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, June 26th, 2018, Hoodline

For many students, summer is a break from the stress of academics, but for those who rely on free and reduced-cost meals, it's also a time of food insecurity. That’s when Oakland Public Library’s Free Summer Lunch steps up to fill the gap.

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Saturday, June 9th, 2018, NBC Bay Area

Starting Saturday, Oakland and San Francisco residents age five and up can show their Warriors spirit by getting a new Golden State Warriors library card, library officials said.

The collector's edition Warriors library cards become available today and will be available only while supplies last. Library users can visit any branch of the Oakland Public Library and sign up for a card.

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Friday, June 8th, 2018, Oakland Post

Leila Mottley, 16, a student at Oakland School of the Arts, has been chosen as Oakland’s 2018 youth poet laureate.

Serving until recently as the 2017 vice youth poet laureate, she said the program has been a blessing in her life.

“I learned so much about what it means to hold space and occupy my voice, and I am so excited to get to do that as 2018 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate,” she said.

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, KTVU

Oakland voters love their libraries.

Measure D, which imposes a $75 parcel tax to raise about $10 million annually for the city's libraries for the next 20 years, passed on Tuesday with nearly 76 percent of the vote.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, Civil Eats

Since 2011, in California, young people have found sustenance and assistance in an unlikely place: the public library. That’s the year the Oakland Public Library in Northern California started serving free lunches of sandwiches, fruit, and milk to local children at three of its branches. “We were seeing hungry kids coming in and staying the whole day,” says Derrick DeMay, Oakland’s supervising branch librarian. “Hungry kids act in ways that are unproductive. One solution is to say, ‘You’re out for not following the rules.’ But that doesn’t help anybody.”

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, Oakland News Now

The City of  sent a press release announcing that  is ’s 2018 . Here’s the details.

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Friday, June 1st, 2018, KQED Arts

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) announced this week that it won an almost-$20,000 grant to digitize and preserve donated archival footage of the Black Panther Party. The museum and library received the collection of 98 films and four audiotapes in the early '90s. The reels reportedly consist of unused footage from the documentary film collective California Newsreel, and show the Black Panther Party and other protest movements from the late '60s and '70s.

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Saturday, May 26th, 2018, San Francisco Chronicle

What’s blue and gold and opens doors to untold worlds?

The new Golden State Warriors-themed library cards for the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, Hoodline

Rarely-seen footage of protests from the 1960s - 70s will soon be freely available online thanks to a grant awarded to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland.

The museum announced receiving the $19,950 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources this week. It was one of 16 recipients nationwide and three in California, in addition to UC Berkeley and UC Davis.

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Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, Hoodline

Oakland’s newest library can go anywhere; on Friday, the city unveiled a customized vehicle that brings books, laptops, tablets, electronic charging stations and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Dubbed the Oakland Public Library Mobile Outreach Vehicle (MOVe), the vehicle also carries gaming and bike repair equipment and can be used as a center for educational activities, movie nights, story times or just quiet reading.

“One of our long-term goals is to better serve our communities by connecting with them where they are,” said interim Director of Library Services Jamie Turbak. “The MOVe is a great way for us to reach underserved youth and improve library access for those who have little contact with city services."

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