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.

We ♥️ weekends!

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 holiday craft programs and events at OPL, visit: oaklandlibrary.org/blogs/library-community/lets-make-things-together-december [link]
For a complete list of all events at OPL, visit:
www.oaklandlibrary.org/events [link]



Friday 12/13

Census 2020 Job Application Help @ Main Library "Census 2020"

Keywords: adults, work, Census 2020, jobs, OaklandHasJobs



Saturday 12/14

Census 2020 Job Application Help @ Lakeview Branch "Census 2020"

Keywords: adults, work, Census 2020, jobs, OaklandHasJobs, Lake Merritt



Baby Café at Piedmont GardensElder in wheelchair reaching out to toddler

Bring your baby or toddler to Baby Café for coffee and playtime! Most Saturdays, we meet at the library and make new friends. The second Saturday of each month, we meet at the Piedmont Gardens retirement community for music and playtime with seniors in nursing and memory care. Siblings welcome. No colds or sniffles, please.

Saturday, December 14 - 10:30am @ Piedmont Gardens
Keywords: children, toddler, baby, kids, family, Piedmont Gardens, caregivers, caretakers, parents, elders, North Oakland




Berkeley Rep Talk: Becky Nurse of Salemplaywright Sarah Ruhl wearing green dress sitting in front of mirror

Come and hear more about the current Berkeley Rep production from a wonderful docent. A world premiere by one of Berkeley Rep’s beloved playwrights. Out of work and out of love, Becky Nurse is an ordinary but strong-willed grandmother just trying to get by in post-Obama America. She’s also the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was infamously executed for witchcraft in 1692—but things have changed for women since then, haven’t they? Desperate to raise her troubled teenaged granddaughter right, and also hook up with an old flame, Becky visits a local witch for help. But those spells and potions don’t work out exactly as planned. The latest play from Tony-nominated Sarah Ruhl, Becky Nurse of Salem speaks to the trials and triumphs of women today—and is also a comedic, warmhearted story about trying to do the right thing in a chaotic world.

Saturday, December 14 - 1pm-2pm @ Piedmont Avenue Branch
Keywords: theater, theatre, Berkeley Rep, Becky Nurse, plays, conversation, adult, Piedmont, North Oakland 


2019 Motown Holiday Celebration and SAAMLO Membership Drivecorner view of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland

Join the revelry as AAMLO and the Friends and Stewards of AAMLO (SAAMLO) host a 2019 Motown Holiday Celebration and SAAMLO Membership Drive. Get up close and personal with special guest, Oakland native Henry Delton Williams, “Designer to the Stars.” Williams will offer remarks about the concluding 60th Anniversary festivities for Motown and its distinctive sound that had America “dancing in the streets.” Be sure to bring a heathy pantry staple (e.g. whole grains, pasta, canned tuna) to support Alameda County Food Bank.   

Saturday, December 14 - 6:30pm-8:30pm @ African American Museum & Library at Oakland
Keywords: children, family, caregivers, parents, AAMLO, SAAMLO, food drive, Motown, Henry Delton Williams, holidays





Sunday 12/15 

Help for Rentersblack and white circular logo for Oakland Tenant's Union

Do you rent your home? Do you have questions? The Oakland Tenants 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. December 15 - 3pm-5pm @ Main Library
Keywords: renters, rent, Oakland, housing crisis, rent help, Oakland Tenants Union, rights, adults, transitional age 





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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