Weekends @ OPL!

Looking for fun & free things to do this weekend? Check out this weekly blog for a small sampling of events and programs for all ages at your Oakland Public Library.

Spend your weekend with us!

Every week, we post up a small selection of events we think you might find useful or enjoy. You can find the full list of events here. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @oaklibrary for other event highlights, resources, updates, and more!

For Black History Month events:

For a complete list of all events at Your Library: www.oaklandlibrary.org/events




Friday 2/28

Family Yogagraphic of young person in a yoga pose

Explore poses that are inspired from nature, animals, and your imagination with yoga instructor Laxman Panthi.  Breathing, focus, self-control and awareness techniques are all explored through exercises designed specifically for children ages 3-12 and their parents and caregivers.

Friday, February 28 - 4pm-5pm @ Dimond Branch
Keywords: yoga, family, caretakers, caregivers, children, kids, family, Dimond, 




Saturday 2/29

5th Annual Local Authors ShowcaseKente cloth

In honor of Black History Month Turning Pages Book Club & We Turn Pages Too are having their 5th Annual Local Authors Showcase.

Featured Authors Include: Lisa Landry, Alan Clark, Perri Forrest, Rick McPherson, La Rhonda Cosby-Johnson, Debbie Reynolds, Valerie Haynes Perry, Collete Winlock, Judy Fambrough Billingsley, April Wakefield-Spikener, Sonja Babino, Bobi Gentry Goodwin, Deborah LeFalle, Carla J. Lawson. Refreshments will be served, African attire is suggested. 

Saturday, February 29 - 1pm4pm @ West Oakland Branch
Keywords: local authors, Oakland authors, Black writers, showcase, West Oakland




Melrose Teen GamingNintendo's Mario

Are you a gamer? Looking for a place to chill and chat with others about games? Come to the Melrose Library on Tuesday afternoons to play with our new PS4! We also have an assortment of board and card games. So, come on by the library to chat with your Teen Librarian about games, books or whatever you want! For tweens & teens age 10-18 *Snack is provided. 

Saturday, February 29 - 3pm-5pm @ Melrose Branch
Keywords: teens, tweens, East Oakland, Melrose, games, gamer, video games, teen programs




2020: Visions Toward TomorrowAfrican American Museum & Library

Join SAAMLO (Friends and Stewards of AAMLO) for 2020: Visions Toward Tomorrow. The evening—promoting the legacy of Black History 365 days a year—features spoken word artists, jazz musicians, community choirs, visual artists, and words of wisdom from Oakland’s community sages.

Saturday, February 29 - 5pm-8pm @ African American Museum & Library at Oakland
Keywords: spoken word, jazz, music, culture, arts, community, Black History, Oakland history, West Oakland, Downtown Oakland, AAMLO


Sunday 3/1

Button and Bookmark Making for Women's History MonthWomen

Come make bookmarks and buttons featuring important and inspiring women. Use our artwork or create your own tribute to the important women in your life! 

Sunday, March 1 - 2pm-3pm @ 81st Avenue Branch
Keywords: Women's History Month, crafts, DIY, East Oakland, teens, all ages


Help for RentersSilhouette of hand handing other hand keys

Do you rent your home? Do you have questions? The Oakland Tenant's Union is at the Main Library on the first and third Sundays of every month. They can answer questions or provide resources about evictions, landlords, your rights, and more. Please call for an appointment: 510-704-5276. Every first and third Sunday from 3-5 pm, in the Veterans Center in the lobby. Everyone is welcome, although veterans may be given priority when applicable. 

Sunday, March 1 - 3pm-5pm @ Main Library
Keywords: renters, renting, housing crisis, Downtown Oakland, Lake Merritt, evictions, landlords, housing




For a full list of events, make sure to check out our events calendar.


What are your favorite weekend events @ OPL? Let us know in the comments!


I took my 9yr old to the

I took my 9yr old to the Summer Reading Celebration at the museum and it was a fantastic event - lots to do. Thanks for putting on this event.
~ Harmony

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