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.

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015, Piedmonter/Montclarion/San Jose Mercury News

"The ultimate goal is to reduce crime," said Piedmont Avenue Branch Manager Jenera Burton. "If you know your neighbor, you're more likely to help them." She said that it was fun to see community members interacting as their kids played together because "it's something that doesn't happen a lot."

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Monday, August 3rd, 2015, KALW

The competition is a partnership between the Oakland Public Library and the nonprofit group Youth Speaks. Over the next year, the winner will have a few jobs: run a Facebook page, respond to messages from fans and from the media and attend at least five literary events. This year more than 50 people applied for the poet laureate job. The final seven were chosen for their leadership potential -- judges looked at their resumes, as well as the boldness and originality of their poetry.

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015, KRON4

“Children learn through play, so we see books and toys going together,” supervising librarian for Children’s Services Nina Lindsay said in a statement. “They certainly do in the home, so why not in and out of the library?”

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, Bay Area News Group/Piedmonter/Montclarion

For eight weeks, 25 neighbors and strangers have been meeting for two hours on Saturday afternoons at the Temescal branch library, sharing their personal stories through the written word.

The workshop, taught by Frances Lefkowitz, was part of the Community Memoir Project of which Lefkowitz is the director.

Over tea and home baked cakes and cookies, they honed their memoir writing skills while learning more about each other and the Temescal neighborhood to which they have ties.

The culmination of that workshop and those stories has been collected into an anthology, "Subject to Change: True Stories From the Temescal Memoir Writers" and the public is invited from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday to help the group launch its creation and to hear some of the stories.

The Community Memoir Project, made possible with support from CalHumanities, brings free memoir-writing workshops to public libraries and then publishes the stories into books that become portraits of neighborhoods, reflecting the diversity of voices and experiences.

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Monday, July 13th, 2015, KQED.org

Oakland has a new Youth Poet Laureate.

She is Tova Ricardo, a 16 year old junior at the Bentley School in Lafayette. Ricardo was selected Saturday evening after a reading at Pro-Arts Gallery in Oakland across from Oakland City Hall.

The youth poet laureate program, begun in 2012, is sponsored by the writing training organization Youth Speaks and the Oakland Public Library.

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Sunday, July 12th, 2015, Contra Costa Times.com

In the midst of the annual Uptown homage to the written word, Mayor Libby Schaaf on Saturday named [Tova] Ricardo the new Oakland youth poet laureate.

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Friday, July 10th, 2015, TheHuffingtonPost.com, Inc.

Last summer, Nina Lindsay was walking through the Oakland Public Library (OPL) where she works when she saw what she describes as "the best kind of trash." On the floor was a peach pit sucked bone dry. It had been served for lunch earlier that day, and for Nina the image of that pit serves as a reminder of the importance of the library's summer meals program.

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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015, SF Gate

For decades, libraries throughout the country have worked to overcome the challenge of illiteracy through programs such as Project Read and the Oakland Public Library’s Second Start, both of which employ one-to-one tutoring by community volunteers, in helping others learn to read.

But now, more than ever, libraries are adapting to address the technology revolution and the digital literacy needs of our residents. 

Luis Herrera is the chief librarian of the San Francisco Public Library.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015, The Daily Californian

“We are always seeking ways to provide a broader set of opportunities to our patrons,” said Gerry Garzon, director of the Oakland Public Library, in an email to The Daily Californian. “Partnerships are a great way to work with other folks who have the skills and resources to share.”

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015, Library Journal

Libraries have been expanding their mission to support creativity further with Maker spaces and events, foster community and connections among users, and collaborate with other organizations to provide core services and complementary ones. A small-scale example is Oakland Public Library’s Tool Lending Library.

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