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.

Friday, September 23rd, 2016, Oakland North

Dioram-Off is the brainchild of two librarians, Emily Foster of the Berkeley Public Library and Amy Martin of the Oakland Public Library. Both said they wanted to create a fun way for adults to share their favorite books.

This is the second time the duo has hosted a diorama contest. They first got the idea last year, as then-colleagues in Oakland, after seeing a photo on the internet of a similar contest. They worked with Carder to host the 2015 event at E.M. Wolfman Bookstore. This year, Foster is working in Berkeley, but she and Martin remain friends and decided to co-host the event.

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Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, ABC7 News

Oaklandhasjobs held a youth job fair in the Oakland Main Library's TeenZone on Wednesday.

Sixteen employers and youth agencies that provide internships and job training were present.

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Monday, September 5th, 2016, Oakland North

The hotspot lending program has already proved popular with Oakland residents. One week after the program’s start, almost all of the 45 hotspots had been checked out. Special projects librarian Mary Schrader said students in West Oakland have been borrowing hotspots to complete their homework, and others have followed after hearing about the service from their friends.

Some of those students “hadn’t been into the library for quite a while,” Garzon said. “I think people forget that libraries have really widened the types of services that we provide.” The unlimited broadband provided by the hotspots allows for endless browsing, and access to all services delivered on the internet. “They can check newspapers at home, they can do their studies, they can check a book review, they can buy something, they can even watch a movie,” Garzon pointed out.

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Monday, August 22nd, 2016, Oakland Reads 2020 Community Voices Blog

The noise level wasn’t what one would expect in a library. Nichole Brown, the librarian, is largely responsible for changing how the community thinks about what libraries should be. “We’re building community in a non-traditional way,” said Nichole. “We want people to interact with us and each other, and engage in the activities we offer. People don’t see the library as a destination, but when they get here, they see the benefits and they keep coming back. They’re relieved to have a safe place where no one cares where they’re from or how they got here.”

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Friday, August 19th, 2016, Post News Group

According to Lana Adlawan, a supervising librarian for teen services at the Oakland Public Library, a key part of the program is leadership and making sure the laureates are ready to lead their city. She and many others agree, “Azariah is ready to do that.”

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Thursday, August 11th, 2016, East Bay Times

Although the library is on a campaign to boost patronage across the board, the council and Garzon primarily addressed removing barriers to youngsters' use.


"This is not the same environment that we may all have lived in at one time," Garzon reminded the council, noting some families struggle with displacement, living with a single parent or grandparents, moving from one home to another or just trying to get around.


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Thursday, June 16th, 2016, Mercury News

With a boost from bicycle advocacy group Bike East Bay, and the Oakland Public Library, East Oakland now finally has its own bike repair facility, in a brightly painted former shipping container at the Martin Luther King Jr. branch library, 6833 International Blvd.

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, Oakland Reads 2020 Community Voices Blog

Second Start’s Family Literacy Specialist Ann Daniel works with groups of parolees who have children in their lives, helping them to bond and play with their children through books and literary activities, Richardson says. Dads are encouraged to sign up for library cards for themselves and their children and to use library facilities and activities. Several dads have also signed up for tutoring with Second Start to improve their own reading skills, she says.

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Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group

When Michelle McAfee joined a memoir-writing project at Oakland's Temescal library, she was eager to recount tales about growing up African-American in mostly white central Contra Costa County in the 1970s.

Instead, prompts from the workshop's instructor pushed her into a slightly different and more emotionally raw direction.

...McAfee's "Lemon Tree" is included in the new anthology "Subject to Change," published by members of her Temescal writing project.



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Thursday, August 13th, 2015, Montclarion/San Jose Mercury News

A cake is seen during the Dimond Branch Library centennial celebration at the parking lot in Oakland on Saturday. The event featured a traditional story time, children's activities, music, a birthday cake, a video created by teens, a time capsule ceremony and a historical presentation about the library. The library was founded in 1914 by the Fruitvale Women's Club, and became the 11th branch of the Oakland Library, originally called the Upper Fruitvale Branch, in 1915.

5 photos by Ray Chavez

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