete list of all events at OPL, visit: www.oaklandlibrary.org/events [link]



Friday 1/17

DIY Home Improvement Consultationsassorted home improvement tools against light gray background

Have questions about a home maintenance or improvement project you’re tackling yourself? We’re here to help! We’ll have a home maintenance professional from AAA House Manager onsite, available for one-on-one discussions and coaching. They’ll even show you what tools from the lending library you’ll need to get the job done.

Friday, January 17 - 1pm-3pm @ Temescal Branch 
Keywords: DIY, makers, adults, home improvement, homes, North Oakland, Temescal, Tool Lending Library, tools, free consultation



DIY: Jewelry-Making for Teens!two children holding up their hand-made jewelry

In this fun, free, hands-on workshop, artists from the Rock Paper Scissors Collective will guide you in creating your own beautiful jewelry. Great for gifts! All workshop supplies are provided.

Friday, January 17 - 2pm @ Martin Luther King Jr. Branch
Keywords: teens, teenagers, DIY, maker, jewerly, workshop, East Oakland, art, crafts, wearable crafts




Perler Beads Notebook for Teensperler beads fashioned to resemble Pokemon's Pikachut

Join us for a crafty afternoon in the TeenZone! We will be making decorations for our notebooks using perler beads. All materials provided. For youth ages 12 - 18.

Friday, January 17 - 2:30pm-4pm @ Asian Branch
Keywords: teens, teenagers, youth, perler beads, Teenzone, crafts, arts, DIY, Oakland Chinatown, Downtown Oakland, Old Oakland



Saturday, 1/18

Gentle Flow Yoga with Nicole Varnadoyoga class in session

This is a yoga basics class focused on connecting the movement of your body and movement of your breath. Class starts with a short meditation, and breath work is incorporated throughout the class. New and experienced yoga students welcome! Come dressed in 'moveable' clothes, and bring a yoga mat or towel. Nicole Varnado has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and recently completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. She is honored to have the opportunity to move and breathe with her fellow Oakland Public Library patrons!

Saturday, January 18 - 10am-10:45am @ Dimond Branch
Keywords: yoga, health, fitness, class, adult, DImond, East Oakland, mindfulness




Build Your Own Toolboxwooden toolbox

Build your own toolbox with help and supplies from the Friends of the Tool Lending Library. 

Saturday, January 18 - 10am-1:30am @ Temescal Branch (Tool Lending Library)
Keywords: DIY, Tool Lending Library, Temescal, North Oakland, toolbox, workshop, tools, crafts


Saturday Children’s Story Hourcover of "My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King III, recalls the close bonds between father and son in My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The son reminds us that his father, a champion for civil rights, wanted a nation where his children “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Saturday, January 18 - 11am-12pm @ African American Museum & Library at Oakland
Keywords: AAMLO, children, kids, story hour, storytime, MLK Jr., MLK, Dr. MLK Jr., parents, caregivers, caretakers, civil rights, American History, Black History, African American History




Learning about Dr. King’s Legacy: Activities for Childrencover for a historical comic about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bring the young ones! Enjoy Learning about Dr. King’s Legacy: Activities for Children through a series of 30-minute spirited sessions that reexamine the African American quest for civil rights. Our fun-filled sessions include: remembering the quotable MLK through word puzzles, singing songs of the civil rights movement, designing your own postage stamp to honor the great leader, and viewing an animated film about the iconic King. Prizes will be given throughout the afternoon. (This is a family friendly event.)

Saturday, January 18 - 2pm-4pm @ African American Museum & Library at Oakland
Keywords: family, family-friendly, children, kids, caregivers, caretakers, parents, Dr. King, MLK, activities, AAMLO


Sunday, 1/19

Help for Renters

Do you rent your home? Do you have questions? The Oakland Tenant's Union is at the Main Library on the first and third Sundays of every month. They can answer questions or provide resources about evictions, landlords, your rights, and more. Please call for an appointment: 510-704-5276. Every first and third Sunday from 3-5 pm, in the Veterans Center in the lobby. Everyone is welcome, although veterans may be given priority when applicable. 

Sunday, January 19 - 3pm-5pm @ Main Library
Keywords: rent, renters, free consultation, Oakland Tenant's Union, landlords, Lake Merritt, Downtown Oakland, housing


For a full list of events, make sure to check out our events calendar.


What are your favorite weekend events @ OPL? Let us know in the comments!


I took my 9yr old to the

I took my 9yr old to the Summer Reading Celebration at the museum and it was a fantastic event - lots to do. Thanks for putting on this event.
~ Harmony

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