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, January 8th, 2015, East Bay Express

The idea behind Diorama-rama isn’t complicated. With the aim of fostering a community around reading, the Oakland Public Library is partnering with E. M. Wolfman Small Interest Bookstore (which was recently featured in our story “Downtown, Up and Coming” 12/24/14) to put on a night dedicated to books, and tiny models of the worlds inside them. 

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Monday, December 29th, 2014, Oakland Tribune

Think inside the box

The possibilities are endless. You could have Harry Potter in a shoebox. Or maybe some "Little Women." Heck, stuff "All the King's Men" in there. It's a "Brave New World" inside the diorama you'll fashion in honor of your favorite book for the Jan. 8 Diorama-Rama contest, co-hosted by the Oakland Public Library and E. M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore at 410 13th St., Oakland. Call 415-250-5527 for info.

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014, Oakland Tribune

A collection of panoramic photographs of Oakland through the years featuring views of real estate development, industry, school children, social clubs, and events is on display in he special exhibit "Oakland Panoramas" at the Main Library's Oakland History Room.

"We pulled these from our collection of large, wide photos not usually on display," said Dorothy Lazard, the librarian in charge of the history room.

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014, KQED Forum

Maurice Sendak, author of "Where the Wild Things Are," once said, "Kids don't know about bestsellers. They go for what they enjoy." We'll discuss what new books kids are enjoying and what classic books still endure. What kids' books are popular in your house? What children's books make good gifts?

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:  Amy Martin, children's collection librarian at the Oakland Public Library


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Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, Oakland North

This past summer, BRL even started a year-long pilot program, partnering with the Oakland Public Library and Oakland Parks and Recreation Department, which offered space to host the therapy workshops. “Many of these libraries are ideally located in communities with high rates of violence,” said Alvarez. “That’s why this partnership is so important—it’s bringing together strategically located facilities with a culturally responsive organization like ours to address trauma that is being observed.”

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Saturday, December 6th, 2014, Oakland Tribune

Brian Boies, a teen librarian at Oakland's Public Library, has developed "Oakland Has Jobs," an online bulletin board where job opportunities in Oakland and beyond are posted and shared.

The board is on Instagram and can be viewed at www.instagram.com/oaklandhasjobs or you can follow it on Instagram at @oaklandhasjobs. It can be viewed from a computer or a smartphone.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, Contra Costa Times

The program is designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade as well as younger children with the help of their parents. Bingo cards will be distributed in the month of December.

Any child or parent who returns a card with five actitivies in a row completed will receive a free paperback book. Bingo cards will be available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

"We hope this is a simple and fun game that promotes family engagement around reading as a daily activity," said Nina Lindsay, supervising librarian for children services.

The Dimond Library will begin the Winter Bingo with a visit from celebrated children's and young adult author Mitali Perkins, whose work explores living between cultures.

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Monday, December 1st, 2014, Oakland North

The Oakland Public Library and its 16 branches have also functioned as an alternative for students who don’t have a computer at home. “Our computers are extremely popular and they are very busy, especially after school hours,” said Sharon McKellar, community relations librarian at the Oakland Public Library. “You can walk into any branch in Oakland and see the computers well-filled, usually with young people.”

Although students can make a reservation for a computer three days in advance online or by calling the library, there are also some limitations for accessing these computers: Students need to have a library card, they can only use those computers for one hour at a time, and there are only around 250 computers available. “There is clearly a huge need in the city for public access computers,” said McKellar.

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Monday, November 24th, 2014, School Library Journal

Overall, Lindsay says, the emphasis on nutrition and food has had a positive response from patrons.

“We get a huge thank you from kids and their parents,” she says, attributing its success to the library’s ability to foster a sense of community. “It makes the library feel much more like their home. It adds to that quality of the third space.”

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014, Oakland Tribune

Utilizing funds from a California State Library grant, the library staff has digitized more than 8,000 pages of manuscripts and 200-plus photographs related to civil rights, women's history, Negro baseball leagues and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.

The online resources include the entire collection of noted civil rights and labor leader C.L. Dellums, who is the uncle of former Oakland Mayor Ronald Dellums. There are photographs and administrative records of the West Coast Negro Baseball Association and historical records of the California State Association of Colored Women's Clubs.

Twenty years of the official newsletter of a black masons organization, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of California, are also now available online, says Sean Heyliger, the African American Library's archivist, who is in charge of the digitalization project.

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