Adult Programs


summerreadingforwebAdult Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World"
June 19th - August 4th
Sign-Ups Start Monday, June 19th
7 Weeks of Prizes (Grand Prize is the last week)

To participate, register in person at the Library Reference Desk or by phone at 201-337-3742 xt. 7004.

You choose the books you want to read.  When you finish a book, let us know by submitting a completed entry form.  Paper entries are submitted by dropping them in a box at the Library.  Online entries are submitted through our website

Each book, audiobook or eBook you read counts as an entry.

The program is open to all BCCLS cardholders with a current library card in good standing.  However, ONLY Oakland residents are eligible to win the prizes.

                                                 Weekly Prizes:
                                                 1st week - First 50 to register win a prize!
                                                 2nd week - 4 Rockland Boulders Tickets
                                                 3rd week - $25 Starbucks Gift Card
                                                 4th week - $25 Oakland Diner Gift Card
                                                 5th week - $25 Timbers Gift Card
                                                 6th week - Movie Basket
                                                 7th week - Grand Prize Android Tablet

Prizes will be drawn for Weeks 2 through 7 on the Friday of that week. All prizes not claimed by the following Friday are given to a runner up selected at random.




How to Read the News
Presented by Journalist Stephanie Schwartz

Monday, June 26th at 6:30 PM

"How to Read the News" will discuss the different types of news and media formats, distinguishing between marketing messages, propaganda and entertainment, as well as the trendy boogieman, fake news.  Audience members will learn what questions to ask to determine credible sources.  Stephanie Schwartz has written for local and national outlets and has a master's in Interactive Media from Elon University.

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



homefreeHome Free: Adventures of a Child of the Sixties
Presented by Author Rifka Kreiter
Thursday, June 29th at 7:00 PM

Author Rifka Kreiter talks about her compelling new memoir: Home Free: Adventures of a Child of the Sixties. The 1960’s are one of the most fascinating and turbulent periods in America’s 20th century  --  and now, Rifka Kreiter sweeps readers into her life on the frontlines of the era’s most significant moments and movements, capturing her personal quest for liberation and self-discovery.

"Once in a While Book Club" the book club only meets once in a while.  All welcome

Register in person, by phone at 201-337-3742 or online Click Here.




raveonRave On! Summer Outdoor Concert at Veteran's Park
Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 PM
Bring Your Own Lawn Chair
Rain Date: Monday, July 31st

RAVE ON! shows are high-energy performances of the music of Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and other legends of early Rock and Roll.  Rave On!  will be playing hits like “That’ll Be The Day,” “Not Fade Away,” “Peggy Sue,” “Pretty Woman,” “Crying,” and “Only The Lonely,” along with other classic, early rock-n-roll songs.  This music paved the way for rock-n-roll and influenced The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and countless other artists. RAVE ON! is living proof that Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and the music of early rock-n-roll is timeless and continues to appeal to people of all ages.

Chris Roselle - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Pete Farley - Bass Guitar & Background Vocals
Don Guinta - Drums & Background Vocals


bastardrepublicBastard Republic: Encounters Along the Tattered Edge of Fallen Empire With author Tyrone Shaw
Thursday, July 13th at 6:30 PM

In the best traditions of literary journalism, Bastard Republic takes us inside two of the defining developments of the 20th century—the collapse of communism in Europe and the implosion of the Soviet Union. Through a compelling mix of memoir, reportage, history and travel writing, this collection of immersion essays accomplishes what facts alone cannot by drawing us into the lives of people propelled towards a future of sudden, rough transformation.

Tyrone Shaw is an associate professor of writing and literature at Johnson State College in VT, where he directs the Communications and Community Media program. He has taught overseas in Romania, Serbia, Moldova and Latvia, sometimes as a Fulbright Specialist. His work has appeared in journals such as Saranac Review, Green Mountains Review, and The Truth About the Fact.

Register in person, by phone at 201-337-3742 or online Click Here.



palisadesPalisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories
With author Vince Gargiulo
Monday, July 24th at 6:30 PM

Vince Gargiulo, author of Palisades Amusement Park: A Century of Fond Memories, will present an informative lecture about the famed New Jersey amusement park.  Vince Gargiulo is the Producer of the PBS documentary of the same name. For those who ever visited Palisades Amusement Park, this lecture is sure to bring back those cherished remembrances.  And for those never lucky enough to have entered its colorful gates, this lecture will recreate the thrills, laughter and joy that was Palisades.

Register in person, by phone at 201-337-3742 or online Click Here.


coloringforadultsCoffee & Coloring for Adults
1st & 3rd Friday of the month:
July 7th & July 21st
1:00-2:00 PM
In the Staff Room Downstairs

The library will provide the designs, paper, pencils, pens, crayons, and the coffee or tea!.

No registration is required.



The Oakland Book Club
Second Thursday of Every Month at 6:45 pm (except August and December)
Thursday, September 14th 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, September 14th will be Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart.   For a copy of the book and additional information, please contact the Oakland Public Library at 201-337-3742.


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

Monday, July 3rd and July 17th from 6:00-8:00 pm
Meets in the Story Tower

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.


coookbookclub3Cookbook Club
Monday, July 10th at 6:30 PM

What's a Cookbook Club?  Like a book club, members meet to discuss a specific book, in this case, a cookbook.  Meetings are a potluck meal as each member cooks one recipe from the cookbook and brings it to the meeting.  The library will supply the cookbooks, plates, cups and utensils.  The cookbook for July 10th will be Announced Soon.  Come in and pick one up! For more information, please call the library at 201-337-3742.


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