Current Exhibits

Where: Main Library
When: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - Thursday, March 31, 2016
Jack London aboard Snark

The Oakland History Room has mounted an exhibit celebrating the life and career of author Jack London (1876-1916). Raised in Oakland, London went on to become an intrepid adventurer,  journalist, celebrated novelist, and political activist. During his lifetime he was one of the country's most popular authors. This year marks the centennial of his death at age 40. The exhibit will feature personal letters, biographies, photographs, first editions of his fiction, commemoratives and other ephemera illustrating his literary legacy.

Where: Main Library
When: Sunday, December 20, 2015 - Sunday, February 14, 2016
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For veterans, returning home from war can be both an exhilarating and challenging experience. Through private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, War Comes Home: The Legacy offers insight into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon their homecoming. These intimate perspectives – from the Civil War era through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – reveal how war can shape a life, a family, and a community. This exhibition is a partnership with Cal Humanities and is a part of its War Comes Home initiative, which aims to raise awareness of and promote greater understanding of our veterans and explore the impact of war on our communities. Oakland Public Library will host this exhibit at Main from December 20, 2015 through February 14, 2016; click here for other exhibit sites

When: Monday, February 1, 2016 - Monday, February 29, 2016
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Born from a love of shooting rodents, Hella Damn Squirrels has amassed a collection of photographs comprised exclusively of the squirrels residing around Lake Merritt.  Since 2011, our furry little pals' demands have evolved from begging for walnuts, to insisting we build their own Facebook page and now they've escaped the gardens at Lake Merritt and have wriggled their way into a photo exhibit at the Lakeshore Library. 

Hella Damn Squirrels is Jennifer Hale, a professional photographer (RI School of Design) and Tony Toppano, a semi-professional squirrel wrangler (self-taught). We shoot photos of the rodents and since we are able to read their minds, we often create quotes based on their thoughts at that time.

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When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - Saturday, July 16, 2016
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Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement combines history and textile designs that will honor women whose actions were instrumental in the success of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the women were well known; others less so, but deserving of greater recognition. This exhibition will feature the absolutely stunning creative "Swing Coat" designs of Ms. Patricia Montgomery, master quilter. Please walk through history as AAMLO's Chief Curator Rick Moss creates an environment that compliments each swing coat and is conducive to placing the actions of these women in the historical context of this great movement. 

The exhibition will be open until July 16, 2016. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 2pm until 4pm. Please RSVP by calling (510) 637-0200.

Photo credit: MOMA, New York City.