September Programs at the Library

Preschool Story Time for children, ages three and four, will be held on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:00 am and 1:00 to 1:30 pm in the Oakland Public Library’s story gallery starting Monday, September 18th, and ending December 11th. This fall season will feature special sessions focusing on music and […]


Being Mortal

Atul Gawande. Being Mortal. New York: Thorndike Press, 2014. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald Dr. Gawande’s study is both a challenge to the medical profession and an alert to patients and their families. He states that advances in medications and technology have “…turned the process of aging and dying into […]


How Did Downtown Oakland Go From This to This? 1

How Did Downtown Oakland Go From This to This? By Kevin Heffernan Ladies and gentlemen, lend me your ears and hearts as I will tell you a true and tragic story of downtown Oakland. It is a story that will bring tears to your eyes for what was and now […]


Dog Park Committee Member Search

Greetings Fellow Dog Park Supporters! Over the last few weeks and months, I have talked extensively with numerous individuals and business owners about the dog park fundraising efforts. The good news is that real progress is being made to continually raise awareness, get donations of time and labor, raise funds, […]


August Special Events at the Library

August Special Events at the Oakland Public Library (Children’s Dept.) Bowl-a-Rama will be held on Thursday, August 3rd from 3:45 to 4:30 pm in the Children’s Dept. of the Oakland Public Library. A variety of bowling games will challenge Oakland children, ages 5 & up. Small prizes will be awarded. […]


A Man Called Ove

Fredrick Backman. A Man Called Ove. Henning Koch (Trans.). New York: Large Print Press, 2014. As reviewed by Ted Odenwald To most observers, Ove, the protagonist in Fredrick Backman’s novel, was a sarcastic, bullying, loud-mouthed boor—the community curmudgeon. He was grumpy because “people never gave him reason to see it […]