OPL in the News

Below, you can read selected media stories showcasing Oakland Public Library programs and staff. To view an archive of press releases from the library, click here.

Thursday, April 16th, 2020, U.S. News & World Report

The Oakland Public Library in California is among the community library systems across the country that have adopted the platform since the coronavirus hit, making it available to library patrons for free since April 1.

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Friday, February 21st, 2020, KQED

California is home to thousands of immigrants from countries targeted by the Trump administration’s new travel restrictions. The policy makes it difficult for American citizens to bring spouses, children and other relatives from the affected nations to live in the U.S.

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Friday, February 21st, 2020, KQED Arts

Dorothy Lazard is head librarian in the Oakland Public Library’s History Center. She is the gatekeeper to a long list of books, periodicals, photos and other documents that tell the story of this city.

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Thursday, January 9th, 2020, KQED Arts

The Chicago rapper Noname has asked folks all across the country to pull up to their local libraries this Saturday, Jan. 11, to enjoy the abundance of the free public library system.

But Noname isn't just trying to discourage folks from supporting one of the wealthiest tax-avoiding corporations in the world. She's also pushing people to read books, and creating community for readers of color. She even started a book club last summer, Noname's Book Club, which quickly amassed 75,000 followers and was featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Now, the Oakland Public Library has announced a partnership with Noname's Book Club, promoting and helping people find the selected readings each month. And the library is reportedly looking at scheduling in-person meet-ups to discuss the book club's selections.

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2020, American Libraries Magazine

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests rose 11% in fiscal year 2018 over the previous year, and the agency has detained or arrested undocumented immigrants in homes, parking lots, courthouses, places of work, and even hospitals. But no raids have been reported to date in libraries.

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Thursday, November 7th, 2019, The Laney Tower

The setting sun cast orange light and long shadows across the garden courtyard inside the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). A line snaked and doubled back on itself as people kept arriving, adding to the line’s length. The line represented different ages, nationalities and colors of people, but they were all here for the same reason — they all gathered to see Oakland-born author Tommy Orange discuss his best-selling debut novel There There.

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Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, NBC Bay Area

Oakland Vice Youth Poet Laureate Eleanor Wikstrom brought down the house at the YWCA Silicon Valley Empowerment Awards ceremony with her poem, "Too Good".

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019, KTVU Fox 2

OAKLAND, Calif. - An East Bay Laundromat is providing members of its community more than just a place to wash clothes: It's promoting literacy for kids and helping its non-English speaking neighbors learn the language.

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Thursday, August 15th, 2019, East Bay Express

For as long as local 16-year-old poet Samuel Getachew could remember, he was reading books. He even had his mother drop him off at the library an hour before school started so he could get some reading in before school. At a certain point, it occurred to him that he didn't have to only consume books. He could write as well.

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Thursday, July 25th, 2019, KQED

A handful of adults at an Oakland community college practiced how to say “good afternoon” in Mam, a Mayan language spoken in the western highlands of Guatemala.

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