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December 2020 Events

Updated: Dec 17, 2020

Update: The Bookmark sale is being extended until January 8!

The Bookmark has lots of new stock, thanks to generous donations from the community and we're having a sale! Make a reservation for in-store shopping or shop online using our Virtual Bookstore.

Sale Details:

We are extending our in-store shopping hours during the sale: Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11am - 4pm.

And, as always, our Virtual Bookstore is open 24/7!

  • 20% all purchases; 50% off for Friends of the OPL Members (go here for details on Memberships, or you can join at the store)

  • Virtual Bookstore and in-store purchases are included in the sale

  • Go here to make an appointment for in-store shopping

Other ways to shop and support The Bookmark

  • Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? The Bookmark is a member of, which has a mission to financially support independent bookstores. Browse booklists curated by the Friends with suggestions from our volunteers and Oakland librarians, then shop for new books, puzzles, notecards and more. 100% of the profit of the books you purchase directly from them—25%-30% of the purchase price—will go directly to The Bookmark Bookstore. Please use this link to shop our page. is now offering gift wrapping and FREE SHIPPING from 11/27 - through 11/30. eGift cards are also available at this link!

  • Buy eGift cards through Square. Order an eGift card for yourself or as a gift, then redeem them at The Bookmark Bookstore.

December 6, 1pm-3pm | 8th Annual Oakland Public Library (OPL) Advocates Holiday Mixer

Co-hosted by the City of Oakland Library Advisory Commission and the Friends of the Oakland Public Library, we will be celebrating virtually this year via Zoom (no account required, easy instructions to follow your RSVP. You can learn more and RSVP here.

For additional questions, contact OPL Advocates at

As always, we'll feature some of OPL's gifted librarians and a message from Jamie Turbak, Director of Library Services. This year's program will focus on how the Library has adapted to serve the community during the pandemic.

Supervising Librarian (Branches) Derrick DeMay, will talk about OPL's food distribution programs and hotspots for OUSD. Local treasure Dorothy Lazard, the Oakland History Center Librarian, will introduce the COVID-19 East Bay Community Archive. And Laura Liang, Children's Services Supervising Librarian (and former LAC member) will discuss Children's Services during the pandemic.

We're excited to announce that this year's celebration will also feature a performance by Greer Nakadegawa-Lee, Oakland's 2020 Youth Poet Laureate.


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