Truth, Lies and Quibblers: Media Literacy for a New Era

Don't Fall for Fake News. Your library offers workshops and resources to build media literacy.

Photo of newspaper from Harry Potter booksBefore fake news and alternative facts there was … The Quibbler and The Daily Prophet. Yes, I am talking about the wizarding world of journalism. Bear with me.

For those who skipped the Harry Potter series, The Quibbler was Rowling’s storyline about a tabloid complete with sensational headlines, paparazzi and misleading (even fake) stories. The Daily Prophet, on the other hand, shared government-sponsored news, replete with alternative facts and spin control from The Ministry of Magic.

Imagine if Harry Potter readers graduated to Book 7 having gained media literacy skills from the stories. Sadly, the books’ negative depiction of media is troubling – both because it’s based in some truth and because it’s incomplete, leaving readers with a near total distrust of journalism. Sound familiar?

Lest we blame J.K. Rowling for the

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African American Reference Works at OPL

The Oakland Public Library offers two large African American reference collections to its users.

The Oakland Public Library has a very large and diverse collection of African American reference materials. While many of these works are scattered throughout our Oakland Public Library system, there are two specialized collections in the system:  the African American Reference Collection at the Main Library and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO).

The African American Reference Collection at the Main Library has been a core part of the library’s reference works for many years. Located in the Adult Reference Department, it includes encyclopedia on historic figures, important eras, social movements, and the arts; biographical dictionaries; historical atlases; pictorial works; directories; first editions of seminal African American works; literary criticism; and statistical reports. This extensive collection is

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The 59th Annual Grammy Nominations Are In!

Check out these nominated artists’ albums and many others, available at the library or stream/download instantly on hoopla!

What is hoopla, how does it work?  

Search for your favorite music CDs at the library

Search for your favorite albums on hoopla

The complete list of 59th Grammy nominees

Here’s just a small sampling of albums from this years Grammy nominees. Simply click "At the library" link for library holdings or click on the "hoopla" link to stream/download online.

                     

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Oakland celebrates Black Panther Party's 50th anniversary

Black Panther Party's 50th anniversary commemorations continue in Oakland.

For the past month, historians, teachers, scholars, artists, students, and residents from all over the Bay Area and the state have gathered in Oakland to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's founding here. Local visual artists, art historians, deejays, dancers, political activists, and academics have hosted events that celebrated the legacy of this revolutionary group. Many of the economic and political issues they addressed--police brutality, poverty, job and housing discrimination--remain unresolved today. The Oakland Museum of California hosted a weekend conference, "Where Do We Go From Here?," that drew hundreds of people.   

Though most of the commemorative Panther programs occurred in October, there are a few events you can still catch:

Oakland Museum of California: "All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50"

The Museum has mounted an extensive

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Black Panthers at 50: Syllabus - Events - Exhibits

Oakland Library commemorates the Black Panther Party's 50th Anniversary with events, exhibits and a syllabus for K-12 students.

Collage with 4 book covers and the words Black Panther Party 50th AnniversaryFifty years ago, the Black Panthers took to the streets of Oakland to defend Black residents against police violence and city neglect. Soon, the Panthers electrified America with a bold image of Black militancy and some very basic demands, “We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace."

 

Who were the Panthers and what did they achieve? What can we learn from their influence on culture, music and mass media? From their grassroots social programs — including free breakfast for children, health clinics and liberation schools — and from their "Rainbow Coalition" uniting poor people of all races. Yes, the Panther’s did that too.

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Melrose Branch Library celebrates its 100th Birthday!

Brief history of Melrose Branch Library in celebration of its centennial

This year marks the centennial of the Melrose Branch Library, the first of four Carnegie Libraries built in Oakland.

The area we know as the Melrose District was once a thriving, semi-rural town south of Oakland. The town boasted large factories like the Oakland Chemical Company and a diverse array of light industry (machine shops, lumber yards, planing mills). Banks, tailor shops, pharmacy, and real estate offices could also be found there. Every twenty minutes people could go to the Melrose Terminal and board a Southern Pacific train, or get on a ferry at Clark’s Landing, as the Melrose wharves were known, to travel to San Francisco. East 14th Street (now International Boulevard) was the main commercial strip of the town.

Melrose School shared its building with Union High School #4 (later renamed John C. Fremont High). People, skeptical that the district couldn't justify having a high school, were surprised at how quickly the school filled with students. After the 1906 earthquake, families moved to

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Do It Yourself (with a little help from the Library)

Read-CREATE-Explore with DIY resources at the Library!

Summer is in full swing, and so are summer projects. You may be using your well-deserved time off for gardening, home repair, mending what's broken, or generally beautifying your surroundings. In honor of our summer reading theme this year - Read-Create-Explore - we're highlighting some of our DIY resources. 

Does your project require special equipment? No need to run off and buy a bunch of expensive tools. Just visit our Tool Lending Library at the Temescal Branch and check out what you need. The TLL has over 5,000 tools, plus books and instructional DVDs. 

One of the many items offered at Tool Lending Library is a bike repair kit - or use our tools at one of our drop-in repair clinics! You can fix minor repairs or scraper your bike on Fridays 2-4:

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Geo-Palooza Returns!

Main Library hosts its second annual geography quiz, Geo-Palooza. Pre-registration is required. Call 510.238-3222.

The Main Library is still celebrating our tenth year of providing Oaklanders with fun and inspiring travel programs. Please join us for our 2nd annual device-free geography quiz, Geo-Palooza! Last year we had so much fun we had to do it again. Who knew geography geeks could be so competitive?

If you want to participate, you must register by calling 510.238-3222. You're welcomed to sit in, but it's so much more fun to play! Join the fun! Win prizes! Show off your geography chops!

Wednesday, June 15; 6 p.m.

MAIN LIBRARY

Walters Auditorium

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May is National Bike Month

Celebrate National Bike Month with the Library!

 May is National Bike Month, one of our favorite times of the year at Oakland Public Library. Did you know that bike usage has tripled in Oakland since 2000? We are a leading metro area for bicycle commuting nationwide. In fact, 4% of all Oakland commuters traveling to work and school go by bike. In celebration, and to encourage even more Oaklanders to get out and ride, we have a full slate of bike-related events for you! 

First things first: If you don't currently have a bike, the Library can help you get one! We're partnering with Cycles of Change to get more people on bikes - all you have to do is sign up at the West Oakland branch before May 21, and attend a safety training on May 27th at

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Oaklandhasjobs Job Fair

Meet employers in person, have your resume reviewed, and learn about paid internship opportunities at our Job Fair on Saturday April 30.

If you're currently in the market for a new job, the following may sound familiar: You're in the midst of a job search, feeling the pressure of making your resume or application stand out from the crowd. But in your efforts to shine, you start to feel lost in the shuffle: poring over job postings, submitting applications online, trying to make real contacts in a virtual world. If only you had the opportunity to give your resume to a hiring manager face-to-face, shake hands and make an impression in person!

You can do just that at the upcoming Oaklandhasjobs Job Fair at the Main Library on Saturday, April 30, 10:30am-12:30pm. There's a long list of local employers ready to meet you. Dress professionally, bring copies of your resume, and prepare to impress! So far, the list of employers includes Starbucks, Manpower, IKEA, Home Depot, Alliance Staffing, Oakland Private Industry Council, Whelan Security, Select Staffing, State Farm Insurance, Claremont Resort,

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