New DVDs for October 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

New DVDs for October 2014 at Oakland Public Library

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URBAN LIT, NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD @ OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

Urban Lit, Now Available on DVD at Oakland Public Library

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The Roosevelts: an Intimate History

Use the Main Library to learn more about the Roosevelts.

On Sunday night PBS broadcast the first episode of Ken Burns’s latest documentary series, The Roosevelts: an Intimate History, documenting the lives and careers of Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, and Eleanor Roosevelt

Did you catch it? If you did, keep watching. The series is sure to whet your interest in all things Roosevelt. Your Main Library is a great place to learn more about this iconic American family. 

What can you find here? Plenty of books, of course, from the current bestseller, The Bully Pulpit  to Eleanor Roosevelt's 1938

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New DVDs for September 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

New DVDs for September 2014 @ Oakland Public Library

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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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