Adult Programs  

verdictbanner What's the Verdict?
 Professor Ian Drake
Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 PM

Each year, the Supreme Court receives 9,000-10,000 case petitions for certiorari (consideration) and less than 1% are reviewed. The cases chosen are significant. This is a discussion of cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court during the current term, and how the Court approaches the varieties of legal and cultural issues that arise in the cases.

Ian Drake is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Jurisprudence at Montclair State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in American History from the University of Maryland in 2010. His teaching interests include the American judiciary and legal system, the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional history, and the history and contemporary study of law and society. Prior to earning a Ph.D. in history, he practiced insurance and tort law.

Funded by the NJ Council for the Humanities.

Please register by phone at 201-337-3742, in person or online by Clicking Here.


bookmanshipdegree2019Bookmanship Degree at the Oakland Public Library
Semester begins January 7 - June 7
Patrons can join anytime.

Complete your Bookmanship Degree by selecting 8 library books, one from 8 of the 16 listed categories.  After you finish each book, your log will be checked off and dated.  All "Course Logs" will be kept behind the Circulation Desk. Degree must be completed by June 7 in order to be eligible for a Portobello Gift Card.

Choose 8 Categories- read one LIBRARY book from each of your eight categories CATEGORIES: Audio-Book; Auto or Biography of a Writer; Book that Became a Movie; Classic Children's Book; Fantasy Novel; Historical Fiction; Graphic Novel; Nonfiction Sports Story; One Day Read; One Word Title; Published the Year You Were Born; Reviewed by Book Page; Story about Travel; Takes Place in NJ; Science Fiction; Young Adult Novel.



 kanopyKanopy Workshop
Wednesday, January 23 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The Oakland Public Library is offering KANOPY, a streaming service that offers over 30,000 movies entirely free for Oakland library card holders!  Come to the workshop to learn how to access & navigate the app or the website. The Oakland Kanopy page is: to get started or the app is on the your devices app store.  Card holders are each entitled to 10 free streams per month.  Please register in person or phone at 201-337-3742 xt. 7004.


lifestyle online.jpgComputer Workshop Wednesdays
Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:30 PM 

January 23 and January 30 - is the leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn software and more!  Come learn how to access it with you Oakland library card.

Please register by calling the library at 201-337-3742 xt. 7004.



qigongQigong for Overall Health & Well-being
Tara Farley
Mondays: January 28, February 4, 11 & 25
March 4 & 11 at 10:00 AM
Large Meeting Room Downstairs

Qigong is a medical based practice that combines movement, breath, and intention to create a balanced state of being. Tara Farley is a certified Qigong teacher as well as a yoga teacher and energy therapist. Please bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes. Registration is not necessary.


The style of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist, IRENE MAHER is heavily influenced by the music and culture of the 1960’s. In collaboration with flutist Pam Sklar, she was a Billboard Magazine Award winner for her song On the Horizon. Other musical highlights include Irene’s original Silver Bird reaching #8 on the charts on Women of Substance Radio and two other originals recorded on the Blues Mothers’ debut album. 

Instrumentalist and songwriter HOPE BERKELEY is well known in the New York metropolitan area for her creative and soulful harmonica stylings. Drawing on Chicago blues as well as jazz influences, she has played with numerous local groups and was a founding member of the Blues Mothers band. 

Flutist and composer PAM SKLAR collaborates with ensembles playing different musical styles including Classical, jazz, world, pop, improvisational and prog rock. Her acclaimed original music is heard on broadcasts, in workshops and themed programs around New York and in Spain. Her career highlights include recordings and performances for many well-known artists, international tours and original cd’s. 

Inspired by rock & roll, bass player and vocalist JOAN INDIG picked up the bass after playing a Silvertone guitar in her formative years. A member of Intuition since the band was formed in 2014, Joan is known around Westchester County for her harmonies and bass playing in the rock bands Riverrun and Ginger Moon, and the singer-songwriter trio Purrll. Her other bands included the Blues,Mothers and her family band Indignation.


chessChess at the Oakland Public Library
Every Tuesday from 5:00-8:00 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, January 18 & Friday, February 1
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.


edlandenJanuary Exhibit
Photographer Ed Landen
Landen's Landscapes Fine Art Photography

Ed Landen is a landscape and portrait digital photographer with 34 years experience and a degree in fine art. Ed captures and creates images using unique blend of fine art brush tiles and digital capture techniques to what has been called "Eddism images". "When I was a child I was given a Viewmaster. The film colors on the wheels would become more intense as I would move closer to a light source, I feel this is what conditioned me to see landscape with such saturated colors" During my education I was introduced to many other artists and photographers that have influence me: Wolf Kahn, Edward Hopper, Elizabeth Mowry, and Elliot Porter. Ed has sold his fine art photography to many medical and professional offices throughout the NYC metropolitan region as well as homes throughout the east coast. Recently his works were sold to several large firms giving their patrons and staff uplifting feelings for their environment.

Ed Landen's art photography will be on exhibit at the Oakland Library through the end of January. 


The Knitting Club with Lenora Meyer
Meeting the First and Third Monday of Every Month from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Monday, February 4 (Library Closed Monday, February 18 for President's Day)
Meets in the Tower Room

Knitters of all levels gather to share, learn together, and have fun! New knitters are always welcome. Bring your own projects our certified kntting teacher Lenora Meyer will be available for assistance. Lenora currently teaches at JO-ANN'S as well as being a private instructor.


The Oakland Book Club
Second Thursday of Every Month at 6:45 pm (except August and December)
Thursday, February 14, 2018 at 6:45 PM

The Oakland Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:45 pm at the Library.  The book for Thursday, February 14 will be Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  For a copy of the book and additional information, please contact the Oakland Public Library at 201-337-3742.


photoiconView photos of the Teen Photography Contest at the Oakland Public Library.

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