All library locations will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23.
Golden Gate Block Party
The Golden Gate Branch Library is turning 100 years old!
Join us for an afternoon of celebration, food, music & fun. Learn about neighborhood organizations and their work, meet neighbors old & new, and add your part to a communal art project!
Emcee Cathy Leonard: founder of Oakland Neighborhoods for Equity, Golden Gate Community Association board member, North Oakland neighbor
Blessing and honoring of ancestors with indigenous elder Lea Arellano
Live music with Golden Gate's own Sharon Vaughn, local youth musicians Genius Jazz Trio, Back In Session neighborhood band and more!
Printmaking with Kala Art Institute
Singalong and jam session with the Emeryville Senior Center music group
Make a custom wallet with Ace Monster Toys
Free books and button-making with the OPL Bike Library
Mend your worn clothes or make something new at Swap-O-Rama-Rama
Neighborhood memory booth with Commons Archive
BBQ by master griller Mark Lasartemay, grandson of East Bay Negro Historical Society co-founders
Food from Aunti Frances' Self-Help Hunger Program
Former Black Panthers will talk about the BPP Self-Help Hunger Program and the Panthers' presence in North Oakland
Learn what's new with neighborhood organizations like PLACE for Sustainable Living, Arizmendi, Emeryville Senior Center, Charles Porter Rec Center, and more
Nissa Espresso & Gelato Bar
Want to learn more about our library and the Carnegie legacy? Come to a talk on Tuesday, October 2 (6:30pm) with local historians Annalee Allen and Gene Anderson.
Test your neighborhood knowledge at Golden Gate Trivia on Tuesday, October 16 (6:00pm)! Hosted by East Bay Yesterday.
Golden Gate Library centennial celebrations are co-sponsored by Commons Archive, a neighborhood memory bank that engages Golden Gate neighbors through their histories.
Original artwork by Mary V. Marsh.
Commons Archive is made possible in part by a grant from the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Hass Fund that is also supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.
Commons Archive is supported by a fellowship at the Kala Art Institute whose mission is to help artists sustain their creative work over time through its Artist-in-Residence and Fellowship Programs and to engage the community through exhibitions, public programs, and education.