It's Time for Spring Planting

Books to help you plant your Spring garden.

Feeling inspired to garden now that the rains have ended and the trees and flowers are blooming? Oakland Public Library has an extensive collection of gardening books to help get you started. Here are several of the newer titles in our collection.

Need seeds? We can help with that, too! Just stop by our seed libraries at the African American Museum and Library or the Chavez, Dimond, and Melrose branches to check out our selection.

Niki Abbour's Veggie Remix

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National Bike Month at Oakland Public Library

Bike to books! Celebrate bike month this May with Oakland Public Library.

Are you a bike enthusiast? Or are you bike curious perhaps? Whether you're an expert or a beginning bike lover, May 2019 is packed with opportunities to embrace two-wheeled ways at OPL. 


Fix & Decorate Your Bicycle

Have a flat tire that needs to be fixed?  Want to scraper your bike?  Come get free minor repairs and get back riding in style!
81st Avenue Branch1021 81st Ave.

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The Bubble Lady Summer 2019

Be prepared to experience every imaginable bubble this summer at the Library. There will be dancing bubbles, trick bubbles, and more.

Prepare to experience bubbles like you’ve never seen.  Rebecca's routines can be hilarious. Her playlist adds an extra dimension to the magical atmosphere of her performance.  Your imagination will  continue to expand  as   so many bubbles are introduced. Join us!

  • Thursday, June 6  Melrose at 1:00 pm 
  • Tuesday, June 11 King at 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, June 1  Brookfield  at 1:30 pm 
  •  Thursday, June 13  West at 10:30 am
  • Monday, June 17  Eastmont  at 1:00 pm 
  • Thursday, June 20  Temescal at 11:00 am 
  • Wednesday, June 26 81st at 1:30 pm 
  • Wednesday,

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Asheba Summer 2019 Performer

Oakland’s own Asheba will perform Caribbean music for children and families. You and your little ones will be singing and dancing the minute Asheba starts performing.

Asheba is a musical storyteller who specializes in calypso, the musical and folkloric oral tradition of Trinidad, Asheba's homeland. Stories of hope and happiness are the focus of his songs, which range from original lullabies to fast tempo tunes to remakes of classics such as Itsy Bitsy Spider, Five Little Monkeys, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and You Are My Sunshine.

You and your little ones will be singing and dancing the minute Asheba starts performing. Join us!

  • Saturday, June 1 Chavez at 2:00 pm
  • Monday, June 3  Children's Room at 10:30 am 
  •  Tuesday, June 4  Dimond at 7:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, June 5  Montclair at 6:30

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in April 2019

Wondering what new novels and story collections are arriving this month? Here are 10 great ones you'll want to get your eyes on.

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El día de los niños/El día de los libros

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds

OPL celebrates Día with two community artists: 

Mariela Herrera will bring energetic bilingual music and storytelling to the library in April to celebrate El día de los niños/El día de los libros

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Spring Fling

Do all these fragrant budding flowers and dewy leaves put you in the mood for love? Read Jasmine Guillory's debut novel, The Wedding Date.

I don't usually go for the mushy stuff, but sometimes it's fun to get down with other people's drama (and delight).

The Wedding Date Book Jacket

I just finished Jasmine Guillory's debut novel, The Wedding Date, and loved it! I'm fairly genre-agnostic, but even as a librarian, I don't pretend to understand the intricacies of Romance sub-genre's. What makes this book stand out amongst the other "Contemporary Romances" I've encountered is that it's set in the Bay Area, and features diverse characters with real backstories, careers and tastes.

About the book: In The Wedding Date, Alexa Monroe is career-focused, as mayor's chief of staff,

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Women Making History

Feminists, activists, mothers and more.

In honor of Women's History Month here are some inspiring new(ish) titles and recent re-issues of older titles highlighting women's accomplishments, concerns, and struggles. Although March is Women's History month, these are great books to read any time!

    Daring to Drive     For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics     Black Dove     

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Richard Powers: The Overstory is just the latest story

Attracted to this novel by its subject (trees), I discover the famous author Richard Powers.The Overstory is his latest in a long and illustrious career going back to the 1980’s.

Richard Powers: The Overstory is just the latest story

I am reading The Overstory by Richard Powers.  My favorite genres have always been anything weird: magical realism, science fiction and fantasy, alternative history and the ever popular post-apocalypse novel.  I was attracted to this book because it seemed to verge on the magical. And it was about trees.

“A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways

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Clubs for Book Lovers at OPL

Have you ever thought about joining a book club?

Oakland Public Library currently hosts a number of different book clubs. If you'd like to join in, here's some information to get you started.

Rockridge Branch has a book club meeting on the second Saturday of every month at 3PM. Upcoming books will be Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi on March 9 and

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