East Bay Home Front at OPL

The Oakland History Room is hosting an exhibit and a program on the East Bay Home Front during World War II.

With the recent week-long broadcast of Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts: an intimate history” and a number of key anniversaries passing this year, the study of World War II is as popular as ever.  

The Oakland Public Library is following the trend with its current exhibit, “East Bay Home Front during World War II.” This display tells the story of how Oaklanders and other East Bay residents mobilized to assist in the war effort. Men and women not only volunteered for military service, they worked in shipyards, canneries, the aircraft industry, and the burgeoning construction trades. They grew victory gardens at home, observed curfews and blackouts, and reduced their meat and milk consumption to abide by rationing rules. They became blood donors and civil defense officers. They even volunteered their dogs for service!

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Dust Off Your Instrument and Play!

Resources from the music collection at the Oakland Public Library to get back into playing your instrument, or learn a new one.

Dust Off Your Instrument and Play!

Resources from the music collection at the Oakland Public Library to help you get back into playing your instrument, or learn a new one.

 

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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.

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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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