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)

May 2024

Welcome to the May edition of the Oakland Public Library newsletter! Spring has arrived, and with it comes an exciting lineup of events and activities that are sure to delight and inspire. Get ready to mark your calendars, as this month brings the long-awaited performance of the "Ramapo Valley Chamber Ensemble LIVE on the Library Stage. Prepare to be enchanted by their captivating melodies and virtuoso performances, a true highlight for music enthusiasts of all ages.

Additionally, we're thrilled to announce the return of the Oakland Public Library "Cookbook Club!" where culinary aficionados can come together to share recipes, tips, and stories while exploring the delicious world of cooking.

But that's not all... don't miss a mesmerizing performance by classical guitarist Alfredo Festa LIVE on the Library Stage. His skillful mastery of the strings promises an evening of enchanting music and memorable moments.

And for those who yearn for travel adventure... join us as we explore "America's National Treasures: National Parks Unveiled," with Chris McCormack, where we'll delve into the beauty and wonder of these iconic landscapes.

Plus, calling all trivia buffs! Test your knowledge and compete to win prizes at "Teen Trivia - Play & Win!" And as always, don't forget to stop by and get some great reading recommendations from our knowledgeable library staff. There's something for everyone this May at the Oakland Public Library!

Peter Havel, Library Director

May Adult Programs

Artist of the Month

Joe Porus

Lost at Sea Gallery


In May we are featuring the art of local painter Joe Porus, a resident of Oakland for 45 years.

"I still fall in love with each new painting I start and the emotion they can conjure"

Joe's art will be on display on the library stage for the entire month of May and there is a public reception on Tuesday, May 21 @6:30pm

Yoga with Sonia

Tuesday nights @6:30 all month long!

Participants must register for each class individually on our


Favorite Foreign Films

Postmen in the Mountains

Monday, May 6 @10am

An old postman has spent his whole life delivering mail to the mountain of Hunan and is about to retire. His only son is due to take over his duties. As father and son journey through the mountains, the son begins to appreciate the toil and burden his father has to bear as postman for the villagers, and the old postman is also deeply moved as his son relates his mother's anxiety as she waits for him to return home from every trip.

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

Monday, May 13@6pm

Cookbook Club

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.

Classical Guitarist

Alfredo Festa

LIVE on the

Library Stage

Sunday, May 19 @2pm

"From Vivaldi to the Beatles"

Click here to register.

Click HERE to register for "National Parks Unveiled"

Other things to check out...


offers Thousands of digital comics, manga, and picture books for readers of all ages, and it is FREE with your library card.

GET THE APP AND Try it today!

Click here for all OPL's Digital Resources

Our Favorite Museum:

AKC Museum of the Dog

AKC Museum of the Dog is a nonprofit canine museum at 101 Park Avenue in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The museum features exhibits that include: Dogs in film, dogs of presidents, war dogs, dogs in exploration. The museum features one of the largest collections of dog-related art. OPL has a pass for FREE ADMISSION for 2 Adults & 2 Children per visit.




Click here for all OPL's Museum Passes

One of our favorite things:

Destech Endoscope

Interested in seeing potential problems in hard to reach areas of your home? This tool is perfect for diagnosing little problems before they become big problems.

The Destech Endoscope 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 May


Think Twice - Harlan Coban

You Like it Darker - Stephen King

One Perfect Couple - Ruth Ware

The Shadow of War - Jeff Shaara

The Instruments of Darkness - John Connolly


The Call to Serve - Jon Meacham

Coming Home - Brittney Griner

The Full-Body fat Fix - Stephen Perrine

Lessons in Liberty - Jeremy Adams

The Perilous Fight - Ben Carson


Dune: Part 2

Land of Bad

Arthur the King

Knox Goes Away

Anatomy of a Fall

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

The Measure - Nikki Erlick

A debut novel in which the world awakes to a box at the doorstep of every adult. Inside the box is a string that correlates to the length of your life. The story follows eight ordinary people who must make the choice whether to open the box and live with the consequences.

Thursday, May 16 at 6:45 pm

Children's Department

Children's Yoga @OPL

Join our certified yoga instructor on Saturday:

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 May: May 7th, May 21st, and May 28th 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 May: May 17th and May 24th at 11:00 am for stories, songs, and fingerplays. The program will be held in the Library’s Story Tower. Registration is not required.

May Craft Bags (to go) will be available for pick-up beginning Wednesday, May 1st. 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, May 3

Register Here*

Friday May 31

Register HERE

Ms. Christina and her wonderful “Jiggly Wiggly” music program will be in the Oakland Public Library on Friday, May 3rd AND Friday, May 31st 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 May 3rd session, and begins Wednesday, May 15th for the May 31st session.

Join Ms. Jolie on Tuesday, May 14th from 11:00 to 11:45 am for her fabulous “Move & Groove” music program. Oakland children, ages 2 & up, and their caregivers, are invited to attend. The program will be held downstairs in the Library’s meeting room.

Click HERE to register

Teen Programs


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Oakland Public Library
2 Municipal Plaza
Oakland, NJ 07436