Oakland Public Library

2 Municipal Plaza

Oakland, NJ 07436

201-337-3742 oaklandnjlibrary.org


Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:30 - 8

Wed, Fri, Sat: 9:30 - 5

Sun: 1 - 5

(closed on Sundays

in July and August)



February 2024

Dear Friends,

OPL has exciting news this February! This month we will be launching our newest addition: a state-of-the-art poster printer! Stay tuned for the official launch coming soon. We also have open Makerspace Fridays, if you would like to test out our new Cricut Maker 3, along with a range of other tools available for everyone to explore. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just getting started, our Library is your go-to destination for bringing your projects to life. Join us this month to discover, create, and innovate with our expanded array of resources and tools designed to inspire your imagination!

Of course, we also have lots of great activities for our young patrons, including a new Open Chess Play for teens/tweens and some Jiggly Wiggly fun with Miss Christina.

I also want to thank everyone for all their great feedback on last month's Library survey. You can keep submitting your feedback by clicking here.

Peter Havel, Library Director

February Adult Programs

Tech Tuesday is Back!

Every Tuesday (unless noted)

1pm - 1:30pm

2pm - 2:30pm

3pm - 3:30pm

4pm - 4:30pm

Get personalized help with your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. These half hour sessions are for general internet and device troubleshooting questions only. We do not assist with online marketplaces or selling/buying.

Register for a half hour session here.

Monday, Feb. 5th, 10am

My Favorite Foreign Film:


(118 minutes, Rated PG-13)

Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometers across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. 

Thursday, Feb. 8th, 6:30pm

Paint with Vilma

Paint a Winter scene with Vilma. 

Oakland Residents only. (If space is available, non-Oakland residents may sign up 3 days prior to the event)

Click here to register.

Monday, Feb. 12th, 6:00pm

OPL Cookbook Club:

The Tucci Cookbook

Discover a new cookbook monthly and discuss with fellow home chefs. Participants select a recipe from the cookbook and bring a dish to discuss at the meeting.

Limited seating. Registration is required.

Contact Kerri for more information and to submit your recipe.

Tuesday, Feb. 13th, 6pm

Knit and Crochet Club

All levels are welcomed to bring their own projects and meet with fellow knitters and crocheters to discuss all things yarn.

Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 6pm

Craft Therapy: Adult Coloring Techniques

Craft expert Marisol is back to teach participants coloring techniques and blending using colored pencils.

Click here to register.

Sunday, Feb. 25th, 2pm

Sunday Concert:

Linda Russell, Historical Musician

Linda Russell and Companie will present Remember the Ladies: A History of American Women in Song. Accompanied by hammered and mountain dulcimers, harp, guitar, and flute, Ms. Russell and multi-instrumentalist Christa Patton will explore the role of women in society from the 18th century to the 19th Amendment.

Click here to register.

Monday, Feb. 26th, 6:30pm

Meet the Author:

Maria C. Palmer, On the Rocks

Maria C. Palmer will discuss her recently published novel based on the true story of restaurateur Joseph Constanzo Jr., and his rise to success in the 1990s.

Click here to register.

February Art Gallery

Oakland First Aid Squad

Please visit a pictorial history in early black and white photos and more at the Oakland Public Library during the entire month of February.

Coming soon in March

3/8, 2pm - BYOC and Open Makerspace

3/11, 6pm - Cookbook Club

3/12, 11am - Zumbini

3/17 - STACHE and the 5 O'Clock Shadow

3/19, 6:45pm - Library Book Club

OPL's February Favorite Things

Our Favorite Database:


Kanopy is the best video streaming service for quality, thoughtful entertainment. Find movies, television shows, documentaries, foreign films, classic cinema, independent films and educational videos that inspire, enrich and entertain. With your library card you can access thousands of critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and more!

Click here for all OPL's Digital Resources

Our Favorite Museum:


The Museum of Natural History is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City at 200 Central Park West New York, NY. The museum complex comprises 26 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 34 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts. The Oakland Library has $7.00 vouchers available for purchase to the museum. Vouchers can be redeemed for free admission to the museum’s permanent collection plus one special exhibition or show of your choice. Advance timed entry is required, to reserve your time slot visit: www.amnh.org




Click here for all OPL's Museum Passes

Our Favorite Thing:


Love reminiscing with film negatives and slides from yesteryear? With the new SLIDE N SCAN Digital Film Scanner from KODAK, you can view, edit and convert your old photos, no tech savvy necessary! This easy yet elegant 14MP scanner delivers crisp, clear, beautiful images with the press of a button. Best of all, there’s no straining to see.

Click here for all OPL'S Library of Things

Arriving in February


The Bad Weather Friend - Dean Koontz

The Women - Kristin Hannah

The Atlas Maneuver - Steve Berry

Three-inch Teeth - C. J. Box

The Ghost Orchid - Jonathan Kellerman


At My Italian Table - Laura Vitale

The Heart is the Strongest Muscle -

Tia Toomey

The Primary Solution - Nick Troiano

The Other Significant Others -

Rhaina Cohen

Our Ancient Faith - Allen C. Guelzo


The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

The Black Mass

Miranda's Victim


Planet Earth III

REMEMBER - OPL Offers free digital audiobooks through HOOPLA. Download the titles to your device and stream through your bluetooth wherever you are, 24/7. Don't have a HOOPLA account? CLICK HERE


Tuesday, Feb. 20th @ 6:45pm

Oakland Library Book Club

The Violin Conspiracy

by Brendan Slocumb

Children's Department

Ms. Barbara will offer Preschool Story Time each Tuesday from 11:00 to 11:30 am during the month of February.  Oakland children, ages 2 to 5, will be singing along to favorite songs and listening to stories. The story time will be held in the Library’s Story Tower. Registration is not required.

Tots Library Club is a program designed for the youngest library users, birth to 2-yrs.-old, and their caregivers. TLC will be held each Thursday from 10:30 to 11:00 am during the month of February in the Library’s Story Tower. Each session begins with a brief meet-and-greet, with toys (yours or ours) available from 10:30 to 10:45 am, followed by a short segment of nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs. Registration is not required.

Terrific Two’s & Three’s! is a story time for two to three-year-olds, and their caregivers. Join us on the following Fridays in February: February 2nd, February 16th, and February 23rd. The program will be held in the Library’s Story Tower. Younger children will enjoy stories, songs and fingerplays. Registration is not required.


Pickup Beginning

Wed, February 7th

OPL Children's Room

February Craft Bags (to go) will be available for pick-up beginning Wednesday, February 7th. Oakland children of all ages may come into the Children’s Dept. to pick up a craft bag. One craft bag per child, please. Registration is not required.


with MISS Christina!

Friday, February 9th

Register Here*

Ms. Christina and her wonderful “Jiggly Wiggly” music program will be held Friday, February 9th from 11:00 to 11:45 am. The program will be held downstairs in the Library’s Meeting Room.  Oakland children, ages 2 & up, and their caregivers, will enjoy music and movement activities.  Registration is required, and is now being taken.

Teen Programs

Monday, Feb. 5th, 3pm

Open Chess Play for Teens

Bring your pals and you boards to OPL for some fun chess. This is an open space for teens who love chess (instruction will not be provided).

Click Here to register.

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 3pm

Design a Tote Bag

View our Cricut Maker 3 machine in action and make your own tote bag with iron-on material.

Click Here to register.

Monday, Feb. 26th, 6pm

Anime Club for Teens!

Join us Monday, December 22nd from 6-7PM for OPL's teen Anime Club! Enjoy trying some Japanese snacks with other fans while talking about your favorite manga, playing anime-related games, and watching an episode of anime each meeting! Register on our site to let us know you're coming.

Click Here to Register


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Oakland Public Library
2 Municipal Plaza
Oakland, NJ 07436