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, May 27th, 2015, Sf Gate

Dig in the dirt with City Slicker Farms, join the drum circle, select a new book from Oakland Public Library’s rolling Bike Library, and breathe easy with meditation and yoga hosted by Siddha Yoga Ashram.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015, Contra Costa Times

The Oakland Book Festival is kicking off its inaugural event on Sunday. The one-day festival will be held in and in front of City Hall, with about 90 writers participating in panels, readings and interviews to be held over the course of the day, all free to the public.

"Events like this have a special ability to bring people together, to open discussion, and to help build community," said Gerry Garzon, director of services at the Oakland Public Library, in an email.


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Friday, May 8th, 2015, SF Gate

Just how grassroots is the festival? The couple has done all the fundraising by themselves, without applying for any grants. “It doesn’t cost a lot to pull this off,” Don said. “We’re getting City Hall for free, and the Oakland Library and Children’s Fairyland are donating their time and services for free.”

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015, The White House

Today, the President will call upon library directors to work with their mayors, school leaders, and school librarians, to create or strengthen partnerships so that every child enrolled in school can receive a library card. These libraries also commit to support student learning through programming that develops their language, reading, and critical thinking; provide digital resources, such as eBooks and online collections of traditional media; and provide broadband connectivity and wireless access within library facilities. Over 30 major cities and counties have announced they are taking the challenge and will work to provide cards to all students.

Communities adopting the ConnectED Library Challenge include: Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Clinton Macomb, Columbus, Cuyahoga, D.C., Denver, Hartford, Hennepin County, Howard County, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, New Haven, Oakland, Pierce County, Pima, Pocatello, Pueblo City, Ramsey County, Columbia, Rochester Hills, Rochester, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, Skokie, and St. Louis.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, Public Libraries Online
  • Increased visibility and support for the library: Contra Costa’s San Pablo branch included storytime with the police chief, firefighters, and city council members. A poignant news story about Oakland Public Library’s program was enough to draw a popular children’s book illustrator to regularly volunteer for the program.
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Friday, February 20th, 2015, KGO News

 At the Oakland Library today, children and their families learnt the movements, song, and rhythms involved in Hambone and were treated to the colorful antics of performer Lance “Unique Derique” McGee.

In celebration of Black History Month, renowned performer McGee discussed the African-American art of Hambone body music in a fun, all-ages program featuring physical comedy, circus arts, and body drumming.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, Inside Bay Area

The historic branch library on San Pablo Avenue in North Oakland was closed last year for repairs, and it is now open once again. A public celebration is planned at 10 a.m. Feb. 21. The Oakland City Council in July approved a construction budget of $163,000 to pay for restoration of deteriorated windows and other renovations to the Georgian revival-style landmark building, originally constructed in 1917-18 and known as the Golden Gate Branch.

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Friday, February 6th, 2015, KREM2

Other libraries that made the list were the Free Library of Philadelphia, California's Oakland Public Library, the Toronto Kitchen Library, and New Jersey's Piscataway Public Library.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015, Oakland Local

The public reception was packed with proud kids, parents and grandparents. The young artists were beaming, proud to have their photos taken alongside their work. Selected pieces from the competition will become part of a traveling exhibition to several Oakland Public Library branches.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, TechSoup

I was especially thrilled to see that the Oakland Public Library was present. I spoke to the OPL community relations librarian, Sharon McKellar, about why she was there. McKellar said that it was important to make government more accessible to the entire community, including those with "varying literacy or languages or degrees of digital literacy" and that the library should be involved in those conversations.

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