Events & Programs

Winter Bingo 2019

It's that time of year again!  We invite children (recommended ages 0-12) to play Winter Bingo at OPL over the holiday break.

Visit your local library to pick up a Winter Bingo card, complete any 5 activities in a row and win a FREE Book.

You may return completed Winter Bingo cards to any Oakland Public Library between December 26, 2019 and January 18, 2020 to receive a free book of your choice.

If you would like to get started before your next visit to OPL you can print your own Winter Bingo card using the links below:

If you’re looking for kid-friendly activities over the school break, check out the OPL Kids Events calendarThe Elmhurst Branch is continuing  an annual tradition with cookie decorating, 3-5pm Friday, December 20, 2019. 

What traditions do you celebrate during the winter holidays?

Fall History Series

This season the Oakland History Room explores Oakland's neighborhoods and the political, economic, urban planning decisions that made the town we know today.

The Great Oakland Annexation of 1909

Wednesday, October 30, 6-7:30 PM @ Main Library

Did you know that the Fruitvale, Melrose, and Elmhurst neighborhoods were once considered Oakland’s suburbs? Join Oakland History Room librarian Dorothy Lazard as she presents a talk on the annexation campaign that doubled the size of our city.

The Controversy in the Way of the MacArthur Maze
Wednesday, November 13, 6-7:30 PM @ Main Library

The design and placement of the MacArthur Maze was Oakland’s most complex of highway projects. Local historian Stuart Swiedler will present a talk that will utilize rare aerial photographs, ground images, and documents to tell the story of the Maze project and the controversial impact it had on the California Industries and Orientation Center for the Blind.

 Previous Events:

Exploring the Laurel District
Wednesday, October 2, 6-7:30 PM @ Main Library

Local historian, editor and author Dennis Evanosky will share the history of his Oakland neighborhood, the Laurel District, from the arrival of the Ohlone to the early 20th century development of Laurel Grove Park and Key Route Heights. He will also discuss the arrival of the streetcars and the MacArthur Freeway that divided the neighborhood.

East Bay Yesterday Live: Exploring BART History with Michael C. Healy
Wednesday, October 9, 6-7:30 PM @ Main Library

East Bay Yesterday podcast host Liam O’Donoghue will interview Michael C. Healy, author of “BART: the dramatic history of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system” (Heyday Books) before a live audience. Healy served as the agency’s spokesman from 1972 until 2005. Expect to hear stories of epic political battles, scandals, a “phantom station,” and even a baby born on BART. 

Oakland's Redevelopment History in Pictures
Wednesday, October 16, 6-7:30 PM @ Main Library

The Oakland History Room recently acquired tens of thousands of photos from the now-defunct Oakland Redevelopment Agency. Audiovisual archivist Moriah Ulinskas will discuss the transformation of West Oakland and Downtown Oakland as it was photographed before and during the City's most aggressive period of redevelopment.


Cascada de Flores

Cascada de Flores transforms the nostalgic song and traditions of Mexico and its neighbors into simple and beautiful arrangements that allow space for both improvisation and pure expression.

Come celebrate Latinx Cultural Heritage with musical stories for children and their families:

  • Tuesday, September 24  -  Brookfield Branch @ 1:30pm
  • Saturday, September 28 - Golden Gate Branch @ 10:30am 
  • Saturday, September 28 -  Lakeview Branch @ 2:00pm 

The duo will also be peforming later this fall:

  • Wednesday, October 23 -  West Branch @ 10:00am 

OPL Fairyland Free Day - Tuesday, July 30th

OPL Children’s Fairyland library card holders are eligible to receive free entry to the story book theme park on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Please NOTE: No adult is admitted without a child, and no child is admitted without an adult.

If you can't make it on Tuesday, July 30th and/or don't have the limited edition Fairyland Library Card, Fairyland passes are available via Discover & Go, and Kids' Summer Reading program finishers receive "BOOK BUCKS" which admit one child with one paying adult

Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater! July 2019

Kenn Adams’ Adventure Theater! is a fast-paced, interactive, outrageously funny, theatrical experience for heroes of all ages! Created and performed by veteran improviser, this improvised play  casts attendees as the stars of the show. Audience members provide the sound effects, become the scenery, and suggest exciting plot twists.

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019  1:30 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019  6:30 PM at Montclair Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 11, 2019  1:00 PM at Melrose Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library

Juan Sanchez Summer 2019

Singer, songwriter, recording artist, and educator Juan Sanchez will bring songs for kids in both English and Spanish. Always a favorite in Oakland, Juan will share songs on themes of tolerance, peace, and multicultural celebration.

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019   11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019   4:00PM at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Monday, July 1, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Monday, July 1, 2019  1:00 PM at  Eastmont Branch Library
  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019  7:00P M  at Dimond Branch Library

East Bay Parks Naturalist Summer 2019

Come discover what hops, crawls, hides, flies and grows from the hills to the bay with a naturalist from the East Bay Regional Park District. You’ll meet live animals and get to touch skulls, pelts and more!

  • Wednesday, June 19 at 1:30 pm 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, June 27 at 3:00 pm Piedmont Avenue Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 2 at 1:30 pm at Brookfield Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 9 at 11:00 am at  Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 16 at 4:00 pm at Elmhurst Branch Library
  • Monday, July 22 at 10:30 am Main Library Children's Room
  • Thursday, July 25 at 1:00 pm Melrose Branch Library

Soul Soup with Amber Hines Summer 2019

Soul Soup with Amber Hines presents a family-style music ritual with live drum accompaniment that inspires you to sing, dance and play! Utilizing traditional and contemporary music, games and story. 

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019  Rockridge Branch Library  at 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, June 27, 2019  Temescal Branch Library at 10:30 AM
  • Monday, July 08, 2019  Eastmont Branch Library at 1:00 PM
  • Monday, July 08, 2019  Main Library Children's Room at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, July 13, 2019  Golden Gate Branch Library at 10:30 AM
  • Saturday, August 03, 2019  Elmhurst Branch Library 3:00 PM

Little Explorers Petting Zoo Summer 2019

Come experience various barnyard animals -- to pet NOT hold. Who knows what you will see; it could be an Alpaca, some chickens, or a pot-bellied pig!

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019  2:00 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, June 13, 2019  11:00 AM at Temescal Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019  10:30 AM at Dimond  Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019  2:00 PM at Chavez Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019  11:00 AM at Lakeview Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 29, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Saturday, July 6, 2019  10:30 AM at Rockridge  Branch Library
  • Thursday, July 18, 2019   2:00 PM at Melrose Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019  10:00 AM at West Oakland  Branch Library
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019  National Night Out at Piedmont Avenue  Branch Library

Magical Moonshine Summer 2019

Magical Moonshine will be offer several different puppet shows at the branches. Come and enjoy classic stories brought to life through puppets.

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019  6:30 PM at Rockridge  Branch Library
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019  10:30 AM at Main Library Children's Room
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019  10:30 AM at Asian Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 09, 2019  1:30 PM at Brookfield  Branch Library
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2019  7:00 PM at Dimond  Branch Library
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019  1:30 PM at 81st Avenue Community Library
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019  11:00 AM at Temescal  Branch Library