5 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in December 2019

Cozy up with five of December's best fiction releases.

December is sometimes a slow month for new releases, so our list this month is short but strong. Happy reading!

Such a Fun Age
by Kiley Reid
Emira Tucker is a 25-year-old Black woman who is torn between pursuing a more grown-up career and the part time babysitting job she loves. When Emira is the target of racial profiling at a high-end grocery store, her white employer Alix wants to come to her rescue, regardless of what Emira wants or needs. “In her debut novel, Reid illuminates difficult truths about race, society, and power with a fresh, light hand. We're all familiar with the phrases white privilege and race relations, but rarely has a book vivified these terms in such a lucid, absorbing, graceful, forceful, but unforced way.” (Library Journal)

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Let's make things together in December

Make a light-up snowflake card or decorate a cookie at your local library.

Rainy days in Oakland mean it's a great time to cozy up and make some crafts. We have crafty times happening all over Oakland this December. Come join us! All our craft programs are free and we provide the materials.

For all ages

Snow Globes at the Main Library
Friday, December 13, First floor at 12pm; Children's Room and Teen Zone at 2:30pm

For kids and families

Kwanzaa Story and Crafts
Main Library Children's Room, Wednesday, December 11, 2:30pm

Holiday Ornaments
Dimond Branch, Saturday, December 14, 4pm

Cookie Decorating
Elmhurst Branch, Friday, December 20, 3pm

Light-up Snowflake Cards
Golden Gate Branch, Wednesday, December 11, 3pm
West Oakland Branch, Friday, December 13, 4pm
Temescal Branch, Saturday, December 14, 11:30am
Brookfield Branch, Tuesday, December 17, 1:30pm

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1919: the year that changed America

This year marks the centennial of a momentous year in world and American history.

As we head into the last month of the year, I’ve been thinking about all the centennial anniversaries that were marked in 2019. The Great Migration of African Americans out of the agrarian South and into the industrial North began in 1919. World War I veterans returned home to communities—including Omaha, Charleston, Chicago—that would be shook by race riots. The artistic and cultural explosion that would become known as the Harlem Renaissance began that year. Oakland Tribune columnist Delilah Beasley published her monumental history of African Americans, “The Negro Trail-Blazers of California” in 1919. The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote, was approved by Congress.

These events and many others significantly changed our society. They were influenced, among other things, by

  • the Progressive Movement that called for social reforms in the workplace;
  • the labor movement that looked beyond capitalism to create a more equitable society;
  • the early civil rights

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Winter Bingo 2019

We invite children (recommended ages 0-12) to play Winter Bingo at OPL over the holiday break. Visit your local library to pick up a Winter Bingo card. Complete any 5 activities in a row and win a FREE Book

It's that time of year again!  We invite children (recommended ages 0-12) to play Winter Bingo at OPL over the holiday break.

Visit your local library to pick up a Winter Bingo card, complete any 5 activities in a row and win a FREE Book.

You may return completed Winter Bingo cards to any Oakland Public Library between December 26, 2019 and January 18, 2020 to receive a free book of your choice.

If you would like to get started before your next visit to OPL you can print your own Winter Bingo card using the links below:

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Too Good: A Poem by Eleanor Wikstrom, Oakland's Vice Youth Poet Laureate

Listen to Eleanor Wikstrom perform her poem, "Too Good", and find a printable version of her inspiring words.

When Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified, with a national audience, during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, Eleanor Wikstrom wrote a poem. With this poem, "Too Good," and two other poems, she applied to the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate program and became Oakland's 2019 Vice Youth Poet Laureate. 

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Books for Native American Heritage Month and Beyond

Check out these exciting new books by North American Indigenous authors!

November is Native American Heritage month and Oakland Public Library has many exciting new books written by Indigenous North American authors to keep you reading throughout the month and through the year(s)! Here is a sample of some of the new books on our shelves. To learn more about these titles, click on the title links below.

Happy reading!


A Matter of Conscience     In the Night of Memory     

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Trans Day of Remembrance

Today, we remember all transgender individuals whose lives were taken because of anti-trans violence, prejudice, and hate crimes.

OPL logo with trans flag

Today, November 20th, is the Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDoR). According to the official TDoR website, TDoR was established in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith to honor Rita Hesler and all other trans* people who have died from anti-trans hate crimes and violence. 

The National Center for Transgender Equality states that “more than one-in-four trans people has faced a bias-driven assault, and rates are higher for trans women and trans people of color.” Those who have intersecting marginalized identities bear the brunt of violence; it is no coincidence that the

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OPL Helps You Work for 2020 Census

Census 2020 means jobs! Get one-on-one application help at a library workshop.

It's chilly and the leaves are changing colors, but at OPL, we're already thinking ahead to spring -- and the 2020 census.

Beginning in March 2020, the US Census Bureau will begin its decennial (that's every ten years) count of people living in the US. Getting an accurate count for the census is critical to government funding, and the Oakland Public Library will be helping to make sure everyone gets counted, especially vulnerable populations such as immigrants and refugees, families with children, and people experiencing homelessness.

Want to be part of that effort while earning some money? The Census Bureau will hire thousands of workers to help count people next year, and they will give one-on-one help to anyone who wants to apply for those jobs in these upcoming workshops. Bring your resume!

81st Avenue - Saturday, November 23, 2-3:30 PM

Brookfield - Wednesday, November 20

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in November 2019

Wondering what to read next? Check out some of some of November's best new fiction.

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Family, Food and Travel

The Children's Outreach Librarian shares recommended reads for the Fall season.

Hello November, a month when we celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)Veteran’s Day Native American Heritage Month and GRATITUDE

It’s also a time when many travel to visit family and

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