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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09/06/2021
Online Services | Oakland Public Library

All OPL locations will be closed Monday 9/6 for Labor Day.

Access Your Library online, 24/7:
oaklandlibrary.org/online-services

All OPL locations will be closed Monday, September 6, for Labor Day, and Thursday, September 9, for California Admission Day.

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08/26/2021
Virtual Lawyers in the Library - Tax Attorney

Need some Legal Tax advice? Make a free appointment to talk with a tax attorney!

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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

08/18/2021
Naturalist Talk

There’s so much more than meets the eye when it comes to flies! Come hear fly enthusiast Constance Taylor tell some stories about how these insects can help solve crimes, live in some of the most inhospitable places on earth, how they've advanced science in significant ways, and much more. Learn why these little critters are worth a second look!

Looking to build your home library on a budget? The Bookmark Bookstore / Friends of the Oakland Public Library (FOPL) wi...
07/30/2021
The Bookmark Bookstore Announces Two Day “Thank you” Sale

Looking to build your home library on a budget? The Bookmark Bookstore / Friends of the Oakland Public Library (FOPL) will have its two-day “Thank you” sale this weekend! Shoppers will receive 50% off on selected sections.

#OaklandBooks

“We’re still here, thanks to you!” beams Phyllis Couillard, Store Manager of the Friends of the Oakland Public Library’s Bookmark Bookstore. That’s why she’s inviting members, non-members, shoppers and donors to shop the store’s deep collection of used books from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on J...

If you have used the City of Oakland - Local Government's website, we want to hear from you! Exygy, an agency that build...
07/28/2021
Oakland User Testing

If you have used the City of Oakland - Local Government's website, we want to hear from you!

Exygy, an agency that builds and designs technology, is helping the City of Oakland connect with community members to learn how the City can improve access to services on oaklandca.gov.

If interested, please fill out this quick form and Exygy will contact you: https://bit.ly/oaktesting

If you have used the City of Oakland's website, we want to hear from you! Exygy, an agency that builds and designs technology, is helping the City of Oakland connect with community members to learn how we can improve access to services on the City's website at oaklandca.gov. We will be conducting 30...

07/24/2021

The Dimond Branch Library is closed today, Saturday, July 24 due to a power outage.

The Oakland Public Library is currently recruiting to fill eighteen Part-Time (PT) Library Aide positions. Come and be a...
07/23/2021
Job Opportunities | Job Opportunities

The Oakland Public Library is currently recruiting to fill eighteen Part-Time (PT) Library Aide positions. Come and be a part of a passionate, people-oriented, diverse team of staff that represent the Oakland Public Library's commitment to service and vision for lifelong learning!

#OaklandJobs #LibraryJobs #OaklandHasJobs

Due to current events and the statewide shelter-in-place order, all exam dates and locations are tentative.  Applicants will be notified as further information becomes available.  Applicants should also check their email on a regular basis for updates.

Need free legal tax advice? Make an appointment with a Tax Attorney with Lawyers in the Library today!#LawyersInTheLibra...
07/16/2021
Virtual Lawyers in the Library - Tax Attorney

Need free legal tax advice? Make an appointment with a Tax Attorney with Lawyers in the Library today!

#LawyersInTheLibrary #LibrariesTransform #OPLonline

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

Congrats to the African American Museum and Library at Oakland for receiving a 2021 African American Cultural Heritage A...
07/16/2021
AAMLO to Receive $50K Grant from African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund | Oakland Public Library

Congrats to the African American Museum and Library at Oakland for receiving a 2021 African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund grant from Saving Places! Largest preservation effort ever undertaken to support the longevity of African American historic sites.

Oakland, CA – The Oakland Public Library (OPL) was awarded a $50,000 grant through the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Thursday.

07/03/2021
eBooks and Other Digital Content | Oakland Public Library

All OPL locations will be closed July 4 and 5 for the July 4 holiday.

You can still stream content, check out books, and more online --> http://oaklandlibrary.org/online-resources/e-books-and-digital-content

The Oakland Public Library offers a variety of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Library cardholders can download or stream digital content any time, to a computer or a mobile device. While our locations are closed, we are offering one-on-one assistance remotely.

Looking for #LGBTQIA+ graphic novels? Check them out from Your Library!#Pride #LQBTQbooks #LQBTQauthors
06/30/2021
LGBTQIA+ Graphic Novels

Looking for #LGBTQIA+ graphic novels? Check them out from Your Library!

#Pride #LQBTQbooks #LQBTQauthors

Happy Pride month! Check out this selection of LGBTQIA+ graphic novels.

Make an appointment to talk with a tax attorney!The Lawyers in the Library program is a free information and referral pr...
06/25/2021
Virtual Lawyers in the Library - Tax Attorney

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 County. Patrons make appointments to speak to lawyers one-on-one. If legal help is required, people are referred to other agencies.

The program is co-sponsored by the Alameda County Bar Association, Legal Access Alameda.

To request an appointment, email e[email protected] or call 510-238-3134.

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

Learn more about how you can create, share, and discover independently published books with Oakland Public Library's Fre...
06/18/2021
Introducing Oakland Public Library's Indie-Publishing Tools

Learn more about how you can create, share, and discover independently published books with Oakland Public Library's Free Publishing Resources. Presented by Biblioboard and the Indie Author Project.

#IndiePublishing #OaklandAuthors #SelfPublishing #OPLonline #ExploreConnectGrow #ReadWatchDo

Learn more about how you can create, share, and discover independently published books with Oakland Public Library's Free Publishing Resources. Presented by Biblioboard and the Indie Author Projec

In celebration of #Juneteenth, RA compiled a list of many fiction books by Black authors arriving this summer. Check the...
06/15/2021
Summer Fiction: Celebrating Black Authors and Readers

In celebration of #Juneteenth, RA compiled a list of many fiction books by Black authors arriving this summer. Check them out!

https://www.oaklandlibrary.org/blogs/advice-for-readers/summer-fiction-celebrating-black-authors-and-readers

Drop by our Bike Library this Sat. if you're at the
Oakland Roots Sports Club soccer game. Book giveaways, card sign-ups + more!

In celebration of Juneteenth, a long list of summer fiction by Black authors.

In case you missed it... we're expanding our hours tomorrow at all locations!
06/14/2021
Oakland Public Library to Expand Hours June 15 | Oakland Public Library

In case you missed it... we're expanding our hours tomorrow at all locations!

Oakland, CA – The Oakland Public Library (OPL) will expand service at all 18 locations starting Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to reflect the hours that were in effect prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced buildings to close in March 2020. 

Meet Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate
06/11/2021
Meet Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate

Meet Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate

Myra Estrada of Oakland High School has been selected as Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate. Estrada will receive a $5,000 scholarship and the opportunity to read her work in appearances throughout the year. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf made the announcement at an award ceremony last Friday. Estra

It's been great having folks inside our branches for #OPLExpress. We're excited to offer longer hours starting Tuesday, ...
06/10/2021
Oakland Public Library to Expand Hours June 15 | Oakland Public Library

It's been great having folks inside our branches for #OPLExpress. We're excited to offer longer hours starting Tuesday, June 15!

Oakland, CA – The Oakland Public Library (OPL) will expand service at all 18 locations starting Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to reflect the hours that were in effect prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced buildings to close in March 2020. 

Myra Estrada has been named the 2021 Youth Poet Laureate - Oakland, winning a $5k college scholarship after competing wi...
06/10/2021

Myra Estrada has been named the 2021 Youth Poet Laureate - Oakland, winning a $5k college scholarship after competing with 6 other Finalists. The award was announced by Mayor Libby Schaaf by on Friday 6/4 following performances by the Finalists on Facebook Live.

Ms. Estrada says, “Being named Oakland Youth Poet Laureate gives me hope for my future and my generation. With my title I’ll strive to advocate for amplified youth voices and youth demands and wishes for the betterment of Oakland.”

This year, for the first time, two Vice Youth Poets Laureate were named. Oakland’s 2021 Vice Youth Poets Laureate are Kaylan Black and Nadia Elbgal.

Ms. Black is 15 years old and going into her junior year at Envision Academy of Art and Technology. She says, “What is astounding about poetry is everyone has a unique style. People can build bonds through this art. Poetry is what you make it.”

Ms. Elbgal is 17 and going into her senior year at Berkeley High School. When she says that poetry is how she sees the world, she means that she tries to find the flow in everything.

Learn more about the poets and the OYPL program:
https://www.oaklandlibrary.org/news/2021/06/tenth-oakland-youth-poet-laureate-announced

#OaklandYouthPoetLaureate #OYPL #OaklandYouth #YouthPoetry #YouthPoets #YoungPoets #OaklandTalent #YouthPoetLaureate #BayArea

06/09/2021
Naturalist Talk

What are the flavors of the Bay Area, and what can they teach us about the area we live in? Join naturalist Constance Taylor from the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) to hear some stories of common edible plants in our local ecosystem, how they’ve helped people through history, and get some basic plant identification tips.

Photos from Youth Poet Laureate - Oakland's post
06/08/2021

Photos from Youth Poet Laureate - Oakland's post

Happy Pride! Visit us IRL or online for programs, services, books, and more to learn more about and celebrate #pride2021...
06/04/2021

Happy Pride! Visit us IRL or online for programs, services, books, and more to learn more about and celebrate #pride2021!

5 razones para unirte al Club de Lectura en español de la Biblioteca Publica de Oakland:#OPLonline #OPLenEspañol #OPLlee
06/03/2021
5 razones para unirte a club de lectura | Oakland Public Library

5 razones para unirte al Club de Lectura en español de la Biblioteca Publica de Oakland:

#OPLonline #OPLenEspañol #OPLlee

Participar en un club de lectura te da una razón para leer con más regularidad.  Y con un poco de presión amistosa de los miembros de tu grupo, es más probable que termines los libros. 

Make an appointment to talk with a tax attorney for free!Email eanswers@oaklandlibrary.org or call 510-238-3134 to sched...
05/27/2021
Virtual Lawyers in the Library - Tax Attorney

Make an appointment to talk with a tax attorney for free!

Email [email protected] or call 510-238-3134 to schedule a free consultation with a Lawyer or Tax Attorney.

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

05/26/2021

La Lectura de Verano para niños ofrece premios por leer y realizar diferentes tipos de actividades este verano. Pueden elegir un libro gratis y son elegibles para ganar otros premios. ¡Premios, actividades de arte y ciencia para llevar a casa, artistas virtuales y más!

Para obtener más información, visiten www.oaklandlibrary.org/verano.

Photos from Oakland Unified School District's post
05/26/2021

Photos from Oakland Unified School District's post

TODAY (5/26): Join the African American Museum and Library at Oakland and the #OaklandHistoryCenter for a virtual Wikipe...
05/26/2021
Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon with AAMLO/OHC

TODAY (5/26): Join the African American Museum and Library at Oakland and the #OaklandHistoryCenter for a virtual Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon focusing on the Black Campus Movement in the Bay Area. Participants will create and edit Wikipedia pages for the Afro-American Association and related topics highlighting the contributions of African Americans to college activism and the Black Power and Black Arts movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Participants are also welcome to work on topics of their choice in Oakland history and African American history. Beginners are especially invited! An experienced Wikipedia editor will provide training and support for new editors.

#BayAreaHistory #BlackHistory

A virtual Wiki Edit-A-Thon hosted by AAMLO/OHC

In a special event created for Oakland, Master storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung shares tales from Korea, Indonesia, Viet...
05/20/2021
Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung

In a special event created for Oakland, Master storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung shares tales from Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, and more.

Master storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung joins us this May to mark Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  Alton comes to us from Hawaii through the magic of vir

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQbXBt_PrEA La inscripción en línea y en persona estará disponible el sábado 29 de mayo. Consulte esta página para el registro en línea el 29 de mayo. Registros de lectura [Disponible el 29 de mayo]: Inglés| Español| Chino | Vietnamita | Árabe Leer por diversión durante el verano ayuda a los niños a mantener o mejorar sus habilidades para que estén listos para comenzar la escuela de nuevo en el otoño. OPL's Programa de verano de lectura recompensa a los niños por leer y hacer diferentes tipos de actividades durante el verano. Los niños que participan semanalmente durante el verano podrán elegir un libro gratuitamente y son elegibles para ganar otros premios. Los libros y premios se distribuirán después del final del programa.
Hello! I’m excited to share that a Buy Nothing Project group has recently formed in the area I live in Oakland, which is generally the School/Patten/Peralta neighborhoods. The Buy Nothing Project is a global movement to connect real life neighbors through shared resources and acts of kindness. This worldwide network of hyper-local gift economies is dedicated to random acts of kindness. Neighbors share furniture, soup, decor, kitchen appliances, tools, clocks, compost, books, and nearly anything you can think of. Neighbors also give "gifts of self" such as a ride to the airport, walking dogs, babysitting, caring for plants, or picking up medicine. Here is the link to join. You must live within the boundaries of Fruitvale, 35th Ave, 580 freeway, and Foothill Blvd in Oakland to join this group (but there are many groups in Oakland!). Please make sure to answer all 3 questions for quick acceptance to the group. Happy gifting! https://www.facebook.com/groups/698954804142123 If you are unfamiliar with what the Buy Nothing Project is all about, please see here (and this is also where you can find a group in your own neighborhood if you don’t live in the boundaries I described): www.buynothingproject.org Cheers! ~Cindy
The onslaught of the 2020 pandemic has hit many city, county, and state budgets across the country and has created a hole so deep that many systems struggle to find a way not only to meet all the brand new, unprecedented challenges, but also to continue to manage and provide support to established programs, organizations, and vulnerable populations. For Judges and other key decision-makers in the judicial system, the focus has been on how to budget already stretched funds needed to manage the burgeoning prison population. For parents, caregivers, and professionals caring for sick or special needs children, the focus has been on how to continue to provide these children with the opportunity to attend and experience life-enhancing therapy camps. For these two groups of individuals with distinctly-different challenges – nonviolent offenders and children with disabilities, a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization has devised a straightforward solution to help both groups while saving city and county budgets millions of dollars. What’s the Solution? Simple- Reachout America, a National Foundation that enables physically challenged children across America the opportunity to attend, experience, and participate in therapeutic camps, has developed a unique way of keeping nonviolent offenders out of jail, saving judicial systems hundreds of thousands of dollars, and helping therapy camps continue to provide world-class, exceptional services to children with special needs: sentence nonviolent offenders to community service hours and help therapy camps. Please be advised that contact between the kids and the offender is not an option. The Cost of Sending Nonviolent Offenders to Jail The average daily cost to incarcerate a nonviolent offender is approximately one hundred dollars (providing they do not need special medical attention and/or, in many cases, have a pending lawsuit). The standard settlement or claim is roughly $40,000 per incident. The true cost of imprisoning nonviolent offenders in brick-and-mortar jail cells, however, reaches far beyond the astronomical financial cost of housing, feeding, and medically caring for them on a daily basis. The impact extends out to the community, to the families of the nonviolent offenders, and to the mindset and future outlook of the offenders. Whether they’re sentenced to a few days, weeks, or months, nonviolent offenders in jail typically lose their jobs while serving time behind bars. Further, unnecessary incarceration displaces families and puts undue stress and worry on the children, partners, and other relatives as they try to continue to support their family and maintain their apartments or homes while the main breadwinner sits in jail. Today, the USA workforce desperately needs more essential workers; by locking nonviolent offenders behind bars, they are missing opportunities to contribute to their communities as essential employees in the workforce. The Savings Incurred Sentencing a nonviolent offender to community service in lieu of jail time would provide huge savings to a community’s judicial system without any additional cost to implement the program. By embracing the use of community service hours to keep ten individuals out of jail per day in a small municipality, for example, that community’s economy would save over $400,000+ in expenses and lawsuits. A larger municipality that could prevent one hundred individuals from going to jail would conserve at least $4 million (not including lawsuits that could potentially add up to a couple more million). The Challenge of “Community Service” Sentences One challenge concerning community service opportunities is the minimal number of organizations and facilities across America that are already set up, positioned, and available for nonviolent offenders to complete their required hours of community service. Enter Reachout America. As an established national foundation headquartered in Georgia, Reachout America has helped children connect with unique and fun therapy camps across the country for decades – all of which are camps fully ready to provide community service hours to nonviolent offenders sent through the court system. Through Reachout America, individuals needing community service hours are able to choose a local therapy camp to support that would obtain funding from their hours completed; camps across America that have community service platforms in place range from horse riding camps that offer Hippotherapy to space camps for children who dream of flying to the moon. While many nonviolent offenders who have received probation hours from a Judge have elected to complete their service hours through Reachout America, the immediate availability of these therapy camps to provide community service hours far outweighs the number of individuals that are currently aware of the camps. Reachout America is working to expand that awareness. Life-Changing Benefits The focus of Reachout America is twofold - to raise awareness of children with special needs and to provide those children with the opportunity to experience therapeutic camps. The benefits reaped by those involved with this Foundation are life-changing and far-reaching. For the children, their parents, the caregivers, and the volunteers alike, everyone who has ever been connected to one or more of the therapy camps feels forever profoundly changed and grateful. Whichever option, platform, or fundraising campaign the nonviolent offender chooses to orchestrate on behalf of a therapy camp (and to complete his/her community service hours), the individuals completing their community service hours through these camps have the benefit of knowing their efforts contribute to children with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism, Congenital Heart Disease (or any one of other countless other ailments) being able to attend a therapy camp. Many testimonials from nonviolent offenders share how serving their community hours for the benefit of a therapy camp profoundly inspired them to reflect on their past choices, count their current blessings, and set goals to become the best versions of themselves while continuing to be of service to others. It’s hard to imagine that nonviolent offenders sitting in jail cells for months would have those same testimonials on the day they are released back into the community. Connecting with Reachout America In this unprecedented, uncertain time for cities, states, the nation, and the world, Reachout America has provided a simple solution to help countless individuals, families, and systems in need. Reachout America is on a mission to let judicial systems across America know that there are therapy camps for children with disabilities ready to accept and help their nonviolent offenders complete their community service hours. For judicial systems that desire to balance their budgets, inspire nonviolent offenders to reposition their focus on the needs of others, and help children with special needs throughout their community, Reachout America has provided a way. You can make a difference! Reach out to us at [email protected] or call toll free: (877)238-8544. https://reachoutamerica.com/ Reachout America Bill Chafin 770-633-8544
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