January 2023 Overview

Welcome to January at the Oakland Public Library! We’re here to help you keep moving, speaking, and reading strong all month ? Come rain, snow, sleet, or shine, we persevere as a community.

Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Alumni Showcase and Application Launch
Date: Friday, January 6, 2023
Time: 7-8:30pm
Location: Chapter 510 & the Dept. of Make / Believe


We kicked off January with exciting performances from previous Oakland Youth Poet Laureates followed by a Q&A to get youth ready for the OYPL 2023 application which opened the same day. Applications close February 6, 2023. This event was cohosted by Nadia Elbgal (2022 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate) & Kaylan Black (2021 & 2022 Oakland Vice Youth Poet Laureate.) 

Performances included:

  • Harrison Harvey (2017 Finalist, Mentor)
  • monique jonath (2018 & 2019 OYPL Finalist, Mentor)
  • Zouhair Mussa (2019 OYPL Finalist, Mentor)
  • Siara Edmond (2019, 2020, 2021 OYPL Finalist, 2023 OYPL Judge)
  • Chiana Griswa (2020 OYPL Finalist, Mentor)
  • Kaylan Black (2021 & 2022 Vice OYPL, OYPL S.L.A.M. Team Poet)
  • Myra Estrada (OYPL S.L.A.M. Team Poet, 2021 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate)
  • Geronimo Valenzuela (2022 OYPL Finalist)
  • Xander Timmons (2022 OYPL Finalist)
  • Nadia Elbgal (2021 Vice OYPL, 2022 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate)


Let's CantoTalk - Lunar New Year Edition!

Dates: Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18
Location: Online Event

Let's CantoTalk 港 · 廣東話 is an online 3 week introductory course for those who have no prior or very little experience with Cantonese. In this Lunar New Year Edition of Let's CantoTalk, we are exploring the traditions behind Lunar New Year and observances in Hong Kong. We will learn Cantonese pronunciation, tones, and simple vocabularies and phrases used during Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. Register Here.

If you are interested, here is the YouTube playlist of the previous Let's CantoTalk Series for your review.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Rockridge Library.  Presented by Canto Lingo x Asian Branch Library.


Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival

Date: Monday, January 16, 2023
Enjoy AAMLO's featured films for our annual MLK, Jr. Day Film Fest on January 16, 2023. Each film is limited to 50 attendees. RSVP with the links below to reserve your spot and for details on the movie you want to watch.
Featured Films Schedule:


Mindful Nature/Bird Hike with Susana Renaud

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 12-2:30pm

The walk will be 2.5 hours and approximately 2-4 miles in length on an easy/moderate trail. We’ll explore the local area which is full of Yard and Garden Birds, walking alongside Sausal Creek in the Dimond Park area right next to the library.


Fuerza Gráfica: 50 Años de Carteles Comunitarios/ Graphic power: Celebrating 50 years of community posters

Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023
The César E. Chávez Branch Library Poster Collection is made up of over 250 posters, collected since the 1960s at what was known then as the Latin American Library.
Join the discussion about the posters' history and digitizing while viewing a slideshow of them.


Not another New Year's Self Improvement list List created by keaneonlibraries

Books to help you appreciate yourself and find joy just as you are now.

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