Oakland

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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5:44pm

Tue January 21, 2014
Education

A library reaches outside its stacks

Friends of the Elmhurst Library

 

If you head southeast from the Lakeview Library, way down to the 80s blocks of International Boulevard, be sure to take a turn at 88th to visit the Elmhurst branch of the Oakland Library. You'll have to look closely—this library is in a small converted house. Elmhurst operates like any other public library: books to check out, computers to use, and a children's program. But it's got a problem: most kids can’t get to it very easily. The Elmhurst branch is trying to fix that. 

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5:16pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Education

Manhood Development Program helps Oakland boys become men

I’m walking alongside the mural called “Beautiful Struggle” in front of Oakland High School. Frida Kahlo, Che Guevara, and Malcolm X are just a few of many social activists portrayed here. This mural also reflects a student body made up predominantly of students of color. Oakland High is 51 percent Asian, 29 percent Black, 16 percent Latino, and one percent white.

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4:57pm

Tue January 7, 2014
Education

Oakland high school confronts daily violence

Fourteen-year-old Trevor Watson, a freshman at Castlemont High School, stands in front of his home in East Oakland. He is a part of Youth ALIVE, an after school program where teens talk to younger kids about gang violence.
Brett Myers/Youth Radio

Castlemont High in East Oakland, looks like many other California schools – colorful box-style buildings with big windows – but inside, teacher Demetria Huntsman and several students are deconstructing a shooting that happened out front just 30 minutes before I got there.

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