Oakland Public Library

Oakland Public Library The Oakland Public Library has been a part of the City of Oakland since 1878. It includes 16 branches, a Main Library, a Second Start Adult Literacy Program, the Oakland Tool Lending Library and the African-American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO).
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Mission: Your Oakland Public Library empowers all people to explore, connect, and grow.

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01/09/2021
Baby Bounce: Tickle Rhymes

Ms. Sally from the 81st Avenue Branch shows us some baby tickles, a great way to interact with your baby and hear that wonderful sound, a baby’s laugh.

Today marks the 70th birthday for the Main Library! Oakland History Center librarian Dorothy Lazard describes the day by...
01/07/2021
Oakland Main Library turns 70! | Oakland Public Library

Today marks the 70th birthday for the Main Library! Oakland History Center librarian Dorothy Lazard describes the day by in 1951.

Leave us a comment below on what you love about the Main Library. We'll pick 70 of them feature them on the blog post!

Indoor areas remain closed until further notice. 16 locations continue to offer Sidewalk Service during limited hours. Return library materials in outdoor bookdrops at any location. Library items are quarantined 96 hours before being checked in.

Calling all young writers and poets: applications for the 2021 Youth Poet Laureate - Oakland are OPEN until February 1st...
01/05/2021
Youth Poet Laureate Program | Oakland Public Library

Calling all young writers and poets: applications for the 2021 Youth Poet Laureate - Oakland are OPEN until February 1st, 2021!

#OYPL #OaklandYouthPoetLaureate #YoungPoets #OaklandTalent #Oakland

Indoor areas remain closed until further notice. 16 locations continue to offer Sidewalk Service during limited hours. Return library materials in outdoor bookdrops at any location. Library items are quarantined 96 hours before being checked in.

12/31/2020
Online Services | Oakland Public Library

We've almost made it all the way through 2020!😅

To recoup, OPL will be closed Friday, January 1, 2021.

You can always access our digital collections and online services at: http://oaklandlibrary.org/online-services

Happy New year!

All locations will be closed Friday, January 1, 2021. Todas las bibliotecas estarán cerradas viernes, 1ero de enero 2021. 所有圖書館將於一月一日星期五休息一天.

12/30/2020
Hora de cuentos: Besos for Baby

Ms. Remy reads Besos for Baby, which is a book for toddlers. It’s called “a little book of kisses”, and it has words in English and in Spanish.

The 81st Avenue Community Library is turning 10 on Jan. 29, 2021! Share your memories and contribute to the celebration ...
12/29/2020

The 81st Avenue Community Library is turning 10 on Jan. 29, 2021! Share your memories and contribute to the celebration by visiting the link below!

The 81st Ave Community Library turns 10 years old on January 29th! To celebrate, we'd like to compile videos and photos
from our wonderful community members. Share a memory, your
favorite thing about the library, or just a few words of congratulations. Videos can be uploaded through the link below and photos can be sent to [email protected]. Send them to us by January 18th to be included.
https://app.vidhug.com/81st-aves-10th-anniversary/B1sCfLt2D/record

Youth Poet Laureate - Oakland
12/29/2020
Youth Poet Laureate - Oakland

Youth Poet Laureate - Oakland

Thanks to the The Mercury News for this amazing profile of the amazing Greer!

"Over and over this year, young people have made their mark in critical ways. They showed up in a historic election. They protested racial injustice. They made their voices known.

And one 16-year-old continues to rise to the occasion."

Your Library will be closing Friday, December 25 and Saturday, Decemer 26. Our Sidewalk Services are still open today, c...
12/24/2020
Sidewalk Service at Oakland Public Library | Oakland Public Library

Your Library will be closing Friday, December 25 and Saturday, Decemer 26. Our Sidewalk Services are still open today, come on by and pick up your last reads of the year!

#Oakland #OPLreads #OaklandReads

Indoor areas remain closed until further notice. 16 locations continue to offer Sidewalk Service during limited hours. Return library materials in outdoor bookdrops at any location. Library items are quarantined 96 hours before being checked in.

Judy was key in found the Asian Branch and worked as OPL's first Asian American bilingual librarian and branch head in 1...
12/23/2020
Judy Yung, Chinatown native and early scholar of Chinese-American life, dies at 74

Judy was key in found the Asian Branch and worked as OPL's first Asian American bilingual librarian and branch head in 1975.

Current Asian Branch Manager Janet Cheung said of Judy: "She inspired many Asian American/Chinese American librarians including myself and is a role model for many of us with an immigrant background. Judy left behind a legacy that I hope myself and staff at the Asian branch will carry on."

Judy Yung rose from a childhood in a Chinatown tenement to become a preeminent scholar on the Chinese-American experience.

12/23/2020
Canciones y rimas: Caracol

Acompaña a Pati y Afe a cantar “Caracol” de la canción de Marta Gómez: “Caminando Va”. Afe nos recuerda que cantar nos ayuda a relajarnos y es importante en nuestro desarrollo temprano porque aprendemos los sonidos que nos ayudan a aprender a leer.

Confused about taxes? Need *free* legal advice? 🙃A tax attorney will be available this Friday 12/18 for 15-min phone app...
12/17/2020
Virtual Lawyers in the Library - Tax Attorney

Confused about taxes? Need *free* legal advice? 🙃

A tax attorney will be available this Friday 12/18 for 15-min phone appointments. Email [email protected] or call 510-238-3134 to sign up!

Co-sponsored by Alameda County Bar Association Legal Access Alameda - Formerly VLSC.

#Oakland #LibraryLife #OPLonline #LibrariesTransform

Make an appointment to talk with a tax attorney.The Lawyers in the Library program is a free information and referral program staffed by volunteer lawyers and hosted by libraries throughout Alameda Co

Curative is offering free mobile COVID-19 testing at the corner of 79th Ave. and Rudsdale St. adjacent to the 81st Ave. ...
12/15/2020
Free COVID-19 Testing / Pruebas gratis de COVID-19

Curative is offering free mobile COVID-19 testing at the corner of 79th Ave. and Rudsdale St. adjacent to the 81st Ave. Community Library every Tuesday.

Curative ofrece pruebas de COVID-19 móviles gratuitas cada martes en la esquina de la Avenida 79 y la calle Rudsdale, al lado de la Biblioteca comunitaria de la Avenida 81st.

Curative is offering free mobile COVID-19 testing at the corner of 79th Ave. and Rudsdale St. adjacent to the 81st Ave. Community Library every Tuesday.Appointments are preferred and available on

12/12/2020

Due to technical difficulties, the live program with Xan Blood Walker that was scheduled for today (12/12) will have to be rescheduled. My apologies to all for the inconvenience.

12/12/2020
Baby Bounce: Popcorn!

Librarian Jesse hosts this Baby Bounce, showing us "Popcorn"!

For more activities you can do with the kids you are caring for, visit oaklandlibrary.org/kids.

12/09/2020
Canciones y rimas: Veo Veo

Acompaña a Pati y Afe a jugar Veo Veo, un juego divertido para conocer las letras, colores, y animales que vemos a nuestro alrededor.

12/07/2020
World Kamishibai Day: Momotaro the Archeologist Kamishibai

Erica reads Yoshiko Noda’s adaptation of a traditional folktale from Japan called Peach Boy, in which Momotaro is an archeologist. Written and illustrated in kamishibai format by Yocci, translated from Italian into English by Erica. Archeologico Momotaro - Ragazzo della Pesca - una Fiaba Giapponese Modificata por Yoshiko Noda per Corraini Edizioni, 2019.

Help us improve the OPL website! We're looking for people interested in participating in interviews and surveys about ho...
12/03/2020

Help us improve the OPL website! We're looking for people interested in participating in interviews and surveys about how our website works. Participants will receive a small thank you gift.

👉 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PVBLGFP

#Oakland #LibraryLife #OPLonline

12/03/2020
World Kamishibai Day: Momotaro the Archeologist Kamishibai

On World Kamishibai Day (December 7), OPL librarian Erica will read Yoshiko Noda’s adaptation of a traditional folktale from Japan called "Peach Boy", in which Momotaro is an archeologist.

Written and illustrated in kamishibai format by Yocci, translated from Italian into English by Erica. Archeologico Momotaro - Ragazzo della Pesca - una Fiaba Giapponese Modificata por Yoshiko Noda per Corraini Edizioni, 2019.

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