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.

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019, New York Times

At dozens of barbershops and laundromats across the United States, the sound of children reading aloud mingles with the buzz and snip from barbers’ tools or the din of washers. Makeshift shelves and crates hold books featuring cartoon characters, stories about pigeons or the capers of superheroes.

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2019, KTVU 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - So, your copy of "Handmaid's Tale" is overdue and the Lion King DVD you borrowed from the library is three weeks late.

Not to worry. You're no longer a library scofflaw.

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Thursday, June 13th, 2019, Librarianship.ca

The NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors are on and the rivalry between their libraries is on!

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Thursday, June 6th, 2019, iHeart the 80s

Martha Quinn had the chance to speak with the 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate winner, Leila Mottley, who told us all about the program and how this years 10 finalists will be up for the 2019 award! The Laureate earns an educational scholarship and embarks on a year of opportunities as an ambassador for literacy, arts and youth expression.

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Monday, June 3rd, 2019, Boing Boing

The Oakland Public Library will no longer charge late fees and fines for books, because they don't incentive people to return books more quickly, it costs the library more money to process fines and fees than the revenue they generate, and fines and fees discourage people from using the library.

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Friday, May 31st, 2019, KQED News

Oakland residents who love to read but don't always finish their books on time can breathe a little sigh of relief.

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Friday, May 31st, 2019, SF Gate

The Oakland Public Library system will stop charging overdue fees beginning July 1, following a move by dozens of libraries locally and nationwide. 

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Friday, May 31st, 2019, Mercury News

akland is about to join the global library system’s All Is Forgiven movement.

As more and more libraries around the world go fine-free, a recognition that late fees disproportionately affect disadvantaged segments of the community, Oakland says that as of July 1, enough is enough.

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Friday, May 17th, 2019, KCBS Radio

A new incentive to crack the books this summer if you live in Oakland. KCBS Radio reporter Patti Reising has more about a new, limited edition Children's Fairyland Library card, which comes with a special perk!

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2019, 99% Invisible [Podcast]

Libraries get rid of books all the time. There are so many new books coming in every day and only a finite amount of library space. The practice of freeing up library space is called weeding. “It’s like, you have to weed your garden for […] the flowers to grow,” says Sharon McKellar who supervises Teen Services at the Oakland Public Library.

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