concertNFOPL Favorite Foreign Films - THE CONCERT

Monday, January 6 at 12:30 PM
"Uplifting, Hilarious and Packs a Powerful Emotional Punch!"
Many Years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov (Aleksei Guskow) was fired as conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra for hiring Jewish musicians. Now a janitor, he learns that members of the orchestra have been invited to perform in Paris.  Andrei gathers his former players and plans to substitute them for the current ones, and he hopes that a beautiful virtuoso ( Melanie Laurent) will accompany them. Please join us afterward in the Makerspace for coffee and conversation about the film. Food is not allowed in the Movie Room. 
 SS Help 300x2001Retirement Planning and Social Security
with Amanda Gerkens
Saturday, January 11
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Required Click Here to Register Online
Amanda Gerkens, a licensed professional in the states of NY and NJ will discuss
  • How to not outlive your money in retirement
  • How to integrate Social Security with your other sources of retirement income
  • Why inflation and rising taxes will affect your Social Security and retirement accounts
  • How to earn more income and pay fewer taxes
  • How to maximize your long-term returns on your savings while eliminating risk
  • How to maximize Social Security and retirement income
  • The future of Medicare
  • How to avoid the 50% penalty tax on RMDs
  • How to reduce or eliminate taxation on Social Security
  • How the Sequence of Return Risk works
Amanda Gerkens is owner of PDE Trusted Advisors brings her years of financial and entrepreneurial knowledge to families and individuals looking to put their financial house in order. 
This is an information workshop only, no product will be sold.
Charismabook3DThe Gift of Charisma
Joe Kwon, the Connection Counselor
Monday, January 27 at 6:30 PM
Registration Required - Click Here to Register Online
"Some gifts benefit the giver as much as the recipient - charisma is one of them"
Registration Required Do you enjoy spending time with someone who is not paying attention? Do you like it when you do most of the work, but someone else gets all the credit? Have you ever noticed that the majority of people who get ahead in life have tons of charisma? Personal Coach Joe Kwon will share a simple, but powerful method the delivers charisma in any situation. He will cover:
  • why charisma is so hard to define
  • a groundbreaking definition of charisma that will allow you to unlock your charisma
  • how to get people to make eye contact and engage instead of staring at their devices.
All attendees will receive a free copy of Joe's Ebook, Unlock Your Charisma
Joe Kwon, the Connection Counselor is the host of the "Why It Works" podcast and author of the "Unlock Your" series of books ( An acclaimed coach and motivational speaker, his goal is to help you unlock the best version of yourself. Joe works for the Big 4 accounting firm KPMG, holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and lives in Oakland with his wife Heather and son Lukas.  
 January and February Stage Exhibit
FACES  by Nancy DeVries
"Many varied cultures, skin colors, facial features. 
We may look different, but inside, we're all the same.
We smile, we laugh, we love."
 hat and books

Bookmanship Degree returns to the Oakland Library!

Semester Runs November 4, 2019—March 31, 2020, you can sign up at the Circ Desk at any time. 

Read 10 OPL books from separate categories: Audio Book, Auto or Biography, Book that Became a Movie, Classic Children's Book, Comedy, Fantasy Novel, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Historical Non-Fiction,  Graphic Novel, Mystery/Crime, One Day Read, One Word Title,  Published 5 Years After  You Were Born,  READER'S CHOICE, Reviewed by Book Page, Science Fiction,  Suspense/Thriller, Story Takes Place Outside of USA,  Story Takes Place in NJ,  Young Adult Novel, Western.  

10 books read during the winter months... YOU CAN DO IT! Select a DOUBLE MAJOR READ 20!

All "graduates" will be placed in a drawing for an Uncle Giusppe's Gift Card.


chessChess at the Oakland Public Library
Every Tuesday from 6:00-8:00 PM
All levels are welcome

Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Beginner lessons are offered to anyone who is interested in learning how to play chess. 5 sets & 1 clock will be available. Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment.

Feel free to bring other board games you enjoy to play. There will also be both XiangQi (Chinese chess) & WeiQi (Go) sets for those partial to chess variants or those curious.

This weekly program is free, registration is not required. 

coloringforadultsCoffee & Coloring for Adults
1st & 3rd Friday of Every Month 
Friday, September 6 & 20th
1:00-2:30 PM
In the Maker's Space Downstairs

The library will provide the designs, paper, pencils, pens, crayons, and the coffee or tea!

No registration is required.


kanopyKanopy is Here!

The Oakland Public Library is offering KANOPY, a streaming service that offers over 30,000 movies entirely free for Oakland library card holders!  Download the app to your tablet. You can also go straight to the Oakland Kanopy page here: to get started.  Card holders are each entitled to free 10 streams per month, and Kanopy is available anywhere you have internet access.  Have questions?  Stop in and ask us how to access and enjoy Kanopy today.  

lynda2The Oakland Public Library NOW has access to Online Training Library
Free with your Oakland Public Library CardClick Here to Go to:

Sign in with your library card number and 4-digit PIN. is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. 


Donate to the Oakland Public Library while shopping on Amazon... Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to New Friends of the Oakland Public Library whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.  To donate by credit card using Amazon Smile, bookmark this link by Clicking Here.



The Oakland Public Library now offers the Hoopla service for Oakland residents with a library card.  Oakland patrons will receive 10 checkouts per month.

Go online to to access Hoopla Digital or download the Hoopla Digital app

Please call us if you need assistance with Hoopla at 201-337-3742.

January 2020
Events Calendar