Happy Black History/Black Futures Month! OPL has many new books highlighting Black History, Black Futures and Black Joy for you to explore and enjoy.
2022 Award-Winning Children’s Books
By MsRemyReadsFebruary 16, 2022
OPL maintains a reference collection of Newbery and Caldecott award winners, and we have lots of copies available for circulation as well.
10 Great Reasons to Read Black Fiction in February 2022
By christythomasFebruary 7, 2022
In celebration of Black History Month, the February fiction preview exclusively highlights Black authors, in a tribute to the continuing brilliance, breadth and joy of Black literature.
Family Activities: Send a Little Note
By MsRemyReadsFebruary 4, 2022
There's no need to wait for Valentine's Day -- any day is right to send a message to someone you love!
Unsung Heroes that Helped Desegregate Public Libraries
By D Nichole BrownFebruary 4, 2022
Most school-age students know that if it weren't for non-violent protests such as sit-ins, they wouldn't be able to share a restaurant or lunch counter with their friends regardless of skin color. They also understand if it weren't for the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s - 1960s, everyone wouldn't be able to ride the…
Gain New Job Skills and More with New Lifelong Learning Platforms
By camillepetersFebruary 2, 2022
Using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, the California State Library has launched CAreer Pathways to help Californians learn new job skills and more. Public libraries across the state are giving patrons access to a wide variety of online classes and training. Here's what OPL has to offer: Coursera offers video courses and certificates from leading universities…
Eight of My Favorite African American Painters/Artists
By Sharon McKellarFebruary 1, 2022
By Yohan Smith, Rockridge Branch I have been a SFMOMA museum guide for public and teen museum visitors for almost two decades and I wanted to share a few of my favorite African American Painters/artists with Oakland Public Library patrons in honor of Black Culture Fest 2022. I have eight painters/artists in mind and I…
Black Culture Fest 2022: A Celebration of the African Diaspora
By mahasinaleemFebruary 1, 2022
For the third year in a row, Oakland Public Library (OPL) staff with backgrounds from within the African Diaspora have come together to bring you events and resources that celebrate the myriad experiences that comprise Black Culture. The result is a program motivated by love of ourselves and our communities: Black Culture Fest: A Celebration of the African…
Voices of Freedom: Famous Speakers and Speeches in Black History
By D Nichole BrownFebruary 1, 2022
It is Black history this month, and many children will honor Dr. King by reciting his “I Have A Dream Speech”. But if your child has already memorized this speech they may be interested in learning more about great speakers and speeches throughout Black History. If this is the case, here are a few more…
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