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. 

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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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Maya Angelou, Living with her Arms Wide Open

Remembering Maya Angelou

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."  

Essayist, poet, actress, director, activist, raconteur Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86. Her zest for life was legendary. She was a role model and mentor to generations of writers, students, and women.  

The honors Dr. Angelou was awarded during her lifetime go on and on. Grammy winner and holder of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Pulitzer and Tony award nominee. She received dozens of honorary degrees, including one from Mills College. Rollins College in Florida has a library named in her honor. Bill Clinton asked her to recite her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at his1993 inauguration. 

In a lighter mood, she endeared herself to a generation of Sesame Street viewers with her appearances in the 1990s, including this one.

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DVDs are now requestable!

DVDs are all now requestable! Browse our catalog, place a hold on your favorite titles and have them delivered to your home branch.

You've been asking us about this for years and finally, DVDs are now requestable - that means you can place a hold on any movie or TV series DVD, just like with a book! You can call any branch to place a hold, or do this on your own on our online catalog; your requested items will be delivered to the branch you choose. So if you see the "Request it" banner next to your item, that means you can place a hold. You can have up to 10 holds total - this includes both books and DVDs. If someone has it checked out and you place a request, you'll get the item when it's returned. Once you hear from us that your requested item is available, you have one week to pick them up or they'll be returned for others to check out.

Also, please note that DVDs are now renwable - so if you can't finish watching those ten DVDs, you can renew for one additional week.

Enjoy this new service and our wide range of DVDs - we have

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Celebrate Bike to Work Month with the Library!

Read a book, ride a bike, and make Oakland a better place! Your library card gets you discounts at a few local shops during May, 2014.

Read and Bike with OPL! OPL has planned an entire month of bike programs around a city-wide read of Elly Blue’s “Everyday Bicycling” for May, 2014 as part of the Book to Action program. We're encouraging everyone to read her book, and take part in a volunteer action around biking. 

Elly Blue lives in Portland, Oregon and has been writing about bicycle transportation since 2006. Her work has appeared in various magazines, and she blogs at http://takingthelane.com/blog/Elly Blue will

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Get That Grant!

The library can help you get funded.

Did you know that the Oakland Public Library is a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network? What does that mean? It means that you, the library user, can come to the Main Libary and access the Foundation Center's databases Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and Foundation Directory Online Professional. The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Foundation Directory Online Professional lists more than 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities in the United States that make grants to non-profit organizations. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online has listings for 6,500 foundations and other charities that provide grants to students, artists, researchers and other individuals seeking funding. Access to these databases -- and the help that goes with them -- is only available at the Main Library. 

At the Main Library we don't just make these databases available to you

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Meet the California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC).

Looking for free historical newspapers? The California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) might have a scan of the issue you're looking for.

The California Digital Newspaper Collection (CDNC) contains more than 400,000 pages of significant historical California newspapers dating from 1846-1922, including the first California newspaper, the Californian, and the first daily California newspaper, the Daily Alta California which was published in San Francisco. This resource is freely available online, and new titles and pages are contantly being added. What's neat is that the articles are all scanned using optical character recognition (OCR) so you can do a keyword search. I searched for 'bicycle' and found some interesting ads and articles; police actively investigated stolen bicycles back in the day - two

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Find It!

A helpful guide to searching the catalog and finding a book at the Main Library.

Last time I told you a little bit about how the Dewey Decimal System works. So now it’s time to figure out how to use the library catalog, and the Dewey Decimal numbers, to find a specific item on the library’s shelves.

You can always ask a librarian for help, but if you want to search for items on your own here are the basics of finding things in the library:

1. Search the online catalog.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about how to search, but if you need help with this part someone at the reference desk will be happy to help you.

2. Find the item you want, make sure it's the right one, and figure out where to look for it.

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OverDrive tips and tricks...

Some basics to get started with OverDrive, OPL's largest eBook and eAudiobook collection.

OverDrive is OPL's largest collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Here are some tips to get you started. Please ask any librarian for help!

  • Do you know that you can limit your search to ONLY find available titles and in titles in particular formats that work best with your device? Click on the "Advanced Search" option in the upper right side of OPL's ePort page to use various drop-downs and check boxes to limit your results. You might need to scroll down a bit to get to all the various options - especially if you're using a phone. 
  • With eAudiobooks in particular, it's tricky if you're using a computer to get titles on your iPod or other iDevice. If you use a Mac, you can download and transfer only MP3 format titles but if you use a PC, you can download and transfer both MP3 and WMA format titles. Either way, you'll need to download the free software, OverDrive

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March is National Nutrition Month!

Pick up recipe books and other titles to celebrate National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month, a campaign of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”, because healthy eating doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavor. The Alameda County Food Bank is posting recipes that are healthy and delicious and various tips on nutrition and healthy eating on its Facebook page. We have a number of recipe books for both adults and kids to encourage healthy eating habits at the library, including fun titles like "The monster health book : a guide toeating healthy, being active & feeling great for monsters & 

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