Introducing Kanopy!

Looking for more video-streaming options from your library? You can now access over 30,000 movies FREE through Kanopy!

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Love movies, documentaries, and educational videos? Want to watch critically-acclaimed films and TV series from around the globe? Log in with your library card and enjoy

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Play Café - a place for your little one and you

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.

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in January 2019

What will be your first read of the new year? We have ten ideas for you.

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Furaha ya Kwanzaa from AAMLO!

The African American Museum and Library recognizes the celebration of Kwanzaa this holiday season.

What is Kwanzaa?

            

Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday celebrated in the African American community. Kwanzaa, the name, is derived from the Swahili word Kwanza. Expressed as the phrase “Matunda ya Kwanza” it means first fruit. Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is based on seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba. The seven principles are:

Umoja, meaning unity

Kujichagulia, meaning self-determination

Ujima, meaning collective work and responsibility

Ujamaa, meaning cooperative economics

Nia, meaning purpose

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Make it Happen! New Year's Resolutions

Stick to your resolutions this 2019 with OPL!

It's that time of the year! Don't be too hard on yourself if you didn't accomplish all your goals in 2018, making resolutions and sticking to them is hard! Luckily, you have the library. We can help you accomplish all your goals, all year round, with free resources! 

We gathered the resources and did the research for you, now all you have to do is make a plan and use your library!

Get Healthy

Because achieving a healthier lifestyle is more than hitting the gym.

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New Beginnings

Setting intentions for the new year? OPL can help.

A new year is fast approaching. For many of us, this is often a time for setting intentions and making changes in our lives. Maybe you want to make more home cooked meals or get rid of clutter. Have you been wanting to visit local museums and attractions around the Bay Area? Or maybe you want life to feel a bit less complicated. OPL can help! 

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These are cookbooks with fairly simple recipes for people with busy lives.

Eat at Home Tonight     Build a Bowl   

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Our Favorite Books of 2018

OPL staff look back on their favorite books of 2018.

I asked my colleagues to share their some of their favorite books from the last twelve months and here they are! We'd love to hear from you too--please share your favorite books of 2018 in the comments.

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North of the Border

When you think of good things from Canada, what do you think of? Maple syrup? Hockey? Tim Hortons doughnuts? Justin Trudeau?

Do you ever think about Canadian authors? It’s time you did. Here’s a very incomplete sample for you.

Let’s start with Margaret Atwood: novelist, poet, short story writer. Ever since her 1969 debut novel, The Edible Woman, Atwood has been ravishing readers with her prose. Besides her many works of speculative and dystopian fiction, she has published short fiction, non-fiction, fiction for children and teens, two dozen volumes of poetry, and a graphic novel, Angel Catbird. Her 1996 novel, Alias Grace (made into a 2017 Netflix mini-series) won the

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5 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in December 2018

A few of this December's best fiction offerings.

Go figure, this month is turning out to be a slightly slow month for fiction. But if you’re like me, you're still catching up on all of your 2018 reads anyway. Here’s a shorter list of new books so you can join me in a last-ditch effort to catch up with our holds lists. Happy reading!

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Slim Jenkins, West Oakland Entrepreneur

Remembering Slim Jenkins on the 85th anniversary of the opening of Slim Jenkins Cafe.

Today marks two momentous occasions in history. On December 5, 1933, 85 years ago today, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution became law in the United States. This Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment which prohibited the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.

The repeal of prohibition was good news to entrepreneur Harold “Slim” Jenkins, a man that would become known as the unofficial Mayor of West Oakland. Jenkins became a prominent figure in the heart of the West Oakland community. Eighty-five years ago today, as a result of the end of prohibition, Jenkins opened the Slim Jenkins Cafe. He owned several successful businesses throughout West Oakland including a restaurant, night club, coffee shop and liquor store.                   

Seventh Street as a result of Slim Jenkins became a vibrant

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