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 a complete list of all events at OPL, visit: www.oaklandlibrary.org/events
For #Pride events @ OPL, visit our Pride Events blog.
Check out Jazz on Sundays at Golden Gate Branch!


Friday 8/16:

Third Friday Film Screening with OACC: Afghan CyclesImage of two people standing by bicycles in the desert

We're embarking on a three-film series on third Fridays in the fall, with the Oakland Asian Cultural CenterIn August, to celebrate PedalFest, we'll screen the film Afghan Cycles, with a discussion to follow. This documentary features a generation of Afghan women "using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom, empowerment, and social change". 

Friday, August 16th - 6pm-7:30pm @ Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC)
For cycling enthusiasts, feminists, and film lovers!




Saturday 8/17:

Stained Glass Candle Votivesimage of hand-decorated candle votive

Come make a beautiful stained glass candle holder for yourself or a friend. Supplies are provided!

Saturday, August 17th - 1pm-2:30pm @ Dimond Branch
For teens age 10-18




Illuminating Core Elements of Spirituals through Community SingingLogo for Friends of Negro Spirituals (NS in black letters with musical symbols)

Join the Friends of the Negro Spiritual (FNS) for this educational and cultural event which includes:

* A revisit of Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker's Roots of Music: The Music Tree Community singing of spirituals reflective of Dr. Walker's elements of Spirituals * An exploration of the purposes of Spirituals for the enslaved community

Contact FNS at (510) 869 - 4359 or FNS3@juno.com for more information. 

Saturday, August 17th - 1pm-3pm @ West Oakland Branch
For all ages!



Tight Knitters at Chavez / El Grupo de TejerImages of yarn balls

Learn the basics of knitting or bring your current project to inspire others or to get advice. // Traiga su proyecto para mostrarnos y servir de inspiración o traiga un proyecto difícil para el consejo. 

Saturday, August 17th- 2pm-3:30pm @ César E. Chávez Branch
For adults and teens // Para adultos y adoloscentes de todos los niveles. 


Thirty Years Since Dr. Huey P. Newton: His Legacy as Husband, Soul Mate & FatherPortrait of Huey Newton

Join us for Thirty Years since Dr. Huey P. Newton: His Legacy as Husband, Soul Mate & Father. This public conversation features Fredrika Newton, president of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation and Zoe Samudzi, writer and MATATU archivist. We examine dimensions of the private life of a political icon known for his activism as a cofounder of the Black Panther Party.

Saturday, August 17 - 2pm-4pm @ African American Museum & Library at Oakland
For history buffs and those looking to learn more about the Black Panther Party.



Sunday 8/18

Jazz on SundayJazz Painting

Summer jazz concerts are back for the 29th year running! Admission is free, donations are welcome. This week's lineup features Junius Courtney Big Band (In the Park!) **Please note, the August 18 program will be held at Doyle/Hollis Park (61st St between Hollis & Doyle Streets). 

Sunday, August 18th - 3pm-7pm @ Doyle/Hollis Park (61st St between Hollis & Doyle Streets)
For music lovers and history buffs!







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

Check out Jazz on Sundays at Golden Gate Branch

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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