library

5:45pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Arts & Culture

Hear Here: Astor Lee finds community in an ancient Chinese art

Astor Lee
Audrey DIlling

Astor Lee shared her story with KALW's Hear Here 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.

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4:58pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Arts & Culture

Giving teens the space they need, at the library

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 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.

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.

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4:46pm

Wed January 22, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Oakland library reaches out to provide CalFresh

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.

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8:39am

Wed January 22, 2014
Arts & Culture

Oakland librarians add biking to job description

Oakland Public Library TeenZone Facebook page

Mana Tominaga 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.

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6:17pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Education

Oakland kids find confidence reading to Fido

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. 

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