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, September 25th, 2018, Oakland North

Oakland’s Mam community held its first local festival at the Cesar Chavez Library in Oakland. With more than 10,000 Mam residents in the Bay Area, organizers said they felt a need to express their culture’s uniqueness. 

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Friday, September 21st, 2018, KCBS Radio

Do you like to make or fix things with tools? The Oakland Public Library wants you to know about its Tool Lending Library. KCBS Radio's Carrie Hodousek has the story from the library's Temescal Branch.

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Thursday, September 6th, 2018, El Tecolote

When it comes to Mayan culture, most people tend to think of the ancient civilization that existed in southern Mexico and Guatemala. But Mayans and their culture prevail today, even when many of them have migrated north to the United States to find a better life. On Sept. 15, at the Cesar E. Chavez Branch Library in Oakland, the Mam community will host a public event where they will introduce their culture and traditions to others.

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Friday, August 17th, 2018, KQED

In their 50th year in Oakland, it's time to look back at what the team's contributions to baseball. And, as the major leagues slowly lose African American players, it's especially time to recognize what the A's have meant to the black community at large.

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Friday, August 10th, 2018, EdSource

On a recent weekday morning, librarian Annabelle Blackman stood in front of a room full of young children at the Cesar Chavez Public Library in Oakland, Calif., singing a children’s rhyme and swaying from side-to-side. Her performance was more than mere entertainment; it was part of her weekly summer storytime that is designed to promote early literacy for infants and toddlers.

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2018, Hoodline

The Oakland Tool Lending Library has grown too big for its basement. 

Now, the Friends of the Oakland Tool Lending Library (FOTLL), a volunteer group devoted to assisting the tool library, has devised a plan to provide more space and an improved experience, beginning with a makeover for its exterior shipping container storage. 

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Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, San Francisco Chronicle

An untold number of today’s youth will be able to credit an Oakland librarian for giving them a head start in life. And who’s to say that connection with reading couldn’t start this weekend? The city’s library will team up with the Oakland Museum of California, at the museum’s gardens, for the 14th annual summer reading celebration on Sunday, Aug. 5. 

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Saturday, July 7th, 2018, East Bay Times

In an underground auditorium at the Oakland Main Library, more than 50 attendees gathered on Saturday morning to hear what immigration attorneys, activists and Muslim community organizers had to say about the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the travel ban of seven Muslim-majority countries, its impact on Muslim communities and how Bay Area residents can fight back.

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018, Oakland News Now

The two  groups that help to sustain it are seeking new members, and they specifically want a diverse group of folks. So, if you thought being part of Friends of  Board or the City of  Library Advisory Commission was something you wanted to do, but believed it was closed to you, as a black or Latino / black Oaklander, via racism, think again. 

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Monday, July 2nd, 2018, East Bay Times

Binky Brown wasted no time getting down to business.

Standing under an overcast sky at the corner of Mandela Parkway and West Grand Avenue in Oakland on Sunday with a small folding table, foam board sign and printed hand-outs, Brown launched right into her workshop: “How to fix a flat.”

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