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Made possible by a Friends of the Oakland Public Library mini-grant, Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL. Community Relations Librarian Amy Martin brings you inside the walls to get to know the library as a friend. The first season will feature six episodes diving into the different places, programs, and initiatives that make OPL truly special.

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Made possible by a Friends of the Oakland Public Library mini-grant, Check Your Shelf: The Oakland Public Library Podcast, invites listeners to take an inside look at OPL. Community Relations Librarian Amy Martin brings you inside the walls to get to know the library as a friend. The first season will feature six episodes diving into the different places, programs, and initiatives that make OPL truly special.

    Archiving the Pandemic (Fall History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard)

    Archiving the Pandemic (Fall History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard)

    Dorothy is the interview subject in this final episode of the Fall History Miniseries. Amy Martin, Community Relations Librarian and our usual host, talks with Dorothy about the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes it has brought to our lives. Dorothy shares some early submissions to the Oakland History Center's COVID-19 East Bay Community Archive, a digital record of our pandemic experience that needs your stories.

    Show notes on oaklandlibrary.org

    • 26 min
    William Wong, Author of Oakland's Chinatown (Fall History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard)

    William Wong, Author of Oakland's Chinatown (Fall History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard)

    Dorothy interviews Oakland journalist William Wong. His books Oakland's Chinatown and Yellow Journalist: dispatches from Asian America are celebrated by scholars and local history buffs alike, and offer a window into the history of Asian Americans in Oakland and across America. Join Dorothy and William for a conversation about Chinatown in the mid-20th century, the COVID-19 crisis, and this era of gentrification.

    Show notes on oaklandlibrary.org

    • 25 min
    Cheryl Fabio and the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (Fall History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard)

    Cheryl Fabio and the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame (Fall History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard)

    Dorothy interviews Oakland filmmaker Cheryl Fabio, whose works include Evolutionary Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy. They reminisce about the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, an Oakland organization that supported Black film and arts from 1974 into the late nineties.

    Check out Evolutionary Blues on OverDrive from OPL

    Show notes on oaklandlibrary.org

    • 30 min
    Oakland Heritage Alliance (Fall History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard)

    Oakland Heritage Alliance (Fall History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard)

    Dorothy interviews the editorial crew of the Oakland Heritage Alliance (OHA): Erika Mailman, Naomi Schiff, and Kathleen DiGiovanni. They talk about the founding of the OHA, Oakland's architectural history, and what changes may come in the wake of the pandemic.

    Find show notes on oaklandlibrary.org

    • 26 min
    Trailer: Fall Oakland History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard

    Trailer: Fall Oakland History Miniseries feat. Dorothy Lazard

    Oakland History Center librarian Dorothy Lazard can’t invite folks into the library for OHC’s annual Fall History Series. So instead, we’re bringing the Fall Oakland History Miniseries to you--in podcast form! Every Wednesday in October, tune in as Dorothy interviews an Oakland historian. Listen, subscribe, and leave a review anywhere you listen to podcasts, including iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify.

    • 1 min
    Other Duties As Assigned

    Other Duties As Assigned

    On May 4, 2020, Oakland Public Library staff began handing out food, calling seniors to check on them, supporting COVID-19 testing sites, and other duties. In this episode, we talk to six OPL staff about their Disaster Service Work assignments--during times of emergency, City of Oakland employees can be assigned to do work they don't usually do.

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    • 29 min

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