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)

April 2024

Welcome Spring! April is full of fun here at OPL. We have a whole bunch of fun programs for all ages this month, as well as new materials for you to check out. Don't forget that the Oakland Public Library's Digital Library is open 24/7 and all of it is completely free with your library card. Not sure what we have available? Check our website or stop by the library - we would be happy to show you.

Your feedback and suggestions are invaluable to us as we strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone. Please feel free to email me or stop by and see my in person, and thank you for being a part of our library family. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Peter Havel, Library Director

April Adult Programs

Yoga with Sonia is


Tuesday nights @6:30 beginning April 9 and running thorugh May 28.

Participants must register for each class individually on our


Monday, April 1st @10am

My Favorite Foreign Film:

The Dinner Game


1998 ‧ Comedy/Drama

1h 20m

French w Subtitles

Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons". Everyone brings the dumbest guy he could find as a guest. Pierre thinks his champ -François Pignon- will steal the show.

Tuesday April 2 @6:30pm

Spring Fling Decluttering Workshop!

Come and learn Jean Marie's 5-Step Methodology to organize any space. This will catapult your spring fling when it comes to "stuff"! Sponsored by POSSE and the Oakland Public Library.

Click here to register.

Thursday April 4 @6:30pm

Seed Saving Basics with Bracco Farms

Learn the basics and many benefits of seed saving with Bracco Farms. Anthony will explain how to get started and why its important to save seeds.

Click here to register.

Monday, April 8 @6pm

Cookbook Club

"The Half Baked Harvest"

Interested in trying out

something new? Register for this meeting of the Oakland Public Library Cookbook Club and make something amazing to share with the group.

Click here to register.

Tuesday, April 9 @6pm

Knit and Crochet Club

Open to everyone

Sunday,April 14 @2pm

Sunday Concert:

Ellen La Furn

Jazz Musician

April is Jazz Month!  

Enjoy an afternoon of great live music. Concert sponsored by: Local 16-248 American Federation of Musicians.

Click here to register.

Thursday, April 18 @6:30pm

Downsizing with Lori Carbone

Are you an empty Nester with too big of a house for your current needs? Would you rather have more money in your pocket to do fun things and move onto the next chapter of your life?

We will answer many of the questions regarding downsizing, decluttering, and selling your home in today’s Real Estate market

Click here to register.

Sunday, April 28 @2pm

Catherine Bobbs

Piano Studio Recital

Live on the Library Stage

Featuring 12 talented young performers between the ages of 7 and 17, performing music through the ages.

Open to everyone.

Click here to register.

Coming Soon!

The Ramapo Valley Chamber Ensemble

LIVE on the Library Stage

Sunday, May 5 @3pm

Mozart’s Piano Quartet in g minor, K. 478

Cullan Bryant, piano

Laura Hamilton, violin

Carol Gimbel, viola

Lanny Paykin, cello

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons

Laura Hamilton, violin

Cullan Bryant, piano

Register HERE

Other things to check out...

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:


Designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to house an innovative collection of works in a unique environment, the Guggenheim museum is a hub for new art and new ideas.

OPL's museum pass provides free express admission for four adults or students, as well as discounted $5 passes for a maximum of 2 additional guests. Children under 12 are always free.




Click here for all OPL's Museum Passes

One of our favorite things:

Metal Detector

Perfect for hobbyists or people who love to hunt for buried treasure, OPL's metal detector is a great item to check out for a week or two and have some fun with. Also, when it comes to searching for a lost metal item in the vast expanses of your house or yard only a metal detector will do!

The metal detector is just one item in OPL's LIBRARY OF THINGS - filled with useful items for you to borrow and use for free.

Click here for all OPL'S Library of Things

Arriving in April


A Calamity of Souls - David Baldacci

The Summer We Started Over - Nancy Thayer

Only the Brave - Danielle Steel

The Museum of Lost Quilts - Jennifer Chiaverini

Pay Dirt - Sara Paretsky


All You Need is Love the Beatles in Their Own Words - Peter Brown

ADHD is Awesome - Penn Holderness

Everyday Delicious - Rocco DiSprito

A History of the World in 12 Shipwrecks - David Gibbins

Never Leave the Dogs Behind - Brianna Madia


Killers of the Flower Moon

The Beekeeper

Madame Web

Mean Girls

American Star

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


The Oakland Public Library Book Club

Razor's Edge by

W. Somerset Maugham

"The story of Larry Darrell, an American pilot traumatized by his experiences in World War I, who sets off in search of some transcendent meaning in his life."

Thursday, April 18, 2024 6:45 pm

Children's Department

Introducing Children's Yoga @OPL

Join our certified yoga instructor on Saturday:

April 6 - Register here

Saturday April 13 - Register here

Saturday May 4 - Register here

Saturday May 11 - Register here

Age group : KG to 5th grade.

Class: Saturday morning at 10AM - 10:45AM ( 30-45 min).

Ms. Barbara will offer Preschool Story Time on the following Tuesdays in April: April 2nd, April 16th, and April 30th at 11:00 am. 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, a program designed for the youngest library users, birth to 2-yrs.-old, and their caregivers, will be held on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:00 am. Toys (yours or ours) will be available for a brief meet-and-greet from 10:30 to 10:45 am. A short segment of nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs will follow. The program will be held in the Library’s Story Tower. Registration is not required.

Terrific Two’s & Three’s! is a story time for two to three-yr.-olds, and their caregivers. Join us on the following Fridays in April: April 5th, April 19th, and April 26th at 11:00 am for stories, songs, and fingerplays. The program will be held in the Library’s Story Tower. Registration is not required.


Pickup Beginning Wed. April 3

OPL Children's Room

April Craft Bags (to go) will be available for pick-up beginning Wednesday, April 3rd. 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, April 12

Register Here*

Friday, May 3

Register Here*

Ms. Christina and her wonderful “Jiggly Wiggly” music program will be in the Oakland Public Library on Friday, April 12th and Friday, May 3rd 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 for EACH session. Registration is now being taken for the April 12th session, and begins Wednesday, April 17th for the May 3rd session.

Musical Mornings with

Ms. Fran

Tuesday, April 23 @11am


The Children’s Dept. welcomes back Miss Fran and her “Musical Morning” program on Tuesday, April 23rd from 11:00 to 11:45 am. Oakland children, ages 3 & up, will be singing along with Miss Fran and her favorite instrument, the guitar! Lots of audience participation for all! The program will be held downstairs in the Library’s Meeting Room. Registration is required, and begins Wednesday, April 10th.

Teen Programs

Monday, April 8 @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.

Monday, April 22 @6pm

Anime Club for Teens!

Join us Monday, April 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