Dear Reader,      
Thank you all for the kind words and ideas after the news broke that we will close at the end of August. Hey, ideas are amazing things! 
I hope your 4th of July was spent in the way that made you feel most patriotic or cared for. I took in an A's game and a bbq. How very American. No apple pie however.
We still have some amazing events coming up so take a look after the new books that we want you to know about below.  
One community minded thing to know about: We have a bin for donating feminine hygiene products for the next month.
"JULY 2, 2018- AUGUST 8th, 2018
She Blossoms is a feminine hygiene products donation drive created by
two local Bay Area women, Jackie Cepeda and Erika Stacey.
We are not (yet) an organization; just two women who want to make
a difference by a small act of kindness. Our goal is to take an
achievable step towards the overall well-being of women in need.
We are kindly asking our community to join us in our effort by donating
one or more of the following items: sanitary napkins, tampons,
hypoallergenic feminine wipes, and cotton underwear.
     Happy reading and take care of each other.


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I wasn't kidding about summer reads! Get the catalog now!
We have a big stack of them at the store too.

We have a program in place to get books donated to schools. Take a look on our website under Schools. Do you have kids in school? Check and see if the librarian would like to take part. It's as easy as giving us a list or asking us to make one. If you care about the literacy of Oakland students, you know how important it is to have books available. With budget cuts in place, donations to schools becomes a really important source of books to keep kids reading! Talk to Luan about it.
Click the link to see audio and ebook versions as well.  
We have a book case that is devoted to Transgress Press right now and will for a few more weeks. The press' focus is transgender issues and stories. Please stop in to take a look at their offerings.

What to Read and Why by Francine Prose  In an age defined by hyper-connectivity and constant stimulation, Francine Prose makes a compelling case for the solitary act of reading and the great enjoyment it brings. Inspiring and illuminating, What to Read and Why includes selections culled from Prose's previous essays, reviews, and introductions, combined with new, never-before-published pieces that focus on her favorite works of fiction and nonfiction, on works by masters of the short story, and even on books by photographers like Diane Arbus.

Squeezed by Alissa Quart Families today are squeezed on every side-from high childcare costs and harsh employment policies to workplaces without paid family leave or even dependable and regular working hours. Many realize that attaining the standard of living their parents managed has become impossible.
Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, examines the lives of many middle-class Americans who can now barely afford to raise children. Through gripping firsthand storytelling, Quart shows how our country has failed its families. Her subjects-from professors to lawyers to caregivers to nurses-have been wrung out by a system that doesn't support them, and enriches only a tiny elite.

Raised by Unicorns; Stories from People With Lgbtq+ Parents by Frank Lowe 
In recent years, the world has been saturated by endless blogs, articles, and books devoted to the subject of LGBTQ+ parenting. On the flip side, finding stories written by the children of LGBTQ+ parents is akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Now that the world is more accepting than ever of non-traditional families, it's time to create a literary space for this not-so-unique, shared, but completely individual experience.
In Raised by Unicorns: Stories from People with LGBTQ+ Parents, Frank Lowe has carefully edited an anthology that reflects on the upbringing of children in many different forms of LGBTQ+ families. From Baby Boomers to Generation Z, it features diverse stories that express the distinctiveness of this shared journey and of each particular family. It's visceral, raw, and not always pretty, but love is always the common thread.

Lost Connections, Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari  There was a mystery haunting award-winning investigative journalist Johann Hari. He was thirty-nine years old, and almost every year he had been alive, depression and anxiety had increased in Britain and across the Western world. Why?
He had a very personal reason to ask this question. When he was a teenager, he had gone to his doctor and explained that he felt like pain was leaking out of him, and he couldn't control it or understand it. Some of the solutions his doctor offered had given him some relief-but he remained in deep pain.
So, as an adult, he went on a forty-thousand-mile journey across the world to interview the leading experts about what causes depression and anxiety, and what solves them. He learned there is scientific evidence for nine different causes of depression and anxiety-and that this knowledge leads to a very different set of solutions: ones that offer real hope.

Lapham's Quarterly is a literary magazine to know about.  Really good essays and worth looking. Lapham's Quarterly embodies the belief that history is the root of all education, scientific and literary as well as political and economic. Each issue addresses a topic of current interest and concern-war, religion, money, medicine, nature, crime-by bringing up to the microphone of the present the advice and counsel of the past.
The new edition, Water, is in house now but take a look at the amazing Fake News special edition.

Eager, The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb  In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America's lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of "Beaver Believers"-including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens-recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them.
(Yes, I am from Oregon, the Beaver State. Why?)


Please join us for any or all of our literary events.  
Click on links for more info.   
Wednesday, July 11, at the Main Library at 6pm
Meet Yang Huang, author of My Old Faithful. Her book was reviewed in the Chronicle last week and we are looking forward to meeting her. Join us! 
Saturday, July 14   
1pm meet Wednesday Kirwan, illustrator of the Walnut Animal Society picture books including Hentry's Bright Idea and Magnolia's Magnificent Map 
5pm Launch party for Heidi Harrison's new novel The Four Seasons.
Sunday, July 15 at 3pm 
Betty Reid Soskin will be here in person! Her book is Sign My Name to Freedom and if you haven't had a chance to meet her yet, please join us.
Tuesday, July 17 at 6:30
Launch Party for Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women! with author Kate Schatz and illustrator Miriam Stahl. 
Saturday, July 21  
1pm   Meet children's book author Andy Weiner. His first book, Down By the River is a beautiful story of family, being outside, and fishing! Illustrated by April Chu. Bring the kids and we'll see if they can fish for prizes! 
5pm Meet Jacob Anderson-Minshall whose new book is Swimming Upstream. Swimming Upstream tells the story of complexly interwoven genealogies of family, tradition, war and nature shrouded in decades of secrecy, lies and betrayal until a private investigator shows up on Flint Douglas's doorstep one day looking for Flint's father Ki to donate a kidney to save a sister Flint never knew existed.  
 Wednesday, July 25, Perfectly Queer East Bay
Thursday, July 26, Al Weinrub and Energy Democracy
Put this one on your calendar Now- August 11 at 4pm we will host Wanda Ravernell who will be speaking along with others about Why Cultural Festivals are Important. There will be food, music, speakers and a great discussion!
This is in advance of the 5th Annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival that will be held on September 15 this year. 

Book Group 

Second Thursday of the month.
6:15 to 7:30

July 12, 2018    
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee
In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations. 
Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

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