New year, new books. Take a look at some of the new nonfiction available at OPL. Happy reading!
Posted on January 25, 2019 by Andrea Guzman to The Library Community
February is Black History Month! February is Black History Month! Celebrate, commemorate, have fun, and learn something new with your library.
Join AAMLO staff every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for a guided 45-minute tour - an introduction to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, including the permanent multi-media history exhibition, “Visions Towards Tomorrow: The African American Community in Oakland, 1890-1990,” and the mural, “Journey of Promise.” Tours focus on AAMLO's history, architecture, and collections with an emphasis on the historical accomplishments and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West. All tours include a visit to the reference library,
Posted on January 21, 2019 by Camille Peters to Reference Services Blog
This year's Grammy Awards will be held on February 10. Take a listen to the nominees on hoopla and at OPL.
The 61st Annual GRAMMY awards are less than a month away. Need to catch up on the biggest hits of the year? Your Oakland Public Library is here to help, with nominated music available on hoopla and at the library.
This crop of nominees is larger than in previous years: each of the "big four" general categories (Album, Record, and Song of the Year, along with Best New Artist) has expanded from five to eight nominees.
Posted on January 18, 2019 by Mahasin Aleem to Children's Services Blog
January is the perfect time to start researching summer camp options. Learn tips for finding the perfect camp and the scholarship and financial aid options available for affording camp.
Surprised? It may feel like it’s too early to plan out attendance at camps and classes that are still five to six months away, but enrollment for many local camps begins this month. In addition, many camps that offer scholarships, financial aid, and/or sliding scale tuition based on a family’s finances have early spring application deadlines for awarding aid.
As a children's librarian, I often get families asking about these resources in May and early June; parents and caregivers are surprised and disappointed when I inform them that the camps they are interested in are fully enrolled and all available financial aid has already been awarded.
By getting an early start on planning for the summer, you can increase your chances at landing a spot at the camp of your choice!
Posted on January 17, 2019 by Sharon McKellar to The Library Community
Check out the beautiful work from Growing Up Oakland, a project created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets.
Growing Up Oakland is a project entirely created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets. Seeing a need for an expansion of the Oakland narrative, they are retrieving and broadcasting stories of childhood in Oakland through poetry, interviews, and visual art.
Growing Up Oakland highlights the variety of experiences of childhood throughout the long life of the city by using both interviews from people who grew up across various decades and creative work by current Oakland youth. This is a memorial of how the experiences of Oakland and youth have both changed and stayed the same throughout time.
After interviewing a variety of people who have grown up in Oakland, the poets have been taking these interviews into Oakland schools and leading poetry workshops.
The first workshop was with an 11th grade class at Oakland Technical High School. Some of the poems born out of these workshops have transformed into tangible postcards that are currently being distributed around the
Posted on January 17, 2019 by Christine Ianieri to Advice for Readers
Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon. This one is not to be missed. A review.
The word is out about Heavy. Currently there are 41 Holds on the library’s 15 copies, and we have ordered more. Glowing reviews in the New York Times, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly and on NPR have spread the word. This one is not to be missed.
Heavy is about a young black man growing up mostly in Jackson, Mississippi, shaped by his brilliant yet punitive mother’s powerful presence like a blacksmith shapes a sword. What is it like to be the steel, beaten and heated and tested? Kiese Laymon shapes the readers’ experience with utmost skill, letting us feel both his brilliance
Posted on January 11, 2019 by Marco Frazier to The Library Community
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland reflects on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his visits to the Bay Area
Martin Luther King Jr. standing with group of women at Bethel Baptist Church event in Oakland, California 1967
African American Museum & Library at Oakland Photograph Collection
After a one year hiatus, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland returns with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival. AAMLO has hosted the film festival for over 15 years to pay homage to the legendary slain civil rights leader. Dr. King was a civil rights activist who fought against policies that promoted racism and segregation through peaceful protests. This year’s
Posted on January 7, 2019 by Andrea Guzman to The Library Community
Looking for more video-streaming options from your library? You can now access over 30,000 movies FREE through Kanopy!
Posted on January 7, 2019 by Remy Timbrook to Children's Services Blog
Colder winter weather can encourage us to stay inside more, but there's no reason to be stuck in the house with your little one all day! Come visit your local library, and see if there's a Play Café near you.
Play Café is what we call our storytime and playgroup for toddlers (ages 1-3) and their adult caregivers. It's like Toddler Time, but longer and with bonus coffee!
Whether you're a relative, nanny, or friendly neighbor lending a hand, you are welcome to bring the child in your care to play! Perhaps you will meet some new friends to invite to a playdate! There are several Play Café sessions around Oakland, with different songs and stories at each one. You can find one that works best for you, try a new one each week, or visit several in the same week if you like.