What If You Can't Work From Home?

Resources for people who cannot shelter in place for work, recently lost their work because of Covid-19, or are otherwise figuring out how to survive this time.

Oakland-- we miss you! We love you! Thank you for helping to flatten the curve and support your community. For those who have to work outdoors, thank you for keeping The Town alive.

Even though we're closed, OPL is still here to support you as you navigate a new reality. You might be feeling the effects of the pandemic if you still have to go to work while others work from home, if you've had your hours reduced, or lost employment as a result of Covid-19, this blog is for you. 

If you're looking for more local resources, check out other local COVID-19 resources compiled by Your Library.

¿Qué sucede si no puedes trabajar

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#OPLSummer Reading Logs & Prize Books

Our summer reading program officially ends this week but keep reading! Are you ready to go 'back to school'? Don't forget your library card!

Thank you for joining us for Summer Reading 2020, the official end date is August 1st.  In a pre-COVID world, we would be celebrating on Sunday at the Oakland Museum. We miss seeing you at the library and hope to say hello at the Summer Prize pick up locations.

Prize book pick-up will take place: 

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Summer Fun for Adults Week 9: Nature Close at Hand

We're in the ninth week of the library’s Summer Fun for Adults program. This week’s theme is “Nature Close at Hand,” and we have a stack of books for you to help you explore our natural world.

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Teen Tuesdays: Take a Virtual Tour

This week you can earn a raffle ticket in the Teen Summer Passport Program by taking a virtual tour of somewhere you've never been! Here are some places to start.

Feeling a bit trapped at home?  Well, this week's theme for summer programs at OPL is Global Society and while there are a lot of ways to earn a raffle ticket to fit this theme, we wanted to feature some virtual tours. 

There are several places online that you can find photos and tours of places all over the world.  We really like this one, for example.  But, as you'll see below, YouTube has plenty to see, and there are tours in your own backyard that you can hit up, even during shelter-in-place.  

Here are some examples, provided by three different staff members who work with teens at the library.  Some are near, some are further away, all are pretty fun to read and watch!

Backpacking in the High Sierra, California

by Peggy Simmons, Library Assistant, Teen Services

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Summer Fun for Adults Week 8: Global Society

A selection of books featuring immigration and migration stories.

It's week 8 of the library's Summer Fun for Adults program. This week's theme is global society and we're featuring immigration and migration stories. The books featured below were released in the past few years and capture a range of voices across countries and continents. Many are available in both print and e-book formats.

Nonfiction and Memoir

Penguing Book of Migration StoriesMalayaThe Best We Could Do

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#OPLSummer Week 9: Nature Close at Hand

Welcome to the last week of Summer Reading 2020. While many continue to shelter in place/stay close to home, we also know it's important to go outside and enjoy the fresh air.

 

We are pleased to present Morgan Guenther from East Bay Regional Park District with this week's activities: 

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#OPLSummer Week 8: Read, Watch, Listen - Global Society

OPL children's librarians have selected some titles to read for this week's summer theme. We are not alone in this world -- we are part of the global society!

Join the fun online this summer with OPL!

OPL children's librarians have selected some titles (available both online and, at select sidewalk pickup locations, in person) for you to read with us during this week of summer. Whether they depict people moving from country to country, living at home around the globe, or meeting people from different places, they encourage us to discover our commonalities, celebrate our differences, and learn to coexist peacefully.

Read, watch, listen, and enjoy!

Picture Books

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We are Still Here: A Project by Samuel Getachew, 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate

We Are Still Here, a project by 2019 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Sameul Getachew, is a visual showcase of first-draft poems from writing workshops in Oakland public school classrooms.

We are very proud to announce the launch of We are Still Here, a project conceived of and designed by Samuel Getachew, Oakland's 2019 Youth Poet Laureate.  

As Samuel describes:

We Are Still Here is a visual showcase of first-draft poems from writing workshops in Oakland public school classrooms. This project went through many iterations in its conception, its purpose, and its execution. When I began, I had one goal: I wanted to emphasize that despite stark economic disparities, a lack of educational resources, rampant gentrification, and countless other issues impacting young people in Oakland, my city was and is still a place of beauty

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Summer Fun for Adults Week 7: Celebrating Our Diversity with Cookbooks

We're in the seventh week of the library’s Summer Fun for Adults program. This week’s theme is “Celebrating Our Diversity,” and we’re celebrating the most delicious way possible—with cookbooks!

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Teen Tuesday: Celebrating Diversity with TikTok

At OPL we love to celebrate diversity every day. This week we celebrate our differences, our cultures, our backgrounds, and learn about one another. Join us on this Teen Tuesday by participating in the #allthedifference TikTok challenge.

At OPL we love to celebrate diversity every day. This week we celebrate our differences, our cultures, our backgrounds, and learn about one another.

Join us on this Teen Tuesday by participating in the #allthedifference TikTok challenge.  Then head on over to oakland.beanstack.org to get your ticket for participating. Your ticket can be entered into a raffle to win one of six really great prizes including a Nintendo Switch and a Polaroid Pop camera!

What is the #allthedifference TikTok challenge, you ask?

The #allthedifference TikTok campaign, created for The World Economic Forum conference in January, 2020, challenged teens around the world to “show what makes them

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