Growing Up Oakland

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2019 Spring Travel Series

Planning for your next travel destination? The Main Library's annual Spring Travel Series is back! Get new ideas for traveling and learn about lesser known paths taken locally, nationally, and abroad.

Join us for the popular Spring Travel Series, coordinated by our History Room Librarian Dorothy Lazard!

All travel series events occur on Wednesdays, 6pm ath the Main library (125 14th St.) Walters Auditorium.


Exploring Ghana

Kicking off this year's series is journalist/professor Wanda Sabir who will share stories of her travels to Ghana. This year has been designated "The Year of Return." Many African nations are inviting African descendants home to celebrate a shared heritage. Ms. Sabir will share details about the biannual Ghanaian Panafest that will feature many outstanding performances, celebrities and activities. She will also provide information about a variety of

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in May 2019

If you are wondering what to read next, we have ten fantastic ideas for you.

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In Review: Jazz Awareness Month April 2019

During the month of April AAMLO celebrated Jazz Awareness Month with Jazz Classics in Perspective.

Memry Midgett papers, MS 163, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

[Memry Midgett papers, MS 163, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.]

During the month of April the African American Museum and Library at Oakland hosted Jazz Classics in Perspective. The three week class showcased the earliest origins of West Coast jazz. On Saturday, April 20th we received a surprise guest, artist, composer, and saxophonist John Handy. Born in 1933, Handy at the age of 13 taught himself to play the clarinet. By age 15 he was playing professionally.

As a professional, Mr. Handy has performed throughout America in places such as Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Opera House and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has also played internationally in Japan, Germany, France and countless other locations.

A jazz historian, Handy has also taught

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Early Learning Backpacks

First 5 Alameda County’s School Readiness Initiative funds early care and education programs to address the five key areas research shows are instrumental in promoting early development and learning for a smooth transition to kindergarten.

In September 2018,  OPL’s West and Eastmont branches began a pilot program offering an exciting and fun way for kids ages 3-5 to boost their language skills and school readiness.  The First 5 Alameda County funded early learning backpacks available during family storytime and play café are a huge hit. Early literacy specialists understand parents are a child’s first and best teacher.These backpacks are designed to provide opportunities for rich interactions, fun, and learning by providing materials and books for families to use together. 

The backpacks are not part of our

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It's Time for Spring Planting

Books to help you plant your Spring garden.

Feeling inspired to garden now that the rains have ended and the trees and flowers are blooming? Oakland Public Library has an extensive collection of gardening books to help get you started. Here are several of the newer titles in our collection.

Need seeds? We can help with that, too! Just stop by our seed libraries at the African American Museum and Library or the Chavez, Dimond, and Melrose branches to check out our selection.

Niki Abbour's Veggie Remix

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National Bike Month at Oakland Public Library

Bike to books! Celebrate bike month this May with Oakland Public Library.

Are you a bike enthusiast? Or are you bike curious perhaps? Whether you're an expert or a beginning bike lover, May 2019 is packed with opportunities to embrace two-wheeled ways at OPL. 


Fix & Decorate Your Bicycle

Have a flat tire that needs to be fixed?  Want to scraper your bike?  Come get free minor repairs and get back riding in style!
81st Avenue Branch1021 81st Ave.

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The Bubble Lady Summer 2019

Be prepared to experience every imaginable bubble this summer at the Library. There will be dancing bubbles, trick bubbles, and more.

Prepare to experience bubbles like you’ve never seen.  Rebecca's routines can be hilarious. Her playlist adds an extra dimension to the magical atmosphere of her performance.  Your imagination will  continue to expand  as   so many bubbles are introduced. Join us!

  • Thursday, June 6  Melrose at 1:00 pm 
  • Tuesday, June 11 King at 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, June 1  Brookfield  at 1:30 pm 
  •  Thursday, June 13  West at 10:30 am
  • Monday, June 17  Eastmont  at 1:00 pm 
  • Thursday, June 20  Temescal at 11:00 am 
  • Wednesday, June 26 81st at 1:30 pm 

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Asheba Summer 2019 Performer

Oakland’s own Asheba will perform Caribbean music for children and families. You and your little ones will be singing and dancing the minute Asheba starts performing.

Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of Trinidad, Asheba's homeland. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs, which range from original lullabies to fast tempo tunes to remakes of classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider, Five Little Monkeys, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and You Are My Sunshine.

You and your little ones will be singing and dancing the minute Asheba starts performing. Join us!

  • Saturday, June 1 Chavez at 2:00 pm
  • Monday, June 3  Children's Room at 10:30 am 
  •  Tuesday, June 4  Dimond at 7:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, June 5  

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2019

Wondering what new novels and story collections are arriving this month? Here are 10 great ones you'll want to get your eyes on.

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