While the physical library remains closed, I would just like to remind everyone that OPL's Digital Library is available 24/7. We're constantly adding new content to these collections, and they are all available to every library card holder for free. This means free ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, emagazines, movies, TV shows, and music all for free. Don't have a card? No problem, you can get one right now by emailing .
Also, check out or programs online for kids and adults. We have a whole bunch of regular programs each week and we're adding new ones while we wait to reopen to the public. We can't wait to see you all again!
See you at the Library,



1/2 hour appointments

Call the Library Reference: 201-337-3742 #7004


Virtual Tech Time
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
By Appointment 201-337-3742 #7004
or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Oakland Library patrons can ask questions related to their computer, tablet, Chromebook or smartphone. Our Reference Librarian Jessika will be able to answer your questions about video calling, apps, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Email, YouTube or any of the services OPL offers:
RB Digital, Hoopla, Libby OverDrive, Rosetta Stone or Lynda.
Please call the Library 201-337-3742 extension 7004 and leave your name and number and what you would like to review. Jessika will call you back and set up an appointment with you. The appointments will be no longer than 30 minutes. 



Begins May 4


Qigong for Health and Wellbeing with Tara Farley
Monday, May 4,11,18 and Monday June 1,8,15
11:00 AM
ZOOM-IN Registration Required. 
Register in advance for this QiGong class: 
Our health and wellbeing should be a priority in our lives regardless of the time we are in. Please join us for these online qigong classes to support our immune system, calm our nervous system, and promote flexibility in the joints. We will be learning exercises to increase our lung capacity, tapping to stimulate our digestion, and simple meditations to clear the mind. It is always important to take good care of our health. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice these exercises safely from your own home. The class is open to everyone and exercises can be done either sitting or standing. 


Am I Alone Here? by Peter Orner on HOOPLA

Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 PM


Short Story Virtual Book Discussion
THURSDAY, MAY 7 at 6:30 PM - Zoom-In
Am I Alone Here? by Peter Orner on HOOPLA
Notes on Reading to Live and Living to Read
"Stories, both my own and those I've taken to heart, make up whoever it is that I've become, Peter Orner writes in this collection of essays about reading, writing, and living. 
Am I Alone Here? is also a celebration of the possibility of renewal. At once personal and panoramic, this book will inspire readers to return to the essential stories of their own lives."

Finalist : 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award

"The underlying force of Am I Alone Here? is the desire to recover the "weight of what's vanished" and fiction's alchemical ability to do so."  THE NEW YORKER
"This is an ideal moment to appreciate a master of his form." THE NEW YORK TIMES
"For the past 12 years, since his lauded "Esther Stories," Peter Orner has been engaged in a strange, quiet and wonderful experiment."  THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Click Here for Hoopla and choose Am I Alone Here?


Tuesday, May 12 at 2:00PM

The Gift and Boogaloo and Graham


A Series of Shorts - Film Discussion 
Two Film Shorts to be Discussed
The Gift and Boogaloo and Graham
May 12 at 2:00 PM
To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a young boy selects his gift - but neither he nor the audience could guess the impact his decision will have on the rest of the world.

Nominated for Best Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.
Nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action at the Academy Awards. Winner of Best British Short Film at the BAFTA Awards. Nominated for the Generation Kplus - Best Short Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and Best Narrative Short at the Tribeca Film Festival.
"BOOGALOO and GRAHAM...is a delightful and funny short film that contains, as a kind of hidden surprise, a meditation on fear...[it is] charming, casual, and apparently effortless--which makes its eloquence about profound feelings even more remarkable." 
- Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker


May 12 at 6:30 PM

Registration Required

Scholarship Strategies with Jean O'Toole
May 12 at 6:30 PM
Registration Required 
Scholarship Expert, Jean O'Toole will show families how to take a strategic approach to applying for scholarships. Author of "Scholarship Strategies - Finding and Winning the Money You Need", she will discuss the myths and misconceptions about the scholarship process and help attendees identify which scholarships have the best chances of winning.
Jean O'Toole is the co-founder of Connections101. She is an empowerment coach, life designer, author and speaker. Jean is an expert in scholarships for students of all ages as well as guiding individuals to living their most abundant lives.  Over 150,000 students nationwide have attended her presentations. Her strategies have helped students win up to $200,000 for college.


Garden Gems of the Garden State  with Mary Jo Sichak

Thursday, May 14 at 4:00 PM

Registration Required - Zoom-In

Garden Shorts: 
Garden Gems of the Garden State with Mary Jo Sichak 
Leonard J. Buck Garden 
Thursday, May 14 at 4:00 PM
Registration Required

Register in advance for this meeting: 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Take a photographic tour of selected, must see Gardens and Arboretums in New Jersey. Mary Jo will touch on the history and highlights of each of the gardens, including any special collections they feature and the suggested best times to visit. Mary Jo has also been know to answer a few gardening questions.

"Not only does a photograph preserve the beauty of the moment, it also freezes a moment in time, allowing it to be thoroughly studied and shared with others.  It is the combination of nature, art and education that have prompted me to create a series of slide shows focused largely on the natural beauty that exists here in northern New Jersey, allowing me to share it with various audiences"

May 2020 at the
Oakland Public Library
Oakland Public Library
2 Municipal Plaza, Oakland, NJ 07436
201-337-3742 and oaklandnjlibrary.org

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