California Reads at Oakland Public Library: "War Comes Home to Oakland"

Oakland Public Library is one of 43 libraries throughout California participating in California Reads this year. Learn about veterans issues and various programs planned at OPL this fall.

Oakland Public Library is participating in California Reads this year. California Reads is a state-wide read, and provides a springboard to think about and discuss ideas using thought-provoking books about issues that are of importance to our state.

This year, the theme is the veteran experience, with two goals: 

  • increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served
  • spark a public conversation on how best we can support the process of reincorporating  our veterans into the fabric of civilian life

We're one of 43 libraries throughout California to be awarded the grant, and we're working with some partner agencies to plan programs and a essay contest with Veterans for Peace East Bay and the Unsung Heroes Oral History Project.

The title selected for the read is 

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FIERCE SISTAHS!

Oakland Pride and the Bay Area Lesbian History Archives Project

This month the Main Library is hosting FIERCE SISTAHS! Bay Area Lesbians of Color 1975 - 1995, an exhibition of historical ephemera and photos curated by Lenn Keller, archivist, curator, photographer, filmmaker, and founder of the Bay Area Lesbian History Archives Project. The exhibit is in conjunction with and in celebration of Oakland Pride 2014. It will be on display through September 2nd.

Keller writes about her personal archive, "I had an instinct that it was important to save these things, but I did [it] not knowing how or when they would have significance in the future. I wish I had saved and documented more." 

Is it really important to save and preserve the paper ephemera* all around us? You bet it is! Library collections like the one we have in the Oakland History Room, academic and organizational archives, and

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New DVDs For August 2014 @ Oakland Public Library!

New DVDs for August 2014 at Oakland Public Library

Get ready to place your Holds!  We have a great selection of new DVD titles arriving shortly at Oakland Public Library.  Besides blockbusters and foreign films like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Belle, Captain America:  Winter Soldier, Nymphomaniac, pts. 1 & 2,

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Free eBooks from the library and other sources.

Load up your eReader with free content - books, music, and more!

eBooks are freely available from OPL - we have a number of different collections and formats, all listed here. And, we'll help you get started with ebooks and such at the Main Library - just come in and talk to any librarian, or come to our monthly program - every last Wednesday of the month, we'll walk you through our various e-collections. You can bring your device to follow along. Remember, you'll never get a fine on e-materials!

There are other sources as well. One of the most popular sources for free eBooks is Project Gutenberg, which includes more than 45,000 eBooks, all free; all titles are in the public domain. There's also a number of digitized

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Join us for NNO at the Main Library.

Join us for National / Neighbors Night Out at Main this Tuesday, August 5, from 5:30 PM to 8 PM. Fun activities for families!

For the first time ever, the Main Library will host festivities for National Night Out (NNO), a nation-wide celebration on Tuesday, August 5, to encourage communites to connect over various activities. National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, started in 1984. We're calling it Neighbors Night Out to encourage you to come meet your neighbors and librarians at Main. We will have the following family friendly activities: sidewalk chalk art, button making, rubber-band bracelet making, book swap, photo booth with fun props, and a bike tube craft.  We'll also have a film screening. For the book swap, please bring a almost-new book to trade for another. Because the library itself closes at 5:30 PM, please enter the auditorium on the Madison St. side of the building. 

You can look up other NNO events in Oakland here: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/nno. Hope to see you Tuesday night at Main!

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Learn a language online this summer before your travels!

Learn a language online with Transparent Language - includes 81 languages to teach you listening, speaking, reading and writing.

If you're traveling abroad this summer and want to get some conversational mastery in your destination language, check out our online language learning resource called Transparent Language Online. If you're accessing the link from your home computer, you'll need to enter your library card number and PIN to get started. 

This program is fully interactive, and uses various multimedia activities to engage all four language skills, including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The feature I like best is that you can download all the vocabulary from each section as a PDF so you can even study off-line. (If you're an ESL student, it also includes beginner English courses for speakers of other languages and an immersion course for intermediate level English learners.) You can also get this on your smartphone - just search for the Byki app to get started.

Of course, the library also has a number of DVDs, CDs and books to help

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Krip-Hop Nation Bay Area tour comes to Oakland Public Library

Krip-Hop Nation is a worldwide organization that addresses the discrimination against disabled artists in mainstream hip-hop by publishing articles and hosting events, lectures, and workshops.

Musicians with disabilities have been in the spotlight for decades. Artists such as violinist Itzhak Perlman (polio), singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder (blindness), country singer Clay Walker (multiple sclerosis), percussionist Evelyn Glennie (deafness), and Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen (complete arm amputation): all are major recording artists. And then there is Leroy Moore, Jr., founder of Krip-Hop Nation.

Krip-Hop Nation is a worldwide organization that addresses the discrimination against disabled artists in mainstream hip-hop by publishing articles and hosting events, lectures, and workshops. Moore was first put in the spotlight in the early 2000s, when he coproduced and cohosted a three-part series on what he dubbed "Krip-Hop" on KPFA's Pushing Limits program, which focuses on news, arts, and culture from the disabled community. Moore, who sufffers from cerebral palsy, tirelessly advocates for hip-hop performing artists with disabilities.

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Resource spotlight: the Alameda County Law Library

Learn what's available at the Alameda County Law Library - such as an upcoming program on bankruptcy issues.

The Alameda County Law Library (ACCL) is one of 58 county law libraries that serve Californians. The Main Library is a neighbor and we shares an address: the Law Library is located at 125 12th Street, while the Main Library is at 125 14th Street, so we often refer patrons to each other. 

The Alameda County Law Library offers regular programs that go in-depth on legal topics; you can find out details and upcoming events on their calendar. One upcoming event will be held Tuesday, June 24th, at the Hayward Branch of the ACCL. It's entiteld "In Debt? The Basics of Declaring Bankruptcy". In this program for the general public, a practicing attorney will discuss the basics of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, how to determine which is right, and the specific qualifications for filing each. The program will

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World Cup starts today!

The 2014 World Cup starts today! Who are you rooting for and where are you watching the games?

Today marks the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Held every four years,  this highly popular international men's soccer tournament takes place in Brazil, through July 13. (Back in 2010, 3.5 BILLION people, or 46% of the world's population, watched the finals.) The host nation automatically gets a spot, and the other 31 teams qualified through a series of qualifying tournaments which started in June, 2011. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 cities across Brazil. For the first time in World Cup finals history, electronic devices will be used to track goals. Read more about the teams and matches, and stream the games online or visit one of these venues to watch the games. 

The library

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Step by Step Instructions for OverDrive eBooks: Android Tablets and Smartphones

Get detailed instructions on downloading an eBook from OverDrive to your Android Smartphone or tablet!

Oakland Public Library offers a variety of eBooks and eAudioBooks. You can download digital content any time, to a computer, or a variety of devices. I'll post detailed instructions for various collections, using different devices, over the next few days. Although the steps might seem a bit daunting, once you get your first title, the rest are easy! And remember that e-materials NEVER accrue fines. 

Today, we'll look at downloading eBooks to an Android tablet or a Nexus smartphone - bascially any Android device that can download apps from the Google Play store. First, you'll need to download the free OverDrive app at the Google Play Store. Please search for and download "OverDrive Media Console."

To checkout EPUB eBooks, you will need to create a free Adobe ID account. The library uses this to manage licenses of our digital books in OverDrive and another collection called Enki. It's entirely free - you just need an email address to set this up. Please follow the instructions in the app to complete this step

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