library http://kalw.org en Hear Here: Astor Lee finds community in an ancient Chinese art http://kalw.org/post/hear-here-astor-lee-finds-community-ancient-chinese-art <div class="card-content" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; background-image: none; width: auto; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden " style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 18px;"><div class="field-items" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Astor Lee shared her story with KALW's <em>Hear Here </em>project at the Visitacion Valley library branch. She told us about how the art of Tai Chi helped create a sense of community for recent immigrants to the neighborhood.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 01:45:03 +0000 Ninna Gaensler-Debs 39345 at http://kalw.org Hear Here: Astor Lee finds community in an ancient Chinese art Giving teens the space they need, at the library http://kalw.org/post/giving-teens-space-they-need-library <p></p><p>For many teens in Alameda County, the library isn’t just a place to study, it’s become a space for them to get away from mounting&nbsp;pressures from school and their social lives and a place where they can just relax and be themselves. For example, Oakland teenagers can come to the Asian Branch once a week, for game day.</p><p>Anna Xu is a teen advisory member at the library. She and the teen advisory group brainstorm ways the library can help meet the teens’ needs.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:58:32 +0000 Kelli Johnston 38703 at http://kalw.org Giving teens the space they need, at the library Oakland library reaches out to provide CalFresh http://kalw.org/post/oakland-library-reaches-out-provide-calfresh <p></p><p>One out of every six residents in Alameda County is served by the Alameda County Community Food Bank. The non-profit agency partners with 275 member agencies to provide almost 50,000 people with food each week. In addition to working with soup kitchens and food pantries, the Food Bank’s Community Outreach Program helps eligible individuals and families apply for nutrition assistance programs, like CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:46:37 +0000 Katja Geldhof 38685 at http://kalw.org Oakland library reaches out to provide CalFresh Oakland librarians add biking to job description http://kalw.org/post/oakland-librarians-add-biking-job-description <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mana Tominaga&nbsp;is part of the Oakland Library Main Branch's unique outreach program, the Mobile Bike Library. When patrons can't make it to the library, the library comes to them by bicycle.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:39:21 +0000 Sarah O’Neal 38636 at http://kalw.org Oakland librarians add biking to job description Oakland kids find confidence reading to Fido http://kalw.org/post/oakland-kids-find-confidence-reading-fido <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At almost any given library, you will find parents and librarians sharing books with children. At Oakland’s Lakeview branch, it isn't the adults who are reading out loud, it’s the kids — and to an audience you might not expect.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:17:54 +0000 Violet Angell 38640 at http://kalw.org Oakland kids find confidence reading to Fido